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Spring Break Blessings

Spring break was a week of fun and family this year. It's been much too long since I last had the opportunity to fly to Florida.  Although I grew up on Long Island, New York, most of my immediate family now lives in Florida. 

This is my family!  My dad, me, my sister Christine and my brother Steve. The only original member missing is my mom who died in 2005. We all miss her so much and have so many memories we share.

Our family has grown.  My brother and his wife have two grown daughters; Kristin and Katie. My sister and her husband have two grown sons; Taylor and Zachary. Everyone lives in Florida now except Katie and Aunt Debbie.

As I was wheeling my suitcase into the guest room, my jaw dropped when I saw this lovely face.  Katie had surprised me and flown down from New York City to see me.  What a joy!  

And take a look at this little cutie! Kristin and her husband Kevin's almost two year old daughter Kenzie. I only wish my mom would have lived to see her.  She would have loved her.  As Kenzie was playing with sidewalk chalk, I snapped this photo with a memorial to my mom in the background.  One day ...

I hope you don't mind a few photos I wanted to share with you. :)

Kristin and Kenzie
Kenzie and my brother, her grandpa
My sister Christine, Dad and me
I loved spending time with my family. I felt so refreshed returning to Phoenix. It was just what I needed at this time.  Today I return to work and the little children and ...I'm ready.

I am counting my every day blessings:

#1049 Fun family time
#1050 Getting to know Kenzie
#1051 A surprise visit by Katie
#1052 Quality time with my dad
#1053 Walking the beach 
#1054 Putting my feet in the water
#1055 A time of rest and relaxation
#1056 A safe trip back to Phoenix
#1057 Several days with my husband before returning to work

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

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Soo glad you got to do this Debbie! How fun for you! Such good pictures and times. And your niece flying in to surprise you too was such a bonus. Little Kenzie is sure a little cutie. LOVE posts like this. And now your back to work all refreshed and relaxed with lots of GOOD memories in your heart...perfect! Have a good week...

  2. Beautiful blog about the love you and your family share - wonderful pictures. peace and prayers

  3. I am so thrilled that you were able to take this trip, it filled your tank right back up to overflowing! The pictures are wonderful and I am smiling as I look at them this morning. :)

  4. There is nothing better than time spent with family. And yours is beautiful!

  5. What a beautiful bunch of blondes you all are! So glad to see pics of your family and glad that you had a wonderful visit. Family is special.

  6. Oh, I'm so happy you had this time with family, just nothing like it! You all are such a good looking bunch. I'm sure you felt relaxed and refreshed as you went back to work this morning. Blessings abundant Debbie!

  7. So awesome. So nice of you to share sweet pictures of your family:)

  8. Family times are just the greatest blessing!

  9. Debbie,

    Stopping by from Ann's link up to grin with you at God's gifts. He is so sweet, isn't he? Thanks for these pics and glimpses into your family's time in Florida. Family is a treasure.

    Jennifer Dougan

  10. There is Nothing as precious as Family Time. So glad you were able to see your family and spend time with them, even the surprise visitor! Blessings, Cindy

  11. This just soooooooooooooooo warms my heart. I shout Bravo God! He is faithful. What a precious gift from Him to you. I know you had a wonderful time and what a perfect spring break. What a true blessing and what a faith building post for me!!

  12. Hi Debbie! Florida for Spring Break? Sure! I was just there in March for my Dad's birthday. Sometimes I wonder why I'm living in the Midwest...
    Loved the photo's of your family, thank you for sharing them. Our families are God's beautiful gift, aren't they? And what a fun surprise to see your niece!

    Blessings, Ceil


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