When you live the way we do, you wind up spend a lot of holidays and special days away from family. Far away. Like an ocean away.

A couple of years ago I saw a picture pop up on Facebook of one of my friends (her name rhymes with ‘Baggie Bibsen’) with her mom on one of these occasions. I was happy for my friend, but also jealous that she was able to be with her mom that day and I couldn’t. I remember wishing that she would hug her mom one extra time that day – just because she could.

Today, I’m so happy to be celebrating with my mom. So for each you who is not able to do the same, for whatever reason, know that I am hugging her ‘extra’ for you today and appreciating each special moment.

Merry Christmas.