I am sitting here right now, just crying, missing all my wonderful, close, loving family members and friends, the same ones I always squawk about:). I know, God has called us here, He will take me through. Somehow, right this moment, it isn't really making things easier. I think it started this morning when I skyped with my bestie...it just caused reality to set in once again. Sometimes I just put it out of my mind, the things we are missing, other times I try to stay focused on what God is doing in the big picture and how blessed we are. Either way, it's just more difficult at certain times than others. Knowing that my family is going to all be together in a few days and all of the warm fuzzies that Christmas time brings to the heart, just causes my heart sadness. There are friends here, and I have my favorite family with me(my immediate)--thank the Lord...so, I will get off of here and go muster up some potpourri, put on some carols, and choose to make the most of this season. The outreach is Saturday and then we need to finish up the rest of our shopping. Thank you my wonderful online journal for being my ear right now :). And, to anyone else reading...just give those closest to you extra love this season...believe me, if they weren't around, you would realize what you have.