When I am worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
My daughter LOVES the 1954 movie White Christmas. We watch it together at holiday time, and often sing “Sisters” along with Vera-Ellen and Rosemary Clooney. But, the most poignant moment in the movie is Bing Crosby singing “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)”. The song takes on special meaning this time of the year as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday.
We are very blessed people, and counting our blessings is a way to actively appreciate all that is ours. It is true that there are many times when the burdens of life hang heavy as we move at such a fast pace through our busy days. We may even spend a sleepless night or two when we take those problems to bed with us. But, as we struggle with those things, we should remember to reflect each day not only on our burdens, but also on our blessings. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on our bounty, but how fulfilling is it when we find time each day to “count” our blessings. Whether we do it at night before we fall asleep, first thing in the morning, or at a special time set aside just for that, our reward is feeling the awareness of the gifts around us.
Perhaps our biggest blessing as a community is our children, and the opportunity that we have to powerfully impact their lives in so many positive ways. Think about what you are teaching each time you say to your children, “I am so blessed that you are my child” or “We are all so blessed to be a part of this wonderful family”. They are receiving the gift of active appreciation from the most important people in their lives, and they are learning to return that gift as well.
So, as we approach this season of Thanksgiving, and prepare to share our many blessings with family and friends, let’s also make a commitment to acknowledge daily that we are a blessed people, and openly give thanks for those blessings. What a joy it will bring to each of us – what an impression it will make on the lives of our children!
Last year when we sent out the end of the year survey we included a question as to whether or not the parents would like to see an armed off duty officer walk the grounds to help ensure that the staff and children were kept safe each day. The resounding answer was yes. As a result, the Preschool has hired an off duty officer who begins Monday and whose name is Rashad Lockhart.
We will have a meet and greet Monday morning after carpool in the parlor. All parents will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to him and get to know him a little.
The past few days Detective Johnson has been filling in for Rashad and the children and staff have been grateful for and enjoyed her being here.
The children will get a chance to meet Officer Rashad on Wednesday in the fellowship Hall.
We will dismiss for Christmas break on December 15th at 12:00. The program for the 3’s will begin at 11, conclude around 11:30, then have parties afterward. Therefore, we will dismiss the whole school at 12.
Thank you for allowing us to teach and love your children. It is such a joy.