The Big One

Today was Skyler’s first birthday! It’s a kind of bittersweet to be so excited about today, when it’s also a day of mourning and remembrance for the events of 9-11-01. But according to the Bible, there is a time for everything. I love these verses because they help me focus on living a balanced life with meaning:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Today we didn’t do much for Skyler’s birthday because the big family celebration will be on Sunday. But Ronnie picked up a musical keyboard for her (it’s actually Hannah Montana – oh no!), and her first Care Bear, Funshine Bear. He cracks me up! We were going to wait to get Skyler something after the party on Sunday since we have no idea what others are getting her. But of course, Skyler’s Daddy just couldn’t resist!

Yesterday at daycare they made cupcakes for her birthday (she goes to my mom’s on Thursdays so she wasn’t there on her actual birthday). When I picked her up, she smelled like sugary icing, and apparently made quite the mess of herself. She was also in another outfit that wasn’t one of ours, so I asked if she’d made that much of a mess. Darlene, her teacher, just said “no, this is her birthday outfit that we got for her! Doesn’t she look cute?” It is a really cute outfit, and I thought that was so sweet of her to do! Skyler liked it too, so we got home and took a picture of her in her new birthday outfit:

It’s been fun, and surreal at the same time. And we haven’t even had a party yet!


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