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  • Feb 4, 2011 9:40am

    Hi Debbie,

    Just dropping in to say hello and check on you; I hope all is still going well for you and your family.  I still keep you in my prayers and think of you often.  A belated Happy New Year!

    Claire

    Claire Jas

  • Jan 5, 2010 10:15am

    Debbie,  Your beautiful words are an inspiration to me. Happy 2010!!!!!!
    Carlin

    Carlin Morris
    morriscw@aol.com

  • Dec 29, 2009 5:16pm

    Debbie and Bill,
         Congratulations on your son's engagement to Elizabeth. She and my daughter Jenna, were best friends at Mandeville High School.  Jenna went to visit her in NY last year.

         I first saw your son at a wedding in New Orleans last March. Although I had no idea who he was, where he came from, or who he was with, I immediately thought - "that kid is the spittin' image of Bill Dunlap. " I quickly dismissed the thought to coincidence.  When I learned that he was with Elizabeth, I asked to be introduced.  She did, first name only.  Then I asked his last name.  Upon hearing the answer (which I already really knew...), I immediately told him that I knew who his parents were, and explained that I had gone to college with them.  He looked at me in total disbelief, asking me to verify which college I had attended. (Can't blame him, as Centenary is so small, and what are the odds???)  Then I added that I had been to his parents' engagement party and wedding as well...    Anyway, I enjoyed meeting him (he is full of personality) and am excited for him and Elizabeth.  She is an outstanding person!!

    So sorry to hear what you've been going through.  You show such incredible strength and courage.... and you have such a gift and talent for writing!  

    I just wanted to touch base with you both and sign up to receive your updates.  Thinking of you.......
                                       -- Jan Conlin McAlister

    Jan Conlin McAlister
    mcalistj@bellsouth.net
    Mandeville, LA

  • Dec 29, 2009 11:39am

    Precious Debbie-
    This is one of those times when words just don't properly express how grateful I am for you and Bill's life crossing paths with mine. Your victorious walk this past year has touched me deeply and will definitely be one of the highlights as I reflect on the blessings of 2009. I have forwarded your entries many times so that others may also be blessed. I pray that God's richest blessings will flood the lives of the D family in the coming year. I know that He will continue to use your life to touch those around you.

    Love and Blessings

    Alan Dean

  • Dec 28, 2009 11:46pm

    Wow, Debbie--one of the best years of your life. That's remarkable!
    So thankful you can end this chapter, but I'm going to miss you coming into my home every few days and sharing your life, your insights, your needs, your blessings with me. You have shown me the Lord this year. Thank you.

    Merry Christmas to you. I know this has to be one of your best!
    Love,
    Susan and Ed

    Susan Jarrett

  • Dec 28, 2009 9:44pm

    Debbie...We are praising our wonderful Father for all He has done, all His is doing, and ALL HE WILL DO!!!  He has so much for you...plans for your blessing beyond anything you can ask or think!!
    We love you and will continue to be praying for you and your precious family~  Kim and Joe

    Kim Galindo

  • Dec 28, 2009 10:29am

    God bless you and your family and I thank Him for your continued healing.  Here's looking forward to October 2010 when we greet each other at our 40th reunion! 

    Lynda Malley Zeringue, Class of 1970, life of today

    Lynda Zeringue

  • Dec 28, 2009 8:13am

    Dear Debbie,

    I am so glad to have the communication with you during the past year and even happier to know that you are doing so well.  I will, however, miss your wonderful sense of humor.  I wish you and all your family a very Happy New Year!

    Love, Claire

    Claire Jas
    Slidell, LA

  • Dec 27, 2009 9:43pm

    I slipped up to Adam and Amy's computer in League City to check my email and had the wonderful Christmas pleasure of reading your beautiful thoughts.  You are an incredible woman whom I am honored to call "Friend".
    Best to you and yours in 2010...health and honoring our God for his many blessings are what life is all about.
    Brenda

    Brenda Brown
    brownfb@flash.net

  • Dec 27, 2009 1:31pm

    Dear Debbie,

    What a blessing your journal entry is today!  I take to heart all the lessons you learned on your journey.  You have such a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings that others can then share.  We do serve a mighty God who has been gracious to stand by you, and carry you, through this season.  I am even more thankful for that and for you than I was before you began your "cancer experience."  

    We wish you and your family a very normal, very simple, very healthy 2010!  I hope we can get together soon.  Happy New Year!

    Love,
    Gayle


     

    Gayle Caldwell

  • Dec 26, 2009 9:11pm

    Debbie:  Just read your last journal entry.  YOU ARE THE BEST!  Really, you inspire everyone who knows you.  I want you to know that you have been and will continue to be in my daily prayers.  I can't think of anyone I rather think of every day than you.  With love to my favorite young friend, Jeanie Ryan.

    Jeanie Ryan

  • Dec 26, 2009 5:54pm

    Just flew in from Gstaad - so good to be home!

    Your latest blog is not boring.  It's honest and thought-provoking.  You've been through much these last ten months.  Apparently, it has given you time to think, reflect, and see the 'big picture.'  Life is what you make it, isn't it?  As you said "God is as close or as far as a person wants him to be."  Think we've all gotten a little closer to Him through your ordeal.

    Very simply, Debbie, and responding numerically...

    1.  You are here.  You've beaten cancer!  You're not old, now go do the thingsyou want to do.  All of them!  And, make Bill pay for them!!!

    2.  It's not morbid that you've planned your funeral.  This is what responsible people do. Surely someone will remember your musical request at this time, too. (Now, you have planned a BIG party with plenty of food and booze after the service, right?)

    3. Your friends love you with hair, no hair, as a blond, as a brunette, as a redhead, short hair, long hair - even if the back of you neck is covered in (ahem) perspiration.  Again, we love you, Q-Tip!

    4. You've learned about this disease and its treatments so you may have the chance to minister to another, one day.

    5. You are a good friend, Dunlap!  As I jokingly related on my first post, "when did you get so many friends?"  It is we who are lucky that you are our friend.

    6.How does one add to this?!  BTW, understand David's engaged.

    7. You did marry the right man!  Known Bill almost 50 years, Debbie.  He's the same great guy he was when we first met in '62.  God brought you two together in college to help each other through lifes' trials just like this one.  Do we worship an awesome God, or what?!

    8.  See paragraph 2.


    If you feel it no longer appropriate to blog on this site, this is your decision.  See you around PCPC and da hood, then.  My best to all the D's.

    Rutherford

     

    Rutherford Lawrence

  • Dec 26, 2009 4:43pm

    happy new year, debbie!
    i love you,
    dale

    dale tillman

  • Dec 26, 2009 6:39am

    Good Morning Debbie, 

    Just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  I just read your last blog and wanted to tell you
    how it touched my heart.  I am so thankful that our Lord
    is so faithfull when we are not, and how He so tenderly draws
    us to Him. "Great is thy faithfullness"!!

    God bless you and your family!  Have a happy and
    healthy New Year!   Love to all,  Cathy Haley

    Cathy Haley

  • Dec 25, 2009 7:55pm

    Dear Debbie,

    We are grateful you have reached the end of treatments and now can look forward to normal living.  Your example has been strong.  You have shown us how it's done!  Thanks to God for answered prayers and Merry Christmas to all the Dunlaps!

    Layne Newman

    Layne Newman
    lnewman@benchmarkbank.com

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