For the longest time, the words "love" and "family" didn't go together in my mind.
It took going through heartbreak and being completely on my own for me to really appreciate the love that comes from family. They once jokingly called me "the loveless one" since I'm the only one here who's of age but not paired up. My little sister Katie, always wise beyond her years, said, "She isn't loveless. She has us." How true that is. They've loved me unconditionally through moments of brilliance and belligerence, whether I'm striving for great heights or just jumping off a plane like a crazy woman. I am truly blessed, and because I have them, I am happy and content this Christmas.
So to my beloved family who I know sneaks peeks in this blog every now and then to make sure I haven't done anything so crazy as to be illegal, I love you all very much. And to my dear friends and readers, I wish you all a Merry Christmas with lots and lots of that wonderful thing called love!
P.S. A little gift to give you the warm and fuzzies: the trailer of my favorite holiday movie, Love Actually. Enjoy!
Candy cane image via Zuppaartista