Thursday, October 27, 2016

I'm Home ~

Hello my dear friends and faithful followers!
My time away looking after the needs of my mother
seemed to fly by quickly, though it seems like for-ever
since I have been in contact with my blogging community.
I will be around looking in on you
and enjoying the beauty that you have shared over the past month.
Donatella and I headed for warmer weather the first of October
where we would spend time getting mom settled in
for the winter months.
While driving mom's Coach, Donatella did a great job
as my companion/co-pilot.

This time I ended up renting a car and driving home
as I now have my dear Donatella and wouldn't think of leaving her behind.
I may never fly again. :)

~ Looks like Donatella needed sun-glasses sitting in the front seat.~

 ~ While in the Hotel, Donatella was a dear to fluff the pillows before bed time ~
By the way ~ her doggy school has been wonderful!
She is quite the lady I must tell you.
My life has certainly been enriched since she adopted me. HA! 
Who found who? 
I'm just thankful God brought us together.
I forgot to mention in my post meet Donatella
that after I named her I came to find out her name means "sent from God".  
Again, God is glorified in the work of His hands.
"Thou wilt show me the path of life:
in thy presence is fullness of joy:
at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore."
(Psalm 16:11)


My time away was busy with much to do
and there were days when I felt tired and weary.
 I was reminded through the reading of God's Word
that my God was reaching down, imparting strength,
and holding me up with His righteous right hand.
"My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me."
(Psalm 63:8) 
Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation:
and thy right hand hath holden me up,
and thy gentleness hath made me great."
(Psalm 18:35)
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
(Isaiah 41:10) 
Sufficient is God's grace, He does marvelous 
things for those who call upon His name.
Daily I found the strength I needed as I looked to my Savior,
singing praises to His Holy name, with a thankful heart.
How about you, are you finding God's grace sufficient
in your daily life?
Are you allowing His righteous right hand to uphold you? 
Are you singing praises daily to the Lord,
finding joy in any circumstance?
"O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things:
his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten the victory."
(Psalm 98:1) 

~ Debbie ~ 


Debby Ray said...

Oh what a joy it was to see your sweet face in my blog list this morning! And I LOVE your new "do"! You look refreshed and renewed and I am so glad that you got your sweet mom settled in. I have missed you, my sweet friend! Donatella is such a precious companion and there is no doubt, a gift from God to you! I am looking forward to your upcoming posts. God has been so good to my family as well and is continuing to bless us! I rejoice daily that our son Aaron will be celebrating ONE YEAR of sobriety on Halloween! God is SOOOOO very good, isn't He? BIG HUGS to you Debbie and welcome home! ♥♥♥

quakerhillfarm said...

How wonderful you care for your mother! I am afraid that is not so with many. Your sweet little girl looks so very happy and content sitting beside you. Glad you are doing well. Have a wonderful week.

Melanie said...

I'm so excited to see you back? I asked Stephanie the other day how you were. Donatella looks like the perfect traveling companion. What a sweetie. I'm glad you have your mom all settled and you are back at home for the loveliest time of the year. Can't wait to hear of your adventures or just catch up with your life. I am loving my Earl Grey tea! So good!! Blessings, my friend.

Pom Pom said...

Hooray! You're home! Aw, that doggy is one blessed pup!
God bless you, good Debbie!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dearest Debbie ~ What a great post to read from you!!! So wonderful to see you back and to see sweet little Donatella. How interesting about her name too.

Your scripture verses really blessed my heart this morning. Just what I needed, thank you.

Happy Fall ~ FlowerLady

Celestina Marie said...

Welcome Back Sweet Debbie,
So glad your time away went well and you have your mother all settled for the colder months ahead.
Donatella is a little doll. She is such a special companion and good company. You can see how sweet she is in the pics. Love the first one of you and she together.
Love knowing the meaning of her name too. God surely had a hand in bringing you two together. Beautiful blessing.
Thank you for sharing the bible versus this morning. The perfect way to open my computer for the day and be enriched by your post.

