I just want to shout out that I am so very proud of both my girls! easy child has been working with the local Hartford Habitat for Humanity program to help with a holiday fundraiser. The fundraiser will take place during the upcoming West Hartford holiday 'walk' in the center of town. H4H rented a store front and will have on display lots of homemade donated gingerbread houses, including one she made and one she made with her children at work. She came back from dropping them off on Tuesday so full of energy - she is so very into being a part of a group to raise awareness and fundraising. It's amazing to see this passion in her! I'm so very proud of her involvement in this project. She is also in the process of planning a trip to Ghana Africa to volunteer for one month and teach the children and young adults things like cooking and sewing and reading/speaking English (she is going with a friend who has gone before). She's been organizing a fundraiser for that trip and to raise funds for the orphanage itself and she's really having fun with it, tapping into people and companies locally that may want to sponsor her, etc. On the heels of easy child's phone call telling me all about the H4H fundraiser, I received an email from difficult child asking for information about two homeless shelters we've worked with in the past as a family. She said that she and her boyfriend want to volunteer their time serving at the shelters. I always knew that difficult child had a very strong empathetic and compassionate soul - I'm so proud that she's reaching out into the community in this way, along with her boyfriend. I just think it's wonderful! Okay, brag over. Just wanted to share this with others who can appreciate how special it is to see your kids turn a corner.