Despite having their own commitments and plans, my whole family pitched in over the weekend to give me the support that I needed to finish on time. My husband not only brought home take-out on Friday and cooked dinner on Saturday, but he actually made the bed, cleaned a bathroom spontaneously and took the kids skiing Saturday afternoon. Not bad! The kids helped out by entertaining and walking the puppy, and even Casey decided to cooperate by napping during the day and sleeping until 5:00 am (thank God!).
As I worked, my family encouraged me with compliments and well-timed pep talks. It's amazing how my husband's standard "You can do it!" and my daughter's favorite "You gotta want it!" can still get the job done.