At long last…

At long last…

When you haven’t posted on the blog you love for over a year, you have to think you are the only one in cyberspace who will be reading it ever again.  Maybe I will just be talking to myself.  Nevertheless, it is time to share my sweet journey home again…

This past year has been wonderful.  And extremely busy!  I married the love of the last years of my life on May 24, 2015.  For the sweet ceremony held at our home, we were surrounded by children and grandchildren and Doug’s mom.  Afterwards, we had the reception, buffet dinner and dancing at the clubhouse at his mom’s condo celebrating with more family and friends.  For the most part, it was the grandchildren and us dancing – but it was fun.  It was a blessed time and one we will remember for the rest of our lives.

We have spent a lot of time this past year decorating the townhouse.  Doug finished the downstairs with a family room/office, guest bedroom and guest bath.  It added another 850 square feet.  In the future, I will post photographs of what we have done with the townhouse.

This past year has also involved a lot of traveling!  We have been to the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Montana, Holland, Belgium, England, Ireland and Scotland!  The month-long-trip to the United Kingdom, Belgium and Holland was a dream come true.  I knew I would love Scotland and Ireland…and I did.  It felt like home!  I have spent so much time this past year working on family history – mine and Doug’s!  The future holds a trip to Germany where Doug’s ancestors originated.  We look forward to that as well as returning to Scotland and Ireland.  I am getting close to finding Rev. William McGregor’s birthplace and I’d like to see it in person next time!

Below are a few scenes from our month long adventure….the first installment of a few more to come.

Sitting on the top deck of a double decker bus in London.



Doug got up at 6:30 a.m. to capture the stillness of the water in the canals.  By 8:00 a.m. it is crowded!  Brugge, Belgium.



The canals of Brugge, Belgium at 6:30 a.m.!


On top of the world of London, England, aboard The London Eye!



DOUG climbed all the way to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London!!!



The semi-circular gray/white building was our hotel in Ghent, Belgium. We asked for a room in the “attic” so that we would have an amazing view of the castle just across the street (out of the pic at right). It was wonderful!


Dianne and Doug enjoying the tulips in Holland.

Doug’s grower/exporter friend Piet in Holland entertained us for the day and took us on an up close and personal tour of his part of Holland. The tulips were breathtaking! Thanks, Piet!



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About Dianne

Although I am a true Southern Heart (I was born in Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee), I also love the Prairie, and that is where I am now.

I am a mother of three grown children - two wonderful sons and an amazing, beautiful daughter. I am a grandmother of nine - two grandsons and seven granddaughters. If you were to ask my grandchildren: they would tell you that "being a grandmother is what I do and that nothing in this world could keep me from it".


  1. Charlotte Campbell :

    Wonderful memories, Dianne. I am so happy for you.

  2. Oh My GOSH!! I thought you had given up on us- but turns out you were just really busy having a FABULOUS time!!
    Congrats on the marriage!! And the trip must have been a dream!!!! Too bad you didnt give me a hollah whilst you were in England!!! But I’m so glad you gad such a fab time!!!

    Hopefully it wont be such a long time before you post again, sugah!!!

    Sunny 🙂

  3. I’m a “new” reader, who just read your old blog “MySouthernHeart”..*smiles*…so, fyi, you’re certainly not just talking to yourself, new readers are still finding you, and are interested in hearing & sharing your on-going story..*smiles*..{perhaps I’ll send the entirely too long to post, note I just wrote you..*laughs*, which is why you are getting this post instead of that note!! *smiles*}…

    I look forward to you hopefully posting again regularly, and sharing your life & daily adventures (& Cooking & Recipes, again!!.,*smiles*, yup! that last part was entirely selfish of me!!..*smiles*)

    Until then, Congratulations on your recent nuptials, travels, and your life’s latest reincarnation *smiles*, Bravo!!..& Regardless, I wish you the very Best! Thank you again for posting & sharing…Hope to read more soon! *smiles*

  4. Hi Diannep – First of all a belated “congratulations”. Sounds like you have put a lot of activity into the last year! So very happy for you ————————– God is Good.

  5. Hi Dianne, you’re not talking to yourself! I don’t think I’ve commented before but I pop in to your blog occasionally and had read some of the posts in your other blog when you lived near a forest. I am so glad to see that you have recently got married. You seem such a lovely person. I hope you enjoyed Ireland and Scotland. I’m from Ireland but now live in northern Scotland. All my best wishes to you and your husband. Sandra

  6. I’m so glad to see this post, Dianne! Congratulations on your marriage!

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