Awake early on a rainy, cold November morning. This time is among my favorite of all year. I am too full still and it is peaceful. My company is two sleepy little terriers. The kitchen will soon be full and busy with my husband, my boys, my sister and her husband and her beautiful daughters. These are the little things that are the big things in life that make all worth living. There is much I can write about the disasters of family at holidays but at this moment there is nothing but thankful contentment.