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From The Editor

December 7, 2009
Times Observer
This week our daughter, Makenna, had her first birthday. Every birthday is special but I particularly enjoy the opportunity to celebrate a child’s first year of life. I think a lot of that has to do with the huge change I see in my kids during their first year. It’s a great time to consciously reflect on the tremendous blessing they are and how much they have grown in such a short amount of time.

In twelve months they develop from not being able to function on their own to walking, talking and having a real personality. It’s fun! With both of my kids the one-year mark has also been the beginning of them finally achieving a real sleep pattern. Sleeping through the night is certainly something to celebrate!

I really love all birthdays though. They’re kind of neat if you think about it. Everyone has one day on the calendar that is set-aside for him or her. I have always looked forward to my own birthday, even as I get older, and I thoroughly enjoy celebrating with other people on their special day. As with Makenna, I think that it is just a great time to focus on the person and appreciate them for who they are and what they mean to me. Christmas is no different but somehow that birthday has become about us and not the One who it is really set aside to celebrate. In the craziness of the season I sometimes forget to remind my kids (and myself) that although we celebrate by giving each other gifts, it really is about the gift of Christ and the sacrifice He made. It is the most important part of Christmas and the true meaning for the season.

I need to remember to take advantage of that same opportunity on His special day to look back on all He has done in my life during the past year and appreciate Him for who He is, just as much as I do everyone else in my life. As I share with you my feelings during this season, I hope that it finds you reflective of the blessings in your life regardless of your faith tradition. Wishing you a Christmas and holiday season that is filled with joy.

Kirsten Johnson, Editor

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