For a million reasons (and I won't go into them all), I'm ready to say goodbye to 2016. One in particular is that over the past month I'm pretty sure we've had a grand total of three cold/virus free days among us. Every time I think we're out of the woods, a fresh new daycare germ finds its grubby way into our house.
Recently in fact, we had family come into town and stay with us. And while it was great to have them here, I'm guessing they didn't count on taking care of our son while both my husband and I were in bed with yet another stomach bug.
But then, isn't that what family is for? They could have left, gotten a hotel room and let us fend off this one ourselves. But they stuck it out, and not only took care of Lucas when we couldn't, but then cleaned and disinfected the whole house in an effort to avoid catching it themselves.
They were only here for three days. They deserved better than what we gave them. And I hope they know how very grateful we are. For their compassion, for their support, for all of it.
So what does this have to do with Christmas? Everything.
No amount of gifts under the tree could ever replace the amazing family members and friends we're lucky enough to call our own. They are the people who support our dreams, lift us up and then occasionally catch us when we fall.
Christmastime is about being together with these people, as best we can, wherever we can.
So in short, whether you're having a banner year or ready to kick it to the curb - be grateful for the gift of family who love you, in good times and bad.
Because they're truly the best gifts we could ever have. Merry Christmas to you and your families - may it be healthy, fun and full of love.