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Merry Christmas

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!  Thank you for taking the time to follow and read Heart Choices.  I cannot begin to tell you how thankful I am for each and every one of you.  I get excited to read each comment.  I know that many are reluctant to comment and that's OK.  But it's fun when you join in on the conversation.  :)

I'm on a two week break from school.  Between visiting with friends and family, I'm working very hard writing my book.  Those early morning hours are spent typing away on my computer.  In case you don't know, I'm writing the lessons I learned from the deathbeds of many patients I came to know when I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist for 25 years.  There's much to be learned and I for one don't want to have regrets when it's my time.  Keeping the end in mind keeps me motivated and energized to live intentionally.  I've so much to share so ...I hope you stay tuned.

Our Christmas tree is up and decorated.  I was concerned that it wouldn't fit in our small condo but it looks beautiful.  Here are a few close up photos of my ornaments.

I have many ornaments that were gifts from friends over the years. And of course I have a few Norwegian ones too.

Annual Christmas Tea

Every year I look forward to an annual Christmas tea with my friend Terri and her cousin Janet.  We've been doing this for years and how thankful I am to have this opportunity.  This year we went to the Arizona Biltmore Resort.  The food was fabulous and everything was so festive.

Take a look at these little sandwiches.  There was smoked salmon, dill and shrimp salad, lobster basil salad, and more.  The three of us finished off this whole tray.  Can you believe we had two more courses?  There were peppermint scones and eggnog spiced pound cake.  And then we had to leave room for dessert: gingerbread mousse swan, peppermint crunch brule and cinnamon crisp truffle.  

Here are the three of us after we ate.  We were still able to walk around and enjoy the beautiful Christmas trees.  What a fun time with good friends!  Thank you Terri.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas celebration.  In case you are feeling stressed during this time of year, remember the reason for the season.  

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Oh I always just love these special times you share! They are always at such beautiful places. It's for sure if I ever make it to Phoenix... WE ARE GOING to some of those spots! The food looks so amazing, and I think you and I could also do it justice!! :)

    Merry Christmas sis, to you and Greg... enjoy every sweet minute.


  2. Merry Christmas, Debbie! Your tree is beautiful.

  3. Debbie
    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and blessed holidays.

    Hope your book is going well, too. Happy New Year for 2013.

  4. Your tree is just beautiful! And it looks like a wonderful time with your friends...Merry Christmas to you and your husband Debbie! May your blessings be plentiful!

  5. Oh, Debbie, it's been such a joy getting to know you through our blogs and I know your book will be a "best seller" for sure! May your Christmas be filled with blessings abundant! Hugs to you!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful time! Those desserts sound yummy!

    You're such a sweet lady. I am glad to be able to read your blog again. Thanks for your kind words and reading/following my blog,Debbie. Merry Christmas to you!!

  7. I'm looking forward to reading your book my friend. Merry Christmas!

  8. {love} {joy} {peace}


    ♥ Merry Christmas! ♥

  9. Merry Christmas Debbie! Wishing you and your hubby joyful blessing filled with His love and grace! :)


  10. That resort looks pretty and that food looks good! Love your ornaments.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  11. So many patients often thank nurses for the wonderful care they receive. But if all nurses take time to pause and truly ponder on every events we deal with, there are so many spiritual lessons being given into our hands. Through all triumphs and frustrations, we grow. I'm glad you are writing about those special moments that I know will strengthen us in return. I should have come by later not now though because I haven't eaten breakfast yet and you made me hungry! LOL.

    Merry Christmas to you sister and may the Lord guide you and protect you always.

  12. So glad you enjoyed the Christmas tea...how fun...your tree is just great.
    Enjoy your break...type away...enjoy the season.
    Merry Christmas!!! Love you girl

  13. I'm so glad you've taken up the pen to craft such a needful book! I'm reading Billy Graham's, "Nearing Home" and have taken such great comfort in his reflections.

    I pray you have a blessed & memorable Christmas, Debbie; and an amazing 2013.


  14. Just dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas, too. Hopefully, we can hook up before you go back to school.
    The tea looked lovely.....what a wonderful memory and tradition.


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