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BC: Made with love by Kimberly May 22, 2010

FC: A Tribute to Debbie

1: This book is dedicated to an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and friend! | Happy 60th Birthday!

2: "40 years...devoted...persevering friend, committed to laughter and conviviality...first rate person...a treasure...a jewel.." -Judee

3: Neighbors by Chance Friends by Choice The annual Christmas luncheon at Diablo Country Club wouldn't be the same without my friend Debbie! Love, Elaine

4: Portions of Proverbs 31 (The Message) A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, And she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, And she always says it kindly. Her child respects and blesses her; Her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!” Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!

5: This proverb is called “The Wife of Noble Character” and to me epitomizes the character of YOU, Debbie. It speaks of your trustworthiness, your respect and love for your family, your talents, your heart for others, your beauty, your kindness, your hospitality, your gentle words and your love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It does NOT, however, speak of your competitiveness – and oh, the stories that could be told! Debbie, you are an example to me of the possibilities within all of us and I treasure you for the person God has so “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Love, Ruth Ann Thompson

7: My Friendship With Debbie... Between birth and heaven, God gives us so many blessings throughout life. My friendship with Debbie is one of those gifts. We met when we were just starting out as new mothers, a journey that has taken us through many joyous moments, along with those challenging ones as well. Our friendship remained a center of support and a place to go to when we just needed to talk things out, about what was going on in our daily lives. Some things were minuscule and some things were huge. It didn't matter because we always knew that the voice on the other end of the phone or that person sitting across the table, was always going to listen and respond. The comfort given was like the warmth of an old quilt on a cold night. This is that constant and reliable friendship with my very closest and treasured friend, Debbie. Thank you for all the years that you have so generously given to me, my dear friend. Happy 60th! I love you, Diane

8: Sweet Debbie, you are such a loving, fun friend. You inspire me in so many ways. I love the way you throw yourself into projects and share all the details. I have tried so many new things because of you! I look forward to many more wonderful hours spent with you my dear friend. One of my best memories of you is when you and Paul dropped by the house about 15 years ago to treat us with a tray you had decorated to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! I had never seen so many clever, fun "silver" things in one spot, including a bottle of champagne! It makes me smile every time I think about it! Have a wonderful birthday, Love and sweet memories, Shirley

9: Always the rainbow in my life! I can not even imagine what my life (and my families) would be like without you, Paul and Kim having been there over the past 15 years. You were the very best assistant for 14 years I could have ever imagined and I don't think (really) I could have succeeded to the degree I did without you. I used to smile and was so very proud when people thought we were sisters! I think we actually are - in a very special way. I feel so blessed that God was kind enough to bring you into my life and wish you a very, very happy birthday! Love, Cheryl

11: My Dearest, Sweetest Debbie! | How often have I told you that everyone in the world must think of you as their best friend? That's because you make every friend feel like you are their best friend and make them feel so special. Of all my friends across America and in the Seattle area, if I had to pick someone out as “my best friend,” it would be YOU. A Best Friend Is: Someone you can bust in to tears with over the phone, hundreds of miles away, and know they won't think you are a pest or a wimp. Instead, YOU give me complete compassion and always call me and check in to see how I am doing. Someone who digs and prods you, to find out the details of your life from childhood to the present, and your thoughts about the future. YOU have taught me how to be a loving friend to others by looking them in the eye an showing deep interest in who they are, rather than talking about myself. Someone who cares deeply about each family member that we love, as if you love them as much as we do. I have so valued your prayers for each member of my family. Someone who is brutally honest with you, but does it in such a tactful, kind way, that the other person goes to you for advice and values your opinion. You are the one that I, “seek the counsel of the Godly from.” Someone who is an encourager. You always bring out my strengths and inspire me. You've taught me to take care of myself. By your example, of going for the gusto, really making a point to have the most fun out of life you can, it has allowed me to enjoy all God has put before my path to enjoy. (I have a tendency to deprive myself and you have taught me to live.) Someone you can totally relax with and curl up on the couch with and just chat. God wants us to do that with Him, and you've shown me to slow down and enjoy my relationship with God and other people. Someone who is so much fun that when we grow old, I want to be in the same retirement home and share an Alzheimer's suite with. (Maybe we'll just have to have Kim, Heidi and Holly set up Skype for us and we'll never know we're miles apart and still crack each other up.) Someone who will be the first one you will call when you lose the dearest ones in your life. You better not beat me to heaven because I’m going to need your support. Someone who laughs so hard that they pee in the parking lot with you in front of three strange men. I think of that night so often and just crack up. If I never remember anything else, I'm sure I'll remember my "best friend Deb-pee." Happy 60th Birthday Deb-Pee! You look like you are 45 and never grow a day older. And you still act like you're in high school! I love you my most precious, special friend of all, Marilyn

12: Into my young life and the bare walls of my world you entered bringing light and laughter to me. The vivid colors of friendship began to paint my walls with your wit, charm and creativity. With tender care you added comfort, warmth, and understanding. Those images, those memories now line the corridors of my life. I look upon them fondly, and I'm thankful that you walked those halls with me. Debbie our friendship will be a part of my world forever, it has its special place within my being, my life and my heart. Remembering just how drab these walls might have been, I have to thank you for the light and laughter, my friend. Love, Krys

