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Focus on the Every Day Blessings

Focus on the every day blessings.  That's become my motto.  I have to admit it's been a difficult and challenging week for me.  I've had my moments. Those pity party moments.  Come on.  Do you ever have those?

But ...I refuse to stay there.  So I make the choice to deal with the life situations in the best way I can with much prayer.  And I move forward.

One of my blessings is I get to work with Heidi every day. We work so well together and make such a great team.  She researches all of the holidays and writes them on our board in the teacher's lounge.  The other day was Happy Name Tag Day so of course we both wore a name tag. :)

I told her about a blogger named Scott who is known as The Name Tag Guy.  My husband Greg attended a conference a few years ago and he was a speaker. He's been wearing his name tag for 4,885 days so far. That's quite a record.  I have to admit I discarded mine by the end of the day. But Scott Ginsberg has made quite a name for himself and has so many funny stories to share as he wears a name tag every single day.

Another blessing I'm thankful for is our fabulous weather in Phoenix this time of year.  While the rest of the country has snow and cold, we're experiencing 75 degrees.  It's perfect for walks and hiking and biking. It's great to see people enjoying the outdoors.

Everything seems to be in bloom.  I love to visit the nurseries to check out the flowers. I'm looking for some additional flowers to plant.  My red geraniums are still going strong in our window box. They look so pretty right now.

There are always every day blessings working with little children.  The other day I wore a colorful skirt to work.  The children all told me how pretty I looked. I'm amazed they even noticed.  But then they tend to pick up my skirt which is a no no.  They may wear little shorts underneath their skirts but ...not Miss Debbie.

I also bought some Jamberry Nails from my niece Kristin. They are bright pink and the kids loved them. So funny what they notice!  By the way, these nails are so much fun and they don't use chemicals or damage your nails.  You have to check out Kristin's website.  And they aren't very expensive and lasts for several weeks.
We have a fabulous science teacher named Mrs. Baer. She taught the children about the life cycle of a caterpillar.
The children enjoyed gluing pieces of dried macaronis to represent the eggs, worm, chrysalis, and finally ...the butterfly.  They are getting so smart!

I'm almost forgetting that I had a very stressful week. Changing my focus makes all the difference.
#1039 A fabulous co-worker named Heidi
#1040 The look on the faces of the children when they learn new things
#1041 The amazing weather in Phoenix
#1042 Beautiful flowers all over town
#1043 An opportunity to share my story on Women Walking with Jesus
#1044 Jamberry nails that don't ruin my nails
#1045 Connecting with the grandson of the pastor who married my parents in Brooklyn, NY in 1950 through Facebook
#1046 Remembering to focus on the Word
#1047 A wonderful sermon in church this morning
#1048 Bluegrass music in church last week as we had a church wide picnic

I'm linking up with Charlotte for Spiritual Sundays.

Spiritual Sundays

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

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Hi Debbie,
    I was so pleased to see you had linked this encouraging post with Spiritual Sundays. It is so true that what we focus on can bring us happiness and blessings or sadness and despair. The "Think on these things" scripture is such good advice. I'm thankful for some of the same things you are. I'm also thankful that I got to visit your school, classroom, and meet your co-teacher.
    Have a great week. Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.

  2. I had to laugh about the kiddos lifting up your skirt! It's great to have such wonderful co-workers, isn't it?

  3. I am always inspired by your thankful posts... and I LOVE that you keep going after 1000. PS ~ I'm VERY jealous of that beautiful weather. Breathe in the fresh air for me Friend. ❤️

  4. I do know what you mean...we all have our moments. But it is ALWAYS a mood lifter to look around at our blessings, because thankfully, they are always there. Our weather here is gorgeous too. I can't believe how much snow and cold so much of the country has had to put up with this winter. Can almost make you feel guilty huh, lol? Hope your week is good!

  5. Oh so know that pity party monster that comes to visit...and yet your list just runs him off. Thanks for sharing, I am sooooooooooo blessed this morning. I am encouraged to start my work day and look up!! Thanks..Hugs!!


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