Last night our family began gathering, as we do every year,  at the home of my 83 year old mom in Niceville, Florida.  My four kids have arrived — Patrick and Michelle from California,  Pilar from Texas, and Kaitlyn from Florida. My wife and best friend Rena is here; my sister Valerie; my cousin Curt and his wife Jenn and their kids; my Uncle Arther and Aunt Caroline (92 and 89 years old).  We’re all here now.
As everyone started arriving last night I had a “moment” — more than one, actually — in which I really felt, overwhelmingly,  the blessings in my life — blessings that so clearly outweigh all the stress and tension that dominate on so many other days during the year.  It was a wonderful feeling and I want to hold on to it and draw strength from it in what will certainly be another challenging year in 2010.
I hope that each of you who follow this blog and have been following the progress of our movie are able to enjoy this special time of year with the people whom you love and who make life meaningful for you.  I thank you for your goodwill, and your many moments of kindness and kinship which you’ve shared with me throughout the year.  May you be blessed, as I have been, with a family that gives you strength and hope for the future, as well as a reason to enjoy and appreciate today.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
PS ….here we are (well, everyone except the photographer, me!).  Blessings to you all!!

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