I am very blessed to have good friends here in Virginia. That has been essential to me as I have lived so far away from family. I realized a few days before my birthday this year that, between turning 36(!) and having Ben half a world away in a war zone, I would need my friends to get cheerfully through the day. I called them and asked them to join me for dinner and a movie the evening before my birthday. They happily obliged. We had a great time! We ate at CPK and saw Red Riding Hood. CPK was delicious but Red Riding Hood was sub par. I came home feeling happy and rosy and loved, rather than lonely and sad and old. I appreciate their friendship very much. They are definitely a great blessing in my life at this time.