Sunday, April 2, 2017

Blog Anniversary ~

Today, my faithful followers, marks the third year
of my Blogging journey.
My dear daughter, Stephanie, inspired me to begin blogging
and I certainly could not do it with out her
gracious loving heart towards all the problems I encounter. 
Today is my dear Stephanie's Birthday, 
I would love it if you would stop by her lovely Blog,
The Enchanting Rose and bless her with your kindness and best wishes.
I thought it was quite fitting to begin Blogging on Stephanie's Birthday three years ago since it was her love and inspiration that led me here in the first place.
I can still remember the excitement {and butterflies} 
that I experienced when my first post was published. 
Through her lovely Blog, Stephanie so graciously
 put the word out when my first post came up
and it was then that I came to know many of you dear ladies. 
Over time I have discovered new Blogs and made new friends
and my life has been enriched by each one of your Blogs 
the beauty you share and your friendship.
During the time I have shared my voice through the posts written here
you have been gracious with your words of inspiration
by leaving comments that have blessed my heart ♡ thank you!
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, 
but their echoes are truly endless. "
~ Mother Teresa ~

"In friendship, God opens your eyes
to the glories of Himself."
~ Joni Eareckson Tada ~

"Friendship is the golden thread that
ties the heart of the world."
~ Author Unknown ~
Through Blogging I have met friends from all over the world.
There truly is a golden thread that ties friendships together,
for I have seen it and experienced it in my own life.

Through our Blogs we each invest time and effort
in sharing our hearts and lives,  and the time we
invest in our relationship with God gives the greatest return,
but as we commit ourselves to a growing, loving relationship
with our Precious Heavenly Father,  let us also commit
ourselves to ever- growing relationships with our fellow travelers
who are on this Blogging journey with us.
Blogging is such a beautiful way to connect with others.
We have opportunities to share the love of God,
to reach out and show forth our love care and concern
when others are hurting or going through struggles,
and we can praise one another with our words of inspiration.
Blogging, isn't it a joy!!


My Thanks!

People everywhere in life
     from every walk and station,
From every town and city
and every state and nation
Have given me so many things
intangible and dear, 
I couldn't begin to count them all
our even make them clear...
I only know I owe so much
to people everywhere
And when I put my thought is verse
it's just a way to share
The musings of a thankful heart, 
a heart much like your own, 
For nothing that I think or write
is mine and mine alone...
So if you found some beauty
in any word or line, 
It's just "Your Soul's Reflection"
in "Proximity with Mine."

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

This poem expresses my gratitude for you all.
My heart rejoices in the goodness of God!
Through His guidance and direction I am able to share
my thoughts along with Scripture with you here in my little corner of the world,
and through it all I've had the joy of "meeting" you.
Thank you, for following along with me!

Some of you may know that I LOVE SURPRISES!

As my thanks to you for being a friend and for following along with me,
I'm having a *surprise* give-away.
This surprise box is filled with assorted gifts that will delight every heart.
I promise you there are no snakes or creepy crawlers
 tucked inside my surprise box 😘
just pretties for one blessed winner.
My heart would be full to overflowing if I could share a gift with each one of you,
but please know I am grateful for the friendship that I do share with you.
Consider yourself {{hugged}} and loved.♡
 I would love to hear in your comment how you found me.
My give-away is open to friends around the world
and I will announce the blessed winner on my Monday post,
that is, Monday April 10th.

Thank you for reflecting your light and beauty in my world!

Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~

I will  be around to visit with you all
real soon, I'm looking forward to catching up with you.


sinnamon crunch said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! And Happy anniversary to you. Congratulations on three wonderful years of blogging. I hope spring is on it's way where you are. You had a tough winter. I also hope you and your husband's head injuries are all healed. Take care Kathy

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Happy Anniversary! Of course I found you through your lovely daughter's blog and it was a blessed day when I did! I have enjoyed following you through your blogging journey and life's joys and struggles. I have been thoroughly blessed to be a part of yours and Stephanie's lives! xoxo

Karen said...

Hi Debbie. I just love your beautiful and inspiring blog. I found your blog through Stephanie's email when she announced you as my first teacup exchange partner. The first one will always be special to me. Your kindness will always be remembered and appreciated.

Mrs. White said...

It is lovely to visit here. The pictures are so pretty and your words are always kind and gentle.

I found you through your daughter's blog.

How nice to have a blog anniversary on her birthday!

Thank you for the fun giveaway!

Linda Walker said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary Debbie! So glad that Stephanie convinced you to jump on board! I have Stephanie to thank for introducing me to you through her tea cup exchange! I hope Stephanie has a very Happy Birthday today! And what a lovely giveaway! Who doesn't love surprises? Have a wonderful Sunday my friend! xo

Brenda Fricke said...

