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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thought provoking questions coffee talk series

45 years ago today I was born! The World would be forever changed!
Well, I just can't believe it myself.
I do not feel 45 most of the time, I do not act 45, and some even say I don't look 45!
( My gobble, gobble neck tells the truth)
My Mom had me when she was 16 years old, can you imagine?
I can't believe it sometimes.  I am so happy she made that choice to have me, keep me, love me, and take care of me the way she did. It was not easy for her...and I admire her strength and courage all the time. More than she will ever know.
Love you MOM! XO
So onto thought provoking questions...
First one:
Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
I have always been a very inquisitive person.  I do ask questions, I believe that is how we learn and grow. I actually drive my kids crazy sometimes...especially my teenager. He sometimes makes the comment, like MOM you are asking so many questions.  I think he would worry if I stopped. So the answer is NO, I never settle for what I know, because truly what do I know?
If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Well, for me..I am not the most book smart kinda gal.  I would consider myself street smarts, social smarts type.  So I would try to teach people to me more positive. I think positive energy can be contagious.  I like to surround myself with positive influences and friendships.  If someone is constantly complaining, and feeling sorry for themselves over stupid stuff...that just does not fly with me!  I am usually the go to person when someone has something they need to share or talk about. I like to think or hope I turned their initial thought process of feeling down and blue into a happy thought.
    So I guess I would be more of a motivational speaker type if I had to teach something....I walk the walk and talk the talk......and I am not really sure how you teach people these things, so I guess I would have to study up!!~

Thanks for participating girls!
Make it a great day...

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Blogger Donna said...

You look gorgeous Debbie. Happy, happy birthday to you!

April 12, 2011 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Erika . . . with a K said...

Happy Birthday!!!

April 12, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Happy birthday, Debbie!! I hope you have a wonderful day, and celebrate many more birthdays! ♥

Wow,a mom at scary that must have been for your mom.
I'm so glad everything worked out well for the two of you.

Hope you're having a great week! I'm sure you have a lot on your mind with what's coming up!! :)

April 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Val said...

In my loudest singing voice!!!Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday To You, Happy Birthday Dear Debbie, Happy Birthday To You!! Cheers to the next 45 years!! QQQ

April 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Happy Birthday Debbie!!! Here's to many, many more:)

I'm not a question asker, I worry too much about prying. My MIL is a huge question asker, sometimes my FIL gives her this look that just says "Stop already!". She goes to the grocery store and comes home with someone's entire life story lol.

Wow, your mom was a teen mom! I'm glad she had you too and obviously did an awesome job raising you:)

If I had to teach something it would be grammar. I cringe hearing "I shoulda went" instead of "I should have gone"...uggghhhh!

April 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Debbie!!!

April 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year!

April 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Oh Victoria, how in the world do you stand reading my blog then? grammar is not my strong point.
Thanks girls!

April 12, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I love the new color in your bedroom! Blue is one of my favorite colors.

April 12, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Ricki Treleaven said...

Happy Birthday, Debbie! You look fabulous! I hope you have a great day, and party hearty :D

April 12, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger DearHelenHartman said...

Happy Birthday - so fun to have found your blog on your big day to join in the well wishes. Will be back for sure.

Make a goal to learn something new everyday. So asking questions is a natural.

Have a wonderful day and drop over and say hi at my blog some time.

April 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

HAPPY Birthday, Debbie! I hope it is WONDERFUL!

I am constantly asking questions and learning~ I think you gain true wisdom when you finally realize how little you know...

I think the teaching is constant as well...we all teach and learn everyday!

April 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Viki said...

Happy Birthday Debbie ;-)

April 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Happy Happy Birthday, my friend!! Your mom did a fantabulous job!

Have a super day!!!!!!!!!!!

April 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy birthday sweet girlfriend! And you happy disposition has certainly kept you YOUNG! You always inspire me and keep me on my toes! You always have new ideas...and you act on! Let's have a party today and CELEBRATE! Debbie Doo is our birthday girl! HAVE FUN! Eat some cake for me! ♥♥♥ If I could would be to love poetry, music...and crafts! Get some paper and glue..fabric and thread and MAKE something! heehee! ♥ Enjoy your DAY, sweet friend! ♥♥♥

April 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Wow birthday girl, have you ever had your birthday on Easter? Have a wonder are a bright spot in my Day everyday!

April 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy Birthday! You look great and some that can be attributed to your positive attitude! Have a great day!
hugs, Linda

April 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Happy Birthday!

