Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Birthday Give-Away Winner ~



 Hello my sweet friends!
Have I told you yet...
How thankful I am for you...
Have I told you yet...
About all the happiness and joy your visits here bring!
Have I told you yet...
What blogging has meant...
Just in case I haven't...
I want you all to know...
My heart is grateful for YOU!
Have I told you yet...
God's the reason we have met. 

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When I was in High School one of my English classes was taught
on writing poetry and I fell in love with it!
Unfortunately, I allowed critics to end something I so enjoyed.
I threw out a number of notebooks that I had written my poetry in.
Sometimes we do crazy things that we may one day regret, don't we?
My brother, who was my encourager 
cheered me on, in fact, he went to bat for me
and saw that some of my poetry was published in the school paper. 
My brother is now with the Lord in Glory, 
and I've often thought how I need to pick it back up just for him. 
We shall see...

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I'm now officially 60 years old!!
You know, I really am doing the HAPPY DANCE!
Growing older has never been an issue with me
and maybe it's because I belong to Christ 
and I know that one day I will be in Glory with my Savior?
Maybe it's because God wants us to grow old gracefully, 
not complain as each year goes by?
Maybe it's because I find the elderly beautiful in many ways
and I want to be lovely just like those who have touched my life
in some way or another?
Maybe it's because God's Word speaks to us on growing old?
As a Christian, I desire to grow Spiritually and press on
to the ultimate Christian experience.
But I'm not there yet ~ 
I long for my life to be totally committed to following after Christ Jesus. 
To be more like Him ~ To think like Him ~
To act like Him ~ To love like Him ~ To look like Him ~
Even as I grow older (I pray God grants me many more years) I do not want to miss
the glorious JOY of following after Christ. 
When God is ready, He will call me home, until then, 
my prayer is that I will strive to live out every day of my life
bringing glory to God, my Savior!
Walking with God is not always easy peasy, and I fail miserably
many times over, but the race that I'm in isn't finished yet
and by Gods grace I will run so as to finish well.
Don't we all desire to hear those words ~
"Well done thou good and faithful servant."
"Wherefore seeing we also are composed about with so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin 
which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us. 
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God. "
~ Hebrews 12:1&2 ~

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My birthday was amazing, something I least expected
and I'm still in awe walking in the clouds.
My husband gave me a three night stay at the Hotel Colorado
in Glenwood Springs, the historic 145 year old Hotel
that was enchanted!
My husband wanted me to enjoy some "Debbie Time"
surrounded by girlie stuff ~ a Spa day ~ facial ~ pedicure ~ 
and time spent in the Hot Springs Pool.
Chocolate covered strawberries awaited me in my beautiful suite
on the Penthouse floor, what a room!
I received 60 red roses from my husband!
60 gifts from my dear Stephanie and her family!
These gifts ranged from practical to fun and some were heart felt memorable treasures.
Each gift was individually wrapped with purple ribbon 
representing my birthstone, amethyst and each with a quote indicating 
what the gift was.
Oh the FUN of it all!
I enjoyed trying to guess what the gift was by the quote,
the "clue" was in italics.
I am still humbled and overwhelmed at the love that went into these delightful gifts.
For instance ~
The first gift I was told to open was ~
"You're 60! Let's get the party started"
The gift was a tube of confetti 
"Age is like a doily, its delicate and beautiful"
The gift was a gorgeous doily
"The pieces of your life have been put together in a 
precious and beautiful way"
The gift was a beautiful garden scenery puzzle
in pink tones no less!
"Look in the mirror and see how beautiful you are, inside and out"
The gift was a gorgeous mirror for my purse
"You outshine every pearl"
The gift was a darling jar that Stephanie designed with her embellishing creativity
filled with pearl buttons ~ she knows I collect buttons
"You are an extra special person"
The gift was a pack of Extra chewing gum
You're 60, shoot out the lights"
The gift was bullet casing magnets from Stephanie's husband
"At 60, you should have wisdom to impart...
Penny for your thoughts?"
The gift was a key chain with a number 60 charm and a penny with the year of my birth
"You are one hot 60 - year old"
The gift was a box of hot tamales ~ (candies)
"At 60 - you are as fresh as a daisy"
The gift was a purple flowering daisy plant
"You are radiant at 60"
The gift was a bottle of "Rose Glow" by Revlon. 
Oh ladies...I will be buying this awesome stuff by the case loads!
This delicate cream with tiny pearls gives your face a slight glow
and feels like satin on your skin.
I could go on and on with this fabulous, not to mention fun gift idea, but 
a couple of these 60 gifts were memorable in a very special way.
"You wear 60 beautifully. Here is to 6 decades of loveliness "
The gift was a beautiful silver necklace with 6 rings representing each year of my life
with my birthstone (Amethyst) in the middle.
After 60-years of life you have one awesome story to tell.
Share it with those you love.
The gift was a beautiful lifetime journal ~ 
A keepsake of personal memories that I will record 
and my name is engraved on the cover making it very personal.
Are you as overwhelmed as I was?!

