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Thanksgiving Blessings

My heart is full! Joseph, Julie, Daniel, and Jess arrived at our house yesterday afternoon, and once again our home is filled with the energy of youth. As children grow up and leave the nest, holidays become all the sweeter with their return visits home. We are truly blessed. I have always loved Thanksgiving….. A time to reflect and be […]

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Three years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my age updated in the first paragraph and the addition of this year’s note to myself…    Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the […]

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Happily Ever After

There once was a college freshman who threw a snowball at the window of a nearby dorm. Even though she didn’t know it at the time, inside that room was her prince charming. She started dating the cute guy inside that dorm room and five years later they got married. The wedding was in a tiny church way out in […]

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“Six Months Later, All I Feel Is Pride”

With tears in my eyes, I read this poem written by a sixteen-year-old I’ve never met. Her words were riveting and raw, and I felt her pain and pride as if it were my own. It’s obvious this young lady comes from a very loving family whose parents are doing things right; and it’s not hard to see […]

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Another Epic Easter Bunny Hop Is In The Books!

This morning the Cruisers and I met for our seventy almost-annual Easter Bunny Hop. We’ve been celebrating Easter with a bunny hop since 2009, and last year was the only year that another running event kept us from being able to meet. The day before our run requires some shopping and basket assembly on my part […]

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‘Twas The Night Before Santa’s Race

‘Twas the night before race day when all through the town Not a runner was stirring, they were all lying down.  Their shoes were placed by the back door with care In hopes new PR’s would soon be theirs. The Cruisers were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of age group wins danced in their heads. And […]

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What Our Christmas Tree Says About Us

This first appeared on Deb Runs on Christmas Eve 2013. I hope you enjoy…   Just for fun, I’m going to take you on a quick tour of our main Christmas tree.  I suppose you could say there are a few themes going on here and of course running is one of the big ones!   I […]

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Happy Thanksgiving, My Friends

I’m beyond excited today because Joseph and Julie are here from Chicago for the weekend, and even though Daniel lives only thirty minutes away, he arrived this afternoon with a packed bag. As children grow up and leave the nest, holidays become all the sweeter with their return visits home.  I have always loved Thanksgiving….. A […]

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Two years ago I wrote my first birthday letter to myself and have decided to update it each year. Here’s my original post with my age updated in the first paragraph and the addition of this year’s note to myself…    Today is my birthday, and I absolutely love birthdays!  At my age I celebrate the […]

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Eating And Running My Way Through Chicago

When we arrived at Dulles International Airport on Thursday for our flight to Chicago, we were treated to a beautiful sunrise – a fantastic way to start our much anticipated trip to help Joseph celebrate his birthday! Bill and I have been very lucky that both of our sons have lived pretty close by since […]

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From Four To Five – The Wedding Recap

It’s not every day that you’re blessed with a beautiful new daughter, but a year ago today we officially welcomed Julie into our family.  I wrote about the rehearsal dinner being on Bill’s and my 33rd wedding anniversary in my post The Rehearsal Dinner, Our Best Anniversary Ever.  Last night while enjoying a quiet evening […]

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It Just Wouldn’t Be A Pancake Run Without Mr. Incredible On His Bike!

For the third straight year, Bill and I hosted the Miles’ Pancake Run.  For the third straight year we didn’t serve pancakes. The annual Miles’ Blueberry Pancake Run started about twelve years ago in Maryland when Miles and his wife Jeani hosted a pancake brunch after one of Miles and his friends’ Saturday long runs.  […]

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National Running Day Demands Sparkle!

Several weeks ago I invited my Cruiser and MRTT friends to a huge group run to celebrate National Running Day.  On Monday, my friend Kelley posted the following on our MRTT group:   Hold The Phone…. Debbie has agreed to show up in a SPARKLE SKIRT to Wednesday’s National Running Day Event…IF…50 of you ladies […]

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We LOVE To Run In Virginia!

Virginia is for Lovers; and runners. The iconic Virginia L O V E letters are currently on display in a nearby neighborhood until June 1.  These letters travel around our beautiful commonwealth, and we are lucky enough to have them visiting our area for ten days! From the Virginia Is For Lovers‘ website: We’re out […]

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Remembering Our Nations Heroes On Memorial Day

Excerpts from today’s post are from last Memorial Day weekend… On this Memorial Day weekend, let us not forget those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live freely in this beautiful country.   May God bless our nation’s heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery; and we must not forget those who have been […]

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Happy Birthday To The Monster I Created!

When Bill and I were first married we were much better fit for hiking together than running together.  Bill played a lot of basketball and tennis, and was great at sudden short explosions of speed, and considered his run finished after a quick mile.  I preferred to run around five miles, at a 9:00 pace. […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  For a little Valentine’s Day fun, I thought I’d share some fun photos that I’ve seen on Facebook, captioned by the organization that posted it.       Questions: Do you like those chalky little Valentine heart candy? How about the cinnamon red hots shaped like little hearts? Who’s racing today […]

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How To Throw An Italian Dinner Party For Fourteen Guests

Our annual Italian Dinner Party each February is my weekend to shine and make my husband both happy and proud – happy that he’s getting a good home cooked meal; and proud that I try my hardest to replicate two of his favorite childhood dishes that his Italian grandma made for him. I suppose I’m a […]

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A Little Girl Finding The Perfect Christmas Tree

As a couple, Bill and I have never gone out and cut down a Christmas tree. For several years, we purchased our Christmas tree from a nursery, but eventually started buying them from our local volunteer fire department. I reasoned that the fire department would surely sell the freshest-cut trees in town. Looking back, I’m […]

 
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