Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Today the DeBause Family...

     Today the DeBause Family is putting our home up for sale.  We were not anticipating a move so soon, but a rare opportunity came available on another home and we took it.  So, here we are selling our beloved home of over 12 years.

Here's the scoop on our home…

905 White Oak Court- Chesapeake, 23320

For more info go to

Large (2,216 sq ft) 3 Bedroom (+ office) home

Builder's model in cul de sac

2.5 Bathrooms

Brand New HVAC System w/ 10 year warranty.

Brand New Gutters and maintenance-free wrap on Trim

Updated throughout.

Additional room next to office
Extra Large Pantry in kitchen
2 Sheds
Custom Playground

Wood Floor and tile.  Carpet upstairs.


If you or anyone you know is interested, email to schedule a visit or get more information.

Currently, we are offering our home  For Sale By Owner (FSBO).  FSBO maximizes our return, but it also allows us to keep the price lower and share some of the savings with our buyer which could include helping with closing costs, making another desired upgrade on the home, etc.

Buyer’s agent welcome. 3% commission recognized.

What we love about our neighborhood…

Our Neighbors!
Our neighbors are remarkable people.  If we could take our street and cul de sac with us, we would.    We are grateful for the late night texts when we left the car door open or the interior light on, meals randomly being delivered to our door step, corn hole, the Christmas Huddle, impromptu cook outs, the Redskins/ Dallas feud, anonymous grass cutting, caring for our children, great conversations and so much more.  This has been a true caring community that we will miss greatly.  So thankful we get to keep the life-long friendships.

In the heart of Greenbrier. 
Our home is 1 mile from Panera's and Cold Stone Creamery and 1.8 miles from Target and Buffalo Wild Wings.  Need we say more?  Aerial View

Walking Paths, the Lake and sledding down the Great Hill after it snows.
Our family has walked many miles through the walking paths tucked away in our neighborhood.  Each one eventually wraps around our neighborhood lake where the kids feed the turtles on "turtle bridge" and swing on the monkey bars at the nearby parks.  The paths are well lit for early morning jogs or an evening stroll and maintained by our property owners association (POA).  The POA fee is $100 every six months, but worth every dime.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Kidney Day!

     Two years ago on this day, my hero wife Karen donated her kidney to our son Sawyer. So, today we celebrate New Life Day or, as Sawyer affectionately refers to it, "Kidney Day". 

     In some respects the two years have gone by quickly.  However, Sawyer suffered so much between the kidney failure and transplant, that it seems like a very distant memory now.  Distance is good.  We can appreciate looking back only to realize how far God has carried us since those difficult days.  We are grateful for where we are today.

     Sawyer's kidney has been performing like a champ.  What more could you expect considering the awesome (and beautiful) donor?  All of his labs have been very encouraging and we are praying that Sawyer's new (46 year old) kidney will last much longer than expected.  We hope he sets a few new records in the transplant world.

     We've known since birth that Sawyer was a fighter. Really, it's God's grace on him as He equipped Sawyer for the battles he has already fought and the war ahead. 

     Day to day, Sawyer does very well, but he is still challenged with the genetic syndrome that continues to plague his body. In recent months Sawyer has started to become more aware of his limitations or at least he communicates his frustration and disappointment more often.  Recently he stood at the doorway looking out with tears in his eyes as his friends played in our front yard at sundown.  He said to Karen, "I can't see.  I'm different than everybody else. I hate that I can't see.  Can we talk to the doctor about fixing it?"  Sawyer's genetic syndrome causes him night blindness and severe myopia. 

     Also, in the last few months, he has been struggling through pain in his legs and hips.  This is most likely from the bone dysplasia which is also caused by his genetic syndrome. Being the tough guy he is, we really don't know how much pain he wrestles with physically and emotionally, but we know it's daily. 

     Sawyer is so tough.  I vividly remember him waking up from transplant surgery asking for his sword, chocolate milk and Doritos.  He could barely speak.  He only had one arm mobile and he was hardly strong enough to use it.  However, he did use that one arm to wield his sword, gulp down the chocolate milk and Doritos (his first meal post-surgery) and lick the Dorito dust off of his fingers (his favorite part of the Dorito experience).

     Tonight, we celebrate New Life Day with chocolate milk and Doritos (maybe a few wings too).  We are grateful for God's faithfulness and provision to this family.  We cherish everyday with each other. 

     Thank you for your continued prayers for Sawyer.  We are overwhelmed and greatly blessed by the number of people who pray for him often and some still pray daily. So many have walked this journey with us and we cherish you too