Wednesday, May 13, 2009

This was going to be just a short post, but there is just so much going on and so little time to talk, that I just threw it all together for a down and dirty chitchat. Cat Daddy and I are heading out of town tomorrow for my birthday trip, so this will be it until I get back. I've got more, just not the time to post it all. I thought I would first show you my Mother's Day present. I love everything big and gaudy (hence, Cat Daddy!) and my love of trashy jewelry is no exception. Have you ever seen such a big, honking ring? I love it...pearls are a favorite of mine, especially fresh water ones. I love the way they warm against the skin...so organic! C.D. really didn't want me to wear it to church...he thought it a little over the top. Really? The Lord knows who I am and what I am...after all He created me. You'd think after all these years C.D. would just give up and quit trying to reform me. You'd also think he would realize that if I ever were to change and become "normal", he might be the first thing to go! And no Laurie, you cannot have first dibs! The line forms to the left.
Boy howdy and my oh my, but spring is in the air. Everybody is buzzing around like bees busy with everything from graduations and gardens to weddings and baby showers and I am no exception. I told y'all I was up to something and here is the 411. I am going to be moving into a brand new mall opening in June! Can you stand it? I haven't done a mall in forever and didn't think I would ever again, but this will be one like you ain't never seen! No noxzema jars or telephone insulators here....no sirree bob. This promises to be a store that will knock your socks off and not because I'm there. Gloria of Sweet Pea Collection is gathering amazing talent from all over Texas to bring the best there is to offer to y'all. You won't have to wait for Warrenton to see the latest trends and displays. It will be available year round! How cool is this? The grand opening is June 13th and I hope to see all of you there. Bring your checkbooks AND autograph books....Cat Daddy will be available for photo ops with every purchase! (I just love pimping that man out...can I say that?) Just click here to see the announcement and details.Speaking of exciting news...look at our baby now! Doesn't that chin make her look just like her nana? Can you believe this is the same baby as in my header? Those little gloves are a nurse's best friend. She is notorious for pulling out her lines and the gloves help prevent her from doing just that. Jenn and I found them in a preemie size at my favorite store, T.J. Maxx. We bought an extra set just in case Miss Bella tries to "lose" them.
Jenn and Joey (my two melon heads) went to church with us on Sunday and from there, Jenn went to the hospital to celebrate her first Mother's Day with Bella. My girl is a beautiful young mother and I am so proud of her (just in case you didn't know that)!
Her dibble-dobble looks huge on her tiny face, but it's only cabbage patch size...just like her gloves. I am not kidding! The photographs are deceiving as to how big things are and aren't.
This is pure bliss and so many thanks are owed to all of you for praying so steadfastly for her. When so many problems were anticipated by the medical staff and never appeared, it makes me fall to my knees, thanking God for blessing us. Bella truly is a miracle and while others may search for proof of a divine being, I only have to look at her and know my God lives. He is performing miracles right before our eyes everyday and not just Bella. The proof is in the day to day miracle of life, breathing out and breathing in. And while it is not always perfect or as we would like for it to be, would any of us give it up? Not me!
I'll wrap this up with a photo that just says it all! Thank you my friends for the gift of your friendship and I'll see you just as soon as we get back from Cajun country!

25 comments:

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Happy Early Birthday, I know CD will make it special!! Hope you have a great trip, see ya when you get back.

Cher said...

What a ring! What a baby! What news! Wow!

The Texas Woman

Jodie LeJeune said...

Come on down girl...although I'm not sure if our little state can handle you and Cat Daddy!!!

I hope you win all of our casino money and bring home a little of Louisiana in your heart.

Hope to see you while you are in...
Have a safe and wonderful trip!
everything vintage

trash talk said...

Thanks Cher, I know it's junk jewelry, but I don't care. I'd just as soon have my fake as real!

delighted heart said...

What a ring! TEXAS SIZED!!! You ought to be able to knock someone out wearing that thing!! I love it!!! Happy Happy Birthday and have an awesome trip! You deserve a few days away for some R and R! I'm headed to Sugar Land to help with my MIL's estate sale tomorrow for my BD and my little Bella better decide not to make her appearance this weekend....or I'll have a police escort chasing me all the way back to SS!!
Birthday Blessings Girlfriend!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Debbie, have a wonderful birthday trip! Your new venture sounds completely amazing. I am so upset that I live so far away, because it sounds like THE place for me. And beautiful Bella is a miracle - she is the most amazing gift of all! i tell you, I can't wait to meet her in person when I come in the fall...oh, and you too, Deb, of course!

Frippery said...

Happy Birthday! Man you aren't kidding about the size of that ring! Where it like the proud Texas gal you are. So great to see that precious bebe and your sweet daughter celebrating Mother's Day! Ok if Jodie gets a visit from Sandy and then a visit from you I am just gonna pop with jealousy. Just kiddin, have a great time with CD for your BDay, ummm...25 or 26? I cannot wait to see pictures from the new venture, a great excuse to make a trip to Texas. Jodie, Sandy, Geralyn...who's with me? Hugs and smooches, Pam

Cottage Way of Life said...

