This is a good time of year to stop and recognize the abundance we live with on a daily basis. Today I am most particularly thankful for the leisure time I've been spending at home the last couple of days. In the mad race to get everything done before the big day, it's been almost hard for me to slow down and savor quiet moments alone or with the immediate family (or the dog!). And now that I've had some quiet and rest, I hope I can get my momentum going again when I'll need to (tomorrow!). I'm also grateful for my husband, his job and salary which enables us to have this lifestyle, and the vacaton time he's been able to take this week. He's been a huge help driving the girls around, shopping, wrapping, helping with cooking and clean up. And he's always in a merry mood too! Finally, I'm grateful for the gift of faith which is reborn at Christmas. I pray that I'm passing it on to my children and they will find it of value throughout their lives.