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New Year Blessings

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January 2012; a new year; a new beginning.

As I continue counting my One Thousand Gifts, I'm aware that each day is really a new beginning. Because of God's incredible grace, I am free.  I'm not overwhelmed or weighed down by my sins.

 22 "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,    for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;    therefore I will wait for him.”Lamentations 3:22-24

#303 The gift of God's grace
#304 Forgiveness of my sins through Jesus
#305 Freedom from condemnation
#306 God's love in me

I returned to school after a two week break.  I almost forgot how much I love to step foot on our campus.  As the little children spotted me, I heard the sweet sounds of "There's Miss Debbie" or "Hi Miss Debbie".  The first thing little Max did was to snap his finger.  I taught him to do that before break and he'd been practicing.

The children were eager to learn.  As they sat in front of the word wall, a new sight word was introduced.  The new word was "see".  How fun to see how excited they become as their minds absorb new lessons.

Our letter for this week was "L".  The children come to the front of the classroom and try to find all of the L's in our poem.  It might be a lower case or an upper case L.  Anika is searching.  Notice the stool that she uses so she can reach the letter.

Sometimes those "L's" are hiding and the children need a friend to help them out.  Max points out the hidden l in walk to Lauren.

#307 The sound of the children's voices
#308 The excitement of learning how to snap a finger
#309 Observing the children learn new words as they begin to read even at the age of 3
#310 Watching one child help another

I had an appointment in town after school so I stayed overnight at Greg's mom's house.  She lives closer so I didn't have so far to drive at night and in the morning.  What a nice time I had spending the evening with Gloria.  She had dinner waiting for me and we had time to talk and laugh.  She doesn't drink coffee but knew I enjoyed my cup of java first thing in the morning.  So her daughter Amy had purchased some packets of Starbucks coffee for me to enjoy. :)

#311 The first cup of coffee in the morning
#312 Spending time with Greg's mom
#313 Learning things about my husband from his mom
#314 Sharing girl talk
#315 A much closer drive to work

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Every day holds new hope and promise! You must have been so excited to see the faces of those precious children! The VIA coffee is pretty good in a pinch, isn't it?

  2. It's nice that with each and every count, it helps you treasure those things that truly matter the most! I'm sure the list will grow longer before you know it! God bless. I've seen instant coffee packets like those from Starbucks at Trader Joe's. I bought one but I haven't tried them yet. Even better, each packet is good to go, complete with sugar and creamer!

  3. I know it made your heart jump when those kids called out your name and were so glad to see you....I can hear your love for these kids in your words and boy are they blessed to have you for a teacher.....You are making such an impact on those kids because I know your love of Jesus comes out every single day in so many ways...

    God bless you for all your do for those kids.....

  4. What a special blessing you have to be able to spend your days teaching children! Thanks for sharing your joy!

  5. Dear Debbie,
    Walking with you into the new year is a blessing to me.
    God's blessings are beyond money, the are priceless, but so very worth praising.
    What a great idea to spend some time with Greg's Mom as well.
    She surly must have been the one feeling especially blessed, to be able to talk abound her beloved son.
    She sounds so sweet buying coffee just for you.
    Best of all are # 305 and 306.
    We really can trust in God's love in us no matter what.

    Thanks for being you.
    From Felisol

  6. Because you have focused your attention and your heart on being thankful, I am amazed each week at just how detailed your list is and what it is doing to your awareness of God's blessings each day. You are blessing us Debbie, as you share your list.

    Have a great week!

    Love you!

  7. Hi Debbie,

    What a sweet reunion you had with the children! God has certainly put these sweet little people in your life to bless and be blessed! :)

    Love following you on your journey of your 1,000 gifts!

    Blessings and hugs,

  8. There's a reason you've thrived in the midst of storms & briers; and this is it: your thankful heart!

  9. Your list has blessed me this morning Debbie, so thanks for sharing it. I remember when I worked at the elementary school and all the little kids would see me and coming running for a hug. I LOVED it. Sooo cute. Have a GOOD day! HUGS

  10. What a gift to have all those children excited to see you again. I love that Max had been practicing those finger snaps! Too cute! Sounds like a wonderful visit with your mother-in-law. That is fun!

  11. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing with us :)

  12. Oh, I would have loved for my son to have had you in school. Your heart, passion and kindness must fill your classroom until it overflows! How blessed your children are.

    Have a sweet week, my friend...


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