Welcome all! I’m Debbie Prather, married to the love of my life, my husband Craig, for the past twenty-nine years.

I love the Lord and adore my family, and my joy and zeal is to write about both. I get lost in the process of composing and revising, and my prayer is that when I do share my words, that those reading them may be inspired to draw closer to Jesus and to view and treat their fellowman differently – with more kindness, compassion, empathy and love.

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, do cartwheels and any and all activities that keep me moving.

Our family consists of our son, Brett, 26, and his wife, Abby; our son, Collin, 22, and his wife, Jennifer; and our daughter, Marina, who turned 16 years old last May. These are my people and I feel enormously blessed and thankful to have their endearment and support, and to celebrate together our God-given voyages of life.

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

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


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. The two creatures that make me smile the most are the sweet goldendoodles, Shelby and Jovi, who share our home.

My favorite thing of all is to laugh and connect with those I hold nearest and dearest, the old-fashioned way, face to face. When that isn’t possible, I can be reached at prather742@comcast.net. Please reach out to talk, to plan a coffee, lunch or walk date, or just to say hello!

Thanks for stopping by – God bless you always.