Christmas was absolutely wonderful, but absolutely too short. The more time we spend here in Loma Linda, with the stress and intensity that comes from full time medical school for Barry along with his many other commitments (Street Medicine, a Masters in Bio-ethics, grant writing, etc...) combined with my full time work as a nurse, plus part-time Masters work, it really starts to get old after a while. We don't mind being busy, but when you're so busy that you can't stop to truly enjoy each other, when friends grow fainter because you are always studying, then you start to long for a slower pace. We got to enjoy a blissful week of that slower pace over Christmas and it was just wonderful. We're here for a reason and we don't regret that, but we are oh so thankful for family and true warmth that Christmas brings.