Today my gift to you is silence. That may seem to be a very strange gift, but in the middle of this hectic holiday season, I encourage you to make time — take time — to sit quietly and reflect on the many blessings God has given you. Your family is not a mistake. You and your husband bring a unique quality to your blended family. Every child brings a wonderful personality along with amazing opportunities to raise them up to learn to accept and love others. Let your heart lead them. Let their hearts bring you joy the way that only a child can. Oh, silent night, holy night. Merry Christmas!