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New Beginnings and Saying Goodbye

A new school year is about to begin. A new crop of students. I love to get to know them but ...I have a hard time letting go of the past year.

I will be starting this school year without Heidi. We worked together for four years and got to the point where we could almost finish one another's sentences. Oh how I will miss her!
Jane's photo: the Mom
And then there are the children from last year. How thankful I am that most of them are still attending our school for Pre-K 4. So I will be able to see their sweet faces from time to time. And they can always stop by for hugs from Miss Debbie.
I spent the entire summer working on our campus this year. Summer camp was exciting and fun. Our mascot Ozzie was such a hit with the children who clamored around him for fist bumps and a few hugs. Some of the children will be attending our school but I had to say goodbye to many.
To get to work with children has been such a gift. During a season of much loss in my life, it's been a place of comfort and love. Children are so open. They express love so easily.
So as I say goodbye to the past, I must say hello to new beginnings. I get to work with many new teachers. Already I'm hearing new ideas. I sense excitement and enthusiasm.
And I'm sure I'll be sharing more about Mandie in the coming months. We will be comrades as we work together with the little ones this school year.

I will be continuing to count my many blessings. This always helps me to focus on what's good and what's right.

#1077 Getting to see many of the students from previous years
#1078 Meeting new students
#1079 Getting to know Mandie
#1080 The opportunity to help market our summer camp on Facebook
#1081 Having more time to finally get back to working on my book
#1082 An end to a successful summer camp
#1083 All of the children were safe as they swam in the pool this summer
#1084 Meeting new co-workers
#1085 A good pastor friend George came through a life threatening situation and is now home recovering.
#1086 I am exercising.
#1087 I lost weight this summer.
#1088 I can fit into some of my smaller sizes I had packed away.
#1089 The power or prayer
#1090 Faithful friends
#1091 Inspiring sermons each Sunday at my church
#1092 Talking to my dad each weekend

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

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Beautiful list, Debbie. Glad that you are able to work with the little ones.

  2. Excited for your new school year Debbie. Even with the changes, I know that God is going to bless you with an amazing year as you continue to be used of Him to pour into those little lives.

  3. This was nice Debbie, pleasant memories help keep our eyes and hears open for all the good things around us today and tomorrow. peace and prayers

  4. Hi Debbie! Blessings on your new beginnings, and your new relationship with Mandie. I know it will be a fabulous year!

  5. I know you will be such a sweet blessing again this year to the new (and old) children and parents and fellow teachers. You are a gift from God, spreading gifts from God!

  6. I saw your title and thought you were announcing leaving your blog! I was relieved that I was wrong. :)

  7. Great list...great post...great encouragement. I look forward to hearing about this new school year.


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