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Happy Birthday!

Time to party hardy . . . and enter a drawing for a beautiful gift!

This is Holly


(Like cool freebies? Keep reading to see how you can get one…all it takes is a few words.)

In earth years, she is sixty-six years old today. Where she is, she has no age. At least, that’s my concept of eternity. Because if we age in heaven, then that kind of messes with the phrase, “eternal life”, right?

Holly is my sister. I say is because, well . . . she still is. Mine and my brother’s sister, my parents’ daughter, her children’s mother. She still is.

If she were here today, she’d be partying with us because that’s the kinda gal she is. Since she’s not on my plane of existence anymore, I think she’s most likely organizing her own birthday party–There. And what a party it will be!

She could always plan and execute a celebration at the drop of a hat. I know, because I attended a few. I tried to learn from her, but I inherited a different set of genes than she did. When it was time for a family celebration, she was always in charge.

Not to say that Holly was perfect while she lived here, because no one is. But she is as perfect a sister as I can imagine.

All this to say . . .




How can you get in on the fun today? Check out this picture.

Steve Hooley is my author friend who also makes beautiful pens. He’s currently making one for my Fall 2023 new release, No Tomorrows-A Novel for Today. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with. (Stay tuned for the release date and cover reveal.)

These two pens, along with several others, are featured on Steve’s website. Click HERE to check them out, find out the history of the wood, and what their names are . . . yes, Steve names his pens! You can also check out his books. The pen on the left is called the Baseball Ash Pen, and the pen on the right is called the 1870 Clocktower Pine Pen.

Here’s the fun stuff:

In honor of my beloved sister’s birthday, I’m offering the 1870 Clocktower Pine pen to anyone who comments on this blog post. I’ll give everyone one week from today to read and comment, then I will draw a name on August 15th. We can then get together on how you want me to send the pen to you.

When you comment, say PEN PLEASE, and make sure I have your contact information.

Have a great day, my dear readers!




12 responses to “Happy Birthday!”

  1. Barry Drake says:

    I miss our young sister … ;-(

  2. Debbie Burke says:

    Deb, what a lovely tribute to your sister.

    The talented Steve Hooley also makes pens for me so you don’t need to include my name in the drawing–which makes the odds of winning better for the rest of the people who comment! Whoever wins the pen will be delighted.

  3. Raleigh Heitzman says:

    Mom was the greatest! I think about her all the time.

  4. Raleigh Heitzman says:

    Think of her very often!

  5. Steve+Hooley says:

    What a great tribute to your sister, Deb. Very good!

    And thanks for letting me (my pens) be part of the party.

    Happy Birthday, Holly.

  6. Mariah Heitzman says:

    I wish I’d had the chance to meet Holly. I know she would have loved and spoiled her grandchildren. Cody reminds me of her with her looks. And I’ll be forever grateful to her for her son (he’s pretty great.) ?

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