Stop time!! Where is it going??


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So…. who knows what day it is !! ???

I have totally lost track!

I wish I could say that I have been saving the world or doing some really meaningful soul searching these last couple weeks, but the truth…?

I have watched at least 50 episodes of The Gilmore Girls since my first surgery.

I didn’t watch it when it was first on, so the marathon on netflix has been awesome!

I have interjected a bit of The Bachelor in there as well…

The photos have kept on however, and instead of sharing them all with you, I thought I would share some highlights…


After days of rain…. we saw a rainbow! 


Brayden got contact lenses after almost 7 years of wearing glasses!  He was downright giddy!


Owl project for school.  So fun to work on together!


Oh the smile!  Contagious!  This was a photo that he asked me to take to “bug” his dad because he was wearing one teams jersey and another teams hat at the same time….  I guess that is a BIG no no.

As the Gilmore Girls marathon continues, I will try to take a break now and then to post!

What shows do you binge watch??  { I am going to need a new show soon… I am on season 7 already!}

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie



Days 58-65


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Hello friends!

It has been a week since I have shared my daily photos with you.

Even though I haven’t shared daily, I have been taking my photos and practicing daily gratitude!

Here goes…. Days 58-65



My new glasses!  They are so fun… you know glasses are like shoes, you have to have many fun pairs!


Thanks to Caroline at Coolcity Kettlecorn , we LOVE popcorn with black truffle salt!


Here’s the cutie eating the delicious truffle corn…


You all know how I love my espresso… when the barista makes a heart with the foam, it tastes that much better!


My mom has been my chauffeur for over a month.  She has selflessly given up her Maj Jong games and job at the library to take me all around town.  What an amazing Bubbie.  So Grateful…


Iced green tea with fresh mint!


The book I am currently reading.  It is completely reinforcing this 365 gratitude project…  mindfulness training.


I LOVE it when the season changes and you can get AMAZING deals on great boots…  I have gotta get back to work soon…!


Maddox’s new positive reinforcement system that we came up with… he is doing great!  It also helps to have a fantastic teacher!

There ya have it!   8 days of gratitude wrapped up into one post!

Have any of you been practicing daily gratitude?  How are you keeping your perspective on what’s important?


With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie


Day 57


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A great friend of mine sent me this quote when I was going through some rough times.

It was brought to the forefront of my mind yesterday.

I am grateful for gentle {or not so gentle} reminders.

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie


Day 56


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I hate laundry.

I think my passionate hatred for laundry has been pretty evident on many blog posts in the past.

Silver lining about having two back surgeries?

You guessed it…  I am strictly prohibited from doing any laundry.

But this is my empty laundry chute  🙂


Thanks to my mom and my mother in law, we have been caught up on our laundry for I think 2 weeks now!

If you know us, you know that is monumental.

Thank you mom and Katie for coming and helping us out tremendously!

So much gratitude for the moms in our lives.

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie



Day 55


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I finally figured out what day it was!!    {It’s the small victories that matter…}

I am showered and dressed and did it all by myself!  { again, small victories}

As I was getting ready for the day, I put on my necklace made by Lisa Leonard Designs and it reminded me what was really important.

I purchased this necklace about 7 years ago and have worn it a ton over the years.  This past year, I added the “live”.

It is a daily reminder, that is so important.


So grateful for all the blessings in my life.

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

What day is it??


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Wow…  I have no idea what day it is!

Brief update:  After my first back surgery, my disc re-herniated on day 6, so on day 10 (day 10 after my first surgery…) I had a second back surgery.


I am healing slowly and taking my time.

I am accepting help and have received a great deal of kindness and generosity.

It has been truly heartwarming.  ❤

I have a hard time being patient and letting others do for me, but I have surrendered this time.

Despite the challenges of the last few weeks ( the last year, really….) there is still a LOT to be grateful for.

I am going to slap ya with several of my photos from the last 10 or so days all at once so I can get back on the program!

I do admit that I missed a few days in the thick of it…


Chocolate Ice Cream… need I say more?


The beautiful St. Johns bridge on our way to the hospital.


Delicious banana bread from a good friend, Gluten Free!


Add “chemical coffee” and it can’t get better!


An empty ER waiting room after waiting 5 hours to be seen the previous day… grateful.


My Valentines Date… we are taking a raincheck on that one 🙂


My bulbs have sprouted!


New leopard print jammies, thanks mom!


My trusty companion Duke, at my bedside.


Even my far away sweet friends sent love in the form of chocolate covered strawberries.


An amazing meal delivered by a family that we only met a few weeks ago.  One of Brayden’s school mates.  Such kindness.


Great reading material, also gifted to me. 


There seems to be a theme here….  hopefully I can get moving soon!

Such gratitude for the outpouring of support from our friends and family.  


With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie


What day is it??


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So I knew it was bound to happen.

At some point, although I keep taking my photos and acknowledging my daily gratitude, I knew life was going to sweep me away and I would lose track of the day and the blog posts.

It happened.

I do have a great excuse though…

Last week after a month of excruciating back pain.  I finally got to see the Neurosurgeon.

That was Wednesday.

Friday, I had back surgery.   

Sounds horrible, but really it was such a blessing.    I am SO grateful to be out of pain and healing and recovering.

