Monday, March 26, 2012

Blessings in the Midst of Chaos

I've spent the last week moving.  I didn't realize how challenging it would be to downsize.  However, in the midst of chaos ...I had a reprieve.

Some of you may recognize the smiling faces of Charlotte and her husband Clif.  Charlotte hosts Spiritual Sundays along with her personal blog Charlotte's Weblog. Clif is her hubby and fellow blogger at Musings of a Minister.

It turns out that they live several blocks from where I work in Scottsdale, AZ.  I was invited to breakfast at their lovely home on Saturday.  Afterwards, Charlotte and Clif came to Rancho Solano's annual Spring Show.

They donned their hats and sunscreen as it was a warm and sunny Arizona day.  And they even got a tour of our classroom.  Clif wrote a blog post about his reaction to this event.  You can read it here.

This is Heidi with her husband Al.  How thankful I am that we work as a team.  This is our second year together and we have such fun with the Pre-K 3's.  Heidi and I anticipate each other's moves and can tell what needs to be done.  We offer one another encouragement just when it is needed.  I look forward to next year with Heidi!

While our class was waiting for our turn to be called to the big tent and stage, we kept the children occupied.
It's amazing how simple games can be such fun with 3-4 year old children.  I taught them to put their hands on top of one another.  Then the hand on the bottom pulled out and placed that hand on the top of the pile.  Then the next hand would pull out and go on top.  They giggled as they sometimes got mixed up and put the wrong hand on top.  It was a fun activity!

Finally ...our Pre-K 3 class was summoned to the stage.  Here they are performing their number "In the Jungle".  They did a fabulous job!

#386 Enjoying the hospitality of blogging friends
#387 Beautiful Arizona weather
#388 An amazing co-worker Heidi
#389 A school that encompasses people of all ethnic backgrounds
#390 A classroom of 20 precious children I've come to love
#391 A family fun day outside
#392 A respite in the midst of moving
#393 Amazing friends Anna May and Jack who hosted a garage sale to help me sell my 'stuff'
#394 Friends Helen and John who also helped with the garage sale
#395 Sister-in-law Amy who has helped us with painting our new place
#396 My husband who has been working so hard trying to fix up the new place for me
#397 A closer drive to work
#398 Sleeping in my own bed
#399 Having some of my old furniture back
#400 Feeling the love of God in the midst of these changes

Are you counting those every day blessings yet?  It has helped me so much to focus on the good things each day.

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.


Blessings and love,

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23 comments:

Denise said...

Sweet, sweet blessings.

Vicki @ Light for the Creative Soul said...

Beautiful post! Love knowing how God is blessing you!

Charlotte said...

Wow, Debbie. Thank you for the nice comments about Clif and me. It was such a pleasure to be able to share this special day with you.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love how God just always wraps His arms around you physically by bring people your way...it is always so encouraging to me to see His individual love gift to each of us.

Great list...inspiring for me also!!

Debbie said...

How wonderful to have been able to spend the day with these sweet people. I love putting "live" bodies with blogging buddies....lol. The kids looked darling, Glad everything worked out well. I love how the simple things can kids entertained for hours. Your thankful list is great! Have a wonderful week! HUGS

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how wonderful to have so much fun with the children. They look so cute. Charlotte is such a precious lady, I am sure you are Blessed by any time that you spend with her and her DH. Hugs, Marty

BARBIE said...

I'm praying your move went well. And how nice that you go to spend time with your precious friends.

Cathy said...

Thanks so much for sharing all that, Dear. I loved the pictures. Love you ~

JottinMama said...

You're precious...such a sweet and thankful spirit.

Your kind friends seem to be the same way :) Our brothers and sisters in Christ - SUCH blessings. SUCH gifts!

Just said a prayer for you, friend.

- Kate :)

Joan Davis said...

What a blessing to be able to visit with Charlotte and Clif in "real life"!! I'm so glad you had that special reprieve from the work of moving!

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, Debbie, I've thought of you so much this past week as you have been moving. I know it has been a tough time and I pray that things are leveling out for you. So glad you had some bright spots in the midst of these past days. That is always refreshing!

As to my nail tech....I am literally like their American Mother and I pray that the Lord will give me an opportunity to verbally share Christ with them at some point. I definitely share Christ with them as I reach out to them and minister to them, but we've never had "the conversation." They are so precious to me and I want to introduce them to the King of Kings. They say they are Buddist but they are really nothing. Their children go to one of the finest Christian schools in our area.

Hugs to you my friend!

Karen Mortensen said...

Glad you got moved and that you had some blessings come your way.

Smelling Coffee said...

Debbie, how sweet of the Lord to connect you with bloggers near you! I've been praying for you as you settle in!
Love you!
Jennifer

Jess said...

Welcome Home! May GOD's blessings fill your new abode and tickle your socks off!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

How sweet for your friends to be a blessing in the chaos for you! It sounds like you have lots of help and love during your move. Such a gift!! Love the 'In the Jungle' kids! Too cute! :)

Tiffany Stuart said...

Hi Debbie,

I see God is bringing change your way. I trust His plan is always good. I loved peeking in and seeing these sweet children and reading your thanks. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week. I love Arizona this time of year. Colorado is a little cold compared to growing up in Az. But it's still sunny here most days.

Hugs and love,

Tiffany

hk said...

Even in the midst of trials, God shows us things to be thankful for if we are just willing to see them. You see them better than anybody I know. Love you.

Sarah said...

Oh sweet one, rejoicing in the time to stop by and celebrate with you.

Splashing around in God's goodness today ... Had to stop by and wade in this glorious place. Hope you don't mind if I stay a bit and let joy soak deep down. I have quite a bit to catch up on.

Splashin'
Sarah

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

It is amazing to see from this vantage point how God is working in the details of your life! Praise Him for His faithfulness!

Blessings,
Lisa

Lori said...

Oh WOW, Debbie, I would have loved to drive over there and met you as well as Charlotte and Cliff, I feel I know you all already anyway...the kids look so cute in their outfits :-)

Crown of Beauty said...

Debbie I was here last night and tried to leave a comment, but blogger kept registering an error code... SO here I am again, early Saturday morning, sun not up yet... I enjoyed reading these last two posts you wrote, cause although our circumstances are different, your words speak of change and upheaval, something that I have been experiencing in my own life.

I can definitely relate to how you feel... and am happy to tell you that when the Father calls us to the path of downward mobility He has something very beautiful in store...

So, as you discover the rare gems that can only be found on this road, I rejoice with you and I am walking with you in this journey.

Much love
Lidia

Crown of Beauty said...

Debbie I was here last night and tried to leave a comment, but blogger kept registering an error code... SO here I am again, early Saturday morning, sun not up yet... I enjoyed reading these last two posts you wrote, cause although our circumstances are different, your words speak of change and upheaval, something that I have been experiencing in my own life.

I can definitely relate to how you feel... and am happy to tell you that when the Father calls us to the path of downward mobility He has something very beautiful in store...

So, as you discover the rare gems that can only be found on this road, I rejoice with you and I am walking with you in this journey.

Much love
Lidia

LDH said...

Hi Debbie! Thinking of you and just wanted to stop by and say Hi!

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