About Me


So, first things first. I like chocolate. All kinds of chocolate. Fancy. Plain. Gooey. Crisp. Bitter. Dark. And Sweet.

I drink cheap wine because I like to support the little guy. Or whoever “he” is that makes cheap wine. I take pictures of sunsets and wild horses and baby feet. I love to grow my own herbs and tomatoes.

I am curious to a fault, and I always need to know the “why” behind the “what,” so…I research the daylights out of EVERYTHING.  I have been known to spew out random, meaningless bits of information on a variety of subjects at any given time.

Also, I frequently make up my own words, and sometimes they make appearances on the pages of this blog. In that case, TRY to understand what they mean, because they are important, even if they are not in the dictionary.

Oh, did I mention that I like to write?? Well, surprise, surprise, I DO! It’s how I process life, and it’s how this blog came to be.

But first, a little background…

I was raised in an Amish home in Central Ohio, until the age of 10, and I have many good memories of that, some of which include driving horse and buggy to my grandparents’ farm, and building teepees with my older sister.

While some kids were playing nintendo, we were playing with horse bits and harnesses, dolls and dirt.

Growing up without t.v. or electricity provided a foundation of creativity and a deep appreciation for simplicity, that has followed me to this day. Being raised in a close-knit community where we all helped each other, still remains one of the best things that ever happened to me.

It taught me early on that life is not about ME and what I can get out of it, it’s about giving. It taught me that I am a key player in someone else’s life, and that I am valued and needed.


So here I am, raising my own family in the wild land of Colorado. Many things have changed…I lost my dad and my baby brother and I fell in love with a boy from Kentucky along the way. We got married, and several years later, Kentucky Boy followed my heart (and a business opportunity!) back to Colorado, which is where my family has lived for many years.


Together, we’ve made two of the cutest babies you’ve ever seen. (Just letting you know, so you’re not caught off guard when you see glowing pictures of them, on this blog.) And we love exploring the world, along with them.

This blog is my discovery of God in the fine print we call “life.” It is my journey into health, from sickness and watching my dad die of cancer. It’s my journey into love, after infidelity, broken trust, and unrealistic expectations of marriage. And of course, the constant adventure of finding happiness, in the everyday moments of life with a spunky little girl and a curious baby boy.

In the end, I realize it’s the little things that make me happy. This blog is proof of that.

And I’m so glad you found me! Thank you for stopping by!

Feel free to browse, comment, ask questions, laugh, cry, whatever you need to do, but make yourselves at home.

You may contact me via email: happylittlesurprises@gmail.com

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Love, health & happiness,


8 comments on “About Me

  1. ANGIE ROGERS says:

    Hey Ruthie,
    Its your long lost Angie friend from Colorado! Not sure you remember me, but I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed reading your blogs. They just get better and better, you are a very captivating writer.I read your most recent one about Florida and then got sucked in, and read all the ones you have posted on Word Press. Way Groovy! I’m on the computer all day at work so it was an awesome respite, or mini-vacation getting to read about your interesting life. You seem very happy and fulfilled, and your children are so beautiful, I’m so happy you are happily married and have such a happy life!
    All the Best, and May your Christmas be Sweet and Very Blessed!
    Your Friend,

  2. How marvelous to stumble upon your blog! It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see more. Love those meditations, too! 🙂

  3. Howdy from ‘just up the road’ in WY! 🙂 Fun reading your bright blog.

  4. Jean Eddy says:

    Hi Ruthie are you from Holmes County, Ohio? Was your last name Kauffman and your parents Ada Mae and Adin?

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