We always look forward to seeing what new little girl or boy is the one to welcome in a new year. Sad that we can’t offer a better atmosphere and environment for them to grow up in.
In Dakota this year a pair of twins were born. One was born on each side of the clock, so one has a 2015 birth date and the other a 2016 birth date. How nice that each one has their own birthday. I wonder how many times they’ll argue that one is older, or younger than the other. Or that they should respect their elders.
Not to be outdone, January 1 is the birthday of my nephew, Kade’s, triplets. Yes, his love bird’s eggs hatched on the first day of the new year. It was almost as exciting as the real thing. What a miracle of birth they are.
How can all that bird come out of a little egg? We talk about how fast our children and grandchildren grow. These new little ones are far from beautiful with their naked little bodies, but it is beautiful how the parents take care of them. One parent will take up food to feed the little ones. First they chew it, then deposit it in the mouth of the other parent, who then feeds those hungry little baby birds.
Thank God for parents who love their children and care for them with tender loving kindness. I won’t say, but only pray for those who mistreat their young. How can they do that? Because they are bigger or stronger and can take advantage of these precious children? I wish there were an answer.
On to another topic. My mother and I finished the puzzle. It was a doozy. When we looked at the difficulty it would entail we had a strong thought to put it all back in the box. But we didn’t. It sat there for a long time with some days only a piece or two added to the total picture.
Isn’t that a little like our commitment to the cancer cure? Looking at it, it seems impossible, but when we take one piece at a time, bit by bit, it comes together.
We can’t give up no matter how hard and hopeless it may look. Some days there is little or no progress, just like the puzzle, and some days there is a lot. Hopefully some day we will see a great picture.
Now if I could just tackle my computer problems the same way. When it works for me it is wonderful, but when it doesn’t it is complete frustration. Try writing a story for the paper and losing it three times. Yes, three times. But I kept working on it. Sorry to say, it never comes out the same way the second, or even the third time around.
We need to keep working at it and never give up.
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Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, January 28th: Brian Brekke, Kevin Stieglbauer, Kalei Wilson, Caleb Brocker, Ruth Paulson, Denise McGowan, Rachel Schei, Lona Berg
• Friday, January 29th: Molly Jo Wayne, her 8th, Jalen Aaseth, Rick Seath, Andrea (Hanson) Carter, George Dettman, his 86th, Kim (Harpel) Johnson, Zenobia Haberman, Stephanie Jensen
• Saturday, January 30th: Allison Grunwald, Renae Wallace, Trudy Nelson, Cody Boverhuis, Dennis Jensen, Jeanette Fetterly, Michael Robinson, Scott Morreim, Wally Wobschall, Missy (Wayne) & Sean Engel, their 7th, Paul & Diane Stollard
• Sunday, January 31st: Ethan River Thompson, his 11th; Avery Routh, her 11th; Dana Jensen, Jim Worrell, Keith Hagen, Sue Richards, David Skroch, Jim & Lois Plunkett
• Monday, February 1st: Madeline Anne Marlin (2012), Grayson Joseph Bickler, his 8th; Richard Grunwald, Brad Hagen, Tom Olson, Shelly Wencl, Sam & Sharon Peterson, Darrin & Michelle Hanson
• Tuesday, February 2nd: Kia Jayann Buendorf, her 8th; Matt Davis, Addie Farr, Joey Farr, Michael Farr, Butch Otteson, John Fornberg, Robert Hanson, Jim Motz, Karri Bangert, Lillie Fenney
• Wednesday, February 3rd: Avery Jean Blouin, 2014; Bowen Gregory Jensen, his 10th; Lily Neitzel, Julie Hanson, David Johnson, Sherry Misgen, Tara (Stollard) Richards, Francene Pittman, Jeremy Hanson
• Thursday, February 4th: Aaron Duane Bauers, Tyler Cerney, Tyler Sorenson (1994), Waylen Busho Jr., Billy Glynn, David Newgard, Roy Jensen, John Lent
• Friday, February 5th: Crystal Simonson, Blanche Kasper, Darrell Howell, Randy Reese, Ericka Johnson, Kylee Jace Wilson, Wesley Schoenrock
• Saturday, February 6th: Jean Klocek, Carolyn Hanson, Dean Jensen, David Kelly, Martin Bartness, Colleen Borchert, Troy Haddy, Jean Clausen, Sonja Thompson, Megan Stephoni, Todd Nelson, Brooke Burns, Kay Swenson
May your special day be a happy memory and tomorrow a bright new promise.