I hope to be back at work tomorrow. But in the meantime, I am focusing on those everyday moments and gifts from God.
My good friend Jamie from San Antonio was visiting family in town this past week. She took the time to drive to Rancho Solano Private School to see me. I was so excited that she had all four daughters with her too. When they pulled up in their rental car, out burst Ellie with her arms wide open to hug me. I could have cried. I had forgotten my camera but here's a photo of Ellie from last year.
Ellie has grown into such a wonderful godly woman. She is still going to BSF studying Isaiah this year. She shared one of the Bible stories that touched her in this study and my heart was warmed once again.
#26 The gift of seeing a child grow into a teenager and still in love with the Lord
#27 Smiles and hugs from Jamie, Ellie, Marybeth, Karli and Rachael.
#28 Children eager to pose for photos, even if it's only their shoes
Every day I thank the Lord for providing me with this job. I often look out at their faces and pray silently for each one of them.
#29 The sight of the children each morning as they greet Miss Debbie
I had to laugh. On Friday I lost my voice; laryngitis. It was April 1st (April Fool's Day). When Heidi told the three year olds that Miss Debbie lost her voice, they didn't quite understand. She explained it to them. But later that morning, little Rachel smiled and said to me "The birds took Miss Debbie's voice; April Fool's Day". Of course, the others had to get into the fun of this and had their own opinions of who took my voice.
But then Dax looked up at me with that innocent face and said "No, Miss Debbie's voice is still inside. It just can't come out." Out of the mouths of babes!
I was glad to have Surya's very booming voice in my first grade after school class. He became my spokesperson for the afternoon. Of course, he loved it.
#30 An appreciation for having a voice to speak. It is back now and I don't want to lose it again. :)
#31 Memories of old hymns sung in church
Despite feeling a bit under the weather, I'm thankful for the time of rest as I sip my hot cup of tea. I'm participating in Multitudes on Monday ~ One Thousand Gifts with Ann of A Holy Experience.
Blessings and love,