All of the stress of Christmas goes away when I'm just spending time at home with my close family.  It's the running around that drives me nuts.  I am so happy to be spending this Christmas at home with my family, thanks to my nother-in-law Barb being in Wilmington, North Carolina (God bless you, Kathy and Ralph).  I feel that they might have their hands more full with her than we do with four boys.  At least she naps.  A lot.

Looking around my house this afternoon I felt overwhelming gratitude for all of the blessings in my life.  I am thankful for four healthy little boys who still believe in Santa Claus (can you believe it?).  I am blessed with a husband who somehow overlooks my many faults including my baby-damaged body and simply adores me.  I live in a small but sturdy house that holds within it everything and everyone I hold dear. 

I am anticipating many changes in our lives in the coming year, including a move to a bigger house, Dave becoming a partner, and Charlie starting kindergarten.  It's a lot to take in, especially when I'm so happy with things the way they are right now.  Ah, well.  Even more things to be grateful for in 2009!

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