I haven’t posted in over 5 days and even though we are in the middle of the busy holiday season and I still have so much to do, I feel paralyzed and saddened by the horrific event in Newtown , CT.  As a mother, I can’t imagine the grief these parents must be going through. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the families who lost loved ones. As a nation, we all grieve with you.

That very day, our daughter Charlotte turned 18 and even though it was hard to celebrate, we did by enjoying a wonderful dinner out at a favorite restaurant, as well as celebrating with both sides of the family at our house today.

With that out of the way, it’s time to finish up the shopping and wrapping and trying somewhat to get back to normal, even though my heart is not in it.  We have a tough week ahead.