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Thankful for Birthday Blessings

It's Thankful Thursday and my heart is overwhelmed with love and gratitude.  You see, yesterday was my birthday.  It was the best birthday I ever had!

So on this Thankful Thursday I wanted to share my day with you.

This was my desk with so many flowers.  Each child brought in a flower and gave it to me.

Each morning all of the three and four year old Pre-K classes gather in the Ramada to say the pledge of allegiance together.  And then they called me up as everyone sang Happy Birthday to Miss Debbie.

Check out the birthday cake.  There wasn't a piece left by the end of the day!

This was the best gift of all; getting hugs from the children.

My  heart was so full of emotion.  Little did I know several years ago that through circumstances not of my choosing would I be back working full time.  And yet, I love it!  I think about what I would have missed out on if life continued as I expected.  So I'm learning to trust God more and more.  He knows the desires of my heart better than me.

I wanted to say thanks to Heidi, Vicki, and Annie who made my day so special.

I'm also thankful for Facebook as I enjoyed the birthday greetings from friends and family.  I love that I'm still connected with friends from my growing up years, cousins and family even in Norway.

I'm linking up with Iris at Grace Alone for Thankful Thursday.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. You deserve only the best, Debbie! I'm always in awe of your positive attitude and goodwill. The children love you, and so do I! I'm glad we could help make your birthday special!

  2. I am so glad you had such a good day Debbie! They obviously all love you so much. Wishing you a happy birthday and a year full of His best blessings! HUGS! Debbie

  3. I'm thrilled that your birthday was so very special. 'Cause you are special, my friend. Love you. Love the photos!


  4. Happy Belated Birthday Debbie! Such sweet pictures. Looks like a wonderful day.

  5. belated happy birthday, debbie. you deserve the best! i love the photo where you're wearing a crown. yumm! makes me want to get a slice of cake when i get to the mall later tonight.

  6. Happy birthday Debbie; what a day of joyful blessings the children prepared for you! Birthday celebrations always provide such an opportunity for being blessed and giving thanks to God as the author and giver of our lives. :) :)

    Blessings and hugs on your special day!

  7. So precious, you truly deserved this, and more my friend.

  8. Happy late birthday, my friend! I was sick and not on my actual computer/Facebook on Wednesday, so I didn't know that it was your birthday...

    This post makes me so happy, though! I love knowing that God has given you so much JOY through what seemed such difficult circumstances! I praise God that He has birthed within you a new purpose and spring in your step. The children are blessed to have you love them so much. I know that they love you!!!

    So do I. Happy belated birthday~

  9. Who gets that many hugs and kisses on their birthday...WOW I think all those little arms and lips were God's way of saying how very much He loves you.....and He showed you your crown to boot....

    I am so glad your day was full of love and blessings.....you are special....

  10. Looks like a special day indeed! You look so cute in your birthday crown. I'm glad you enjoyed your day.


  11. How wonderful and happy belated birthday, Debbie! The flowers are just gorgeous and the children I know are the greatest blessing of all!

  12. Happy belated birthday! And I'm thankful for my daughter whose birthday is today, and for our other kids who love her so much and went to great lengths to spoil her today!

  13. Yea!!!!!!!! I got to see...this is great. As I came to the end of your post I couldn't help but hear..He turns our ashes into beauty!! The beauty has come through your job and the smile of those little ones.

    Blessings and Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Happy Birthday, My first time to your blog, and I see you are a woman of Christ too!
    It is so exciting to meet new Christians on the blogs.. I love your writing.. I will go to the Ministry for Women and check it out.
    Sounds interesting. hugs, Darlene xo


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