Happy 2013!

Here’s praying that 2013 is a wonderful year for all of us! Mine started out with a wonderful lunch prepared by our neighbors – thank you Bill and Peggy! Other than that, I’ve been lazy and kicked back in my chair all day. My doggie has loved that!
I thought I would post about what a tough year 2012 was, but I met a girl last night who has a rare form of blood cancer and is on her THIRD round of chemo treatments. It quickly put things in perspective and helped me realize I had a relatively easy year compared to that. Soooo, I will just give thanks for my many, many blessings. And as the quote goes…
“May you live all the days of your life!”
Love you and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Deb

This entry was posted on January 1, 2013. 3 Comments

Bring on the Hallelujah Chorus!


I am officially a “one year cancer survivor!”

I knew I would be excited – but I didn’t expect to be sooooooo excited!  My hubby came home early yesterday afternoon and caught me dancing in the kitchen; I went to a party last night and I mentioned it too many    a few times; I put it on Facebook and revelled in the sweet comments and “likes.”  It was just an awesome day.

Then I came home last night and didn’t check my email, so this morning I woke up and clicked on this!


Oh. My. Goodness!!!  Is that not the sweetest thing a brother could do for his sister?  Thank you Mike, Kristin, and Madi – you have made my celebration complete!

Someone asked me if having cancer had ANY kind of blessing in it.  It has:  I’ve been shown how many people truly love and support me.  I knew I had wonderful family and friends, but I didn’t know HOW much they loved and supported me.  I can’t tell you how much Mike’s video meant to me; how much friends and family huddled together at the hospital the day of my mastectomy surgery meant to me, how much all the meals, cards, calls, texts, and blog comments meant to me.  I have been flooded with love and care all year long – and that has been my blessing in this cancer journey.

And so right now, this moment, I want to say thank you to all my friends and family for making this past year “doable.”  Without you, it would have been so much harder.

And I can’t celebrate my healing without celebrating the Healer!  Thank you, Jesus, for all Your many blessings this past year.

My new favorite Scripture is Psalm 103:2-5:

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.”

Love to all,     Deb


This entry was posted on December 23, 2012. 3 Comments

I give up :(

I usually finish what I start…but this 31 days of blogging just wasn’t for me. I tried, I really did (I made it for 19 days?) – but I’m sick of MYSELF and I know you must be too. Maybe it would have worked if I had blogged 31 days of devotions or 31 days of outfits, etc. But 31 days of my life – I’m just not that interesting. Sooooooo, I will go back to blogging every once in a while. Check in on me once a week or so – the pressure is off!

I went to Aliene’s this past Friday and helped decorate her Christmas tree. It was a special “celebratory” day: last year I helped her on the very day I found out I had cancer. So she called it our “celebration” day! When I got there, she had this pretty bag waiting for me with a gorgeous pair of earrings and the. sweetest. card in it:

Here’s the finished product – I love this tree!


What a year it’s been – thank you Lord for getting us through!
Afterwards, we went to Lucky 32 for lunch. Aliene left to pick up her boys from school and I went to the restroom. On my way out to the parking lot, I completely missed the curb and fell SO HARD! Three sweet women helped me get up – they kept asking, “Are you alright?” And I honestly wasn’t sure! I’ve never fallen that hard on pavement. Anyway, both knees have scabbed over nicely and I’m hoping to get my big toe in my walking shoes today – I must have jammed it. God is good – I could have been hurt so much worse. Boy was I sore all weekend!
This is a cute pic of our Santa in the car on the way home from the beach:

And here’s my two granddogs side by side guarding the yard – I can’t believe how big Beanie is getting:

Finished my dining room table:


And my Christmas cactus is starting to bloom, just in time!
That’s what I want to do from now on – bloom where I’m planted. Enjoy the moment I’m in. Appreciate each breath. Make EVERY day a celebration day! I hope we ALL can do that. Love you, Deb

Blessing of the Hands

Some of you have asked for a copy of the piece that Joy read at Brittany’s wedding.  Here it is:

Blessing of the Hands

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

It was an unforgettable moment (among many) at the wedding.  Hope you are having a great week so far – I’m trying to rest up from Thanksgiving weekend!     Love you,   Deb

The wedding

Thank you, Joy, for sending me this picture of my sweet brother and me:

I love it!

And here are some more pics of the wedding:

Here comes the Bride!

Garrett was an usher and Joy read the “Blessing of the Hands.” She looked like a movie star and an actress could not have done any better. There were a lot of tears flowing after she read it.

My brother sang “The Wedding Song” by Paul Stookey. He sang the same song at Bob and my wedding 32 years ago = so special.

Joe, my niece’s husband, was the minister. He was outstanding. Near the end of the ceremony he asked Brittany and Derek to turn around and face the congregation. He told them these were the people who would love and support them throughout their marriage. So touching…here’s a pic of when they turned around:

First dance as husband and wife

Father/Daughter dance to “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” – it was Brittany’s favorite song her daddy sang to her when she was  little.

Derek and Rita shagged for their song together – I can’t wait for the professional pics to be ready so I’ll have one to show you.

The pink rainboots we ordered in case Hurricane Sandy hit.  Brittany wore them after the ceremony, “just because!”

Saying goodbye to everyone (I loved, loved her “going away” outfit)

That’s all the pics for today – I’ll try to post some random shots soon.  I can’t wait to see the photographer’s pics and share them with you.  Love to you all – you’re a blessing to me!      Deb

This entry was posted on November 28, 2012. 1 Comment

Thanksgiving keeps on giving

I’m in the car on the way home from the beach. So cool that I can post while riding – modern technology truly amazes me! I’m “worn slam out,” as the old country saying goes. Friday night we went to Ocean Isle Beach for Thanksgiving dinner at Joe and Lori’s beach house. It was soooo much fun.

Lori had everything decorated so pretty:


I loved when we all held hands and said the blessing.


After dinner, some of us played Bingo.

If you won, you put on the Bingo Crown. Mike was so thrilled when he won – NOT, ha!

This is what he really thought of the Bingo Crown:

Debra and Brianna won at the same time, so they shared!

It was just a wonderful evening with family and friends – thank you Joe, Lori, Billy, and Glenda!
We headed down to Little River for the rest of the weekend. Saturday night was the annual Christmas Regatta – it’s so cool to watch the boats right from our back deck:

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Bob said he thought there were about 25 boats this year. Lyn and I had a joint party and there were about 40 of us. Santa even came!


Ha, ha!





It was another fun time with lots of friends and family. God is soooo good! I’ll close this “fun fest” with a pic Patsy sent to me of the “first king sized bed ever”:

Love you all!!! Deb

So much to be thankful for

I’ve been busy! Thanksgiving Day was wonderful. Some pics:

Carving the turkey

Patiently waiting

Not so patiently waiting, ha!

My sweet brother was able to make it – love this pic!

Time to eat!

My babies

So sweet!

So thankful to have Rob home from school.
It was just a great Thanksgiving Day. God is so good and I have much to be thankful for. I’m praying for many, many more Thanksgivings. I hope yours was wonderful, too! Deb

This entry was posted on November 25, 2012. 1 Comment