You're making me want to hop in my new car for a road trip to Texas, that antique mall sounds like it's going to be fabulous and the thought that I could meet CD, well enough said! Last time I was in Texas, I didn't have a very good time, it's clear to me now that I was hanging out with the wrong people (actually person, who made me miserable the whole time)- need to come back, to be sure!

Have a wonderful trip and here are a whole bunch of wishes for a terrific birthday!!!

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

Just be careful of which cake you pop out of for your birthday bash...can't wait to see your treasures...and speaking of which...that family photo is so sweet!
ox lulu

Unique Unique Design said...

Wow, Debbie alot of info and inspiration in this post!! Love your ring, Happy Birthday and have a safe trip, Bella is amazing, God is even more amazing AND faithful, and what a cool mall! Want to wish you the best of success with your new venture. It sounds wonderful. Hope we don't have any conflicts and can attend the opening. Will put the opening in our event calendar.
See ya when you get home,
marcie

Moonlight Hollow Musings said...

Girlfriend, I am going to ask you what someone asked me one time...do you know the meaning of subtle? Look at that ring!!! We don't do subtle, do we? No, mam! We are all about celebratin' the bold and beautiful!!! Happy Birthday! Your best possible birthday present is gaining weight and looking more beautiful every day! Bella Girl is precious! Also, congratulations on your new venture! You know I'll be visiting! Have a great road trip!!!

Malisa

Scrappy Doo said...

Happy BDAY!!!!!!! Be careful on your trip.

Love the ring. Big Honkin I think would be an acurate description

A new mall. That has to be exciting and alot of work

Bella and family are just gorgeous
True Blessing!!!!

Scrappy Doo

janet said...

Okay, I'm a jealous-wreck over the ring! Congrats on the new mall space! I hope you sell lots and lots! Pics of Bella always make me smile! Happy Birthday kisses!--janet

The Green Pea said...

Debbie, have a Happy Birthday trip, Bella is so cute and she is really growing. Your daughter looks so sweet holding her. God has truly blessed all of you. Sandi

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

WOW! So much good news in one post! Happy B-day, nice ring, congrats on the new business venture, and thank God for Bella!

Love ya, Deb!

Bonnie said...

That is some ring! TX sized is right! Little Bella is growing beautifully and thank you for sharing your beautiful family pictures. Have a fun birthday trip. Bonnie

lulu Redstar & Lauri Evans said...

I always say if I can't see your jewelry from a mile away it aint big enough! I love it. but, I love Cat Daddy more. Just think soon all that stuff will be mine.....Oh sorry, I was dreaming. I hope you have a wonderful birthday, I will be thinking about you and how lucky you are on a trip with CD. Its just not fair........Lauri

The Tattered Cottage said...

Deb-
That's one beautiful TEXAS size ring. Love it! Tell Jenn Happy Mother's day, what a beautiful picture of her and sweet Bella. Hope you have a wonderful birthday! To answer your question on what I feed my boys.....they eat everything that isn't nailed down!!!! LOL
Toni

sepiadreams said...

Happy Birthday to you.....Lovely family photos and Bella is getting bigger and stronger everyday...Love Tiina...

Lou Cinda said...

Oh Debbie, this whole post just made me cry! Love the ring!! (I am in line..on the left) And congrats on the new space!! Take lots of pics when you get it going!

And best of all, Precious Bella, just growing stronger and stronger! You are so Blessed!

Have a GREAT birthday and wonderful trip!!

Lou Cinda :)

Cathy said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful trip...you certainly deserve it!!! I am so happy to hear...and see...that the baby is doing well!!! God is truely great!!!

Your ring is to die for!!! I want one!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

THE VERANDA said...

Have a happy birthday trip! And just so you know, I have a ring like that too. Only it has a pin on the back and you wear it on your jacket and it's called a brooch. That thing is HUGE! Bigger & better in Texas.... Maggie

Jen r. said...

Happy birthday! What a beautiful, perfect sweet little baby! :) jen

cheryl said...

Oh, my heavens, that Bella is just gorgeous! Didn't she get the memo that preemies aren't supposed to be so beautiful?!? She is certainly living up to her name! Your family, and most especially, that perfect little miracle, Bella, are being lifted up and covered in prayer as if it's our job!
We love you dearly! May your birthday be most blessed, you sweet, sweet friend!
In Him,
Your Zapp Hall Family

Anita said...

Your post on the goodness of the Lord was the reminder I needed today to quit my pouting and muster my faith...So thanks for that. Safe travels, beautiful byways and we'll wsait to hear about it when you come back...

And that Bella, so pink!