Happy Anniversary Debbie! And a happy sweet day to you as well, as you remember the birth of your baby girl! I don't remember how I found Stephanie's blog, but it's always like "visiting" with my own daughter! Our girls are kindred spirits, even though they're never met and live states apart! Your Stephanie is a beautiful woman and her sweet spirit is jumps through the screen. When I realized you had a blog, I knew I would be blessed and encouraged by your words as well! Have a blessed Lord's Day!


Happy blog birthday! You and your daughter are blessings to me. Your faith is encouraging and a witness. Thank you. I will certainly wish Stephanie a Happy birthday on her blog.

Anonymous said...

Oh exciting! Isn't it wonderful how Our Lord just brings us together, it doesn't matter the how :0) mari

Elizabethd said...

I shall run over to Stephanie and send her a birthday wish! And happy blog-anniversary to you too.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Debbie and Happy Blog Anniversary! It has been a joy to become friends with you and a blessing of friendship that has truly touched my heart.
You bring great wisdom, encouragement and inspiration to the blogland community and we are so fortunate to have you here among us. So glad that Stephanie encouraged you to begin and that is when I found you three years ago. Wishing you many more years of fun and friendship blogging and God's blessings to always shine upon you. Thank you for your giving heart!!
Your giveaway sounds fun but since I won another from you a few years ago, I will give my chance to another to be blessed as well.

Happy Birthday to our dear Stephanie. I hope she enjoys the best day ever!!
Love and blessings be yours, xoxo

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Debbie, welcome back! How did I find your own word of mouth lol. You shared with me about Stephanie's blog (which at that time I really didn't know what a blog was haha, then you told me about your own). I'm so glad I got into blogging through the two of you, you were both such an inspiration. I hope you're feeling better and ready to enjoy spring. Love Kelly.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Happy Blog-versary! Isn't this a grand place to share and visit and make new friends? I have been blogging since early 2010 (I think!), and it truly has been an adventure. I love all the wonderful new friends I have met here in blogland...I believe I met you when you visited me on my site last year. I feel like we are all one big happy family, each contributing our individual talents and gifts and insights as the Lord directs. It is such a happy place...even though we sometimes go through difficult times...we have this great "family" here to cheer us on, lift us up, and brighten our days.

Happy Birthday to your daughter Stephanie, and thank you to her also, for introducing you to this lovely place. I'm so glad you took the plunge and dove right in. God has been with you, and He has blessed us through you. Thank you, and again, Happy Blog-versary!!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, dearest Debbie, congratulations on celebrating your third year blogging...and a very special happy birthday to your beloved daughter Stephanie, whom I love dearly. What a joy to get to know you, Debbie, and I thank God that He's brought us together here on earth and know that we shall spend eternity with Him and each other. What joy! Thank you for your heart for Him and for sharing your heart with us. Hugs and love! xoxo

marygems said...

Debbie I cannot remember how I found your BEAUTIFUL blog but have been following along for several years so may from near the beginning.
Happy Anniversary, and a HUGE THANK YOU for bringing such beauty into my home from yours :)
The lovely pictures and the words from your heart and the excellent quotes all make up for one delightful package that I enjoy seeing in my mailbox.
May the coming year be filled with many joys for you and much BEAUTY, that you will share always from the overflow of good things in your life and bless ours.
Mary in New Zealand.

September Violets said...

Happy Blogaversary Debbie! It's been such a blessing to have made your friendship. I found your blog through Stephanie's when she put out the word to visit her mom's blog. I don't think it was her first notice, but time flies faster and faster these days so it might have been! I still marvel at the smallness of this world and that you and I once lived quite close to each other. I was probably about 10 ;) Home computers weren't even a consideration then! I'll have to visit Stephanie now to wish her a happy birthday too. Enjoy your week.
Wendy xox

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Sorry Debbie, I forgot to wish you a happy 3rd blog anniversary. I can't believe it's been 3 years already.

Simply Linda said...

Happy Blogaversy....wishes for many more years of happiness, Debbie.

I do believe we met through Stephanie...and what a sweet Blessing she is, smiles. I pray that you have a beautiful upcoming week.

Debby Ray said...

Oh my...two wonderful occasions to celebrate! Happy Bloggiversary to YOU my dear friend and Happy Birthday to that dear Stephanie of yours! What a beautiful post this to commemorate your 3 years of blogging. That poem seems as though it was written just for us bloggers....hmmm...I wonder if Ms. Rice had a blog?? :D What a blessing it has been to have met you through Stephanie. I remember your very first post and it was pretty mother, like daughter. I felt an immediate connection from the get-go! God has blessed you with a precious heart and my life has been blessed because you do such a beautiful job sharing yours! Much love and hugs to you, Debbie!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a day of joy that belongs to the birth of your Stephanie and your blog anniversary. It was through your dear daughter that we connected Debbie, and that just warms my heart. You both have blessed me so very much in my life, and I am ever so grateful. Thank you for sharing your humble wisdom wisdom with us, and also the the beautiful quotes, poems, and verses. You put so much thought into everything that you do. Love and blessings to you, sweet lady.

