Showing posts from December, 2012

Following in His Footsteps

There have been times in my life, I know, when I have sought God and His presence in my life more than I have recently.
 Oh, there are lots of reasons (or excuses) I could put forth--
 *The grief of losing a close relative and the almost paralysis of the soul that can sometimes follow--
 *The challenges of a major surgery and all the ramifications involved--i.e. no energy, etc--
 *Getting caught up in the "busyness" of the holidays and all that entails--
 I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Suffice it to say that I desire to be back in the mode of really seeking God each day of my life.
 Why is it that when we neglect the good spiritual disciplines in our lives that it is so hard to reverse the course--almost feeling like we no longer know how to do it.
 Today as I read the scripture below, I knew I had to do something about my lack of spiritual inertia, so this is very simple but is what I am focusing on today.
May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.  fro…

So Blessed!

I am so thankful for POWER! Yes, electricity--ours went out on Christmas Day as did 70% of the Little Rock area.

Officially, we had 9" of snow but there were layers of freezing rain and sleet before the snow came. And in our side yard it was about 12"--not a place where it would drift either.

It looks like a tornado has gone through in some areas with so many trees and power poles down.

Our power came on late Saturday evening and we came home this morning.

Thank you to all the electric companies who sent personnel from surrounding states.  We have needed all the help we could get.

We stayed here a couple of days after it first went out but the bone-chilling cold finally got the best of us.

 I called my brother's wife (they just live about 10 minutes away but were at their cabin in the woods with power) and she told us we could use their home.

We moved in--our kids came from Tulsa and moved in--we carried groceries for lots of people for several days over to her house--cooked a…

Merry Christmas 2012

My wish for you--warm and loving times spent together, good food and good fellowship, peace with your families and with your fellow man, and the  Light of the World, Jesus--

From John in the New Testament1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
2 He was with God in the beginning. 
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testifyconcerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 
8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive h…

Please Read and Pray for Us

This is a note my daughter-in-law wrote on CaringBridge.  Her mom was sent home last Friday with Hospice.  Marty is young--in her sixties--a victim of cancer.  Please pray for Traci, my precious daughter-in-law and her family.  Although heartbreaking, I think this will really bless you. "Mom had another good day today.  She got up and sat on the couch today when a family member came to visit.  She also seemed excited for the vegetable soup they brought for lunch, even though she didn't eat much of it.  We are pleased when she actually wants to eat. I was able to accomplish a lot today as well.  We got sheets changed, bills paid, drawers and closets cleaned, and the dining room ready for Christmas. I'm going home tomorrow and Terry will be here with her.  Chris and myself, along with our families, will be back on Christmas to celebrate the birth of our Lord, our Savior, our Prince of Peace.Although I've heard this term as long as I can remember, I believe I understand t…

Last Minute Decorating

I always do this--decorate up to the last minute--don't know why--just do--

But wanted to show you this because it is a real inexpensive but beautiful decoration.

I used an old, old sewing machine drawer that I had stashed away in a closet, some candles from the dollar store, and some holly leaves and berries from my yard--and voila--

Don't know if you can really tell but the carving on the side of the drawer is so pretty--acorns and leaves--and the pull is to die for.

I'm thinking that this piece will not go back in my closet.

Warm Christmas blessings to you and yours,

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I'll Be Home For Christmas


painted a canvas with masquepen first writing out the words to an old song I like.Even though a web search has the words I used, I wish I would have used --"You can count on me."  It actually changes the meaning of the whole sentence to me and I like the "count" meaning better.
But anyway, it is done and I won't spend extra time changing it this year although I may for future use.

The way I would suggest doing it inexpensively is to paint a board with chalkboard paint and then just write whatever you choose with chalk.  You could keep it and use it for all different occasions.

We've had a busy day.  I taught at the Ranch at 1:30 so we remained in the Conway area for a special dinner the guys prepared for the volunteers, graduates.

Anyway, I'm about to fall asleep writing this so I will go for now but want you to know that you are always on my mind and I am praying for you.


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Decorating With Old Christmas Albums

So I am finally back to show you another inexpensive way to decorate at Christmas.

