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Thankful for Smiles and Laughter

Smiles and laughter ...you get both with children.  I treasure this photo of Kenzie on her first birthday celebration.  She eats with gusto when she likes something.  And this cupcake was devoured by this sweet girl.  If only I could eat like this but then again I'm trying to lose some weight.  :(

This past week was Spirit Week at our school.  We had an assortment of cute hats on Crazy Hat Day.

It always makes me smile to see the children having fun. Sometimes the simple things like peeking out give them such delight.  

And then there was this special moment.  Sawyer's mom is pregnant.  She came on to our playground and all of the children swarmed around her.  Sawyer was showing them her tummy.  He held his hand on her tummy and kissed it.  He is going to have a baby brother.  So cute ...

This last photo is one that is near and dear to my heart.  Kristin and Katie are my brother Steve's daughters.  How thankful I was to have been included in their lives as they were growing up.  Now that Kristin is married and has her own little girl, I can't help but smile.  I wish I lived closer but I treasure these photos.  How sweet is this?

#797 The joy of eating a cupcake without worrying about calories
#798 A fun filled but a bit tiring week at school during Spirit Week
#799 Playing peek a boo with the twins
#800 Laughing with the children
#801 Watching the children touch Sawyer's mom's tummy
#802 The excitement over a new baby
#803 Kenzie is now walking on her own
#804 Getting to watch videos of Kenzie and hear her voice
#805 Sitting in my garden entry in the early morning hours
#806 Getting back into the habit of regular exercise
#807 Spending time with my good friend Helen

Yes this is Tuesday and not Monday so I'm a day late.  However, I didn't want to miss out on counting my every day blessings.  So I'm linking up with Ann Of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. It really is the moments like this that make life worth living. This is the abundant life our Father speaks of! :)

  2. lovely photographs - so full of joy and laughter. Truly warms the heart and I share your joy dear Debbie.

  3. The picture of Kenzie with her birthday cupcake is just adorable! I love how she got into it! haha The rest of the photos are all quite sweet too! Enjoy your day Deb!

  4. There you are! I missed you yesterday :) Cute pics! Those kiddos are blessed to have you!
    Praying for you this week and hope you're enjoying a glorious Phoenix spring!

  5. Hi Debbie,

    I was smiling through every photo and the words you share! How precious is each child, each adult and the precious baby on the way :) So much to be thankful for in all of our lives. Makes you wonder why we allow any of the problems to overwhelm us at all when we belong to such a great God!

    Thanks for sharing with us today! I love being able to pop in again and visit with you! You are a precious friend.

    Love you!

  6. Wow Debbie, You are rolling through those thousand gifts to be thankful for. I am certainly thankful for smiles and laughter right with you and family and being able to be a part of precious lives. May God bless you through your walk of gratefulness and surrender. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

  7. What fun and special times. Love all the pictures.

  8. nice seeing your nearest family pictures:)

  9. Dear Debbie,
    You are sharing your warm inner self, when sharing your joys.
    Counting blessings is an uplifting activity.
    You have such an important job. In these children's world you are bringing light,unconditional love, safety and continuity for a long time of their day.
    May God reward you for your warm, loving heart.

  10. There is never a late moment for a grateful heart...The first photo made me smile as soon as it became clear...Soo cute! And I wish I can eat like that too now! Who doesn't like a cupcake?

    So many wonderful moments you shared and all of those pics of wonderful people close to you are so precious. Have a great rest of the week and may you always remain strong in the Lord's mighty power!

  11. Your photos and list always make me smile and also makes me offer off a thanksgiving of my own...thanks for this precious post, which is just full of joy!

  12. You and your kids Debbie... what a big joy you are to each other! I wish Kenzie and Gracie could meet, what fun they would have, but then so would Debbie and Sonja if WE got to meet!! :)

    Love you!

  13. Debbie - Once again you share the joy of simple pleasures with us. Thank you!

  14. I truly know how you feel being closer to family. I miss mine very much too.

    Children are so cute; they can be a handful, but I think that they are more a blessing. You are so blessed to work with the little ones.

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