This past weekend my sister and her family came in to help us celebrate Christmas and New Year's. We had a great time, as you can tell by the "wild and crazy" pictures of us above. We were thrilled that we ALL made it to see the ball drop and at midnight, after raising our glasses in cheer, Courtney Brandon and I went in to give Mike a kiss and wish him a Happy and Healthy New Year. On Saturday, Courtney and my niece and nephew went into NYC in sub freezing weather. Hopefully they are all thawed out by now.
On a sad note, the New Year started out sad for a very dear friend of mine. Her dad went into anaphylactic shock on Monday night and because of the length of time without oxygen he suffered severe brain damage. He never woke up and his family unanimously decided to take him off the ventilator. My heart breaks for her beause I know all too well what it's like to lose your dad suddenly. It forces us to remenber just how precious life is. This Christmas was his last with his family, and no one knew it. Thank God every day for your blessings.