I don't have to tell any of you how blessed we are with our children so this one is for you parents---ALL 8 of you! (yes, 8 of you--we still haven't had time to see Four Christmases yet, because we've been visiting with all of you)
Seriously though, I feel lucky for so many reasons to be your daughter and daughter-in-law.
Mom, your energy this year campaigning for countless underdogs, your service to the Louisiana Racing Commission and devotion to sweet BryBry is remarkable to me. After all that, your patience with me and talent as "OFFICIAL Halloween Costumer" is the best of gifts I ever got in 2008. I'm hoping to have half your energy in 2009.
Bryan, your constant perseverance to improve the quality of life for the city you so love and its citizens is remarkable. Partisan politics aside, this article will probably be interesting to all of you.
Dad, your service as President of the Lions Club, leading members to serve the community in so many good works is so admirable. Assisting your sisters in pulling off a 90th birthday for your Dad was such a memorable special event. Heck, just having a Dad who is 90 and healthy and happy is no small task.
Dad and Faye, your dedication to so many deserving underprivileged children and their families touches my heart. What an example of generosity you two display year round.
Lee, your devotion to all the familial units surrounding you and Warren is really in a word--beautiful. You are such an example of "grace." I've never seen you tire of grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters, children, friends...the list goes on. This is a gift.
Warren, I happen to know you are one of those quiet, anonymous types that spreads insurmountable joy and wisdom to so many on a daily basis. How privileged am I to have you as a father-in-law.
Dad (G3) and Kathy--I think this article really sums up how sincerely proud Grady and I are of the two of you--taking on Homeland Security for the greater good of your community, renovating your charming home, publishing Award winning childrens' books, and tending prolific seasonal gardens at Sunnybank.
Despite the economy, you are all so generous of time, money, and spirit. I know my children will be better in this world for having grandparents like you.
So, whether any of you took a pay cut or not in 2008--congratulations on a job well done!
Here's to continued success in the New Year!