I have had a rather emotional holiday. I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank my husband, his family and also our friends for being a part of my Christmas. Christmas Eve was spent with Tony,Elena, Mike, Tim and Flo. We went to a wonderful church service and then to our home for some wine and snacks. What a blessing it was to share this with them. Today we went to my SIL's house and spent the day with her family, Kevin's dad and stepmom, his brother Mike, and friends of Jodi and Jason. What fun we had! I had a sad moment prior to getting to their house and also while . They were able to pick me up and make me feel so loved. I don't know were I would be without their generosity, love and support. Why the bouts of sadness? My family. Don't misinterpret, I know my family loves me but sometimes I just don't get them. My parents and siblings (except for my dear brother) have not sent a Christmas card, email or called me for Christmas. My younger sister, who I adore, is mad at me for who knows what reason, and would not talk to me when I called my brother on his cell. She was "too busy" to talk. Needless to say, I was saddened to tears. My brother tried twice to get her to talk but I told him to not ask her again to keep the family peace. I love and appreciate my brother so much. He is the only member of my immediate family who stays in touch with me on a regular basis. The second time today I got emotional was talking to my daughter and my grandbabies. I am missing them so much and wish I could be closer to them. I just pray that I do not continue the "family tradition" of no contact. Thank you to my MIL,SIL, and hubby who were there to pick me up and make realize that I truly am blessed. No family is perfect. I sometimes wonder why we unwittingly hurt the ones we love the most? But it just dawned on me that, God gave us his only son so that we all may have salvation. As my family has hurt me, I know I have hurt them. Not walking in the path with God hurts him like we hurt each other. This is the season to celebrate Jesus. I have dried my tears and have the joy back in my heart because this is Jesus' birthday and I am thankful for him and what he has done for me.