We've received Christmas cards from my husband's surviving Grandad and Nan, his aunts and uncles, and his parents. I've said this many times - and I don't care, it bears repeating - the love his family shows us (and by us, I truly mean him and me) never fails to make me a bit misty.
To my point, the front of the card from his grandad reads: "To both of you." Now, if you've ever tried to buy a card for any occasion for a gay couple, you'll know this: it's freaking difficult to find something that specifically points them out as a couple, but doesn't have an obvious "him and her" theme to it. This card doesn't, and I know just how much effort it would take to find something like that. Ditto the cards from the rest of his family.
Even though I'm not "feeling it" much about sending Christmas cards of our own this year, it was enough to make me sit down and start, and I found that as I went, I got a little bit more cheer running through me as I worked. They're such wonderful people, and I am so damn lucky.
And speaking of family...
Chapter the Fifteenth (Or, Grand-Rodents Need Love, Too)
The fifteenth stop on my chapter-a-day journey through A Coventry Christmas by Becky Cochrane is a family chapter. Keelie, Misty, and their mother Polly have a solid sit down and chat, and we see Keelie speaking up for her dreams. This chapter, I think, is the perfect example of why I adore this book so freaking much: Keelie is a heroine in a romance novel who is putting her life together and doing so without centering that process on a man. I'm not someone who has read a tonne of romance, but I've read more than a slight sampling, and that is the one character trait that annoys me the most - and Keelie has no symptoms of it. In fact - wait, no. Getting ahead of myself.
Coveted Coventry Moments: