This picture of my husband and son was taken (by my brother-in-law) at Ocean Beach, just a few blocks from our house. It seemed such a fitting way to illustrate the end of 2009. It sums up a year that, although tough (who can claim to have had an easy 2009?), was very much about family. This year, more than ever, we’ve started to feel settled here in San Francisco and are appreciating everything about where we live. We’re excited about what 2010 will bring. There’s both peace and hope in this picture – and I can’t think of a better combination for the end of one year and the start of another.

Happy New Year to everyone. May it be your best yet.