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An Attitude of Gratitude

Another Monday when I get to count my everyday blessings.  There's something about an attitude of gratitude that changes my perspective.  I'm seeing things differently each day.

I've been working in summer camp at our school.  This past week, I've been working the lunch time with the kids.  It gives me the opportunity to help them open their lunches and listen to what they have to say.  It's amazing when you take the time to listen to a child ...they actually open up to you. :)

They also love to act silly, especially when they see Miss Debbie with her camera.

This little girl couldn't help but twirl around to show me how she does this.  Too cute!

#115  Laughing with the children as they try to amuse me and themselves

One of the summer camps is Singing Idols.  On Friday I had the pleasure of watching their encore performance.
This performance was more of a practice so they were still learning the words to their songs.  But next Friday will be the BIG PERFORMANCE.  And I intend to be there with my camera.

Of course, they had a few dance moves to go along with the songs they sang.

#116  Watching the joy of children performing

#117  The parents who told me how thrilled they were to see their former shy child standing in the front and singing

#118  Little Abby fitting right in with the older kids and enjoying herself.  (She was in my Culinary Camp earlier in the summer.)

#119  Watching Karli spontaneously moving in rhythm to the music.  (Her mom told me that she insisted they get to school early so she could practice.)

And then there were the shoes!  Miss Debbie loves to take pictures of the childrens' shoes and ...they know it!
Four year old Briana had to show me her boo-boo with the Cinderella band aid.  Don't you just love those shoes?
And check out these sneakers?  Aren't they the cutest?
And Anoushka had to show me her arm with a brace after an injury.

#120  A big thank you for all who prayed for my mother-in-love Gloria

Gloria continues to recuperate at a local Rehab facility.  She had surgery after breaking her hip five weeks ago.  Today when we visited her, she is able to get out of bed by herself and walk with a walker.  She's not thrilled with all the exercises that are required but she is getting stronger as a result.  And her desire is to return to her own home in a few weeks.

I'm smiling as I'm writing this post so that's a good thing.  It's great to count your blessings so I will continue to do this each Monday as I link up with Ann of A Holy Experience.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Debbie - what an awesome list. I love how God continues to bless you through your obedience to accept these positions!

    Love you and thanks for sharing some CUTE photos tonight too!


  2. Debbie, there is something about working with children... it keeps us young!

    An attitude of gratitude. It is always good to find something to be thankful for.

    You must be a hit with your camera!

    Debbie, I continue to pray for you in this season you are on. A season of hiddenness and obedience, and learning new lessons from Him.


  3. Oh, I love your happy pictures of shoes and feet and dancing. And your happy attitude of gratitude. You're always a blessing, Debbie!

  4. I love your post Debby. Our VBS starts tonight and you reminded me to really love the children, not just go through the motions. Thank you.

  5. Loved this:) I've been mentoring a little girl at her school the past 4 years. I eat lunch with her every Friday and I love how all the children come up and hug me and want to share something with me. They are so precious!
    They are a blessing!

  6. absolutely loved this post. you take such great pictures! children are such blessings, aren't they? loved your list of simple joys and hope the blessings keep on coming! :)

  7. I love your stories of working with children....We have our grandchildren this week and they make me laugh all the time.......they are so open and transparent.....
    Your list is awesome......

    I know you will be blessed abundantly while working with these kids.....

    Hugs and blessings

  8. Dear Debbie,
    Being with you, sharing your joys is so uplifting; you make me smile and sing.
    The real life where important things happen ever day. Like that shy girl standing in the front singing.
    Also your MiL getting better and heading home again.
    God is great, so are his blessings for those who put their trust in him.
    From felisol

  9. As you know I love this blessing blog - it's my favorite. There's an old hymn, do you know it...
    When upon life's billows you are tempted, toss,
    Never get discouraged thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.


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