13: Dear Debbie, Who would have thought 8 years ago when we first met at Concannon Winery, that we were about to embark on such a special journey: a special friendship, family and a grandson? I am so honored to call you my friend; you are such a beautiful person inside and out! You and Paul have welcomed our family and friends into your family and home so graciously, sharing such special memories. As a strong, confident and independent woman, you have been a wonderful role model to Kim as a wife and mother and it shows with Kim’s relationship with Kyle and her confidence in being a mother. I know Kyle has a special place in his heart for you. I look forward to so many more memories (Whether it is in California, Colorado or Washington!) as we share this new chapter of our lives Grammy and Grandma! Happy 60th Birthday! Love, Theresa

15: So smiled the heavens, 60 years ago as God gently laid you in your mothers arms and then whispered into your ear. "I have placed you here, to lift the lowly in spirit, passionately love others, give unselfishly of yourself, and inspire others to succeed. But most of all, I want you to .....girl you gotta make FUN, to which she said, O.k.!" Your amazing my friend and I'm so honored to call you my friend! I celebrate you and all you are and look forward to another 60 with you. Happy Birthday! Love, Lynn

16: My Sweet Friend Debbie: When I first met you Debbie, you and Kim came to my house looking for our mutual builder and contractor. Your smile was radiant and I somehow knew that we were going to be friends. Our families were new to Washington, so we had something in common right away. "Californicators", I believe people from Washington called us. So it was so nice to see a friendly face that didn't accuse us of driving up the home prices. I love your laugh and your eternal optimism, and the way you organized parties and special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas with other fellow Vuemont dwellers like the Patterson's, the Tinsley's and the Steele's. Kimberly was so little then and now she has grown into a beautiful and wonderful young woman. You and Paul did a great job raising her, and now you are blessed with a sweet grandson, who is lucky to have grandparents like you and Paul. It was through you that I met so many wonderful people in WA, as you have a great gift for friendship. You have an infectious personality and wonderful sense of humor, and have a tendency to bring out the best in people. I am so glad you are my friend and I am able to spend your 60th birthday with you. Happy Birthday, my friend, Jayne

17: Debbie is always a breath of goodness and sunshine, she is always there with her beautiful smile to lend a helping hand. She has taught me to keep my Faith firm, Hope simple and Love all encompassing! After a long absence, God brought us together again in such an amazing way. It was His way of saying that our friendship was always meant to be, and for that I will always be eternally grateful. I am blessed to have Debbie as one of the very special people in my life. Love, Sandy

18: To have a friend is one of the highest delights of life. To be a good friend is one of the noblest and most difficult undertakings. -Anonymous Debbie, thank you for opening your heart again and for being the ultimate friend.Wishing you a wonderful 60th birthday! Love, Susan

19: "As an American it's nice to know you drink G&T's like a true Brit!" Happy 60th! Love, Michelle

21: True Love Lasts Forever | Guests | I find it difficult to put into a few words what your friendship has meant to me during the 45 years that we have known each other. We share many memories from High School. However, we were always together, either physically or in spirit, for the most significant events in our lives since then. Marriages, the births of our children, deaths of our parents, graduations, trials and tribulations of life, and more importantly the sharing of so many joyous occasions. Everyone says that they are going to stay in touch after High School, but for us, somehow we did. In looking through my photos to find something for your book, it was so apparent that we have continued to be a part of each others lives. You loved my dad as if he were your own, embraced Derek and Adam as if they were yours and I don't have to tell you how I feel about Kim (Burly). At one point we thought me might become related when your dad was "dating" my mother. Then the possibility arose again when we fantasized that Kim and Derek would get married (if they could have done it at 5 years old, it probably would have happened). Even though distance has separated us physically, I always carry you in my heart. It is true that we are not "related" by blood or marriage, but I could not feel more attached to your beautiful spirit, generous nature, positive outlook, and genuine desire to always be there if someone needs you. I love you and know that we will be friends till death us do part. Love, Nancy | Debbie, Thank you for including me in your birthday celebration. There was just something special about our "Burbankian" experience and the friendships we made. Even though many years have passed, we still remain fondly in each others' hearts. You are fondly in my heart, as a beautiful woman, wonderful wife and mother and a treasured friend. It is an honor and joy to be able to share this occasion with you. Love, Judy (Barber) Bernal

22: For my Beautiful Wife, Friend and Lover, You are truly an amazing woman! You epitomize the verse from an Unknown Author who said: "Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years" I'm more in love with you every day and so excited about our future years and travels together. Je T'aime' Ma Cherie Your ever grateful husband, Paul

23: I love you! | Mom, I still can't believe you are 60 when you look only 40! I'm so happy to celebrate you this year because you are such an amazing woman of God who I aspire to emulate! I could not ask for a better mother, best friend and Grammy to Nolan. Thank you for always making me laugh, your giving spirit, being there to listen and offering such wonderful advice throughout the years. You make me want to be a better friend to others, a great wife and mom! I love you with all my heart, Kimberly

24: Dear Mommylew, You are such a caring and charismatic person. Your attitude and energy bring happiness to all of us. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. I'm so happy that we share the same "humor" and I can't wait for us to pass it on to Nolan;, even if his Mommy says it's not "appropriate." Love, Your Son Kyle

25: Dear Grammy, I love you so much. I love it when you calm me down and rock me to sleep. I can't wait to be able to tell you how much I love you; until then I will have to do it with my goos, gaas, and toots. I'm such a lucky little boy to have you as my Grammy! Love you, Nolan

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