So… in the interest of writing a short{ish} post, I thought  I would share my photos from the last week and get back on track!

My one caveat: I am on pain meds, so forgive me if this is a bit disjointed…  🙂


Papa built us a new table for the kitchen!  Perfect fit!


Brayden gave this to Maddox when he was sick last week ” feel better soon”… I found it in Maddox’s bed while he was sleeping one night… awww


Updating Brayden’s room with a Star Wars theme… gotta love the clock from Ross for $7.  I love a bargain…


Reading with Brayden for Oregon Battle of the Books.  It is time that I absolutely cherish.  The book is interesting… hmmmm.


Fresh caught Steelhead that my wonderful coworker Amy brought us.  We ate it the day after it was caught!  


Comfort food… fake, processed… need I say more.  I do believe it was organic though 🙂


Watching my confident boy compete in the Battle of the books.  


View from my hospital bed.  My hubby who spent the night by my side.   Of course with his cell phone in hand…  tee hee


Finally going to catch some zzz’s after over a month with no sleep!


Delicious dinners from friends who are taking such great care of our family.


A full fridge…. Thanks to Jodi, Kim, Tara, Catherine, Heather, Caroline, and Andrea.  Such wonderful friends and support.    ❤


I am healing well and feeling so much better already, so thankful!

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie


Catching Up!! Whew…


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Today is catch up day!  I am coming up for air after a VERY LONG week!  Even though I haven’t posted my photos daily, I have been taking them every day and noticing all the wonderful things around me ❤

{Insert brief moment of pity party… } Maddox had a fever for 4 days!  Brayden felt like shit for about 6 days with a horrible cold.   Between the two boys, Bubbie, Papa, Daddy and I were doing a lot of hanging out at home while trying to balance our workloads at the office.  It was definitely a lot easier to manage illness before being a full time working mom.   Thank goodness for my parents being close by!!!


This is Maddox on Day 3 with 103.3 temp… pretty perky for a super sick cutie…

{ Last part of the pity party coming up now…}  To top it all off, my steroid injection totally didn’t work and I have been in excruciating pain.  But the good news is that after calling the after hours doctor last night and getting a steroid burst prescription, I am feeling some relief!!!  YIPEE!!   I am really hoping to sleep tonight, how awesome would that be???

Anywho, moving on to my thankful photos….

This is sure a long catch up post!  I’ll keep the rest short and sweet.

Day 27:  

A few months ago,my mom and the boys went to an art show at benefitting The Audubon Society of Portland.   We love going to look at everything and typically it ends there.  Not because there are not amazing artists out there, but mostly because buying fine art is not my priority right now.

But I couldn’t leave this piece…


It totally grabbed me and enraptured me and I had to have it!

I am not typically a huge animal person, especially not a bear person, but for whatever reason, I had to have it!

Linnea Tobias had some amazing work and it just felt so happy.

Papa made the frame and I hung my picture right at the bottom of the stairs.

I love walking by it everyday…  doesn’t he just make you smile? 

Day 28:

I think that I have previously mentioned that I absolutely LOVE snuggles…


This is my view when getting some seriously awesome snuggles from my Brayden.

Nothing more to say.   It is just heaven for this mama.

Day 29: 

My dream is to have a beautiful yard, front and back.   A place where my friends and family can sit and enjoy and be together surrounded by beauty.

Today I saw the first sprouts of the spring bulbs.   Those are my fav.


What a fun time of year.  Here they come and hopefully the sun will return too!!

Day 30: 

Sometimes I don’t know if we have any idea how much a thoughtful gesture means to someone.

Every month, I have the pleasure to get together with a great group of ladies.  We have been doing this for 2 years now.  We all met when the kids were in school together and even though we have moved and my boys go to a different school, I still have been able to stay a part of this group.  What a blessing.

There have been good times and not so good times ( the last year for me has been a bit trying) and although I don’t often get to see these women outside of our DWAHC ( dessert, wine and hot chicks) night, they are still such a wonderful, supportive part of my life.

Because of the not so awesome nature of my week this past week, I just couldn’t muster up the energy to go to DWAHC last night.  { insert super sad face here }

The hostess this month, Kim, came by today and delivered the most divine piece of chocolate cheesecake and cabernet.

It was so touched that she would go out of her way to make me feel so special.  It really meant so much to me.

Thank you Kim for such a thoughtful thing.  It really made my day.



What a huge blessing to have such amazing friends…

Wow!!!  That was a biggie!! 

How was your week??

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie






Day 26…oh man.


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I have to admit.  Today was a tough one.

This project is great because even on tough days, it makes you find something to smile about.  Even if it’s just for a split second.

I really had to reach today…

As I was sitting here trying to figure out what in the world I was going to photograph today, I was enveloped in the wonderful scent called “ Zen Thyme“.

Not only the scent makes me happy, but when I think about it, it reminds me to try to find my zen…  { not so easy today…}


My warmer is on and the zen is streaming through the house…


With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie


Day 25


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Coming from California, I don’t think I appreciated the sun very much.    It was kind of a normal thing, year round.


When it’s sunny….

It time to do a  happy dance!  Especially in January!



I was so grateful for the sun!

Oh sun, how I have missed you….

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie