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Everyday Blessings

One thousand gifts and counting ...

Every day on my way to work, I pass by a sign on the side of the road.  I've been curious to stop but it's too early since they don't open until 8 am.

There are roses in a variety of colors.  You can cut them yourself and then wrap them in newspaper to take home.
On Saturday, I made a special trip to stop by and say hello.  I spoke with Evan and he told me they can keep the roses growing and looking so pretty through the summer despite the Arizona heat.  He recommended bringing gloves when I came back to cut my dozen.

As I took a few photos, a farmer was busy working in the field.  He told me he was planting a variety of melons.  He invited me to return later in the season so I could pick my own to buy.

#57   Noticing a working farm in the middle of a busy city

#58  Shaking the hand of a farmer and listening to him speak so lovingly about what he was growing

# 59 The smell of soil and hay which was new to me

#60  A beautiful hand made card from a special first grade after school student that touched my heart

Our three year old class is learning about how caterpillars transform into butterflies.  How exciting to get to see this occur right before our very eyes.  The kids and teachers are fascinated!

#61  Realizing that I am being transformed into the image of Christ as I abide in Him

The children love it when I take photos of their shoes.  Kambria was very excited to show off her cowboy boots.
#62  Noticing little feet and how excited the children are when I mention their shoes

#63  Only four more weeks of the school year

# 64 Savoring every moment with the children

#65  Looking forward to teaching Culinary Camp for a two week summer session to first through fourth graders

Carpooling gives me lots of time to get to know Tara.  We've grown to become good friends, even though I'm old enough to be her mother. :)  She's getting married to Josh at the end of July, so I get to hear all the details of the wedding planning.  I have to admit that ...I'm loving it.

#66  Listening to my carpool buddy Tara's day by day wedding plans

#67  Three year olds drawing the progress of their garden plants

Life can be very challenging but God is good.  How thankful I am as I look for the everyday blessings He provides.

I'm linking to Ann Voskamp at Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. How lovely to C the excitement in these children's faces. Oh, and where is this place? I'd like to go and cut roses & get melons later in the summer. How wonderful. Have a super great day. Hugs.

  2. What a ministry: Looking at Little Feet!

  3. HI sister! Just wanted to drop by and tell you I've been praying for you . . . always do! Wondering how you're doing . . . although, from this post I see that you're being obedient to God and giving thank is EVERYTHING! You have challenged me today! ;)
    Love to you!

  4. Good Morning! How I enjoyed this post Debbie. Nothing like little ones...When Mel was doing her internships she worked as an aide in a couple of different elementary schools. She got a note or two everyday from the precious little ones. They were just darling. She had them pinned all over her mirror in her room. The roses look great. Have a good day! HUGS

  5. Hi, Debbie
    Another fun post - loved the picture of the boots - and the story about the roses.

    My own roses need some tending and you may just have inspired me to get out there and work on them today. :)
    Have a wonderful day - Marsha

  6. Always love reading your list.....You inspire me...

  7. Love your list, Debbie.
    A thankful heart is a
    happy heart! :0)

  8. Your entire blog put a huge smile on my face and in my day! Thank you!
    Love, Amy

  9. love your list!

    love the photos!

    love you!


  10. very sweet! I love Kambria's boots, too. and those caterpillars are awesome to watch- I cannot wait to watch them emerge from their chrsylis!

  11. I enjoyed your pictures and all the things you are thankful about. Love you ~

  12. I always enjoy your list. You seem to find blessings in all that comes your way. The children you work with are a lucky group. Sweet blessings to you!

  13. Dear Debbie,
    If you knew what great you are giving by sharing these everyday star moments.
    You're spreading light into my life and I feel blessed by your blessings, the farmer, the children, the colleague and the caterpillar.
    I hope you get some beautiful red roses for your home, and I hope they smell as good as they look.
    You indeed are my everyday hero, and that's when it really counts.
    Sunday Saints are boring, their glory fade when the toil and adversity of real life start sanding the surface.
    You do the opposite; you shine of real gold and honest love.
    God bless you and stay steady by your side,- now and always.
    From felisol

  14. Again...a wonderful list of blessings! I love the idea of a "you pick" rose garden!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your joy with us!

    Blessings, Joan

  15. What a privilege to pour into the lives of children. Love the roses!

  16. I'm over from Ann's. I loved your list today ... the way you talk about your students just warms my heart! :) Thanks for sharing and blessings to you!

  17. Over the years you have had some interesting subjects. I really liked the time you did the names of God. But I must admit, I really like this one. Just finding those things you are thankful for - seeing God blesses you (us) all the time, if we just take time to look around.


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