About

debK_002Hi! I’m Deb. I like to think of myself as a missionary of hope. I write about marriage, being a mom, and finding real hope for real life challenges.

A little bit about me: I’m an author and speaker. I co-authored Because I Said Forever: Embracing Hope in a Not-So-Perfect Marriage with Heather Kopp. In fact, I consider myself an “expert” on the subject of not-so-perfect marriage--mostly because I’ve been there and done that! I’ve written a book for children, Corey’s Dad Drinks Too Much, to help them cope with a parent’s drinking problem. I’ve also contributed to some  other books: The New Women’s Devotional Bible and Pearl Girls: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace. I’ve written articles for a number of publications: Focus on the Family, Christian Parenting Today, Moody Magazine and others.

More behind-the-scenes info: I married my husband Randy when we were barely nineteen. I thought all we needed was love—and of course, all the possessions we could fit in our metallic blue VW bug! What I didn’t realize was how difficult it would be to live with adversity, disappointment and heartache. I never imagined our journey taking us into the depths of addiction with Randy battling alcoholism for almost 30 years before he experienced the miracle of sobriety.

I believe we teach more with our scars than with our victories. It’s our brokenness that gives us compassion and insight for others who are hurting. If that’s you, I’m so glad you’re here. That’s why I love to write–to tell about God’s faithfulness and that it’s possible to embrace a God-honoring life in the midst of what may appear to be hopeless circumstances. I am grateful beyond words for Randy and our almost 47 years of “not-so-perfect” marriage.

We live in a tiny town in rural Washington State with Kosmo, our lively Jack Russell Terrier. We are parents of two amazing sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, a sweet 5- year old granddaughter and 18–month old grandson. We are most blessed!

Please stop by anytime. I’d love to hear from you. If I could, I’d invite you to pull up a chair on the front porch and we could chat over iced tea or coffee (preferably a mocha. Can you tell I’m from the Northwest?) I post articles weekly about finding real hope for real life. I’d love to have you join me on the journey. You can subscribe here.

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  1. Hi Deb,
    If your Randy is the Randy I was fortunate enough to coach during my first year at Council Rock, I am so happy to read about his miracle of sobriety. I never knew he had a problem. I don’t believe I ever saw Randy after his graduation. Without reading any of your books, and I will, it seems for sure that your belief in Jesus Christ is what got you through the tough times.
    Let Randy know I do think of him and his teammates often because they were the building stones for what became a pretty successful program. I don’t see many from that first group but have seen Glen Davis and Robin Cook recently. I saw Frank Karam frequently when I was coaching in New Jersey when there was a lot of building in the Atlantic City area.
    May that 50th anniversary be the best ever and your future together be filled with blessings.
    God Bless,
    Bill Preston
    “…they shall rise on wings as eagles, they shall run and not get weary.