We had a very full December with parties, events, school choir and band concerts, Breakfast with Santa, Zoo Lights, playing with cousins and lots of delicious Christmas cookies! We played Lasertag with my sister's family and saw movies and played games with grandparents. The Oregon Zoo was ablaze with twinkling lights that were stunning and beautiful to behold. And in all the excitement and fun in the month of December it's interesting to note that my favorite moment was a quiet Saturday morning spent walking on the river path in the wintry air. As we walked along in the cloudy chill we laughed and sang, and we build each other up with talk of kindness. It doesn't happen very often, but when we pause and are still, long enough to truely hear each other, we find paradise in the small things in life.