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Jennie's Journey

Filled with spirit of the holiday season

After filling up on turkey yesterday, are you filled with the holiday spirit?

I am beginning to feel the joy of the season. I look forward to the happiness on the faces of young children and the comfort of knowing my family is healthy.

Today, many may be out shopping, trying to fill Christmas wish lists. It might be more difficult than other years, as I know it is always a time for me to stick to a tight budget.

But, I have found my family doesn't need all that is on those lists provided to me. What they want most is to know they are loved.

I am seeking to make this year special, as I am grateful for my family members and those in the Lower Yakima Valley community.

They each bring a smile to my face regularly throughout the year and I thank my Heavenly Father each day for those special moments we have shared.

This is the time of year when I reflect upon all that has happened, the ups and downs. I seek ways in which I might show my family appreciation.

My husband isn't much on receiving gifts, but I find something just for him anyhow. He has a birthday at the end of the month and I find a token of my love for him then, too.

Always, he says, "I don't need anything. Christmas is for the kids."

I laugh at him and shrug his statement off because I am not one to leave anyone out…especially because I want to say thank you to each member of the family.

Where I struggle is in showing appreciation to everyone I believe deserves a little love from me. Unfortunately, I feel nothing could ever express how truly grateful I am for the love and care others have shown me.

On the other hand, I have learned those people are touched to know I feel the way I do.

So, for all of you who have extended me such wonderful kindness I extend heartfelt thanks. I want you to know how much I truly appreciate this community and the people in it.

It is my prayer that you all have a very Happy Holiday season.

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