December outdid itself this year. It held festivities as December does- at work and at home, in Connecticut, in Texas, abroad- shared with friends and loved ones. There were photo sessions and Santa parties. We took a real vacation which looked like Ty's first trip across the pond. We had a white Christmas shared with our favorite Aussies and the deepest freeze that couldn't keep us indoors. We wrapped up 2017, which definitely had it's share of challenges and broken bits, with a month full to the brim of reminders that life- albeit messy at times- is a gift. All is grace, said Saint Therese of Lisieux. Indeed.