I’m trying my best to stay on top of the sads that come with having my oldest child missing this year, and on top of the anger at the choices she made that necessitated this. I miss her.

It’s helping that I’m playing Candyland, drinking mimosas, and enjoying the beautiful candles that Cash and Brandon dropped by. The sun is shining, and I have grateful and happy children under my roof. I am surrounded by people who give and receive love fearlessly and abundantly.

It is, after everything, still a wonderful world, and a magical day. I’ll take it, and make the best of it. Happy holidays, y’all! And peace, joy, and blessings upon my firstborn, who is always, always in my heart.