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Deidra is a national speaker and the author of Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are, and One: Unity in a Divided World. Follow Deidra on Instagram @deidrariggs

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  1. I adored my grandmother and I can tell you did too. This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for some remembering, your and mine. My grandmother had white curls looked good in blue too.

  2. This brings tears to my eyes. Those precious granny’s!!
    Keep looking up indeed! Sounds so simple but looking down is depressing and looking in makes us self focused! Looking unto him…the author and finisher of our faith! Love you!

  3. Thank you, Deidra. That really encouraged me. What a legacy and heritage your grandmother left for you. What beauty šŸ™‚

  4. Your grandmother, my mother in law! A truly remarkable “lady” with all the dignity and demanding all of the repsect that the word ,lady, exemplifies. Like grandmother, like grandaughter!

    Love,

    Mom

  5. Thank you for sharing….I, too, thought my Grandmother looked good in blue…it was her color. Your story took me back to a time I sat in a country church listening to my Granddaddy preach and hearing my Grandmother sing the hymns loudly. May God bless you….thanks for sharing your memories.

  6. This morning I watched a video my dad sent of my granddad telling stories in my niece’s kindergarten classroom last week. They were celebrating the 100th day of school and were to bring something related to 100. You know, 100 M&Ms, 100 pennies, 100 toothpicks.

    Little Leah brought her great Grandpa Al. He turns 103 in a couple of weeks.

    I remember singing hymns with Grandpa Al and Grandma in the hot wooden pews of their little church. They sang ’em loud as well. Now I know why. Beautiful recollection, Deidra.

  7. What a beautiful tribute to your lovely grandmother and a testimant of how family can be there for one another. It all comes down to LOVE.

    Have a LOVELY day!

  8. I remember your sitting on the stool behind the counter “waiting” on the customers who came to visit more than to purchase something. But they always left with something: a story, or advice, or a laugh, and always with an encouraging word, ‘keep looking up’. Thanks for making my day brighter and reminding me of how blessed I have been and still am for the family God surrounded me with. It takes a family who is a part of HIS family.

    I love you more than you will ever know!!!

    Daddy

  9. How beautiful, Deidra. I wish you would write more about her, maybe a book someday. What an amazing story to tell! Your grandmother sounds like she had strength that I don’t quite understand, yet, with the way I complain all the time. Thanks for sharing this encouraging and beautiful story!

  10. Deidra, how can I thank you for this beautiful, true story of your Grand-mother’s faith at all times!!!! I too, had a Grand-mother who had great faith and shared it with me, and now I am a Great-grandmother trying to instill in my 2 little ones what I was taught, as it is the very least that I can do. I hope God is pleased.
    Keep writing and inspiring us – as I really needed to “look up” today!!
    God Bless!

  11. So beautiful! Reminds me of my dear sweet granny! Been 30 yrs. now, but what I’d give to have her with me. I’m a grandmother now, and so enjoy it!!! GBY

    • I realized the other day that “grandmother” may not be too far away for me. I’m not rushing anything, mind you. Just sayin’. It helps to have had such a wonderful example. šŸ™‚

  12. This post is just beautiful. Grandmothers are such a gift. I wish I knew your grandmother’s voice, because I have a feeling “Keep looking up” is going to be a new mantra of mine. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. What a beautiful honor to a beautiful woman your grandma. What a strong lovely woman she was. This honor brought tears to my eyes. As I type the tears rool down. Thank you for sharing such a specail piece of you. You grandma must have been beautiful as that bvlue sky. Keep looking up. Love that.
    Blessings

  14. Beautiful! Makes me think of my own grandma…she was 100 years old and 6 months when she passed. And she definitely lived enough life for 4 women! This is a lovely tribute.

  15. oh, this was beautiful. and she taught you well… as you just taught us all that looking up to the One who makes the blue sky will keep us going too.

  16. What a lovely memory of your grandmother. I too had a strong grannie (my great-grandmother) that I was fortunate enough to have until I was 25. She taught me so much about faith and reliance on God in all things simply by her life, no better lesson to be learned.

    • Isn’t it wonderful to have had such a good role model? And just by living her life. I want that. I want to be able to give that to my children and to their children…to pass on the legacy.

  17. Oh, Deidra! I love when you write about your family and its legacy. It’s not hard to see why you are beautiful you. Also? I learn oodles from you on how to be a better wife, parent and friend.

    I get that same “keep looking up” feel from you, too. Love you!

    • You know, I have a feeling that you’ve got this whole “keeping looking up” thing all figured out. You are a blessing, my friend. šŸ™‚

  18. Beautiful & heart warming. Brings to mind familiar verses …I lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help… (Psalm 121) God bless and thank you for visiting my blog.

  19. so beautifully written. recognizing and honoring our heritage is so self-affirming…seeing others do this inspires me to dig deeper into mine. thank you.

  20. Beautiful… (By the grace of God I am what I am)…1Corinthians 15:10.
    Thank you.