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Everyday Blessings

It's Multitudes on Mondays when I continue to count my everyday blessings.  When you begin to live your life being on the lookout for the blessings, it really does change your perspective.

I am so excited to share the news with you!  My niece Kristin got married a little over a year ago to Kevin.  And they just found out ...they're having a baby.

When I wrote that I wanted to start singing that Paul Anka song "Having My Baby".  I loved that song!

The baby won't be born until the end of April but everyone in my family is so excited.  It will be the first great grandchild.  And I will get to be a great aunt.  I'm thinking of the name Grandtante which means 'great aunt' in Norwegian.

#164  The excitement over a new baby in our family to love

In our preschool class, the children were learning the letter "C" this past week.  Heidi and I equipped them with little cameras made out of black construction paper and yarn to go around their necks.  Then we took them on a hunt for things that began with the letter "C" on our campus.  It was too cute!

Clicking cameras, clicking cameras is something they say to learn the sound of the letter "C"

#165 The excitement of the children as they went on a hunt for things that began with the letter "C".

#166 The smiles of the children when they found something and shared it with their teachers 

I was so excited to learn that I won a blog giveaway from a website called More to Be.  I am going to write more about this ministry later this week because it involves mentoring young women.  I believe this is so important for teens to have someone to talk to and walk with them along those challenging years.  eLisa used to have a blog called Extravagant Grace and I loved it. She stopped blogging for a time and this is the ministry that was birthed.  I can't wait to share more about it with you.

I won this beautiful necklace.  You can check it out for yourself on this Etsy shop.
I also won the book "Grace for the Good Girl" by Emily Freeman.  I was excited about this too as I had just seen the video promo on Emily's blog Chatting at the Sky.

#167  Winning a blog giveaway

#168  The excitement over a new ministry called More to Be that teaches older women how to mentor the younger women

I know I've been busy lately but I guess I didn't realize how busy I'd been.  My good friend Lisa Shaw just released her new book.  It is called "You are Beautiful in God's Eyes".  I was able to buy a Kindle copy because I couldn't wait to read it.  So far I've read about four chapters and ...it's good.

You can purchase your own copy here or on Amazon.

I am so proud of Lisa.  She is beautiful inside and out.  And did you know that I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa in person?  When I went to visit my family in Florida, Lisa drove more than two hours to come and have coffee and Norwegian waffles with me.  Can you believe it?  She's the real deal.  What you see is what you get ...my kind of friend.  Love you Lisa!

#169  Rejoicing with a true friend as she wrote and published her book

#170 Knowing Lisa's story and seeing where she is now; God's grace!

My mother-in-love Gloria has returned to her own home.  She fell and broke her hip requiring surgery and  months of Rehab.  The last month she spent at her daughter's home so she wouldn't be alone but she was anxious to return home.  Greg and I got to visit with her today and she looked great.  Praise God for answered prayer.

When I first wrote about Gloria breaking her hip, I asked for prayer on Heart Choices.  Bethany of Raindrops & Rainbows asked me for her address and sent her a card.  This is not the first time Bethany has done something so kind.  She occasionally sends cards to my sister Christine after I wrote about her too.

But Gloria was so impacted by Bethany's kindness that she wrote her a letter.  She showed me the envelope that was ready to be mailed.  She couldn't get over the fact that someone she didn't even know was praying for her and took the time to send her a card.  What a lesson that is for me!

#171 Answered prayer for my mother-in-love's health

#172 Seeing the impact of a kind Christian blogger who took the time to write to her (thank you Bethany)

I received the sweetest card this week from a friend I've known since the second grade.  Robyn  sat in front of me in Miss Richmond's class when I first moved to Lindenhurst.  I was behind and didn't know how to write in cursive.  Robyn would help me out and I never forgot that.  We were best friends in high school and when I was in nursing school.  She's one of those friends who will be a forever friend and I'm so grateful for that.

#173  Having a forever friend like Robyn

This week has been hot and busy.  But I'm so glad that I am noticing those everyday blessings.  How about you?  Isn't it time you started jotting them down too?

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. So proud of Lisa!

    No doubt you're delighted that Fall is on it's way (doesn't it arrive sometime in January in AZ?)! Back to school. Thanksgiving's comin'. Cooler temps are on their way.

    Know you in my warmest thoughts & prayers,


    P.S. It poured here today. I've got a fire going in the fireplace, and we had Chili for dinner for the 2nd night running. You're welcome anytime you need a dose of cool!

  2. Your niece looks so much like you, she could be your daughter. :o)

    Love, love your list! I keep a list of daily blessings (even though it's been hard to come up with some lately) and it is such a spirit lifter when I read through them from time to time.

    I always, always enjoy stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Dear Debbie,
    I'm smiling as I am counting your blessings with you.
    It seems to me you find more things to be grateful about every single they. an escalating spiral.

    Thanks for teaching me looking for everyday blessings.
    With you life you are a blessing and an example to me and others. That should me another number on your everyday blessing list.

  4. What a blessed week you have had Debbie; it is so heartwarming to read about your thankful heart. :) Congratulations to your niece (I can just imagine her thankful heart and the abundance of joy) and for your blog award (how exciting; you are deserving)!

    I am thankful for your warm and loving posts, and sweet comments. :)

    Blessings and hugs!

  5. Wonderful blessings you are counting
    here today Debbie! Your niece looks
    so much like you. She and her hubby
    look so happy and I pray for an
    easy pregnancy and delivery of a
    healthy baby. That necklace is so
    cool. Thanks for sharing these
    precious pictures.
    Love & Prayers,

  6. Wonderful list of blessings Debbie. Your cup is very full of what God has blessed you with. And... there is more to come!

    I;m reading Lisa's book right now, and I'm so happy for her. You are right, she is a precious sister!

    So happy for your neice and their new baby coming, and that your mil is home and on the mend. GOOD!!

    Have a great week with those little ones.


  7. Precious friend,

    Congratulations to Kevin and Kristen and to the family! How awesome! They are such a handsome couple! I pray blessings and good health and God's favor over their precious little one and the pregnancy.

    I didn't know about your Mother-in-love! I said a prayer for her now! How precious your friend reached out to her.

    Love the photos and all of your blessings you shared with us. I'm honored to be included in your list. You have always been such an incredible blessing and a TRUE friend! I'm grateful God linked our hearts.

    I love you! I'm praying for you and your family!

  8. Oh and I clicked on the more to be and couldn't access the site. Can you re-post the link or email it to me? Thanks Sugar!

  9. Such wonderful blessings this week for you! I love reading these each week. God is so good.

  10. Debbie, I count it a blessing in my life this week to know you and see all your blessings. Thanks, too, for your incredible support of More to Be. It means so, so much!


  11. So glad that sister Lisa finished her book!

    The kids looked like they had a wonderful time with their special cameras! That's a neat activity!

    Praying for God's richest blessings to be upon you. Have a great rest of the week! God bless.

  12. Congratulations on the baby announcement!

    Also, you'll love GRACE FOR THE GOOD GIRL. I'm reading it right now!

    Have a wonderful day, my friend.

  13. So many blessings!!! New babies in the family are always one of life's most precious events. And Emily's book is on my nightstand too, she is a sweetheart.

    {Debbie, your name popped in my head today and I whispered a little prayer for you ... }


  14. Congrats to your family on the new little one! How exciting!

    I will look forward to the letter.

    Have a great week!

  15. God inhabits the praise of his people and your list has lots of praise in it! Have a blessed week.


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