This year we return to the Midwest and so far, this journey has not been without tears being shed. Each family wants each child for the whole nine days. It just isn't possible. While we are trying so hard to spend time with all of our dear family members, I know that we won't be able to please everyone as much as they would like. "But its Christmas" the wavering voice of our mother's comes over the phone. "We love you" is our reply. My hope is that in these blessed family moments we can focus on, take comfort in each other’s company, and have joy in the time that we do share with our families.