There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. -Washington Irving
It is Christmas eve, and I am writing in bed, snuggled warmly next to my sleeping husband, and not far from my sleeping baby. The wind is howling and the weather outside is fiercely cold. We’ve spent the day traveling and visiting with my husband’s family, and now we are all settled comfortably, the house quiet. I have just finished reading a well-written and inspiring 10-part article about Stephanie Nielson, a plane crash survivor who was almost fatally burned. Many mothers and bloggers follow her popular blogÂ nieniedialogues.blogspot.com. After reading her heroic struggle to patch her life, her body and her family back together, I am doubly grateful for all that I have been blessed with. In the spirit of Christmas, it is a priceless reminder of the importance and strength of love, friendship and family.