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Counting Blessings Even in the These Times

I look forward to Multitudes on Mondays when I can share the everyday blessings I encounter throughout my week.  I have to be on the lookout since I feel accountable writing this post each week.  And that's a good thing.

It's been very hot here in the Phoenix area with temperatures still remaining in the triple digit range.  I came out of work eager to get home only to discover I had a dead battery!  However, a kind co-worker gladly allowed me to attach my jumper cables to her car to get my engine started.
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I was able to get home and call AAA who replaced my battery.

On the way home, I noticed how beautiful the sky and clouds were.

So of course, I had to take a photo to share.  In the midst of those frustrating days, it's good to notice the everyday blessings.

#154  A kind friend who was willing to help me out in my time of need

#155  Having AAA to call for my car battery 

#156  A beautiful cloud formation with the sun shining through to remind me of God's provision and goodness 

My weekdays go by so quickly and by the time I get home I'm so tired.

Thankfully, my husband Greg has had a variety of meals all ready for me. I'm so grateful for his thoughtfulness.

My friend Helen was so kind to think of me this week.  She called and asked if she could drop something off.  Low and behold, she showed up with a complete meal for Greg and me.

I was so thankful and so was Greg.

#157 A thoughtful husband who enjoys making fun meals with our leftovers

#158 A good friend who took the time to prepare a meal for my family

I couldn't let a week go by without sharing a few blessings I had with the children.

It was Evan's fourth birthday and his mom brought in colored cupcakes for our class to enjoy during snack time.  Heidi and I laughed as they gobbled up those yummy sweets and didn't even realize their little mouths were covered in the colors.  As you can see for yourself, Maya choose a pink cupcake.  I think she's really enjoying it, don't you?

#159  Watching little children eat sweet cupcakes with no regard for being proper

This week the three year olds were introduced to the letter B.  They practice writing B's, both lower case and upper case.  They identify words that begin with the letter B.  And they also get to pick out all the B's in a poem.
Heidi and I were so excited when they were able to find the nine "B's" in this poem.  Patrick found a hidden b.  Yay!

#160  Seeing the children learn and really get it

#161  Working with Heidi who is an incredible teacher

#162  Getting to share the delight with Heidi when the children progress in their learning and understanding

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11, many of the children wore red, white and blue.

Speaking of 9/11, I recently read a book on my Kindle that grabbed my attention. Escape From the World Trade Center was written by a woman named Leslie Haskin.  She describes in vivid detail her escape from the 36th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center.  I was caught up in her description of the events and emotions on that day.

How inspiring it was to learn that despite post traumatic stress disorder and a long recovery, she eventually embraced the faith of her childhood.

She had a praying mother.   

Why am I not surprised?  Btw, I had a hard time putting this book (or should I say my Kindle) down.

# 163 Hearing a story of good in the midst of such tragedy of 9/11

I invite you to be on the lookout for those everyday blessings.  We have plenty of tragedies and bad news in this world, but there's always something for which we can be thankful.

You can always join in with Ann of A Holy Experience.  Or you can simply begin keeping a daily list.  Believe me, it will change your perspective.

Blessings and love,

Photo Credit for "count your blessings":  Saying It Sweet
Debbie Petras
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  1. Thank goodness for good friends, and thoughtful husbands!

    Blessings to you - Marsha

  2. It's good to see those things that truly has the most meanings and in reality are the biggest blessings in one's life. God is good! Blessings to you sister and may you encounter many, many more blessings awaiting to be discovered in your journey! Have a great week ahead, remaining strong in God's mighty power!

  3. I am sticking a 'Sonja thank you' in here... I am thankful for Debbie, for your grace, your heart, your love, your determination to walk life in God's way, and for your friendship!


  4. Enjoyed you list. I especially loved the picture of the little one "looking" for the "B". How sweet is that.

    I can also relate to great friends who step in right when you need them. How blessed are we?

    Happy Multitudes on Mondays...

  5. As always, a beautifully humble and transparent list of thanks! Thank you for sharing!

  6. The picture of the meal Greg made for you brought a smile to my face. How thoughtful! And cupcake face made me smile too. I always enjoy your lists.

  7. What a great thank you list and I love your pictures. The treat your husband made is so cute.

    I've got that book on my Kindle too. I haven't read it yet, but I believe I'll start it tonight before bed. I think I may have started it before but got interrupted with something else. Thanks for letting us know how good it is.

  8. What a great list Debbie! Reminds me to take more notice of the everyday blessings that I sometimes hardly notice. A happy week to you!

  9. Hi Debbie,
    As always, your blog puts a smile on my face! :) In the stressful and troubled world in which we live, it seems difficult for many people to find something to be thankful for, but I am reminded everyday of my countless blessings. Even in difficult circumstances, we should continually keep in mind that God desires to bring good out of the situation that we are in. Being thankful can be therapeutic; It can bring healing to a troubled heart.:)

    Thanks for sharing your blessings; the pictures are great!

    Blessings and love,

  10. I always enjoy reading of your blessings and your thankful heart Debbie. I laughed at your hubby's meal. How perfect! I enjoy hearing about your days with the little ones. I do miss that. Have a wonderful week! HUGS, Debbie

  11. What a wonderful list of gifts! It's those everyday blessings that make this life so special! A true blessing to have such a loving, supportive husband. Love your photos. That pink cupcake face... too cute! Sounds like a great book. What an inspiring woman!

  12. Everyone was just awesome and I could comment on all of them...but I won't. The one that jumped from the pages is "she had a praying mother"...that is where I am and reading on other praying mothers through the many generations...thanks for the power of prayer...and the power of prayer is evident in your life as well

  13. Your thankful blogs are always so special. You are so sweet to mention the meal, although I now see that Greg is difinitely a strong competitor. But I think my favorite mention in this blog was the day the battery was dead, but you still noticed the cloud formation - I think that makes God smile.


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