It was a bit of a challenge at first having a child with a birthday so close to Christmas. Then we read a book that really helped us make her birthday more special. In the book, the main character, Betsy, had a little sister, Star, whose birthday was on or around Christmas, I forget which. Star always had her own special birthday tree.
So we began doing that for Joanna, as well. Often she even helped to pick out the tree and help to cut it down. It was often a smaller tree than our regular Christmas tree. Joanna had her own special ornaments for that tree, and all of her birthday gifts were piled under it. This eliminated the dreaded possibility of relatives making one gift do for both Christmas and birthday. It worked out so well.
|Joanna as a teen with her birthday tree|
I will close with a prayer request for a dear man in Joanna's life -- her honorary dad, Jim, the father of her best friend. He is in a hospital with covid pneumonia as I write. If you think of it, prayers for his recovery would be much appreciated. Thank you so much.
So thankful for this dear and godly woman who is my daughter!