The final for the top 10 in 2010 will be family, of course you might say. Family for me is essential.
Meet my parents: Dad and Mom. They are wonderful people. I could write a book about their goodness and the things I have learned from them, the secret acts of kindness, and the beautiful lessons of faith.
Trying to decide what to get them for Christmas was tough, but my siblings were gracious enough to brave a blizzard and come have some family photos taken over the holidays. It was chaos at it's finest: 5 babies one and under. 12 under eight and 17 older than eight (I hope I counted everyone). Robin was wonderful, but really with a group our size and with so many little people it was impossible to capture the perfect shot.
Except that the perfect shot was captured, toothless grins, tears and bribes, thumbs up when hands were suppose to be down, hair pulling and people looking every which way.
When I look at my parents I can't help but wonder (as I do with my own life), did they know what was in store for their lives? It's a silly question because how can anyone anticipate what is to come, but would they have traveled the same road knowing what they know now. I know I would. I have a beautiful cousin who was married last month and is now in the hospital with that husband so dear dealing with his cancer treatments.
No one knows the bumps and bruises that are ahead and really spending time worry about them is wasted, the moments are now in all their imperfections. Now is the time to find joy. This is the minute that I will not put off saying the important things, letting go of the hurt and pride, filling today with peace.