Regina said...

Welcome back and congratulations on three years of blogging. I'm so glad I found your blog.

Robyn said...

Oh, Debbie! I am so glad I finally had a moment to stop in and see you tonight. A perfect timing to wish you congratulations on your blog anniversary.
I vividly remember coming to visit you that first time from Stephanie's blog and I was so delighted to connect with you on an unexpected deeper level.
I know we haven't been able to 'chat' as much as we'd like in the last few months but you are truly never far from my mind, friend, because you have had a deep impact on my life. I hope that we can 'talk' soon because I have lots to share and I'd love to hear what's going on with you, daffy Debbie. Lots of love to you! xoxo

Stephanie said...

You write the loveliest posts and when you're away from the blogging community you are truly missed....welcome back! This post {like many} brought tears to my eyes. Your blog is a blessing and encouragement to so many women...women around the globe...women of all ages. I am thankful for your willingness to write about the Lord and your love for Him shines through your words and photos.

3 years of blogging - what an accomplishment and you have grown so much! I hope you are blessed with many, many more years of blogging {{smiles}}

And many thanks for the sweet birthday wishes. I received so many delightful comments today on my blog thanks to you. You're the BEST EVER mom, I hope you know that! I am thankful the Lord saw fit to give me YOU as a mother.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. I love you lots!

Daniela said...

My darling Debbie, you're such a treasure to me and a blessing for so many, I know it, you've such a Beautiful Soul and a Gracious Nature, I feel so fortunate to have you amongst my Blog Friends, welcome back !

Happy Blog Anniversary, Sweet Friend,
I'm wishing you so many years of delight to come !

XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

Ashley said...

Dear friend,
Happy blog anniversary! Thank you so much for your surprise giveaway. I would love to be entered. :) I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I sure do love your posts and pictures. :)

I hope you continue blogging for many years!
Sending much love to you in Christ,

Marilyn Mathis said...

Happy anniversary on your blog. It is always so beautiful. Your words of encouragement are such a blessing. So glad that I found you and your daughter's blogs. Hugs.

Teri said...

Dear Debbie ... Happy "BLOG" Anniversary! I am so thankful that we met through our little spaces. "Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of the world." That is so very true. I too, am so very thankful for friendships from all parts of the world. I treasure sharing faith, family and home with like minded women. Each one warms my heart. I am so thankful to have you for my "blogging friend" and to share those things that are important to one another. I will "hop" over and give birthday blessings to Stephanie. She and I have shared through our blogs, emails, snail mail and her sweet Etsy shop for a few years now and she is so near and dear to my heart. I hope that your afternoon is a cosy and homey one. Hugs ♥ Teri

Deborah Montgomery said...

Happy third year of blogging Debbie! You have enriched our little blogging community so much! Thank you for all the lovely and thoughtful and God-honoring posts that you prepare for us to ponder and enjoy.
Stephanie and I had such a wonderful visit, and we sure missed you. I'm so thankful, though, that we were still able to meet and visit for a while over tea and scones. I hope you're doing well and had a good time away. Welcome back, and blessings to you! Love, Deborah

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you! We all love pretty surprises and Spring is the perfect time to have new things for our home and ourselves! Happy blogging sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

Vicky Hunt said...

Happy 3 year Anniversary! Time flies when you're having fun doesn't it? I remember when you joined the Christmas Ornament Exchange I hosted before you began blogging so that is when I first "met" you and then of course when Stephanie announced that you had started blogging, I of course had to follow along. I am always filled with peace and joy after visiting you. Your words touch the heart and soul. You are a true blessing to me and countless others. Thank you for that. Have a lovely week.

Hugs & Blessings, Vicky

Kim said...

Oh how wonderful blogland is with you, lovely Debbie sharing your grace and beauty. It is always a delight to visit your lovely place and be inspired by your sweet voice. Those visits always put a smile in my day. Happy three year anniversary....and a wonderful happy birthday to your sweet Stephanie....two gorgeous ladies in one very special.

Ginny said...

Happy blog anniversary! Please enter me in your beautiful giveaway!..I truly enjoy reading your lovely blog of such inspirational words! I first found your blog through Celestine Marie! I had the opportunity to meet her in 2010 and we have been friends since then! She suggested that I look you and Stephanie up because she knew that I would be blessed! She was right! Thank you for allowing me into your life. I am grateful for knowing you both and for your encouraging words of love and wisdom! God bless you! Ginny

Cheryl said...