I don't ask a lot of questions, but I am a life time learner. I love to read, and google things to learn more.

Teaching isn't really my forte. I know what I know, but ask me to teach an actual live person and I get frustrated when they don't get it right away. I don't have the patience to teach. Back in highschool part of being in the National Honor Society at our school involved tutoring other students. I was taking calculus as a junior so "they" thought I should tutor math, but that was a miserable failure. After hearing me semi-shouting, "What do you mean why, it's a basic math rule, how did you ever pass Course 1 if you don't get basic algebra? You're a sophomore, really, this is 7th grade math!" the powers that be decided I should try tutoring french. Imagine the above repeated with conjugating avoir.

I'm slightly more patient with my own children, because I have to be.

April 12, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Happy Birthday Debbie, and no, you don't look 45 - to me that's still a baby. I hope you have a wonderful day and celebrate your blessings. Peggy

April 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday - may your day be filled with sunshine, laughter and love!

April 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Happy Birthday Debbie!! Wow, sixteen...that's amazing. I am definitely someone who isn't afraid to ask questions if I don't understand something. As far as what I would teach if I HAD to would probably be tennis. I am still a competitive, ranked tennis player and still love playing. My daughter is on a pro-track right now and I often think if we move to Florida at some point for her, I would consider teaching tennis. find out more and more about me each time you host one of these, right?

April 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Dragonfliez Made said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! Hope it is a wonderful day. I would sing... but it is kind of scary ;-)

What would I teach? Well it wouldnt be to sing ;-)
It would probably be something useful, like grammar or typing, how to use a computer.

April 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Kathy@ Gone North said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!
(You young thing, you:)...
I am trusting for a very special day for, who always brighten the day of so many blog girlfriends....
Go ahead & embrace 45....

April 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Happy Birthday Debbie!! I hope you have a great day!


April 12, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Here On Crow Creek said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You look beautiful and young to me! I hope that you have a great day!!

April 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Happy birthday, Debbie! I tend to forget how old am I (I'm not kidding, I think I'm 43, or maybe I'm going to turn 43... not sure). I am know amongst my friends and family as someone who listens well and gives out sound advice. I can always see all sides of a problem or situation. If I could teach people something, I think it would be to try to see 'Life' through the eyes of other people. I think that approach to life leads to selflessness, compassion and understanding. Sorry... I write too much- I also tend to talk too much! Have a wonderful birthday!!

April 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Have a wonderful day! I read just recently that we should give our mom's a gift on our birthday's, I thought that was pretty interesting. Your mom must be an amazing woman.

I am a teacher, I love it, so I guess I'm where I'm supposed to be!

April 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend! Your mama did good in raising a whole bunch of sweetness!! Martina

April 12, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie you and Savannah Granny both have birthday's.Yall both are two amazing women!!
So glad to call yall friends!
And really excited to have met yall thru blog-land.
We're all having fun,and more,more to come.
I hope your day is filled with blessings and it is a day to remember forever.

April 12, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger All That Glitters said...

Happy Birthday Debbie!!!We still need to get together!!!No, you do not look 45 at all! You give me hope! My mom had me at 17. Can you imagine having a child that young. I can't. I hope you have a wonderful day my friend!


April 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday Dear Debbie Doo....Happy Birthday to you!

April 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Anita Diaz said...

Oh Happy Birthday Debbie!! You are gorgeous, and your mom is an incredibly beautiful lady too:-)

April 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Calypso In The Country said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! Great post - it's so important to keep learning everyday!

April 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! I hope you have an absolutely fantastic day!

~ Tracy

April 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Debbie Dear! And no, honey, you do not look 45! You're a doll! Bless you mama's heart! I know that was hard because I was a mama at 17. My son and I kinda grew up together, as he says, and my husband says he taught me everything! :)
You are a very positive energetic gal and I love it. In my opinion, book smarts don't always make the most educated person. Lots of book smart folks just don't have any common sense! :)
Have a wonderful day, sweetie,
Shelia ;)

April 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

♫Happy Birthday♫ I know what you mean about not feeling your actual age! That is a very good thing. I taught young nurses for years and enjoyed it a lot. Now I think I would enjoy teaching about wellness, nutrition, and maybe cooking. ♥O

April 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Blessed Serendipity said...

I hope you have a very happy and BLESSED birthday Debbie! Make a good wish when you blow out your candles.


April 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Sunny Simple Life said...

Happy Birthday and what a wonderful story about your mom's choice for life. And NO you do not even look like you are in your 40s. Good genes you've got babe!

April 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Grannys Attic said...

