About Don Bebee
I am Don Bebee, husband, (Debbie and I have been married for 42 years and counting) father of 3, now married with families making us grandparents to 12 grandchildren. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Both Debbie and I are Baby Boomers born in the 1950s as products of according to Tom Brokaw, the Greatest Generation. He was referring to the Greatest Generation being the one that fought and won WWII. Then our American family as the Greatest Generation reunited their energies for our country in continuing to build the United States of American into the greatest nation in modern times.
Right after returning to Austin in 1945 from serving in the Navy during World War II, my Dad met the love of his life. They soon married and in a little over five years, my two older sisters, me and our younger brother had been born. Yes, four kids in a little over five years!
My parents did many things well. They lived by and passed on to us core values, principles, concepts that when personally applied in our lives could help us relate to ourselves, others and God in positive resourceful ways instead of negative non-resourceful ways. My siblings and I were not raised by “perfect” parents. And we were not “perfect” kids-or adults!
After graduating from High school in Austin, I went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Baylor with a BA degree, I worked for a short time in sales in the Men’s clothing department of Sears in Waco. From there I enrolled in Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas graduating in 1978 with a Master's degree. I later obtained a Doctor of Theology degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia.
Debbie (whose parents raised her and her sisters much like our parents raised us) and I met during and were then married at the end of my first year of Seminary. After graduating from Seminary, I spent the next four years in church ministry and starting our family.
After four years in church ministry, I transitioned into being a self-employed businessman and have remained self-employed in the real estate brokerage, development, property management, residential, commercial construction and related industries. I have been self-employed for most of my adult life.
Debbie and I were, are not “perfect” people, parents, grandparents. Nor did we raise “perfect” children. From the beginning to the present, 0ur family, now extended family daily seeks to find resourceful ways to relate to one another whether we are making wise choices or non-resourceful foolish ones.
As individuals we all have our own “stuff” that often causes conflicts in relationships. Because we individually have “stuff”, issues, conflicts it stands to reason that all families have “stuff”, issues, conflicts originating from non-resourceful thinking, attitudes and actions in relationship to ourselves, others, our American Family, God.
In our relationships we have issues, conflicts. There are no exceptions. This has been true since the creation of the human race. The functional first family of creation made non-resourceful choices that then also caused them to become the first dysfunctional family. The rest is history.
There is a proverb which states that as iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another. My story on this journey of LIFE is that with over 4 decades of raising a family, being self-employed and interacting with many others along the way, we can become people who learn to minimize painful conflicts.
We can become people who maximize LIFE conflicts by sharpening relationships through a daily process of interacting responsively in learning and applying core values, principles and concepts so that LIFE goes better when we relate resourcefully rather than non-resourcefully.