No Christmas cards this year. My excuses: 1) mass distribution of the above family photos would have defeated a covert Christmas gift operation; and 2) it would take a pair of extremely rose-colored glasses (which I definately don't have right now) to be able to reflect back on the past year with any kind of positivity. Excuses aside, I do want to express the special feeling of peace and love that I feel in my heart during this Christmas time as I reflect on the birth of baby Jesus. I feel a greater appreciation, and maybe even a tiny bit of understanding, for the great pain that our Father in Heaven must have felt as he sent His beloved Son to the earth to be sacrificed for the sins of the world. In a year that has brought our family great trial, we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, in whom we find our greatest source of strength and comfort. We wish you all a very Merry (late) Christmas and wish for a much, MUCH better New Year!
"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experiences." Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006