This year I have so much to be grateful for, it is hard to know where to begin. By far, the biggest blessing is our son Aaron. As Ben and I look at him, we can’t believe we’ve been entrusted with something so pure. It’s a sacred trust, according to my good friend Judith Montgomery. The life-giving energy of a new baby is so profound, it reaches back into your past and changes the way you view the future. I see my mother and father with a newfound gratitude, a sense of overwhelming love. It’s like this sweet grace poured out over all of our human shortcomings, because in spite of them, a new life has come forth, through us.
This year we celebrated with our dear friend Irena Polic, her adorable and rambunctious twin 4-year olds, my mom Bobbi, and my big brother Jesse. Irena lived with my family when she was a senior in high school (I was a freshman), and we’ve been crazy about her ever since. She is Croatian, beautiful, brilliant and a fabulous example of a woman who balances career and motherhood. It’s amazing to look at us, just teenagers when we first met, and here we are, both moms of sweet young children.