The day after my birthday was spent at the spa and
while I was enjoying my "chocolate cherry" body wrap 
I began to ponder over the lovely night before
 when my dear husband stood at my hotel room door arriving to take me out for dinner
 holding a HUGE vase with 60 red roses;
Then my dear Stephanie and my grandson 
 stood there with my husband, each holding a box filled with pretty little gifts,
and as I pondered these lovely thoughts in my heart
 tears of JOY began rolling down my cheeks 
but I could do nothing about it as I was wrapped like a mummy.
I felt like I was crying tears of chocolate.
It was a gentle cry, just slow flowing tears of joy... 
 My heart was and is full of gratitude for the love of family, friends and strangers
who helped in making my 60th birthday very special!
Thank you ALL for those lovely Birthday wishes, for your visits and
for your gifts, cards and love.
My cup runneth over and over again.
You made my special day all the more wonderful.  
Thank You!

I so enjoyed each one of your memorable birthday comments,
so many different stories and all colored by God's grace and goodness.
Now for the winner of this beautiful devotional book & journal set ~
My husband was so kind to draw the winner ~
Connie who crafts over at Connie's Crafty Creations is the blessed winner.
Congratulations Connie!

Take Joy!
Debbie

26 comments:

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful celebration of 60 years of life on earth. You are blessed to have a family that loves you like they do---a return, I am sure, of the love you have lavished on them over the years.
I, too, destroyed a box of poems I had written over the years- how dumb was that!!!??!!!

Happy 60th year- enjoy every moment of it-xo Diana

Creations By Cindy said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I just love it! And yes....didn't you love your 6 decades necklace? I have mine on today. How precious. Congratulations to the winner too. WOW! Awesome prize. You are so precious and I love your words of age not bothering you because you belong to Christ. YES, YES, YES! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a fantastic, lovely, wonderful birthday! I would have had tears streaming also. You are blessed!

Congrats to the winner of your sweet give-away.

Continue enjoying each day you are blessed with. You, dear friend, are an inspiration to me and I thank you.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Elizabethd said...

What a perfect time you were given ,Debbie, deserving of every lovely gift.
So pleased that Connie won the giveaway.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Sounds like the birthday of a lifetime Debbie!!! So happy you enjoyed it so~ God is good <3 Wishing you a wonderful day, week, month and year ahead : ) Hugs, karen o

Stephanie said...

Truly, it's an honor and a privilege to celebrate YOU! I am thankful the Lord has blessed you with 60 years and I am praying for health and happiness for many years to come. You are a joy and blessing to so many.

Congratulations to Connie! I am sure she will simply love the devotional. And thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway...you have a big heart :)

Enjoy this snowy day! Love you!

Chris Lally said...

I think your lovely post made God smile, Debbie!

And congratulations to Connie! A very generous gesture by you...

Brenda said...

Debbie,
you have such a beautiful family and much to thank the Lord for regarding your time spent on this earth. I think it is because I have had a near death experience, that was very much like the man who Paul refers to who was carried away to the third heaven, that in one sense I look forward to what is in store for us who are believers.
However, it is an on-going journey and there is much more maybe that the Lord has in store for us, and that we have to learn. He knows the time and the way, and His thoughts are for our welfare and not to harm us, so even though we do not know what tomorrow brings, if we put our trust in Him daily as He speaks to us through His precious Word, then what have we to lose.
My husband always says that we will go holding hands - I would like that to happen, but who knows? The One who has every day of our lives written in His book does.
God bless you as you enjoy every day in our lovely Lord.

