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Surprises to Share

Most of you who read Heart Choices know that I'm headed to Florida tomorrow for my niece Kristin's wedding.

I can't wait to see Kristin and Katie's faces.  It's just been too long since I last spent time with them. 

Katie and I went on a trip to New York City in 2006.  She graduated from beauty school and moved to Brooklyn. She now works in a hair salon in Manhattan and has gained lots of great experience.

She's going to do her Aunt Debbie's hair!  I'm so excited to have my highlights done.  All I can say is that I now know what my true hair color is since I've not had any color done in over a year.  I actually was pleased that I'm not gray since my mom's hair turned white gray at a young age.  But it will be so refreshing to have it done by an expert like Katie!

I will also get to see some of my favorite friends.  Lorraine (on the left) and I went to nursing school together.  And Jean (on the right) and I have been friends and sisters forever.  I met both of these women almost 40 years ago.  Jean will be at the wedding and Lorraine will return from her honeymoon cruise the day before I go home to Phoenix. 

And now for the surprises I wanted to share with my blogging friends...

Does anyone recognize this profile picture?

It's Melanie of The Bella Mella!  And would you believe that she lives less than one mile from my sister Christine?  So, how could I not get to meet her in person. 

I hope she doesn't make me run with her.  LOL.  Yes, I need the exercise but I'm not used to the humidity in Florida.  After all, I live in the dry heat of Arizona.

Melanie has been through so much this past year and I want to be able to give her a hug, pray with her and ...share some Norwegian waffles with her.

Does anyone recognize this smiling face?

It's Lisa Shaw of Sharing Life with Lisa.  And I'm getting to meet her in person.  She is driving almost two hours just to have lunch with me.  Can you believe it?  I've known Lisa through our blogs for some time now and we instantly clicked.  She's the one who gifted me with the blog redesign of Heart Choices.  She is so kind and fun and loving.  I know we'll be doing lots of hugging and praying and having fun.  I can't wait for my sister to meet her too.

There are several other Florida friends I would have loved to spend time with during this trip but my time is so limited with family and the wedding.  Robyn and Joann, my friends from high school live on the east coast of Florida.  Debra of Clothed with Scarlet lives there and so does Lori of Lori's Reflections.  Lori was one of my very first blogging friends and I've actually met her in person.  So, I hope to be able to return soon.
I probably won't be online much until next Wednesday and then I'll have lots of blog reading to do.  I don't want to miss anything.  So, say a prayer for those Delta pilots as that is the carrier I'm flying.  And pray for Kristin and Kevin if you would.

Blessings and love,
Debbie Petras
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  1. Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures!

  2. I just told my "Wednesday Walk Friend," Jen, about getting to see you this weekend!
    You don't have to run. But after pancakes, I will HAVE to!

  3. I am so excited for you, Debbie! I hope you have a fantastic time with family and friends as you celebrate Kristin and Kevin's wedding and get a chance to meet some wonderful blog friends! My prayers go with you for safe travel and God's blessing upon all of you.

    Warm hugs,

  4. Have a blast...it has been so awesome to see how God encourages and loves on you through your present struggles...the trip, the time in the mountains, the blogger friends that came to Arizona...just enjoy!!!!
    His gifts are soooooooo precious and so timely!!!

  5. Sounds exciting girl. Have a blast!!!

  6. Praying for the Lord to keep you safe sister Debbie and oh my goodness! How exciting that you're meeting so many bloggy friends!!! Aside from your own loved ones and friends. That's awesome! God bless you and for sure, it will be a trip of a lifetime!

  7. You know I'm thrilled for you and your upcoming trip! Have a blessed time and hug hug hug our friend! Love you and I will be praying for safe travels!


  8. Hope you have an awesome time
    with family, friends old and
    new, and enjoy safe traveling!
    How great that you're going to
    get to meet a couple of blogging

  9. Have a great time!!! Blessings are yours.

  10. Have a great time!!! Blessings are yours.

  11. You bet I'll be praying for the wedding and your trip, Debbie! You've got it jam-packed with goodies. Have a great time away. I can't wait to hear all about it!