Enjoy the season. Hugs to you my friend.
Love xo

Marilyn Mathis said...

So glad that you are back. You are such a caring and giving person. God will bless you for that. Thanks for sharing about your fur baby. Love your little doggie. God gifted me with a dog about 3 months ago that was wandering around. He was only about 2 1/2 months old and is precious. Hugs.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, sweet Debbie, what joy to see your beautiful face and your sweet and beloved Donatella! Oh, what fu you both had driving mom down...and then driving home. Yes, I would say you may never fly again! Hehe! Oh, I'm so glad that trip is now behind and that you will now get some much needed rest, dearest friend! I know that God will give you refreshment in body and soul, and what a joy to read this beautiful and uplifting post, sweet friend! Sending hugs and love, Cheryl xoxo

Desideri Chic said...

ciao Debbie, un caro saluto a te e al cagnolino <3
ti seguo come follower
Passa a trovarmi ✿✿✿

Cheryl said...

It was true joy seeing a post from you in our inbox today! So thankful you are home safe, and I can only imagine how precious the time away with your dear mother was...and, of course, Donatella, too! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

LV said...

A truly awesome, touching and inspiring feature. Your little dog is so cute. They will stand by you when no one else does.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Welcome back home! It looks like you and Donatella have had quite the journey and adventure! What a sweet little dog...she looks delightful! I know you are thankful to be back home safe and sound. I am looking forward to getting better acquainted with you in the days to come! Your thoughts and words and scriptures are a comfort and blessing today.

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

It is always a joyful day when I get to visit with you dear friend! I know you are glad to be back home, and have your mother settled in comfortably for the winter. You and Donatella have become quite the traveling companions, and no, I would not fly again if I had her sweet face to ride along with me! She is just so precious, and how awesome that her name means sent from God, that just speaks to me of just how much the Lord loves and cares for us that he would send you such a faithful companion! Praying the Lord continues to bless and keep you dear friend... and yes I love that verse, in His presence indeed is fullness of joy, I can't imagine my life without HIM! Many hugs and love to you today!

Joyful said...

Hi Debbie, it's been awhile since I paid a blog visit. I'm sorry to hear your mom is doing poorly but so glad you are there to help her. Your new dog is so pretty and it's an awesome story about the meaning of her name. Hugs. xx

Deborah Montgomery said...

Welcome back Debbie! It's so good to see a post from you! You look wonderful there with your sweet companion. What a little sweetheart, so cute! I can picture her being your constant traveling companion, I'm sure even to the grocery store!
I'm sure your mother was very blessed by your care of her. And what a good reminder to us all to keep leaning on Him when we're tired and worn out. I'm thankful you found rest and strength in Him during this time.
Blessings to you, Deborah

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

I'm so glad you made it back safely Debbie, I bet Randy is thrilled to have you home. It looks like you have a wonderful travelling companion, she looks like such a sweetie. Enjoy your weekend, love Kelly.

NanaNor's said...

Welcome home Debbie! You are indeed blessed to be able to take care of your sweet mom and drive her coach no less. Your girl Donatella is such a beauty and I just love her expressions~I'm sure she feels like she is in heaven. Sending love and hugs your way!

NanaDiana said...

How nice to see a post from you, Debbie. I have been away from blogging for almost a year so am just catching up with everyone as they post.

I love your sweet new little lady. She is darling and what a great companion. I hope you have a wonderful upcoming weekend and can relax and really 'catch up' with everything.

Blessings to you- xo Diana

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What a nice surprise to see your post pop up in my email. So happy you are home safe and sound with your Donatella. What a sweet girl she is. My black panther kitty is just so sweet so I can just feel in my heart how you feel about her. Seems like you need a rest at home now and I look forward to connecting with you again.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Welcome back, dear Debbie, and your sweet Donatella, too! You both look so beautiful in the photo, I must say! What a delightful companion your little pup makes. Thank you for sharing the special verses with us, that are certainly shared from your heart. Big hugs to you!

