Welcome all!

I’m Debbie Prather; a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

I’ve been married to the love of my life, my husband Craig, for the past thirty-two years.

I love the Lord and adore my family, and my delight is to write about both.

As you read my stories, may God bless you with new revelations about yours.

May He give you a deep joy that can’t be depleted by life circumstances; tender grace, moment by moment, for yourself and the people placed in front of you; and a powerful, life-changing, uncommon love for others that occurs from His Holy Spirit living inside you.

Our family consists of our son, Brett, daughter (in-law), Abby, and their baby, Annalisa; our son, Collin, daughter (in-law), Jennifer, and their newborn, Eleanor; and our daughter, Marina, who’s currently a freshman in college.

These are my people, and I feel enormously blessed to have their endearment and support along our God-given voyages of life.

Collin, Jennifer, Debbie, Craig, Marina, Brett and Abby

The very first entry on 742iloveyou seven years ago, linked below, explains the name of my blog and the reasons I started on this writing journey.


I’ve enjoyed journaling since high school and always have a towering stack of books on my bedside table. I have a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and for as long as I can remember have been a bit obsessive about good nutrition and organic eating.

I need to go for long walks and bike, swim, kayak, dance, do cartwheels, and any and all activities that keep me moving.

Another hobby I love is plogging, even though I’m not from Sweden and usually don’t jog when I do.

I’m passionate about my faith, my family and friends, children everywhere, and traveling near and far, especially near beautiful bodies of water.

Creatures that make our hearts smile are the goldendoodles, Shelby and Jovi, who joined our family. (Sadly, sweet Shelby passed away at home in 2021.) We’ve also added three more precious grandpups to our pack; Berkley, Artemis, and Maple!

Jovi and Maple 💕

If you’d like to reach out with prayer requests, comments, or questions, please click here, contact page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings to you and yours always!