Happy Happy Birthday to the sweetest, most caring, beautiful lady I know! My mama had me when she was 16 too! Its been wonderful having a mama to grow up with. We are best friends, shopping buddies and share all our secrets! Tell your sweet mama she did a great job.
Wishing you many many more wonderful Birthdays! Hugs, Vicky

April 12, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Happy Birthday my sweet friend..Girl I was a mama at 15 so I know what your mama went through..Hope this is the best BD forever for you darlin..Hugs and smiles Gloria

April 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Happy, happyssimo birthday! (btw, 45 is the new 25, I know better ehehe)
and onto your post: i'm a curious person and always like to explore. I'm so glad we are in the www era and everything is easy accessible! have fun partying today!!

April 12, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! Have a great day!

April 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mmmmmmmm. I'd say enquiriey minds want to know. And I'd probably teach everything I know about colors and mixing and dyeing and hooking and creating joy in life and finding your nitch.

Sorry, I've been soooooo relaxed poolside on this trip. Don't want to miss one part of being outside after the long winter.

April 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh, wait I see birthday wishes from the g.b. are needed too.

April 12, 2011 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger linda said...

Debbie there was never ever a thought of not haveing you the day you looked onto my face was the best day of my life .And i can not say how proud of you iam and no you dont look 45 you will forever and always be my baby.Now with that being said age is only a no i for one will stay forever young in my head lol .and yes i ask a lot of ?s how can you learn anything if you dont .Not to be nosey just because things interest me .Have a wonderful day wish i was there love Moma hugs xxxxoooo :)

April 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! You are one of the most beautiful, hip, funky, groovy, have it together, got it going on- 45 year old that I know! Your husband and children are blessed to have you and your mom has to be amazing because she raised a fabulous daughter! I hope you get to celebrate "YOU" in a big way today.

April 12, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

Happy BIrthday Debbie!!!

April 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Well, Happy Birthday Crazy!!

I love what you said today.......I think it is so important to have "positive" everything in your world!

I think I speak for us all, we love your blog, your humor, and you, gurl friend!!

Have a great day!!!

April 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger lvroftiques said...

Awwwww you're a spring pup Debbie! And you look like a youngster too *winks*
No I don't ask enough questions based on results. It's a fine line though between lerarning what you want to know and being intrusive kwim?
And hmmmm I would want to teach young people to invest EARLY!If I'd only known that 2k invested at 18 would make me a millionaire at 40? I would've jumped on that bandwagon MUCH earlier.*winks* Vanna

April 12, 2011 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Hallllloooo- Happy 45th Birthday! Who is that young person inhabiting your body? That's what I want to know!

I NEVER settle for what I know. I could have been a perpetual student..I love learning new things and I always want to know the WHY and HOW of situations. Hmmmm...I guess in SOME cases that would be identified as being NOSY! lol

If I could I would do motivational teaching on the art of kindness. I think it is way underrated. When people are kind to one another there are many, many petty things that just fall by the wayside and do not matter. It builds people up instead of tearing them down with negativity. I think that is what I would like on my tombstone (awful thought, huh)...She was kind to all she knew! Remember that in case MyHero ever asks! xxooo Diana

ps....Love the coffee talks-gets right to the heart of things! xxoo Diana

April 12, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Oh, I get to follow your momma! Yeah! There is nothing better in the world than being a mom, it's obvious that she feels that way about you. Happy Birthday, Debbie!

If I had to teach, I would teach sewing. I love to sew and I think you should only teach what you love.

April 12, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Debbie,
Happy Birthday! Oh, I hope it is a wonderful day for you--I just KNOW it will be!!!

What an awesome mom you must have~and she must have done everything right because you grew up to be not only a happy person--but a light to others!

April 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I'm with you. Can't take constant complaining either.. it's such a debbie downer thing to to and just sucks the life out of those around us.


April 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! May it be the best ever!

I went back and added your button to my newbie post. Thanks

April 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Traci said...

Happy Happy Birthday! I ask a ton of questions too & my family makes fun of me. Whatever. I don't screw up stories because I have all the info.

April 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Happy, happy birthday sweet Debbie! Loved reading your words about your mom. What a courageous young woman she must have been; and what a beautiful daughter she raised. Here's to many, many, many more years of birthdays!


April 12, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Birthday !!

April 12, 2011 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Happy birthday - five years older than me - you look fabulous.

I would be a art or photography teacher.

April 12, 2011 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Happy Birthday! I would love to teach life lessons. I guess I do when I share life stories with friends and co-workers.

