One of the things I have really been working on in this past year is spending more time as a gift than buying gifts. I arranged babysitting and took my husband to Arles for his birthday. Arles is one solid hour from us and yet, after 3.5 years, we had never been. That’s what happens when you work a lot and play only a little (we are working on taking time for more family play too!) He was taking a history of Christianity class last fall and this made of the history really seem a bit more real. Tough times, for sure! I’d love to go back, even with the kids. My oldest son is almost 8 and he is quite interested in history. We’d love to show him the enormous Roman ruins, which are amazingly well preserved.