Debbie's Blog

August 10, 2015
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My husband decided to marry me on the sound advice of a fortune cookie.  I'm not making this up.  Let me start from the beginning.  When Wayne asked me to marry him I didn't give him the chance to change his mind.  We set the date and within the month, I had my wedding dress picked out, mom and dad had the down payment on the rental hall, and the invitations were ordered.  Then Wayne decided to change jobs, taking a substantial cut in pay.  He wasn't sure he could make it financially and taking on the responsibility of a wife made him think twice.  With his heart on his sleeve he asked me if I'd be willing to put off the wedding for a year. Read the full blog.  

August 3, 2015

Growing up my brother was a pest.  There's no other way to describe him.  For most of our years together we had a love/hate relationship common among siblings.  Actually, I should probably thank my brother for giving my publishing career its initial start.  I kept a diary back in those days, starting around the time I was in the sixth grade.  Fact is, I still write in one daily but I'm more sophisticated now and call it my journal . . . but I digress. Read the full blog

August 3, 2015

Wayne and I were blessed with two daughters and two sons.  All four of the kids were born within a five year span which meant that they were all teenagers at the same time.  To put it mildly, the hormones bounced off the walls at our house.  To complicate matters, if the kids weren't bickering with one another they were butting heads with Wayne and me. 

Many of the plot points in the Cedar Cove books involving the relationships between Olivia and Justine and Grace and her two daughters evolved out of that time with my own young adult daughters.  Read the full blog

August 3, 2015

Welcome back to Season 3 of the Cedar Cove television series!  One of the best parts of being an Executive Producer is the opportunity to visit the set and spend time with the actors.  From what I've seen and heard, Season 3 is destined to be the best one yet.  It seems that every year gets better and better.

In reading over the scripts I can tell you there are some great episodes in the works, episodes with twists and turns and surprises.  I can hardly wait!!!  Read the full blog

July 15, 2015

Some days it’s needed more than others

I had one of those mornings yesterday.  I was up and heading to the pool for my half mile of laps and feeling righteous.  I tore into the water only to find that my goggles leaked—bad!  (If you're a swimmer you know how annoying that is.)  

Seeing my struggles, the lifeguard suggested I turn the goggles upside down.  It worked!  That's a great analogy for life, isn't it?  Gaining a new perspective by looking at matters a different way.  It helps us to make adjustments in our way of thinking and our behavior.  And trust me, I needed that positive attitude because a short while later I got trapped in an elevator, all by myself, in a basement. Luckily I had my cell phone with me and I was rescued in short order.  

 Yup, it was one of those days! 

July 1, 2015
Wayne and I, along with friends Ed and Diane, headed off on a five day wine tour in Yakima and Walla Walla last week.  Washington State is the largest wine producing state behind California. Boy did we have fun and boy was it hot.  The temperature rose to 113 in Walla Walla on Sunday.  That's Africa hot!  We arrived home exhausted, exhilarated and with a ton of incredible wine.  
As you enter this 4th of July holiday, I hope you will find time to enjoy your favorite pastimes as well as your family. 
A beautiful vineyard outside Walla Walla, Washington
June 22, 2015
Wayne and I have some exciting news to share.  Our son Ted was married to Irina Nelson this weekend.  The nuptials took place on our front lawn in a small, private ceremony with family and two of Irina's closest friends.  The bride was beautiful and Teddy-Boy never more handsome. Ted and Irina met at a conference dealing with grief after the loss of our son Dale, Ted's younger brother.  This marriage is evidence once again how God can turn our sorrows into joy. 
Irina and Ted as they exchanged their vows on Saturday afternoon.
June 19, 2015
The other morning during my prayer time I found myself mentally fussing about something Wayne did that irritated me.  It didn't take long before I found myself stewing far more than I was praying.  Then it dawned on me that I could use an attitude change.  So I decided to ask God to give me an opportunity to show Wayne how much I loved him.  That prayer was answered even before Wayne had his first cup of coffee.  As Father Day approaches I thank God for my husband, the father of my children and my soul mate.  He's not perfect, but here's the kick, neither am I.  
Here is a photo gem of our family from Christmas, 1975
June 10, 2015
Cameron LaCombe, our oldest grandson graduated from high school last night.  It's hard to believe the little boy I once held in my arms is a young adult now.  It's one of those sunrise/sunset moments in life for Wayne and me.  
How is it possible that Cam can be driving and have a job when it seemed only a few weeks ago he was playing with little green army men and looking to save the world.  He's still looking to make the world a better place and heading off to college.  Go for it Cam.  Grandma and Grandpa are here to cheer you on.  
June 3, 2015
Wayne and I are home from the cruise and adjusting to life without a buffet line or someone who makes crafty animals out of towels to place on our bed at night.  (My personal favorite was the flying monkey that was attached to our curtain. ) 
That's something else.  I'm learning to go without someone turning down my bed every night.  Yes, it's back to the real world.  As my five-year-old grandson would say, "Bummer!"
The flying monkey folded towel in our room aboard ship. So fun!