Debbie's Blog

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!
May 19, 2015
My class reunion is coming up next summer so I'm starting my diet now.  It's a biggie for me.  You know, one with a zero in it.  (I find anything with a zero in it traumatizing!)  
I'm seriously considering squeezing into a new pair of Spanx.  However, the last time I wore spandex was at my daughter's wedding two years ago.   It took me an hour to squeeze into it.   I stood the entire wedding because I wasn't sure I could sit and not have the whole contraption pop and roll down my waist.  
The reason I mention class reunions is because two of the characters in my newest book, Silver Linings, are returning to Cedar Cove for theirs and yes, it's one with a zero in it.  It will be released in early August, during the season of reunions for many, many of us.
Photo caption:  A moment standing with my daughter, Jody, at her lovely wedding.
May 15, 2015
When I decided to write books I was a stay-at-home mom with four young children.  I'd worked outside the home only briefly and knew shockingly little about being an entrepreneur.  
I was a published author writing from home for about ten years before I decided to rent office space.  Immediately I faced major decisions which I felt completely inadequate to make.  To solve that problem I invited six of the most successful professional women I knew to tea at my house and asked them a series of questions.  
We had such a good time we decided to continue meeting and formed our own breakfast club.  Our little support group met for over twenty years and became the inspiration for my novel Thursdays at Eight. While my friends have all retired now we still continue to occasionally get together.  What a treasure each one of these ladies has been to me and how grateful I am for their encouragement, advice and support through the years. 
May 12, 2015
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Two of my best friends are writers.  Many of you have probably read Linda Lael Miller and Christina Skye.  Linda and I used to live two houses apart from each other in Port Orchard and frequently discussed plotting and family while walking the high school track together until she moved.  (She said the neighborhood was going downhill!)  It was great having a writer friend that close.  
Christina and I connected several years ago when we realized we were both avid knitters.  These two dear friends are as close to me as sisters.  I am blessed to have them in my life.

Linda and I having fun together!

Christina and I sharing our love of yarn at TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) convention.


May 4, 2015
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Wayne and I had a fabulous day yesterday.   After church and lunch we spent an hour pool walking.  We turned the music up, full blast, and walked around the pool.  When a particularly good song played I couldn’t help but to break into a dance.  Anyone watching me might have suspected I was drowning as I tossed my hands into the air, swiveling my hips and slashing around.  Wayne simply walked.  He's too cool to get caught making a fool of himself.  We laughed and chattered, talking about our travel plans this summer (a road trip), and then sat outside and read together.  As we got ready for bed last night, I couldn't help thinking how fortunate I am to have my husband be my best friend. 


April 28, 2015

Yesterday when I woke I remembered that it was my mother's birthday.  It's hard to believe that it's been nine years since she died.  I was blessed to have a good mother.  I learned a lot about life from my mother; we all do, I suppose.  Mom was a beautiful woman who took pride in her appearance.  I don't think she weighed more than a hundred and ten pounds in her entire life.  I recently read a ditty that said:  Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all.  I smiled when I saw that and thought, “I should be so lucky.”

My beautiful mother with my father.