Happy Blogaversary, sweet friend!! I am trying to remember how I found you, and as far as I can remember, it must have been through dear Stephanie's blog? Perhaps when the mug exchange was going on...I just can't remember, but one thing I do know. My life has been enriched in SO many ways since meeting you and dear Stephanie, and I thank the Lord for allowing our paths to cross. May He bless us all with many more happy moments together sharing at each other's blogs. God bless you over and over again! Sending you much love and many blessings!

Ida said...

Happy Blog Anniversary. It has been such a pleasure visiting your blog. We met through Stephanie's Teacup/Mug Exchange. - You sent me the cutest little Ladybug Cup.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Debbie, Congrats on your 3rd blogaversary! I think I've been blogging about 5 years now and enjoy it as well. Mostly, I have enjoyed the friends I have made by reading and interacting with other bloggers. Who knew it could be such rewarding fun!

I originally found your blog through lovely Stephanie, being one of her followers. I need to wish her a belated happy birthday. I'm behind as I have been caregiving since my husband's surgery. Thank you for responding when I asked for prayers.

Dianna said...

Hello Debbie,

It has been a pleasure to know you and your dear Stephanie the last few years. Stephanie actually found me through another mutual blogging friend. Then I found you through Stephanie. Both of you are such gracious ladies and I've enjoyed so much getting to know you both.

Have a wonderful remainder to your week.

Lauren said...

Happy Birthday Debbie. I would love to enter your surprise giveaway. Thanks so much for having one. I heard about your blog through my sister. Have a wonderful day.
Love Lauren

Creations By Cindy said...

Happy belated birthday to your girl! And happy anniversary of blogging to you. I truly enjoy visiting your blog. And I too met you through Stephanie! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Dear Debbie,

I just found your blog. What a beautiful spot to visit.

I just started a blog and would love it if you could come and visit.



Pom Pom said...

Happy blog anniversary! Yay! I'm happy to be a reader and I'm so glad we met. Now, we just need to meet face to face!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

Oh Debbie, has it only been three years! Time does fly by so fast, doesn't it! How wonderful that Stephanie encouraged you to blog, and that you also began blogging on her and Elijah's birthday, what a joyful way to remember the occasion!

Your friendship has been so very meaningful to me, and I always give praise and thanks to the Lord for allowing our paths to cross! I pray you had a blessed time away, and that you are refreshed and renewed this spring in Him!

It is so true, the blessings of blogging has far surpassed anything I thought in the beginning either... just being able to communicate and visit with other ladies of like precious minded faith is such a joy! Your posts are always beautifully shared, and so encouraging, joyful and full of the peace and love of the Lord. You and Stephanie both grace the world of blogging in a very special way!

How precious of you to share such a special gift for a giveaway, the dear winner will be blessed beyond measure, oh that box is just gorgeous! Many hugs and love to you today dear one, praying you are enjoying spring-like weather there now!

krishna said...

You have a beautiful blog.. love to read..

Please visit:

Anonymous said...

I remember when Stephanie introduced you to us! Congrats on your blogaversary! I am thankful for the many Christian sisters the Lord has blessed me with thru blogging. I hope you have a lovely evening.

Ang Smith said...

Happy Anniversary! I found you through Stephanie, when you first started. :) I took a little blogging break for a while, so I probably didn't say much back then. Even now, reading and commenting is hard, homeschooling 4 kids. But when I do make my rounds, I always love your posts. :)

janice15 said...

O my Stephanie is one of my first blogger friends.. so Happy birthday to dear Stephanie such a sweet young woman. And I met you through her just not to long ago and I to am very grateful. So congratulations to you. With love Janice

Laura Lane said...

I found you through your daughter's blog, I think. ~smile~
Your blog is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

Happy blogiversary! What a fun celebration and such a lovely post {{smiles}} I found your blog a little over two years ago through dear Stephanie's blog. Your little corner has been a place of encouragement, inspiration and beauty and I love stopping in and seeing your latest post! It is a gift to be able to learn from your wisdom and through your gracious teaching. Thank you for your blog and I hope you have another lovely year of blogging ♥

With joy and blessings!

Karen said...

Happy Blog Anniversary. I am so glad Stephanie got you started. Mildred helped me a few years ago. I always enjoy your encouraging faith-filled posts.

hobbyloes said...

Happy Birthday (sorry I'm late) with your dear daughter and Happy Blog Anniversary, three years!!!
First I found your daughters blog and then through her, your lovely blog.
Its always a pleasure to read your sweet stories and you are so blessed
with the people around you and the lovely pets you showed us.
Thank you for the 3 years blogging dear lady!

M.K. said...

Happy anniversary to you and your sweet blog, Debbie! What a delight to read this and see the beautiful photos. I don't exactly recall, but I think maybe I first found your blog when I participated in a blog party? Regardless, I have loved getting to know you and hear about your love for Jesus! May we have many more years of happy sisterhood in blog-world :)

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