Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas Haud Pluvia!

As the Christmas Holiday approaches around the world, it's important to look back and recall all the very special blessings we've shared this year.  Though any attempt to list them would be an exercise in futility, given that we've all traveled varied paths to get here, pausing to recall them strengthens us as a family and ensures our hearts remain focused on the things that are most important.  Isabel Currier once wrote that "It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit."  As we reflect on each aspect of that statement we see Haud Pluvia, the family, drinking deeply from that well year round and it brings joy to our hearts.

Each and every one of you make the vision of Haud Pluvia a reality.  It's your collective warmth, thoughtfulness and kindness that make this family the wonderful home it's become.  Each and every one of you has value beyond your understanding, and we're so very proud of you.  This Christmas Season, spend quality time with your family and friends, rekindle relationships and reach out a loving heart to those around you in need.  A time honored Christmas gift suggestion list is still as relevant today as in yester-years: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

We're so proud to call you all family!  Merry Christmas to you and yours, and safe travels this holiday season.  We love you all so very much!

Aklanin and Donovan

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