Ida said...

Hi Debbie! - Glad you had a nice trip and time well spent with your mom. Donatella is looking mighty sweet and at home with you. What a wonderful gift from God she turned out to be for you.

Alex said...

So nice to find you have returned, dear Debbie! I didn't know about your new doggie ~ she is absolutely beautiful, I am sure you must adore her.
There are different seasons in life; those where we have to push ourselves a little, such as you have just had (you look really well, I am glad to see!).
I hope you can cosy up and feather your nest a little now! What joy to be home!
Yes, we need to lean on the Lord and he will always provide the strength we need. I have found this to be so comforting in challenging times!

Anonymous said...

Welcome back sweet friend. Your beautiful doggie companion is such a traveler 🙂 So thankful for God's strength as you made your mom comfortable for the winter. Good to have you back 🙂

Huckleberry stitches said...

Oh what a fun friend you have there!!!! She is adorable and I love how you found each other. Glad your trip was a loving one. God Bless.

Stephanie said...

Oh, it's SO GOOD to have you back! You were missed by MANY :)

How I love seeing Donatella...she puts a smile on my face every time I see her. The Lord certainly blessed you with a precious companion.

Thank you for yesterday. It was nice to sit in your home and simply relax. Much love to you!

J said...

I had missed the story of Donatella and have just read it - with tears in my eyes! Yes. No doubt God sent this little sweetheart to you to keep you company and protect you! You two make the prettiest portrait!
The people I admire most in this world are those who won't just drive by and watch an animal in distress, hoping "someone else" will stop. God bless you for what you did for Donatella - "His eye is on the sparrow!" "The just man regards the life of the beast!" Amen!

Ginny said...

Glad to see you are back, Debbie. You are so fortunate to still enjoy your mother's company! How i wish my mother was here. I miss her terribly. I totally love your dog! You know, I have been thinking of getting another dog. I have not had one for 13yrs. You look so lovely and I must say, rested. I know it must be difficult to get your mother settled in, but now you can be rest assured that she will do fine during the winter. Welcome back!

hobbyloes said...

How nice to see you're back Debbie. Beautiful picture you and Donatella, she is so special to you, and you look so relaxed. Yes, I believe that God put her on your path.
Nice to hear that your mother is settled in.
Many hugs.

Camille said...

You are a sweet blessing to your Mom, Debbie. What a gift of love you have given her over and over again with your time and loving care. I am glad you are safely home again. May the Lord bless you continually with His peace and presence as you seek Him day by day. With Love, Camille

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Hi Debbie, nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping over at my blog today to check out AnnMarie's Favorite Things. Donatella is adorable! How wonderful that you found each other!

Linda Walker said...

Yes I too, am thrilled that you are back here, inspiring us with your words of wisdom! I love your precious pup! She is quite the companion for you! I cannot imagine my life without my dog! My current dog and the one just before her were both rescues.....but I think they both rescued me!

So nice that your mom is settled for the winter months. That must put your mind at ease. She is so blessed to have you Debbie! Welcome back my friend!

Summer said...

So nice of you to take care of your mother ♥ Love your sweet photos☺ All the best♥

Doniene said...

Now I know where Stephanie received her sweet spirit - her sweet mother! I was so blessed reading your blog and soaking in every essence of Christ!

Your kind words on my blog brought a smile to my lips and a song in my heart!

Blessings and hugs!

Vee said...

Well I had to come looking for Donatella after you mentioned her. Beagles...they can be most interesting pets! Glad that she is a lady and wish that I could say that Jack is a gentleman. The best I can say is that he is better than he used to be! =D

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. It's nice to meet you. Donatella looks like a very sweet dog. Great pictures of her.

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