Life + My Mom

momglitterdressMy mom at the peak of her singing career

Hoping I can squeeze in a little bit of everything I’ve been up to this week, but I’ll condense it as what I am eating would only be of interested to my mom and dad.

I am thinking… social media can make people terribly critical of others – I witness people correcting one another, and I find it quite harsh. What if I corrected people’s photography when they didn’t ask it and were only trying to share? If it’s out of true concern and necessary (is it? probably not), kindly private message the person.

I am thankful for… a husband who is kind and understanding. I realized after updating my Quickbooks that while business deposits were updated for all of 2014, none of my expenses were since April which meant we missed out on thousands of deductions. Something was wrong with my Quickbooks file, gah. Instead of refiling we are going to take it as a loss. Mr. Wonderful was incredibly kind and said not to worry about it. I cannot imagine any of my exes would have ever let me go so easily (I know I would have heard an earful) – I married the right man. He’s always kind compassionate and loving.

I am going… to be working on a Google project next week – a modeling/acting gig. I’m ecstatic, thanks to my wonderful agents at The Agency Arizona. This is my first booking since I moved agencies earlier this year and I’m pretty ecstatic about this job in particular. It will consist of still photos and video and I’m hoping I’ll be able to share it when it’s completed.

I am reading… “The Power of Words” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  Speaking of people being unkind and correcting one another for the sake of being right or showing off their self-declared expertise (such a pet peeve of mine), we should understand words have power.

Words can heal and encourage, or they can hurt, discourage and create damage to people’s spirits.

This is the second time I’m reading this book and as a woman we talk too much and it’s important to watch our tongues – if we are to be ambassadors of Jesus, we need to set good examples.

I am hoping… to share tips I learned at the Mom 2.0 Summit which took place at The Phoenician last weekend. It was my fifth blogging workshop, one of the top two in terms of investment expenses however the 3-day event was incredibly informative. I’ve registered for next year’s summit in Laguna Niguel! Of course, you don’t have to be a mom to attend, lots are, but the focus is primarily on women.

Around the house… wiping down dusty chairs, move a few tables around and set up for tomorrow’s baby celebration for Brenna! I’m so thankful the weather has been fantastic in the high 70s lately and patchy clouds.

A picture to share… since this weekend is Mother’s Day I want to share a few pics of me and my mom. As most of my friends are mothers, I see the hard work involved. It has made me more aware of how selfless mothers are and how even though I’m an adult my mother is still my mom and will always be my mom, putting my brother and me before herself.

I admire my mom’s boldness, her organization, drive and her style. I remember watching her get ready in her pretty long dresses, curled hair and beautiful fine jewelry and fur. My mother is so classy and elegant and she loves to feed everyone who comes through her door! She’ll feed you even if you say you’re full, give you her things if you like it, and is incredibly artistic – she can knit, crochet, sew or paint anything she sees with no pattern.

Ben_Diana_Wedding_055Thank you Ryan Ray for this photo.

My mother was also an Asian celebrity – a pretty big one. She had a few albums, soap opera appearances and she toured all over Asia with her mother when she was young.


Happy Mother’s Day mom! I love you!


Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Lydia

    The whole story is just so amazing! You can read all about it here if you’d like!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      What a beautiful story. I am sure Bobbie is smiling that someone so amazing will take care of her husband. I just got a sweet handout about “Biblical Portrait of Womanhood” by Nancy today over lunch. :) Thanks SO much for sharing this, I loved watching her video.

  • Lydia

    I love…the picture of you and your mom!

    I am excited…that you know of Nancy Leigh DeMoss! With her recent engagement, I found out no one around me knew who she was and couldn’t join in my celebrating! She’s such a beautiful testimony of a life being fully dedicated to serving and glorifying Christ!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Lydia! I didn’t know Nancy got engaged! She’s so great with words, her writing is just easy to digest and personable. I don’t recall when I was introduced to her, I know it was several years ago but her words are timeless! I’m so happy that she’s engaged, praise God! :) She will be a great wife!

  • Mailinh

    Love, love, love! Happy Mother’s Day to your beautiful mom!
    And so excited to hear all about the new adventures you have around the corner. :)

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Mailinh! I’m excited about your adventure of LASIK! Keep me posted!

  • Carmen

    What a lovely post! And your mom is super gorgeous!!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Thank you Carmen, I grew up looking like my mom as a teen and now I’m about 50/50 of my mom and dad ;)


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