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Five Minute Friday ~ Beautiful

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with The Gypsy Mama.  We are given a word each week and we get to write for five minutes flat.  Our word for this week is BEAUTIFUL.


There is beauty all around.  The flowers in my garden.  The mountains that are uniquely formed into shapes that resemble a camel's back or a praying monk.  The sun that shines brightly in the sky.  The flags that are flying half mast for 19 days to honor the firemen who died in Yarnell. The words to 'God Bless America'.  The music and fireworks as we celebrate the 4th of July.  The sweet faces of the preschool children in summer camp as they learn that freedom costs and we are grateful.  The faith God gave to me so I could believe.  Abiding in that love and experiencing His love in a personal relationship. Having that love overflow to others ...now that's beautiful. 


Blessings and love,


How to Beat the Heat in Phoenix

Beach Rules
What do you do when it's 119 degrees outside?  I'd love to be able to head to the beach and unwind.  But it's just not going to happen right now.  So I'm making the best of it and trying to beat the heat in Phoenix.

Summer camp with preschool children can be a challenge with triple digit heat.  Instead of running around outside, I plan fun activities and crafts to keep them busy and engaged.  Daily swim instruction helps too.  But I love to observe the children during free times of play when they have to remain in the classroom.  What do they do?

Violet reads a book about Madeline.  She doesn't know all of the words but that doesn't stop her from trying.  After all, she knows the story.

They form their own band.  One is playing an imaginary flute while the other is playing the violin.  And of course they need a conductor.

This coming week will be fun as I get to teach them about America on our around the world theme.  It works perfectly with the 4th of July.  I enjoy holidays more working with children.  We are going to make some cool patriotic crafts this week.  It will be fun!

I was thrilled to get two tickets to see "Sister Act" at Arizona State University's Gammage Theater.  My friends Terri and Steve have season tickets but were out of town.  So they offered them to me and guess what?  They were in the fourth row center; a great view.  I loved the play.  I'd seen the movie with Whoopi Goldberg years ago. The music was changed as it was set in the 80's when disco music was the rage.  My friend Theresa accompanied me and we both laughed and laughed.  A good way to be entertained and keep cool except when we had to get back to the car.  Oh well, that's life in Phoenix. 

So even in the extreme heat of the summer, I will continue to count my every day blessings.

#857 Air conditioning that works
#868 Observing children using their imaginations
#859 Having fun doing creative craft projects with kids
#860 Great seats to see "Sister Act"
#861 An entertaining afternoon of music and laughs
#862 Fun with good friends
#863 A pool I can jump into after work

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


Blessings and love,

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