So tomorrow is Christmas and I have some time to slow down and be thankful. It has been a hard year all in all, but I have much to be grateful for:

First, my mother is out of the hospital after some surgery. Home for Christmas with snow on the way.

Second my children, two of whom currently have chicken pox for Christmas, are otherwise healthy and brilliant (you can call them brilliant if they can figure out more ways to get INTO trouble than you can figure out ways to keep them OUT of trouble, right?). It is supposed to snow for Christmas and the house is already LOUD and full of cheer.

Finally, My clients, all of whom have suffered great tragedies in their lives, have all blessed me with uplifting stories about their loved ones, many of whom are no longer with us. I cant begin to describe the emotions that come with such a courageous gift, but let me say that knowing my clients has made me a better person and a better father. I thank each of you for your willingness to share and bring me, for a short time, into your lives and dreams.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! May God bless you all and keep you safe in 2011,