We just spent a week away with my family. The girls reveled in the superstarness of their Aunt Abbie. Beso, the extravagantly effeminate cocker spaniel, delighted in the spoiling he got from Grandma, Sean and I talked politics with Papa. As the days bled together the lines of worry slipped from our faces.

Watching the girls romp on the beach—building fortresses, protecting them with dams, enlisting the help of other kids and looking out for each other reminded me of the good we all have inside of us. I am so grateful for having these three beautiful spirits. I am also giving thanks for all of you out there who remind me that we are never alone, no matter how dark it may seem or how choppy the waters.

Thank you.