11th Day of Christmas Giveaway….with Suzie Eller

ani-email-xmas-66x106On the 11th Day of Christmas….. you get to meet one of the newest members of the Proverbs 31 speaker team! Oh, I think you are going to love her as I do. (If you are just joining us in our 12 Days of interviews and giveaway goodies, click here to get caught up. You can enter to win the prizes on any of the 12 posts until midnight EST on this coming Sunday, December 13th.)

Suzie Eller and I have known each other for years. We both speak at Hearts at Home conferences and first became friends years ago as we chatted at our book tables or shared a quick lunch between sessions. I soon learned what you are about to discover: she is a treasure.

Suzie has a zest for life, a deep love for God, a knack with teens and hurting women and excels at all things ‘techy’. She even taught yours truly how to Twitter — or is it Tweet?— when we were roomies at last year’s P31 She Speaks Conference.She is friendly and stinkin’ cute, with a love of fun and funky shoes to match! Suzie really is an incredible woman with an incredible life story. (If you have time, click here to read it. Especially if you come from a difficult childhood. You won’t be sorry!)

Now, meet my friend Suzie! (And check out her FABULOUS giveaway!!!!)

suzienewT. Suzanne Eller (Suzie) is the author of several books and hundreds of articles. She’s been featured on TV and radio programs, sharing her story of overcoming faith and living free. Suzie is married to Richard, a guy she still loves like crazy, and is mom to Ryan, Leslie, and Melissa and her much-loved in-law children, Kristin, Stephen, and Josh. She lives in Oklahoma. You can learn more about her at: http://tsuzanneeller.com

Suzie, can you share a tradition your family has enjoyed over the years?

My kids are in their twenties, and married. The traditions are more important than ever—for them! We have become the “hub”. It still feels strange that we are now the hub, when our parents used to be that for us when our children were younger. We have several traditions. We always have a special breakfast. All the guys cook while Christmas music plays. Richard reads the Christmas story from Scripture and we pray together as a family. Then we open presents one at a time. There is tons of laughing, teasing, and genuine fun during the opening presents. Presents are personal. A lot of thought is put into the present.

How do you intentionally focus on Christ in the midst of all the flurry of activities that happen in December?

18 years ago I found out I had cancer. Now that’s a bummer way to start this story, but that period of time taught me a lot. It taught me what was important, and what was not. I learned to slow down and savor life and people and moments, rather than trying to have an elegant dinner or picture perfect Christmas. We still have great foods and there are lots of pictures and memories, but the atmosphere is relaxed and focused on Him, and each other.

What has been your most memorable Christmas as an adult?

Growing up was hard because my family was chaotic, so every Christmas with my children and Richard seem super special. Last year Kristin (my DIL) was in the kitchen dancing playfully. My SIL Stephen was joking with Richard nearby. Melissa and Leslie were tucked close, just talking, and Ryan was telling a story to whoever would listen. Music played in the background. That’s home to me. That’s family. So every Christmas that I have with these very special people is memorable.


What activities do you most look forward to doing with your family at the holidays?

Playing ping pong, playing Wii, Apples to Apples, and cards.

You are offering a great giveaway today to one of our cyber sisters. Can you tell us about it?

Four (FOUR!) of my books:

  • The Woman I Am Becoming
  • The Mom I Want to Be: Rising Above Your Past to Give a Great Future 
  • Making It Real: Whose Faith is It Anyway?
  • Real Issues, Real Teens: What Every Parent Needs to Know

(Click here for the descriptions of Suzie’s books.)

WOW! Thanks for the great giveaway Suzie, and thanks for hanging out with us today!

Here we go, gals. If you want to be entered to win Suzie’s books, leave a comment answering this Christmas shopping question: Since Suzie is very tech savvy and I am a store shopping nut, do you prefer to shop at the stores while braving the crowds or on-line while at home in your jammies?

Do tell….

Shop-til-You-Drop Blessings,


  1. I prefer to do shopping online. It saves gas money, and I have been consistently receiving emails on free shipping offers, even on purchases of $50. It is worth it to me.

  2. I like to touch and feel the gifts I’m buying, but sometimes, when I’m trapped at home, I like to do my shopping online. Both have advantages. :)

  3. I do both! I love the atmosphere of the stores, but sometimes find a better bargain online. And, of course the whole jammie thing… ;)

  4. The books sound amazing and how fun to learn about Suzie. I used to be a brave the crowds kind of gal, but now I LOVE shopping online at home. With all the offers for free shipping and price incentives I have been able to get most gifts online and they arrive at my door…love it!

  5. We do both but I do prefer to store shop. I prefer to hold and look at the item not just a picture to know if I want to purchase it. I do not like crowds though so we try to get done early.

  6. I am definitely an online jammie shopper. :) All my presents are now arriving and it’s so much fun to check my door step everyday! I get overwhelmed with crowds and this is so much more fun for me.

  7. I prefer at home in my jammies, but with friends going to the stores is quite fun. I did Black Friday for the first time this year – i always avoided it cause I thought it would be stressful, but I had a blast! A friend of mine has an amazing way of making seemingly stressful situations fun.

    Julie =)

  8. I do enjoy going to the malls during the holidays to do my Christmas shopping, but I usually go during the weekday when it’s still festive, but a lot less hectic!

  9. THis year, I’ve done more on-line shopping, but I do really miss all the holiday decorations and music that the stores have! Thanks!

  10. This year I have been doing a large part of our shopping online and I am finding that I am enjoying it. I still LOVE to get out and browse the stores, but the ease of staying home and getting it done quickly has been a great change for me.

  11. I prefer to shop at the stores where I can touch and feel the item. However I like to do it on my terms (early morning, week days) and not during the crazy times (Black Friday, Christmas Eve or most weekends in December)! I have been known to shop on the internet but only if I can get a killer deal!

  12. I much prefer on-line in my jammies! Much easier on the feet and not nearly so stressful. Besides, I can listen to my preferred Christmas music and sip hot cocoa or a special blend of coffee at the same time. Just can’t get that at any mall. :-)

    I love sharing info on traditions and how each family celebrates. Thank you!

  13. Karen, these “12 days” interviews have been such a blessing. I haven’t commented yet, as I felt others could use the giveaways more than I. But today, the books motivated me. I can’t pass up the books!
    Okay, so I prefer to shop online. Last year we did a bunch online. This year, not as much, but I still appreciate the browsing in my pj’s benefit! ;-)

  14. I love to shop with the crowds but when I can’t find what I want in the size I need then I turn to online shopping.

  15. Thanks Karen and Suzie!! It’s been fun reading all the interviews! Christmas shopping I do a little of both, but more at the shops. I actually don’t enjoy shopping at all, so this is not really fun for me. But I love to give gifts. It’s a big part of my love language. Other times during the year I do lots of shopping on line. Most of my clothes are purchased online. Merry Christmas.

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