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Around the Office- December

Around the Office- December

December 26, 2018
Welcome to “Around the Office”. Each month we will be putting together a short newsletter about what is happening personally and professionally here at Madison Financial Planning. This month we have been focusing on family
Family may seem like a simple concept, but there is no simple definition of family. In its most basic terms, a family is a group of individuals who share a legal or genetic bond, but for many people, family can mean so much more than that. A true family shares values, beliefs, and traditions, they share common experiences and activities and they support each other unconditionally with no-judgment. The definition of family is constantly evolving, and every person can define family in a different way to encompass the relationships they share with people in their life. Here is what’s been happening in the lives of our “work family”. 
There are big “changes” within the Bernard household this year. We are now “empty nesters” since our three boys are not living at home. Two of them are living/ working in Vermont and our youngest is going to school in Maine. Trying to coordinate everyone’s schedule has become quite the challenge. Our holiday “gift” will be to simply have everyone home together. As we all know; our pets are also members of our family. Unfortunately, we will have one less family member with us this holiday season. Our 10-year-old bull mastiff recently passed so she won’t be there to help us unwrap our presents.  We are very sad about our loss, but we know she will be with us in spirit.
When I count my blessings, family is always first. My husband Peter and I are fortunate to be able to raise our boys Noah (15) and Aden (12) in the same town we grew up in. Grandparents are a part of their daily lives and we all frequent the sidelines of their football games, soccer games and school performances. We had the opportunity this year to expand our family by hosting a scholar from the Madison ABC program. David is a freshman and will be with us one weekend a month over the next four years as he pursues his academics at Daniel Hand High School. He is a Patriots fan, so he already fits right in! I look forward to the holidays and spending quality time with my brother, my sister and their families. We certainly have had some challenges but to see how we come together to support one another in good times and in bad makes me grateful for the people I call “family”.
My husband Mike and I recently had our 25th wedding anniversary, and celebrated with a trip to the Dominican Republic. This was our first real vacation without kids in many, many years, and it was both relaxing and fun! 
Back at home, we enjoyed a fun and winning season with our youngest son’s freshman football team. Our kids have played many sports over the years, but there’s something special about football, and the camaraderie of the team that makes it a family of its own. We feel lucky to be a part of it. 
December brings with it the anticipation of celebrating Christmas with the family. However, there is a day in December that is even more important to the Ferris family, December 7th. In 1941, my mother who was 5 months pregnant with her third child, my grandmother and my two oldest sisters were at Hickam AFB, Hawaii that day. For the uninitiated, that is the airfield attacked at the same time as Pearl Harbor. Thankfully everyone survived. My father was in San Francisco and supposed to bring a flight of B-17s to Hickam that day. Unfortunately or fortunately, his planes were co-opted by another group who removed all the armament so they could load them up with household goods for the airmen and their families stationed at Hickam. December 7,1941 is seared into the hearts and minds of all my brothers and sisters and we touch base with each other that day.