Yesterday we raised our champagne glasses in celebration and honor of parents, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Today I'm happy for the time I had, and for the family that makes it all possible.
Tomorrow we load up the car, the people and the presents, both wrapped and unwrapped, and head back home.
It will be several months until we are together again. But until that time, we have pictures to share and stories to tell.
For some reason, every pass between Michigan and Maryland, whether we're coming or going, is bittersweet. Each time we arrive we are different than the last time we left. Each time we leave, I cannot help but wonder changes will rearrange our lives in the interim.
It's impossible to know what life will bring us while we're apart. The best we can do is hope that next year at this time, we can be together to raise our champagne glasses once again.