Last night we made sugar cookies for Family Home Evening. We put Ava to bed first because girlfriend spent the entire afternoon/evening wailing while I tried to make dinner. There’s a magic hour where babies melt down and that hour just happens to be about dinner time. How convenient. Anyways, half-way through our cookie making adventure with the elder three, Ethan turns to me and Craig and says in his thick lisp, ” this is the best time of year.” I had almost forgotten in the pain of all that’s happened this year, the stress of the Christmas rush, and the busyness of the season how much I really love this time of year, and how much it really isn’t about presents or shopping or what’s under your tree, but how it’s about moments. Slowing down and spending time with the people that mean the very most to you. How grateful I am for my sweet family, who’s been around me through this trying year, where my faith and stamina have been tested more than I thought possible. So today, I just want to send a little gratitude out into the universe. For the people who buoy me up, the God that loves me, and the small reminders that life really is beautiful.