April 12, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger CailinMarie said...

Happy Birthday! And kudos to your mom. 16! wow.
Lets see, questions YES! ASK! But don't just ask with words - ask with your eyes - what do you see? ask with your mouth, how does it taste? - ask with your nose - what do you smell? See, Taste, Smell, Touch do it all! What do I teach? I think my goal (not necessarily what I teach daily but I try) is that life is about living. Get out there! TRY it! Do it! see what happens. :)

April 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

I hope you've had a great day so far! I am really glad your MOM was so courageous to have you. You are a joy to everyone you meet and a motivational speaker would be great for you. I tend not to ask many questions because I am usually too busy listening and processing what others have to say. There's always much to be learned by how and what people say when you really slow down and listen, though sometimes you do have to ask alot of questions to get there. LOL! I would teach compassion and empathy hands down, something our world really needs quite a bit more of!

April 12, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Spring time Baby!!!God Bless you!!!

April 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Susan Freeman said...

Happy Birthday Debbie!! Turkey neck?? Why should you be concerned about that. Women don't get turkey necks until they are 80 at least and then we will just wear scarves. Your mom was a brave young woman to raise a baby at 16. She sounds like a great lady!
Now about those questions ... I never stop asking questions. My third grad teacher was so exhausted by my questions that she complained to my parents about me during a parent/teacher conference. What would I teach? Probably math. In fact I did teach math to first primary students at the Sacred Heart School in Bahrain. Have a wonderful birthday and give your mom a hug from me.

Susan and Bentley

April 12, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! I hope it's a wonderful one!

Question #1...I definitely do not ask enough questions! I am forever walking away from someone wishing I knew the answer to this or that. Or later I think of 100 questions I should have asked at the time.

Question #2...since I spend my days helping teach 4th & 5th graders, I think I'm all taught out! LOL No actually, since I'm the "mother" of the group (the 2 teachers I teach with are not mothers yet) I feel that I teach school subjects & then I throw in a little mother's wisdom. I think I'd like to just teach life lessons only. That'd be fun!

April 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Happy birthday Debbie. I am inquisitive as well - a wonderful trait to have!

April 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! It's been ages, hope all is well!

Lucky 7 Design

April 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! I hope you had a wonderful birthday! It's been ages, hope all is well!

Lucky 7 Design

April 13, 2011 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a great age! I just turned 45 on March 21st! Happy Birthday to you! I'm a day late and always a dollar short but better late than not at all!! Hope you had a wonderful day!

April 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Hi Debbie, first Happy belated b-day...I thought i was waaay older than u, lol. jk, im 46 and thought u were alot younger than me, not sure what i based that on, lol, maybe i shoulda asked more questions...What would i teach? Well besides my dream of opening a safe driver training school, ide have to answer that question with, im already a teacher. I strive in my everyday dealings and conv with ppl, wheather via in person, internet, text, or ph, to let my words(even when im being funny) teach. Not sure if ya knew it or not, but im an adoptive mother, Mr. Romantic and i , along with our Nate often speak at CHS(Children's Home Society)in an effort to teach other prospective couples about all the ins and outs of open, inter-racial adoption. We have an ongoing, completely open relationship with out birthmom, ...I think it awesome that u have such a great relationship with ur mother, and that she, with all she musta faced as a teen mom, chose to raise u. But there are teen moms out there who make a different decision, and for them that decision can be equally rewarding........Im always an open book on this subject, didnt mean to ramble if anyone has any questions for me, Im really and willing to teach,from my own book of experience.........Bonnie

April 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Shellyhectic said...

I missed your birthday! What a cad I am!! I am so sorry so here it is your belated - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You are amazing! I will be turning 45 in December and I have to admit I am little concerned that this may be the birthday that freaks me out a bit I was excited for 40 but 45 seems scary, so tell me, how is 45? Again Happy, Happy Birthday!

April 13, 2011 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Happy belated Birthday Debbie!

I ask a LOT of questions, BUT only if I have an overwhelming need to know, and I feel like it's not a huge imposition. So...I'm highly inquisitive and timid at the same time :|

About the teaching - I've taught all kinds of software apps in my former life as a LAN Adminstrator, but even with 10 years in the computer field, and being certified by Microsoft, I still have so much to learn here in bloggy-land. Thanks for all your help!!!

April 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Happy Birthday you hot momma!!! I am glad your mom made that decision too, and the world is enriched because of it!!!-Love you!

As to your questions, my motto is Question everything!
And I would teach awareness.

April 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

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