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Is there anything more precious than a baby? The age of innocence. The softness of their skin, their little hands that stretch out and if you are like me, you think what a blessing and then think of what we have in the future for this child.

Do you ever wonder if or what that tiny little head already has about thoughts and reality?

Did you ever whisper quietly in their ear and see their facial features indicate they not only heard you, but seemed to know what you were saying? That tiny bit of flesh will grow faster than we might like, revealing miraculous things we didn't think possible for someone so little.

Just think of all the things they know and learn that we take for granted; babies just do them instinctively. Do they know sight or smell or touch, or who is holding them? They seem to reach an age of understanding far quicker than babies of yore who were swaddled and kept from the outside world until they were older.

Once upon a time it was considered gas and now we know better when that smile opens wide and their eyes sparkle and you realize this is for real - not a fairy tale.

My grandson, Oliver, surprised us all when lacking a few days of  being 5 months old, he was found on the third step of the stairs and if he first didn't succeed he tried it again. Crawling wasn't enough. He had higher aspirations. Meanwhile birthdates put his sister Amelia in preschool, not kindergarten this year, sure to learn more than printing all the letters and numbers expected of a kindergarten or first grader. No, not electronics, though she can teach her grandma how to do that too.

I thought I'd tell my niece, Ava, who is 7, something when I said, “Alligators are capable of growing more new teeth as they lose successive old sets.” She said, "I know, but I think that is a crocodile, not an alligator, well maybe both do."

My mother talks about how Bev Fynbo used to entertain the crowd at basketball games by dribbling, switching right to left-handed. People cheered and marveled. My 8-year-old granddaughter, Morgan, does it swiftly without thought. And her sister, Mallory, is a master of many so-called adult tasks because "she can" and it seems natural.

Children follow their parents’ instincts, both good and bad.

Home schooling begins at home and for a tiny babe, they should be encouraged to follow their instincts. Guidance is needed but should not become a dictatorship.

Children are truly a blessing. All different, all beautiful children. For some reason multiples always seem special in their behavior and activities. They are indeed special.

I can only speak for me, but I have such a feeling for them. It is like they belong to all of us in some way. This was true of the Nielsen triplets, the Hendrickson triplets, the Broskoff quads and other multiples, including twins. 

They are like a part of each other, often saying the same thing at the same time or doing things alike, though admittedly not all of them – some are as different as night and day.

Children deserve our respect and love. They didn't ask to be born. It is our responsibility to provide them with the utmost of care and concern. I’m ashamed of our world for not providing a better one with love and equal advantage to all, but that’s life.

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you know of an event that is upcoming or have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries just the same.

Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, September 29th: Norrine Jensen, Gail Kaplan, Annette Flugum, Millie Flugum, Ellen Pence, Jenna Quimby, Kevin Klemmensen, Linda Schmidt, Fran Ladlie, Ron & Donna Sletten, Jason & Tara DeWight, Dave & Donna Meixner

• Friday, September 30th: Raigan, Hatlie, Lia and Shay Broskoff, their 6th; Jordy Philip Klocek, 2013; Chloe Walterman, Dean Hunt, Elmer & Joan Vanden Heuvel, Gilbert & Harriet Larson, Todd & Cheryl Utpadel, Amy & Shannon VanderSyde, Aaron & Jean Klemmensen, Tiffany & Luke Mueller, Kelly & Joshua Warke

• Saturday, October 1st: Kaeli Wayne, Ana Renee Larson, Lois Plunkett, Larry Crabtree, Vince Bergdale, Brian Flor, Melinda Milan, Renae Thompson Weatherley, Lisa Lembke, Carl & Brenda Shadden, Barbara & William Conly

• Sunday, October 2nd: Laurie Jensen, Taya Richards, Amanda Hullopeter, Makayla Vangen, David Lembke, Christopher Bergerson, Adrian Jensen, Andrea Zamora, Wilma Ditlevson, Dawn Hanna, Chuck & LuAnn Hanson, Amy & Alex Kromminga, Brooke & Tim Krohn, Brody & Katie Richards, Bob & Kathy Hanson

• Monday, October 3rd: David Bunn, Lori Neidermeier, Dawn Enzenauer, Colette Holmes, Carrie Thompson, Wendy Thostenson Bogen, Paul Wayne, Lisa Zabel, Edna Thomas

• Tuesday, October 4th: Susan Cornelius Wehr, Helen Jagusch Mantahei, Skyler Hanson, Clair Clausen, Michelle Lageson, Jerome Simon, Dale Waage, Jeff Waage, Lori Zabel, Matt Redmon, John & Cynthia Nelson, Kristin & Randy Baana

• Wednesday, October 5th: Kijah Joy Mikesell, Bethany Otto, Graciela Solveig Ortiz, Larry Pence, Karen Wiersma, Julie Cornelius, Jamie Farr, Elizabeth Randall, Peggy Sorenson, Linda Harding, Karen Kasper, Ray & Bunny Jepson, Jim & Pat Lyle, Wayne & Jo Schimek, Mandi & Darren Johannsen, Doug & Deb Braaten

• Thursday, October 6th: Evan Matthew Beckmann, Mesa Jo Grace Krause, Jackson Wyatt Lageson, Mark Plunkett, Marlin Beckman, Kaira Glienke, Melissa Horan, Aurie Brighton, Caden Reichl, Gail Turvold, Julie Born Beenken, Scott Holmes, Tait Misgen, Cindy Kasper Johnson, Jayme & Ryan Paulson

May all of your favorite things be within reach! Have a wonderful day!

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