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Sweet Caroline

We had a great Christmas but learned on Monday of this week that our 12 year old granddaughter, Caroline, has juvenile onset diabetes. When my DIL took her in on Monday her blood sugar level was over 400 and rose to 575 on Tuesday. We know God is in control and ask humbly for your prayers for their family--new juggling routine with balancing eating, exercise and insulin since she is an all year long basketball player, wisdom for her parents, and good decision making by all of them.

Happy New Year to all of you,

Happy Birthday, Dree!

God has blessed me with three wonderful daughters-in-law. I love how they love my sons. Not only do I love that, I love the people they are.

Dree (short for An-dre-a) is only 32 years old but has accomplished so much in her short life span (which she reminds all of us constantly--she is the youngest of the older two generations--smile). She loves to garden and to cook. She is a great wife to my son, an awesome home-schooling mom, is the director of one of the local Classical Conversations of Tulsa, Oklahoma and has been published in a couple of books. I am sharing one of those stories further down in the post.

This is a very short clip of Dree at their Classical Conversations home-schooling Christmas program a oouple of weeks ago. It gives you an idea of her tremendous heart for God.

Untitled from Elizabeth Dianne on Vimeo.

Ashton, Chris, Dree and Noelle shortly after Noelle's birth in 2004.

This is an article published in this book: Graffiti

I give God all the glory for these bea…

Merry Christmas

I apologize for many things about this video.. First of all --the length. It is way too long. Second of all, I had not combed my hair or put on an undergarment that is common only to women and I just happened to walk by a mirror--oh well. You will hear more about that in the video.

I guess I am losing all vanity in my old age. That and I don't have the energy to remake it for the 4th time.

Apologies to my husband who got his feelings hurt because I called Rudolph obnoxious. Sorry, Honey. I really, really love him a bunch--Rudolph, not my husband. Oh, me did I really just say that??

Also, apologies for the many times that I said, "many, many years ago." --very annoying--Wow! Filming this really makes me appreciate "live" T.V. hosts and hostesses. This is not an easy job.

Anyway, this is for posterity's sake and I can tell you for sure that if any of my descendants ever feel like you HAVE to watch this--please know that I will not roll over in my grave…

Christmas Eve Bride

Just wanted to share a picture of my mother-in-law who became a bride 74 years ago today.

One of the few close up pictures of Gene, my father-in-law. I guess he was always the one who took the pictures. And he is holding my husband! Well, I think it is my husband--the more I looked at it, the more it looks like his brother.

The house that my husband grew up in--the only one he ever lived in before marrying me. His mom lived in that house for 55 years. They built it in the late '30's. Their house payment was $23.00 a month. They had a curve put in their sidewalk--it added a whopping $5.00 to their mortgage.

This was about 1944--the year I was born and even though it was before my time, we still went bare-legged in the snow when I was a little girl--hard to believe! And she is holding my husband!

My father-in-law is the third from the left--again 1944. He worked for the North Little Rock Electric Department for 40 years.

We spent many happy Christmases with them and always m…

princess hat

When I called my son recently to get some Christmas gift ideas for his 5 year old daughter, he said that she told Santa the other night that she wanted a "princess hat."

Have you ever had that happen to you? You get your children to write down all their fondest dreams and wishes for Christmas and then they spring something on you at the last minute when there is no time, no money, no energy left to do more shopping.

My son went looking for a princess hat and had no luck. We are supposing that she is referring to some type of tiara but we really don't know for sure. And you don't want to ask too many questions right here close to Christmas Eve, --just might give away our big secret.

I did find a cheap little "princess hat" at a local mart and I did purchase it but I found myself thinking, "I would love to buy her a real tiara--one that real princesses wear." Of course, that is totally ludicrous and I would never do that but it didn't stop the t…


Happy birthday to our lovely daughter-in-law, Traci. God has blessed us so richly with three of the greatest DsIL we could possibly have.

