Thankfulness (DAY 3) - Being Married to My Best Friend

Real Estate Agent with | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Thankfulness (DAY 3) - Being Married to My Best Friend

I've always heard that happiness is being married to your best friend. I never really understood the deeper meaning of that until a few years after being married to mine. Yes, I was so very appreciative for the first few years of marriage but, I woke up one day, realizing that my life was synonymous with that old sentiment! 


Ray Debe 1996


Ray passed the first test - being an amazing father to our boys. Anyone who is married with children understands exactly what I mean. Passing the father test is a HUGE step towards melting your heart! ;-)




No matter what I did - cooking, gardening, nursing, anything - he was my biggest cheerleader. What I ever did to deserve such love and support, I could not, for the life of me, figure it out! But, every day, I woke up counting my blessings until I realized that this had gone on for a long time. It occurred to me that I no longer had to awaken and pinch myself - I could relax and savor the most amazing relationship I could ever have dreamed of!


We even have fun trying to figure out how to take selfies!


We are passionate about the same things, from our love of animals to seniors, sports to volunteering; we both love travel, music and laughter...lots of laughter! We are also both avid readers and will find something hilarious to read aloud to one another (if we can understand what the other one is reading)! Soon both of our jaws ache and we have tears streaming down our faces from laughing so hard!




There is SO much more to our story - one day, perhaps I'll write a book! For now, I am ever-so thankful to be married to my best friend.


Thank you again, Debbie Reynolds, for your Thanksgiving challenge!


© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | | Thankfulness (DAY 3) - Being Married to My Best Friend



Comments (20)

Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Willis, TX

This is such a beautiful tribute to your marriage and your family. I love the photos and your beautiful story 

Nov 14, 2017 08:18 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Being married to your best makes for a great relationship.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 14, 2017 08:22 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's an amazing feeling that I too know.  And you and Ray were just babies when you got married.  Oh my gosh what an adorable photo.

Nov 14, 2017 08:46 PM
Esther (Essie) Cruz
Coldwell Banker Realty/Marlboro-Manalapan - Manalapan, NJ
Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate

Simply Beautiful! Thank you for sharing 

Nov 14, 2017 08:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe, you are one lucky couple, family... well you know what I mean, my take is it takes hard work everyday to have a perfect relationship and clearly you all work at it and the pictures tell a thousand words... now where was the photo at the bottom? I know it was in Europe and more so somewhere in Italy... but where?:)Endre

Nov 14, 2017 09:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, Tammy Lankford, I LOVE you! I was 38 when I got married!! ;-) 

Nov 14, 2017 09:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Yes, Endre Barath, Jr. - it was in Italy - near the Florence Cathedral. Good eyes!

And, thank you - I know I'm a lucky gal!

Nov 14, 2017 09:57 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I love a happy story that is sure to continue. 

Nov 15, 2017 02:18 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Debe.

I did a double take looking at your wedding photos.  Both you an Ray haven't changed a bit.  Just look at your eyes, they say it all

Nov 15, 2017 02:44 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Debe Maxwell, CRS what beautiful photos....and I have to say, you look like brother and sister!!! beautiful children, too.... I bet college days were fun.... 

Nov 15, 2017 03:10 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debe, your post brought tears to my eyes. I can just feel the love you and Ray have for each other. Such a beautiful couple and you've built a wonderful life together. 

Nov 15, 2017 04:25 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debe Maxwell, CRS,

You are both lucky to have found each other and enjoy your life together so completely and fully! Wonderful photos they tell it all!!

Nov 15, 2017 05:00 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a wonderful post, sounds like the both of you are perfect for each other, as you make each other so happy!

Nov 15, 2017 06:08 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am not a hopeless romantic but as important as romance is in a relationship, friendship is the glue that keeps it together daily.

Nov 15, 2017 07:50 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a lovely post Debe Maxwell, CRS it is clear to see that you both married your best friend!  Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of your world!

Nov 15, 2017 10:36 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS, I was smiling while reading this beautiful post. None of us are perfect but when two people who truly love each other are united,  we can get a glimpse of perfection. You two are so lucky to have each other, beautiful your wedding picture.

Nov 15, 2017 05:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debe

How very special your relationship with Ray is, and such fun to read about all that it means to you all these years! Love the photos! I think I have been on that street in Florence - hard to not recognize that Cathedral!


Nov 15, 2017 08:24 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I can so relate, Debe. I married my best friend and still feel the same 32 years later. You have a partner for life and oh how sweet it makes life, having a friend/spouse right there with you.

Nov 15, 2017 09:25 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe,
Couldn't agree more!!!  I have that refrigerator magnet.  Oh, how I miss him! 

Nov 19, 2017 11:56 AM