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Through the Eyes of a Child

What does life look like through the eyes of a child? 

I've been absent from our blogging community for the last few days.  On Monday, I began working full time in a private school.  I get to spend the day with three and four year olds. 

Life does look a bit different ...through the eyes of a child.
  • For one thing, my quadriceps are so sore.  I love to speak with the children at eye level but that requires this body of mine to constantly bend down.  My husband and I joked that I've been trying to shed the extra weight I've accumulated recently and so I have the feeling it will be working its way off.  I also have much less time to eat.  :)
  • I appreciated the celebration of Veteran's Day so much more through the childrens' eyes.  The school had a special outdoor assembly to honor the military.  We all sang a few patriotic songs, the pre-kindergarten cheerleaders performed in their adorable cheering outfits (so cute), and the band played songs to honor our veterans.  They had a special guest; a veteran of Desert Shield who came in full uniform to speak with the children.  As I gazed at the crowd of children listening intently, I was surprised by the tears that filled my eyes. 
  • I am reminded that children are like sponges, absorbing what they see and hear.  As an adult, I want to be a good example to them.  Even though this isn't a Christian school, I am still a Christian.  I pray that I would be a light to all I encounter and that they will see the love of Christ in me, even when words are not spoken.
  • I am also amazed at what children can learn.  Our three year old class is learning Spanish.  It's been good for me as I took this language for three years in high school but forgot much of it.  As the children learn the words for paper, pencil, scissors and all the days and months of the year it comes back to me too.
  • I get to share the details of my day with Greg.  He even made a 'Welcome Home Debbie' sign.  I returned to a clean house and a crockpot meal.  He's very creative with leftovers and it always tastes great.
I'm thankful that I have a four day weekend so I can rest up.

I found this adorable painting online and thought I'd end this post with it.  I think I'm going to love seeing the world through the eyes of children. 

How about you?  Doesn't life look different through their eyes? 

Have you noticed?

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Since our youngest son went to Heaven 2 years ago, my joy has pretty much come through the eyes of my daughter, who is now 4 1/2. So grateful for her!

    You mentioned enjoying Veteran's day differently through the children's eyes. Yesterday Kayleigh told me "It's Soldier's day. That means someone's 'tecting us. From the bad guys."

  2. Through the eyes of a child for sure...How exciting to be working at a school. I can't think of any place I'd rather work. I worked at my daughter's elementary school for 8 years. How I LOVED it. It was only part time though (from 8 till 1:30 4 days a week) but it was plenty. And the stories those kids would tell. I can remember walking on campus in the morning and soo many of them would come running..."Mrs. Class is here..Mrs. Class is here...YAY" Oh how I miss those days and those sweet little people. ENJOY this new job. And how wonderful that your hubby has dinner all ready. Doesn't get much better. Have a good week-end and rest up for sure. Don't know if I could keep up with all those little ones anymore. = )

  3. Oh I am laughing out loud...all of these are prayers I had for you this week!!! I knew you would experience it in all these things, isn't God Good?!?!? Aren't they precious?
    You are going to have so much fun and they are going to be so blessed by you!
    That husband is a jewel!!! Hold him tight!!! A true treasure from God.
    Blessings on your continued work days...we have a Thanksgiving feast at four year old's school next week.
    He got his cast off, but has a walking boot, brace for another month!

  4. I was so worn out when I used to babysit my great-nephew, especially once he started crawling. I remember joking to my husband that if I worked around little kids all day I'd probably lose weight! lol

    Your husband sounds like a keeper!

  5. Oh, I know you are going to be such a blessing to all these children, Debbie! May your influence be long and deep in their lives.

  6. Yes, through the eyes of a child!!!! Right now as I look at all the toys strewn on the floor, I am choosing to see the fun that they see, and not the mess that I see - LOL

  7. Hi Debbie, Loved this post and it took me back to my preschool days of teaching. Sounds like an ideal school to be in. I never lost weight when I taught because we always did snack together and who can resist graham crackers.
    Have a delightful weekend.
    I love seeing life through the Lord's eyes.
    Hugs, Noreen

  8. How wonderful! I know that the children there are so blessed by you already!! I know exactly how you feel, too! Although, the school my children go to is a Christian one, I have been able to share Jesus with some kids who may not have a relationship with Him!!! God will totally use you in a mighty way there, Debbie!!!

  9. YEAH GOD! I'm so thrilled how He is blessing you through this job!

    Taking time to see things through our 9 children's eyes keeps my focus on the here and now. Helps keep my heart in the right place too and ensures I don't miss the lessons He wants to teach me through them. When I forget He is quick to bring me back! PRAISE HIM!

    Love you!

  10. Yes, everything looks different
    through the eyes of children.
    You are going to enjoy being
    with kids, sharing their joy
    and learning to look at life
    in a more light-hearted way.
    I LOVE KIDS! What a gift they
    are and what a gift your hubby
    Have a restful weekend!

  11. Not sure the reasons for this new job, but I know that these precious lives are blessed to have you in theirs. Bless your sweet heart for taking this on...

    I don't think this body could stand the workout, but my heart?

    Primed and ready for such a workout. Rest well, sister. Hearing about your new line of work has me thinking about what mine might be once I get on the other side of treatment.


  12. Congratulations on your new job! My daughter has been a preschool teacher for 11 years and her husband has taught 4th grade for 6 years, so I know the dedication it takes to spend your days with children and just what a vital part of shaping their lives a teacher plays. I pray God will bless you every day as you pour yourself in to these little ones...and we all know how God feels about the little ones!

  13. Debbie:

    I've been praying for you so much this week, and I'm so glad you will have the weekend to rest a little before Monday. I can just imagine how happy those kids are to have "Mrs. Debbie" in their midst.

    It's really special that Greg is helping ... crock pot & clean house? Wow... very impressive, and the sign to greet you is so sweet.

    Yes, life through the eyes of a child makes life so fresh and keeps us smiling!

    Love you!

  14. I know being there, you are such a great blessing to these kids, too! Oh, I was just telling my son this morning [he's 15 now, almost 16], hugging him, how I missed those times when he was little. I just miss the funny things he'd say with innocence. Not that he's not a sweet kid, he is!

    No wonder the Lord wants us to have that kind of faith...Child-like. Because they don't have bias. Nor think of evil things like adults do. May God bless you and protect you and continue to guide you with His divine wisdom.

  15. Debbie-
    How exciting to be starting a new job - and yet how challenging, too. We all need a refresher course in looking "through the eyes of a child." Even Jesus said, "Unless you become as a little child you cannot enter the kingdom." There was a reason for that, wasn't there? God bless you, Debbie. ...Marsha Y.

  16. Children are so precious and I know you will be a blessing to these little ones. I have a life-long friend who keeps the toddlers in church nursery on Sundays and she has the sore muscles just like you! Hope you enjoy the long weekend.

  17. It seems like you are in just the right place. I know you will be a blessing. It impressed me that Mother remembered experiences, songs and Bible passages that she learned as a small child when her memory failed her in other areas.

  18. How fortunate this school is to have someone like you. I kept my 2 year old Grandson 3 days this week and what a little sweetheart he is to be with. We talk, we sing but most of all, we make memories.

    Leftovers in the crockpot. Sounds like you have a very innovative husband.

    Blessings to you!

  19. These children are blessed to have you, and I know you are going to be so blessed to be in their lives. I cannot believe these little ones do cheerleading! And kuddos to your hubby for the dinner and the clean house! Thankful for your day of rest!

  20. Precious friend, I've been praying for you!!! What a beautiful message!!

    Love the painting and the precious baby girl in the first photo!

    What a sweet one Greg is to have made the sign and dinner. Awesome!

    I agree with you about seeing life through the eyes of children. I know that hearing it through my 2 and 3 year old grand daughters is so peaceful and full of hope!

    I love you!

  21. That is great you are working with little children, Debbie. I also used to. They are precious. Love you ~

  22. Dear Debbie,
    I'm so happy for you, that a door has been opened for you to be a blessing for a new generation.
    How important for the young ones,to have a teacher who is a warm and empathic believer, especially in times like this.
    I bet you have sensed their many longings and empty rooms already.
    God so need just you to be where you are now.
    I have learned to know your tender heart and seeing and caring mind.
    I'd be happy if I knew you were to teach and care for some i my family.

    I've said an extra prayer for you, that you must not get too exhausted, but become strengthened by the hugs and energy to receive in return from your little ones.
    How very nice of Greg to be so supportive. He loves you very much, I know that.


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