Category Archives: Holidays

12 Days Til Christmas-Day 7


On the 5th day til Christmas my true love gave to me:

Grace and forgiveness.  Thanks, B for putting up with me!  He asked me an interesting question this morning, “Do you think I extend too much grace to you?”

Of course my initial response was, “Of course not!”  But then I got to thinking and I can see his point.  I can be such a selfish, self-centered person that when he doesn’t call me out on it but instead lets me be, he in fact isn’t helping me grow in maturity and holiness, but he’s allowing me to continue in a pattern of sin that shouldn’t remain.

So, I grudgingly (and this shows my heart!) admitted that, “Yes, sometimes you extend too much grace to me.”

Ok, so the conversation probably didn’t go that nicely or succinctly but that’s how I remember it in my head and I feel like it’s a good reminder that my husband isn’t just here to fluff my feathers.  As iron sharpens iron, so one brother sharpens another (paraphrase of Prov 27:17).

So, once again, thanks, B for being willing to extend grace but recognizing when your wife is just being a brat and needs a bit of sharpening! i <3 u.

Oh, and the whole work thing?  Yeah…this is what I wish I was staring at outside my window….


…instead of this.

But at least I have a window!

12 Days Til Christmas-Day 3/4


On the 10th & 9th days ’til Christmas my true love gave to me:

This is getting tough.  Can you believe I lay in bed last night pondering what I would write on here today?  I think it’s mostly because I can’t imagine being “given” something for 12 days straight.

I can hardly believe that this weekend marks The Week Leading Up To Christmas!!!!!!  Does anyone else feel like it has crept up on us unassumingly,  quietly and is ready to pounce?  Yeah. I do.  But it has definitely been a sweet time this year of enjoying the balmy weather, shopping for gifts for my family and getting excited about upcoming trips!

Though, I will say I haven’t taken enough time to remember what the heck this season is all about.  The best gift of all; the incarnation of my Savior!  I really hope that in the coming week I will slow down a bit and ponder the miracle of Jesus’ birth, the amazing work He did for us on the cross and what that means in my life! Can you imagine if we were living in a pre-incarnate Christ world?  What a blessing and a hope we have being able to look back at what the coming of Christ meant at the time and see the implications it has had on the world since then and the glorious hope we have for the future!  Hallelujah, Immanuel, God with us!

12 Days ‘Til Christmas Countdown-Day 1


On the twelfth day ’til Christmas my true love gave to me:

Snow boarding lessons for freeeeee (well, I got some pointers from my friends, Dave, Mike & Kirksy!)

At the top of Sugar-no it didn’t rain!

First run!

Kirksy, Mike, Me & Brian

Brian, Dave & I trekked to Boone on Sunday and got to spend the night with Brian’s brother Mike!  Then, the four of us plus Mike’s girlfriend Kirksy went snowboarding at Sugar on Monday.  Brian picked it up SO fast!  Especially for the guy that said he was just going to board for half the day then switch to skiing b/c he dind’t think he’d like snowboarding.  He’s by far better than I am as all I’m good for is snow plowing down one way or the other. 
Thanks to several friends for letting us borrow their gear!  We had a fun trip and we are feeling it today.  I never knew snowboarding was such an UPPER body workout.  Haha, at least it is when you fall a lot.  And talk about sore bums, youch!

Debbie getting instructions from Dave

Day Trip


Sometimes random trips to the beach for a day are just what the doctor ordered.

July 4th weekend (yet again…it sure was busy!) loomed with multiple house projects and events scheduled.  I was feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff we had planned and was worried I would be worked to the bone all weekend with little rest, relaxation or fun to enjoy.  Brian graciously indulged my frantic need to get away and we took off Saturday morning for Carolina Beach.

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A little en-route entertainment.  Crosswords and Chronicles!


Ahhh, sitting in a chair, reading a book, burying my toes in the sand, soaking in the sun, listening to the waves crash over and over onto the shore.  Shhh, if you listen closely you just might be able to hear it.  I needed it.


What I didn’t need was the sunburn.  I tried, really I did, to avoid over exposure.  But that last trip into the water must have done me in.  I didn’t reapply afterward and my skin screamed at me for it later.  But the call of the water was just too strong.  The waves were great and we had some fun riding them in.


Anyway.  One of the many reasons I love living in Raleigh.  Two hours to the beach, three hours to the mountains.  Just doesn’t get much better than that!

Red, white & blue


A bit late, but eh.

Independence Day will forever be a special day for me, not because we celebrate our country’s freedom, but because it was this day 4 years ago that Brian asked me to be his wife :).  Thanks, B!!

Anyway, this July 4th weekend didn’t include fireworks.  But it did include lots of painting, power washing, a beach trip and cookout with friends! 

We had our friends Craig & Beth over along with Tracy, Rob & Keirsten.  Unfortunately, I didn’t bust out the camera when everyone was here and only snagged a couple pictures from the evening.  I tried to be all Martha Stewart and copied these strawberries I found from a favorite blog I follow.  I think they turned out pretty well.  They tasted great in any case!


Well, after dinner we all piled in the cars to go watch the fireworks!  If you read my intro you know, no fireworks.  The Town of Cary cancelled their firework display because of the major thunderstorm that rolled through that evening.  Oh well, we’ll catch them next year.

We headed back to the house to play some games.  Craig & Beth are gamers, yay!  I love playing games.  So, we busted out Yatzee.  They hadn’t played in years and I think maybe Craig had never played (I may be wrong saying that).  We had a great time and lots of laughs.  The first game was pretty uneventful and no one got a Yatzee.  We were actually kind of surprised because usually at least ONE person gets lucky in a game.  So we decided to play another round before we called it quits for the night.  Well, what little luck we had in the first game was completely reversed in the 2nd.  Craig & Brian both got Yatzees on 3s.  I got Yatzee on 4s.  And Beth got Yatzee on 4s AND 1s.  It was crazy and the reaction each time was hilarious.  We would all throw our hands up yelling OHHH or WOOOW or WOOO.  You get the idea.  Needless to say, the 2nd game was much more entertaining and exciting.

Before we could have folks over, though, we had several major projects we wanted to complete.  I’ll share about that and our beach trip in separate posts.

Now, to leave you with a funny video of Beth posing for the perfect Yatzee “picture”: