This past year has been more like a decade in its fullness, and more like a week trying to take it all in. It has been a time of great joy and a time of great sadness. Lives have passed and new lives born. My belief in miracles, angels, and heaven has been renewed, and although my heart was saddened by a soul passing way too soon, it was lifted watching Bristol taking her first breath. It was as if I was given new life. My lungs breathe better, my heart pounds faster, and my step is lighter. Life affirming. That is my prayer for all of you this coming year, that any sadness and loss you experience will be eclipsed by the miracle of life that surrounds us.