Happy New Year 2013!

Looking back at 2012, there have been a lot of challenges thrown at my family, and at me. Finances have been terrible, and family conflicts have been frequent. There have been so many times when I have been asked to be the mediator between feuding family members that I have started to feel like Judge Judy!

There have been several times during the year when key family members fell ill – seriously ill, and the way that the family (and extended family) has responded to those circumstances has had far-reaching consequences in the grand scheme of family relationships. It is hard to be grateful for illnesses, but in some cases it takes a major stress like this to get people to open their eyes and see others more clearly. And for that, I am grateful. I wonder what the new year has in store for us.