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Thankful Blessings

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day when we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans.  How thankful I am to those who have sacrificed to help keep us safe.

I remember so clearly the day my brother Steve enlisted in the Navy.  Our family was so tearful as we said goodbye.  I think this was July 6, 1970 during the Vietnam War.  Steve was leaving for boot camp.  He served his time and then remained in the Navy reserves for many years.

We had a beautiful Veteran's Day ceremony at our school last week. Many of us had tears in our eyes as the band played our national anthem and Amazing Grace.  A 92 year old World War II veteran shared memories with the children.  He was the great grandfather of two of the students at our school.

I loved to watch our little cheerleaders in action.  I cannot remember a day when I was ever so flexible as this!  Don't you just love those outfits?

Birthday Celebrations

We also got to celebrate Heidi's birthday last week.  The kids were so excited about the surprise.  Each one brought a single flower to place in a vase.

Little Hilton was so excited about the surprise.  She ran with a rose behind her back.  When she finally reached Heidi, she handed it to her with the flower crushed in her little hand.  But it opened up nicely in the vase.

I discovered an idea on Pinterest but changed it up a bit.  I found a small pail and placed styrofoam inside.  After using the Ellison press to make flowers in blue and red, I cut out photos of the children in our class and pasted them on.  I then used long sticks to stand them up in the pail.  It turned out very cute!

#572 Veterans who sacrifice to keep us safe
#573 Never tiring of hearing our national anthem
#574 Hearing Amazing Grace played by children from our school
#575 A cool weekend in Phoenix
#576 Breakfast outside at The Farm at South Mountain
#577 My Neti Pot that helps me with my allergies
#578 Time this weekend at home with Greg
#579 Power restored to most in my hometown of Lindenhurst, New York
#580 My niece Katie returned home safely from her overseas trip
#581 Katie's Brooklyn apartment was unharmed by Hurricane Sandy
#582 Celebrating the birthday of my friend and co-worker Heidi
#583 Celebrating a birthday with children is so much more fun
#584 An extra day to rest and refresh before returning to work

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience as we continue to count our every day blessings.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Your post is beautiful with pretty pics. I am so thankful also for our veterans including your brother, Steve.

    What a delightful craft with the pictures of your students! I love that!

    Have a great day.

  2. What a fun week, Debbie! I'm joining you in the thankfulness for our veterans. Several young folks we love are currently serving. So grateful that our best and brightest are using their talents to serve our country!

  3. i can imagine that your 'bucket of kids' is a gift that Heidi will always treasure. Your list of thanks always touches my heart Debbie.

    Love you!

  4. both of your flower ideas are adorable.

  5. What a sweet picture of your brother from 1970. Glad he came back safely. So many from my high school class did not.
    We owe them all such a debt of gratitude.
    Glad your weekend was a good one.
    Blessings to you - Marsha


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