BUT, I am grateful for my family. I'm grateful for David and his hard work to provide us with what we need. I'm grateful for each of my kids and the craziness that has to be somehow making me a stronger and better person. I'm grateful for good friends who make life more pleasant, and for friends who lend an ear and/or a helping hand. I'm grateful for the things I've realized the past year about Christ and his love for us, and the supreme importance of learning to love others. I'm grateful that the twins are older and that I'm not nearly as exhausted and sleep-deprived as a I was a year ago at this time. I'm thankful for all the beauty of nature, and particularly the mountains that I can see out our windows and as I drive around the valley. And even though it cost us a lot of money this year, I'm grateful for my VW Vanagon and the fact that it is so comfortable to ride in and still costs so much less than a newer van would.
So, when it comes down to it, I know that life is pretty good, and I have a lot to be thankful for. :-)