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End of School Year Blessings

This is the last week of our school year.  I've been going through photos and writing up some of the funny things the children have said this past year.  And now I'm feeling a bit sad.  It's hard to say goodbye to children I've grown to love.  Although most of them will still be at the school, it won't be the same.  It's time to let go ...

Heidi and I work so well together.  She gave me a photo album as an end of school year gift.  We think alike as my album to her should be in my mailbox by Tuesday at the latest.  Thank you Shutterfly!

In the album I received, Heidi interviewed each child and asked them questions.  She recorded them in their exact words.  I loved each one.

I had to laugh as Saniya said "Miss Debbie is special because she ties my shoes."  If you only knew how many times I have to tie her shoes!  But I really don't mind.  One day she will be able to double knot her shoes all by herself. :)

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At the beginning of each school year, I collect cute things the children say.  I place them in a jar like this one.  This weekend I took them out to review.

Here are a few:
  • Indira told us her grandma likes to eat lots of chocolate and she lost her teeth
  • One of the children had hiccoughs and Melika yelled out that they had the 'pickups'
  • I told Heidi that I exercised that morning and Sam yelled out "you're losing weight Miss Debbie"
  • We were talking about being good and Hadley said "we're not going to have another cranky day"
  • Violet said "I told mommy I didn't want a sandwich for lunch and she said TOUGH"
  • Vivian told me that she was happy.  I asked her why and she answered "because you're here"
Is that cute or what?  I will miss their sweet faces.  And I may even miss all their boo-boos too!

#830 The sweetest photo album 
#831 Laughing as I read the cute sayings I collected throughout the year
#832 Reviewing the children's photos from the school year
#833 Hugs galore
#834 Feeling the love of the children
#835 Having the privilege of watching children grow
#836 Seeing the delight in their eyes as they learn new things
#837 Cherishing these special memories

I love counting my every day blessings.  I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Will you take the summer off then, Debbie? Praying God's restorative grace to replenish your reserves throughout the summertime. I'm so thankful for the intentional investments you've made into these young lives.


  2. What a very sweet post. Kids are great.

  3. That was too cute Debbie! I laughed out loud at Endira and Violet. The way they express their love for Miss Debbie just warms my heart.I know you will miss them. Will you be off this summer?


  4. Debbie, yes, these little ones just have their own way of seeing and saying things!! I just read something about children yesterday. It says that we receive our children from God not as possesions to look after, but as guests whom we love so much that we want to take care of their needs, but also to let them go when the time is right to be the person God created them to be!! I suppose this is also true for you.
    Much love

  5. As a former school teacher, I understand your "end of the year" feelings. When the last child had left the room on the final day, I would sit at my desk and shed a few tears. May God bless your week! You have a beautiful list. Thank you for the addition of the adorable photos!

  6. Love the idea of the jar filled with sweet words! Beautiful, heartfelt post!

  7. Enjoy your summer Debbie and I'm sure you have left an imprint up on the heart of each and every one of these precious little ones. Sweetest blessings to you!

  8. Kids are smart and always truthful...I love the thoughtful collection you have in that jar. I could imagine you smiling wide every time you pull one out! Have a great week ahead! May you have a restful break! God bless.

  9. You did such a wonderful job...I didn't come close!! What a blessing this has been as God poured His love out to you through these children.
    We finish this week also...a mixed feeling. I will miss them and yet, I am also exhausted. LOL

  10. Oh Debbie, I am too tenderhearted and I would cry in front of the kids! I am already emotional about this being my daughter's last week of school! Sniff, sniff!

    Those quotes are too cute! Children are amazing!

    I pray you have a super blessed summer break! <3


  11. You are an amazing teacher Debbie! How wonderful that you've collected the words of your sweet little ones. Precious post!

  12. lovely post, children are indeed a blessing, popping over from Ann's link up :)


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