I thought about doing this a couple of years ago but had never done it until this year.

Actually, I thought about hanging the record itself on the wall but decided to use the album covers instead which really dates them and makes them look rather vintage, don't you think?

Once again, I spent a few dollars on the 3M Command velcro strips and attached them to the wall.

I will probably use some old records (my and my husband's favorites) to decorate for every day.  If and when I get that done, I will share it with you--another thing I have meant to do for ever so long.

You could do a collage or have them separated as I have done mine.

Tomorrow I will show you what is in between these two sets of records.  I am really liking it--mine wasn't so cheap but I have an idea for you to make one very cheaply.

See you then--

P.S.  The album to the left of the Lawrence Welk one is Perry Como.

 © all p…

Getting it all together?

Do you ever have times that you just can't get it all together?

Well, that is where I am right now-- I'm so excited about all of our family getting together with two new family members this year--sweet baby James, (I've decided that is my nickname for him right now) and Josh, Kailey's new husband. How do you express the joy in your heart with two new people to celebrate.

We did a little remodeling early this year and one of my "nooks" for displaying Christmas stuff was enclosed so that led to a domino effect.

One of my faults is: It is hard for me to concentrate on the important things when everything is out of place--don't know if anyone can identify with that but I am just being honest.

And then the enemy tries to heap guilt upon me because I realize how selfish and egotistical that thinking is--how many in Connecticut and just the people we meet in our regular life each day would give anything to have a particular one to celebrate Christmas with and wou…

Sweet Baby James

We have been busy with three of our grandchildren the last week--Ashton, Noelle and new baby brother, James.

God is so smart.  He knew just exactly what would make an old person's heart feel light and young, didn't he?

Not many things in life are as special as a new grandchild.  This was taken by my daughter-in-law, Andrea, last Sunday morning when James was almost 3 days old.  I was headed to church to see one of his sisters sing.  He did not go but will most likely go this next Sunday.

Hoping you are well and happy, snug and warm, peaceful and full of joy during this most beautiful and holy Christmas season.

Love you,

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

Merry Christmas to Us

James, our new grandson, was born yesterday afternoon and he is precious. He weighed in at 7lb and 14 oz and is 20 and one half inches long.

We are so grateful that all went well with his birth. His mom had some serious health issues during the pregnancy but everything went great.

 Thank you to those of you who prayed for us. I appreciate it more than you know.

 Hopefully, I will be able to post a few more pictures in a couple of days. 

I love you all. Hope you are having a wonderful, Christmas season.

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Saturday as I was sitting in chapel beside the son of one of our residents, I looked down and noticed what he had written.  "I 'heart' the Bible more than enething."

To say that my heart was touched may be the understatement of the century. I can't quote it exactly but when I told his father about it, he told me what his son had said at Thanksgiving that he was thankful for.

Loosely paraphrased it included a father who studied the Bible so much and tried to do what Jesus says. Out of the mouths of babes..............

Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.  Luke 2:47
As I sat in a rocking chair on the front porch of the bunkhouse after chapel and potluck and watched this resident run and play with his wife and two sons for an extended period of time, I was overwhelmed at the healing that has taken place in his life.  Oh, if you could only hear his story your heart would rejoice like mine.

Jesus is no respecter of persons--He longs t…

Old Things New Again

I started collecting Christmas books many years ago.
I love to read one a day through December building the Spirit of Christmas in my heart as the month rolls along.
A few years ago I decided to display them as Christmas decorations and love how they look.
Most of them have to do with the spiritual side of Christmas and are meaningful as well as pretty to display.
There are many ways you can display them if you happen to have a collection--or you could go to your local library and check out a bunch to decorate with during the holidays.  I don't think there is a law against that!
You can stack them up on your coffee table or spread them around your house on several different tables standing them on their sides as I have done in this bookcase.
You could also use the 3M velcro stickers and use them as decoration on your walls. 
And if you have a huge Bible--we have several that we have inherited--a beautiful ribbon placed in it at the point of the Christmas story makes a lovely decoration I…