Traci is a wonderful wife to our son and mother to our grandchildren. I am so thankful for how God has used her in the last few years in her job as children's minister in a local church here in our city. Thank you, God, for your marvelous grace and mercy extended to our family.

Thank you, Traci, for the joy you have added to our family. It would have never been complete without you.

The early years of dating

Rehearsal dinner for Michael and Traci's wedding

The reception

The newly married couple

Michael and Traci with their daughters Katelyn, Kennedy, and Caroline

A few years ago Larry and I celebrated Thanksgiving in Branson with Michael and Traci. If you have never been to Branson on Thanksgiving Day, it is a treat. It opens at 4 p.m. and people are packed in there but everyone is so festive and happy and many families meet there to have jo…

you have to see this!

Please go here to see a picture of faith in action. I won't comment. I would just ask that you drink it all in. The total peace, the total relaxation in the faces and bodies--oh, I said I wouldn't comment so I will shut up now.

Noel Noelle Noel

Noelle is our 7th and I hope not last grandchild. She turned five recently and is one of the great joys of our lives.

Here she is singing with her home-school choir. Hope you enjoy! Oh, btw, she is the 2nd from left on the middle row.

Untitled from Elizabeth Dianne on Vimeo.

Caroline Kellough


Crouching, shivering, waiting for darkness to fall.
Waiting as the time passes , waiting for it to hit.
Waiting to se if I'll every see another Rainbow.
Smoke covers the sky, ash covers the ground.
No love can pass through these walls
My tears start to fall
They can only make a mark on my dirt-stained cheek
They cannot change the fate of millions
These tears we cry cannot stain the course of time
Cannot was away our pain
and once darkness falls
once all is done
I will be the rainbow I never saw.

I saw Jesus

Ann over at Holy Experience suggested that we might write about where we have seen Jesus in this Christmas season.

I have seen Him in numerous places--I saw Him in our candlelight service this past Sunday morning. Also, I saw Him in a granddaughter's home-schooling Christmas program.

When I was a young girl, my heart's desire was to be a ballerina and to take piano lessons. The small bump in the road where I lived when I was the age to start taking dance had one grocery store, a school, one church and about ten houses. Needless to say, that was out of the question.

I have written about Ashton, our ballerina, before but I wanted to share this small video with you. I guess I am living vicariously but it is a dream come true to see my flesh and blood dancing and especially dancing for Jesus.

I ran out of room on my little video camera right when she started to perform her dance. I almost cried but I am going to share the dress rehearsal number. The main differences between the re…

christmas traditions


When I was very young, some dear, dear family friends gave my parents the word
N-O-E-L in separate letters. If we had had a fireplace, the letters spelling "NOEL" would have set on the mantle but since we didn't, they set on a table or buffet in the living room.

Every time my dad came through the living room (when no one was looking) he would change the word "Noel" to "Leon" or "Lone." When we would come through we would change it back. My parents are deceased but this tradition continues throughout my family even in other states. It is always done when no one is looking or when no one is paying attention. This takes some real maneuvering sometimes.

When we moved back to Arkansas several years ago after being gone for 30 years, THE ORIGINAL NOEL got broken. In the process, it almost broke my heart. However, that is why we have Hobby Lobby and other craft stores. They usually always have some during the holidays. I made sure…

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UPDATED: I just added this video today, the 24th--there are lots of things to apologize for. If you read my blog tomorrow, Christmas Day, you will get an earful! Anyway, it is NOT for the faint of heart. smile

Untitled from Elizabeth Dianne on Vimeo.

I am so glad that you dropped by today. I hope you enjoy your visit and if you have time to say hello, I will be sure to drop by your place too. Also, please note the invitation on the sidebar to a McLinky here on Tuesday the 15th. I hope you will drop back by and share a tradition or two or just a little something that has made your family's Christmases more meaningful.

This is our front door. We had a storm door up until a couple of weeks ago and I talked my husband into taking the storm door down and painting the leaded glass door. It was stained before and was very pretty but the leaded glass did not show up. I love how it looks now and even more so with the colored lights. They include red, blue,…