  12. Hi sweetie, May the Lord richly and abundantly bless you on this trip.
    Can't wait to hear/see it all.
    Hugs & prayers,

  13. Yes, I am praying, every day, for this trip!!!

    So it's probably wrong for my to say 'color me green!'... :)

    I am so happy for you Debbie, and For Lisa and Melanie and your family gathering for the wedding. I just pray that each day will be full and rich, and I KNOW it's going to be!!

    Hug Melanie and Lisa for me!!

  14. How exciting this all is for you. The trip, the wedding, family and blogging friends too. How happy I am for you. ENJOY every minute and take lots of pics....HUGS

  15. I will be praying for all of you sis. I am so happy for everyone. Please give dear Melanie and Lisa big hugs from me, I love those blogging sisters so much.

  16. I'm so excited for you! It will be wonderful be able to see friends and family at your niece's wedding! Plus, what an added blessing to be able to spend time with some bloggin' friends! I'll be praying for safe travel for you, Debbie!

    Living for Him, Joan

    P.S. Don't forget to post some pics of the "new you" after you get your hair done!

  17. That is so super neat that you can meet blogging friends in person! I hope you have a wonderful time - please give Mel a hug for me...her testimony - viewed through her blog - is such a blessing..and an encouragement to me! Enjoy your trip!!

  18. just stopped by...so glad I did! Hope your weekend is great!! I'm so happy you can get away and even meet Melanie and Lisa! Can't wait to see the pictures and hear the updates! This is such an exciting event! :) Sending hugs to you!

  19. Gorgeous pictures! Kind regards Debbie.

  20. I'm so excited for you! Fun times with your so many of your favorite people! Have a safe and wonderful trip!!

  21. Hey Sugar,

    You know I'm praying for you, your travels, your family, the beautiful upcoming wedding and everything...

    I'm so excited to see you! Can't wait. You are VERY special to me as you know!!! I'm so looking forward to meeting your sister too!!! Enjoy your time with Melanie!!! Give her a hug from me.

    Love ya!

  22. Oh, Debbie! Have a wonderful time! So excited for your family. I'll be praying! And, please give Melanie and Lisa hugs for me!! How fun! Take lots of pictures!

  23. Such lovely pictures and stories. I have just read your other posts about Kristin, and I absolutely loved what you shared.

    Nice to know more about your lovely family.

    ENjoy your time in FLorida. You know I have also been to Tampa, in 2003.

    Great warm humid place!

    I also sent you another comment at one of your earlier posts.

    I really loved my time here this morning just catching up with you.


  24. It sounds like a wonderful family weekend and, how fun to meet blogger friends in person. Have a great time!

  25. I love your beautiful picture! How exciting to meet Melanie and Lisa! And I know you will have a wonderful time at the wedding and with family. Love and hugs ~

  26. Have an absolutely wonderful time, Debbie!!

    Luv and Sweet Blessings!

  27. I can hardly wait for the postscript and pictures from this one, Debbie.

    I pray you have a blessed blast, and return with more vigor than you thought possible.

    Lvoe you,

  28. Oh, how fun to meet with Lisa :)...Maybe you and I can fly out to Florida some day to spend a weekend with Lori!

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

  29. Hope you are having a wonderful time....Loved reading your blog...Have a great holiday weekend.
    I have a GREAT HOLIDAY ORNAMENT GIVEAWAY on my blog...drawing on Mon.

  30. WOW! How fun! I love Melanie! Hope you girls had fun! Now, I am waiting to meet YOU!!! :) Happy you got a chance to get away!

  31. Dear Debbie,
    I know for sure you are having lots of wonderful experiences of love and caring in the arms of family and old friends.
    I hope you receive all the heartfelt consideration as an answer of God's promises.
    "Ecclesiastes Chapter 11

    1 Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days. 2 Divide a portion into seven, yea, even into eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. "

    You have been giving tons of love and shared joys and sorrows with yours. Now it's hopefully reaping time.
    Hugs from Felisol

  32. It was a JOY to wrap my arms around you. I shared a bit in a post today. I know you are traveling right now so know that I'm praying for you and love you!

  33. What an exciting and blessed time! I am catching up on reading, so thought I would start here and work my way forward :o)

    By now you would have had an amazing time with friends and family...

    Blessings & Aloha!


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