Today is the first day of 2012, which means a new year for everyone. I personally am not much of a fan of this holiday and especially not the parties or the silly resolutions people always seem to come up with and then almost always fall through on. But today is a special day that I think I am willing to make an exception for. 30 years ago today my parents decided to tie the knot. I haven't been there for all 30 of those years, but what I know is enough. My parents have done so much for me and for so many other people. They have showed me more places than most people get to see in a lifetime. They have taught me to love others unconditionally, be dependable, and always give second chances. I miss them both so very much since moving to Washington, and I hope that Rhodri will get a chance to know them well despite the distance. They have given me something worth celebrating today, and in this ever desparaging world when there are so few who seem to hold the same value in marriage, what more can I ever ask for from them? I love them so much and just want to say 'Thank you!' as loud as I can for being better than the 'norm', for loving each other so well, and for showing me how important family is.