taking a wee break, GIVEAWAY

Graduation is here!  My last baby, my wonderful son, graduates from High School.  Believe me when I say there will be tears.  I will be taking a blogging break until Monday.  But I'm leaving some fun for you.

Before I get to the awww part of this post let's see about the GIVEAWAYS.  I have THREE Giveaways.
  1. Over 300 Moxxie Buttons
  2. 7gypsies Stamps, Calias
  3. Tim Holtz/Sizzix Texture Fade (autographed) Retro and Rays

How can you win?
  1. Leave a comment everyday, only once a day.  Tell me something about Debby's Dare that you like or a Graduation story.
  2. Since I won't be around help me by telling others about the giveaways and have them leave a comment with your name included.
  3. Hit the Follow Button. 
I'll draw and annouce a winner Monday Morning!

Okay, the mush stuff.

Jacob at 3 and 1/2

A Fun Surprise for Mom, Jacob in Middle School
Jacob is first from the left


Jacob yesterday, photo is by his sister.

Jacob, Mom and Dad love you and are very proud of the man you've become.  It's true what Dr. Seuss says..."Oh, the places you'll go!"

Gratitude List
1.  Jacob
2.  our family
3.  Jacob's fun nature
4.  my Mom and Dad
5.  The incredible gift given to us by God of all our children


  1. I love your pics of your son! I was getting a little sad reading this post because I have three boys and I was just thinking about when they graduate...the funny thing is the oldest is 5 and the youngest is 1, so it's a ways away, but I know it'll be like a bilnk of an eye!
    One of the things I love about your blog is the "what I learned" part that you post after you show off your amazing art! I am a follower ;)
    Have a great time enjoying your son's graduation!
    Congratulations Jacob!

  2. Congrats on your son's graduation! I love your projects! The Graphic 45 layout is gorgeous! I'm now a follower too!

  3. Congrats to you and your son! I love your blog and your innovative things you try!

  4. Anonymous3:30 PM

    I love the layouts that you have on youre blog.Thanks for the chance to win.
    Joan Fiskateer #808

  5. When my youngest daughter graduated High School, I was still reeling from the death of my Mother in March and my beloved Cocker Spaniel, Betsy, earlier that month. As my daughter received her diploma, I wept. My Hubby hugged me and said,"Don't cry, this is a good thing". I started laughing through the tears and said,"I was thinking about Mom, and how if she was here, she would be complaining how hot it is..."

    I am already a follower. One of the things I love about your blog is your gratitude list.

  6. I am a follower of yours and love seeing your beautiful layouts and all the work you put into them. They truly are works of art. I love when you used to do technique videos because I learned so much from them.

  7. Debby, I am a follower and read every one of your blogs. I just don't comment enough! I love the way your style has grown. Mine is still evolving! I am similarly blessed with granddaughter babysitting. Sequoia hit 17 months yesterday. I've been keeping her a couple days a week, but that will soon be 5 days a week. Don't know how I will fit my crafting in, but I do feel blessed to be part of this sweet life! I'm on oxygen 24/7, so chasing the wee one is exhausting, but what better "ministry" could a gramma have! I know we will both enjoy this path we are on!

  8. ahh.. your sweet Jacob has grown up! my Jacob graduated last year.. i cried buckets during the days leading up to graduation.. only a mother can understand the emotional roller coaster of watching her "baby" become an adult. Congrats to the Grad :) we will keep you in our prayers

  9. How they grow so fast. I too cried at my children's graduation. I couldn't believe they were all grown up (or I was that old already, not sure which...LOL). I really don't have a story to share about it. Each had a normal graduation although my daughter was valedictorian so she did a speech that mentioned how thankful she was to me (her mom) and how much I taught her (emphasizing that there was more to learn than just what is in school and life is an endless learning experience that they all need to take part of) which really made me cry.

  10. Have fun with all the family. Graduation story: I remember it rained buckets on my graduation and we had these disposable grad. gowns that had these huge water spots on them!

  11. Congrats to you and your family on your son's graduation! That is awesome!

    Oh, I retweeted your tweet on twitter.

    Let's see, there are so many things to choose from....thanks for always caring, Debby. It shows!!

  12. I have been a follower of your blog for a long time Deb. (under the name buckskinbelle through google) My favorite thing about your blog is your Gratitude List at the end of every post. So enjoyed the choir video of your son. It brings back wonderful memories of our oldest daughters love and gift of a beautiful singing voice. She was in show choir, musicals and many solos in school and church. I think I cried or had tears in my eyes each time she sang and I had a lump in my throat listening to your son sing. Enjoy this special time in your son/families life!
    Kelly #6558

  13. Big fan of your blog and feel we really know you through your posts. Connie sent me, she always does! I used to need her "reminder" to stop on by, but now I am a follower. I too have children adn both my sons have graduated, it was very sad for me - but they have grown up and moved along and have accomplished so much. Trust me, this is not the end, it is a new beginning for you too. The adventure continues and the next phase is just as wonderful!

  14. well you already know i love debby's dare! I love when you show videos and I especially loved seeing the ones of bailey bailey :( so sad. But now I enjoy seeing your grand-doggie, the one that looks like my zoey hehe.

    A graduation story, Well I graduated college in 2005 and I cried and hugged my brother because he was the one who got me into computers and i graduated with a BA of Science in Multimedia and Web Design :)

    anyways exclude me from the tim holtz fades please. :)

  15. Hi Debby, I just wanted to pop in and let you know the second thing I love about your blog: Your gratitude list...it's so nice to see that people are grateful for the most important things in life, and I believe you've got it right ;) Hope you're enjoying your son's grad :)

  16. The thing that I love about Debby Dare's is seeing how you use products and to help me learn about new products.

  17. I like how you push me to think outside the box.

  18. Well, congratulations to your son! And to you for raising him this far! :-)

  19. I do not need any prizes, but just wanted to say congratulations on your son's graduation! Such a huge accomplishment to be proud of :)

  20. Well, you and I are in the same boat...my baby girl graduates tomorrow! She's been making fun of how "emotional" I've been the past few weeks...she ain't seen nothing yet!!

    I truly love your blog, have been a follower for a while. The gratitude list is something I keep meaning to start myself...it is wonderful!

  21. Happy Friday! Memory sharing: We will never forget our oldest daughters graduation from HS. A tornado hit our town the night before and all the power was out. A generator was rented, but would only last one hour at the school so it was hot and a very fast service to get done in time before the lights in the gym went out. All the kids had to get dressed in the dark in the halls. Our home was one of only a very few that had power - thank goodness because of all the food I prepaired. So many of our friends lost all their food!

  22. Enjoy your break and try not to cry too much:) even though they're tears of joy.

  23. i love the gratitude list -- makes me think of my blessings every time i come by your blog! :)

    thanks for the chance :) congrats to your son! :)

  24. Hey Debby! Just popping in to tell you how much I enjoy all the projects you show here! Your blog is full of inspiration! I hope you're having a great weekend!

  25. Congrats to both of you!
    Have a fabulous time at graduation!

  26. My grandson just graduated 6th grade and I was so proud of him. He is Autisic and he walk up with the whole 6th grade class. He does not like groups of people but he never missed a step.

  27. Congratulations to both of you! I love your gratitude list.it is nice way to remember how lucky we are....

  28. What a good looking man Jacob is. Congratulations to everyone in your family!

    One of my favorite features of Debby's Dare is how you post what you've learned when you create. I love it when you do the learning for me. LOL! And I am already a follower.

  29. Ah, so sweet Deb! I know exactly how you feel. My last of three sons graduated from high school last year, also. It causes you to sigh,smile and shed a few inconspicuous tears, all at the same time.
    Lynn Fiskateer# 6402

  30. Hi Debby! Just popping in to tell you about our city's grad parade...I thought it fitting, since it was today. Every year on grad day, the students that our graduating have a parade through town to show off the girls dresses and hair and the boys suits. They have a parade route mapped out that ends at our Rec Center where they have their prom. They usually borrow cool cars, or some get pulled by trailers and have an actual float...a friend of mine's youngest son graduated this year and him and his friends had a hot tub being pulled by a trailer that they all sat in! It's kind of neat to see what they come up with, and the community all comes out to give support and congratulations to all the grads. It's pretty cool :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

  31. Hi, Debby,

    I hope that you are having a most wonderful weekend!! Congrats!!

    I love the way you always share with us. Also, your posts are so inspirational. Your blog is such a fun place to visit! That's why I am already a follower. Oh, and I retweeted your tweet to this giveaway, too! Thanks so much for thinking of us!!

    Take care,

    Renee J.

  32. Congrats to your son! You've done your job well. He seems like a nice young man.
    I come to your blog because I enjoy reading your family stories, seeing your scrappy work, & watching your tutorials.


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