Rose L said...

Such a creative way to make your birthday extra special!

Joyful said...

Congratulations to Connie! Reading over your special day I am touched by the thoughtfulness of your dear husband and daughter. They made the day such a wonderful celebration of your 60th birthday. I am also touched by how your gracefully accept the passage of time. I know so many of us don't but as for me. God bless you dearest one. xx

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration you had to celebrate turning 60, my friend! All your special gifts were so very thoughtful and were given with such love. We are indeed lucky to belong to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing your happiness with us. Congratulations to Connie! Blessings to you, Debbie!
P. S. I still enjoy writing poetry, too.

Ruth Hiebert said...

AS I read through this post,I couldn't help but think that I need to take some lessons from you.I usually don't mind the birthdays and the numbers getting higher, but this year, I will be 70 and somehow that just seems very old. I also want to truly 'live' each day that God gives me, so with that in mind and your cheerful attitude as an example, bring on the 70s. together with the Lord,I can handle this.

weaving moments said...

Dear Debbie....the happiest of birthdays to you. I'm sorry I'm late in wishing you a very happy day, but know that this year is for you to celebrate your 60th birthday. Yay! May our Lord continue to shine His Face upon you dear lady 💕....Maria

Carla from The River said...

Dear Debbie,
I so enjoyed this post. Reading about your lovely day, was just what I needed. And your trust in our God and your thoughts on growing older. They also are just what I needed to hear. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Love to you,
Carla

Regina said...

Such wonderful birthdays memories! Thank you for sharing!

Anne Payne said...

By the end of your post, my eyes were filled with tears too. Your family is precious, Debbie! Of course, I know you know this but the thoughtfulness and care they put into celebrating you is a testimony to YOU and the way you live Christ every day. I'm honored to call you friend and sister-in-Christ! {{hugs}}

hobbyloes said...

You have had a wonderful birthday with all your loved ones.
What did they spoil you terribly ;-)
You are blessed with a good family.
Nice post to read.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate six decades of life and adventure! You are truly blessed, as you are a blessing to so many, both here and I am sure in your own circle of friends and family. Thank you for sharing your birthday fun with all of us. And Congratulations to the winner of that delightful gift! This all makes me smile this morning!

Ida said...

Sorry to have missed wishing you a Happy 60th Birthday. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful, loving family to help you celebrate. Wishing you many more birthdays to come.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous birthday filled with love from your sweet family and all of your friends! I know you'll enjoy the year ahead! And congrats to Connie! She's such a sweet lady and I know she is thrilled! Sweet hugs, Diane

Tanza Erlambang said...

Happy 60th year- with loves from families and friends.
have a great day

Alessandra said...

So happy you enjoyed your birthday. Having a great family is the most important treasure
Hugs

Kerin said...

You deserved to be pampered!
Your family really went all out for you to make your day so special. It is a tribute to you that your Stephanie is such a thoughtful and generous in spirit young woman :)Both of you raised a beautiful family.

Sixty is not too far off for me, and I don't mind growing older either. This has been my favorite season in life, thus far :)
There is a richness of life, a mellowness, and immeasurable confidence that can only come with life experience, and I am grateful for these things.

{{hugs}}
~K.

Carol Z said...

I'm a little late to the party but happy and healthy birthday wishes. Here's to many more celebrations!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

OH sweet Debbie, so delightful to hear of the beautiful birthday that you were treated to by your family! Truly it made my heart smile to know that your heart was wrapped in ribbons of love for the beautiful day of celebration by the love expressed from your family! That Stephanie, what an incredibly fun idea to gift you with 60 different gifts for your birthday, and such fun ways to tease you as you opened each one! Did you guess any of them? :) And so happy to hear Connie was the winner of the beautiful journal you gifted, she will be blessed by it! May the Lord continue to bless and encourage your heart dear friend, in this new decade of your life :) I'm thankful beyond words for our friendship! Hugs and blessings!

Conniecrafter said...

Thank you so much again for the lovely gift you have given me which arrived on my birthday :)

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