A special Guest Blogger – my daughter wrote this for me, about me

A very special post written by my daughter

My youngest daughter, Eliza, has written her first ever blog post!  We were together with family over the Christmas break and she presented me with a framed version of her post (below) for my recent birthday.  She also said she’d like to share it on my blog as she’d really like an ‘audience’.  She now has the awesome honour of being my first ever guest blogger

I think it is beautiful and I am humbled by her kind words and her thoughtfulness.  I smile every time I read it (usually through tears). I hope you enjoy reading it and thanks for giving Eliza an audience.

In her words

My mum has been blogging for quite a while now, I really enjoy reading her stories as it helps me get to know her better. It is also a special occasion as it’s my Mum’s birthday – I won’t give out the details of the age.  I am not the most eloquent of writers and I don’t have a wide audience but I thought I would give ‘blogging’ a go. Now due to my lack of audience this is what we call a private blog, one intended for my Mum and family.

The theme of my blog is ‘Debs’.

This is a classic Debbie smile photo!
This is a classic Debbie smile photo!

Debbie as she is known to many, Debs to a special few is a one of a kind person, she is very unique, kind spirited and she is my Mum. 

I wanted to write this ‘blog’ as in most of my Mum’s stories she talks about her children, her husband, her parents and I really wanted to write about her as she is a very special person to me, my family and many of her friends.

I have been told by several of my family members that I am very similar to my Mum, in looks and mannerisms. So now I get to write about how awesome she is (and me as we are quite similar).

Mum describes herself as a hummingbird on speed and this kind of sums Mum up really well, she is a go getter and never really stops. She is the fittest person in the world having trekked the Kokoda Track, Nepal, cycled in Croatia and Paris – something my partner always says to me is that me and my sisters (Melanie and Sarah) are jealous of our Mum putting us to shame in the fitness area.

She is funny – she really looks at the positive side of things, she snorts when she laughs, she is competitive, she always tries her hardest and this is the thing me and my sisters have inherited from her – always wanting to one up each other.

We also inherited the ‘Debbie smile’ as you can see in the photo above- if my Mum sees a camera around she will continually smile just in case someone snaps a picture.

My beautiful daughter Eliza

This time in my life is what I like best, I am getting to know my Mum as a person – not just a Mum. As like most people I turned into a brat during my teenage years and I just want to say sorry Mum, looking back on it, I just feel guilty and embarrassed. As we got over those awful few years, I have developed a friendship with Mum and it is something I really enjoy. I also phone her every few days while she is at work (well I don’t know if working a 3day week every week or having long lunches counts as work).

As me and Mum are quite similar I know the insecurities she has – lack of self-confidence and she can take things very personally. I just wish she would understand that anything anyone says negative about her, is not a reflection of her- it is a reflection of them and that they obviously don’t know her well.

I wrote this as I want my Mum to know how much I love her, and that I am thankful that I have her in my life and I couldn’t be more pleased to grow up to be the kind of person she is.

Happy Birthday Debs – I hope it’s a fantastic day!

Thanks Eliza – I loved it!  I have written a few blogs about Eliza….Tumba-bloody-Rumba and here we compared notes at age 25

Isn’t that just lovely?

Deb xx

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Debbie in rock chick mode

Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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62 Replies to “A special Guest Blogger – my daughter wrote this for me, about me”

    1. Thanks Lucile! I loved it and she was so proud of herself as well which was just as delightful. I’ll pass your comment onto Eliza, she’ll be thrilled!
      I must also thank you for all your interactions on my blog this year as you came in as one of my top commenters in my annual report. I appreciate the encouragement immensely 😊 happy new year to you and yours and happy blogging 🎉

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      1. You’re welcome, Debbie.
        You can be proud!
        And no need to thank me, as you have a wonderful blog that invites me to interact and comment. The merit is all yours! Looking forward to reading more!
        Thank you for all wishes; much appreciated!
        And let us all have a healthy, happy and peaceful 2015.
        Cheers to you and yours!

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    1. I know it sounds a bit mad doesn’t it? A work colleague coined that descriptive phrase about me and it has stuck. I can sit still but not for too long 😊


      1. I was wandering about to check where you are based since I saw you are growing raspberries. I knew it couldn’t be QLD! 🙂 Yes, it’s a really lovely post. Is she still blogging? Or keeping it as a personal one?


  1. Hi Deb! This letter is so hearwarming! Very touching! My mother also saves our sibling’s old letters. When she shares them with us, it feels so overwhelming! We think that in childhood, we don’t understand too many things, but when we read the words we wrote in our childhood days,now, we realize that our sentiments were always as profound as now, we also felt concerned with our parent’s worries in our tender hearts.. it was just that we knew only a few words to articulate them at that time. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, I get teary every time I read it again too 🙂 She is a very special girl and when I’m feeling a bit low I read it to know I’ve done something right in this world. Appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!


  2. What a lovely post to read and such lovely words by your daughter about you Deb. How lucky you are, and how lucky she is! She does have your smile too. Congratulations to Eliza for being the first guest post here at Deb’s World! 🙂 xo


    1. Thanks Min, it was written a few years ago but when I need a boost I always read back over her words. She was proud at the time to be my first ever guest blogger! I’m a very lucky mother indeed 🙂


  3. How lovely to have such a beautiful tribute from Eliza – and that Debbie smile is definitely something you have in common – esp when her photo comes up next to your sidebar pic! I didn’t realize you’d never had guest bloggers on your site Deb, lovely that your daughter gets the honour of being first.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    1. Thanks Leanne. This is an old post and since then I’ve had lots of guests but she has the honour of being the first!! Yes we do share the smile don’t we? 😊 I just needed to read something nice and thought I’d share it for #mlstl


  4. What a beautiful tribute to you Deb and your daughter brought tears to my eyes – you can tell her that! Eliza if you are reading this YOU ARE ELOQUENT and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your Mum. I haven’t known her for very long but I think she is pretty special too. Now I really need the tissues! Thanks Deb for sharing with us at #MLSTL you are so valued and loved by all who know you. xxx

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    1. Oh Sue, I’m sorry I made you tear-up, I just love re-reading her words when I get a bit low and thought I’d share it here with other mid-lifers! It’s from years ago but still so relevant and sweet. Yes she is eloquent and often says she learns so much about me via my blog. It’s an unexpected bonus isn’t it? I always appreciate your lovely words and support too xx


  5. Deb this pist brought on the tears in me. There must have been buckets of tears from you. What a gorgeous daughter you have and how beautiful and touching it is that she thought to write this pist. Also it’s great to get to know you through your daughters eyes. #MLSTL # will be sharing

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    1. Yes I agree Jennifer, I do cry buckets when I read it, especially if I’m in a low mood!! She is a gorgeous daughter, inside and out, and thinking to write it in the first place makes it even more special. Thanks for sharing.


  6. What a lovely piece from your daughter. You should be proud, both of her and of you (for being such a great mum!). a beautiful gift from her to keep forever. visiting from MLSTL 🙂

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  7. What more would a mother want than to read those words? That was one very precious and loving post to read. Good on you Eliza for paying tribute to Mum in ‘her space’ on the blog.

    Lovely Deb, anyone would be so delighted to see themselves as their grown ups kids have in this case: YOU.

    Parenting done right, I say!

    Denyse #mlstl

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    1. Many thanks Denyse. It’s a beautiful piece and I treasure it. She’s always so proud of herself for writing it too as she should be. I’m proud to have three special daughters and so happy to have a good relationship with each of them. It’s not an easy road this parenting gig, as you know, but when it turns out ok in the end, like this, I couldn’t be happier.


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