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"My life would suck without you!"

Oh, happy day! The type of day that is bright and shinny after a long conversation with a great friend! The type of friend who, even after a long time apart, can pick up with you right where you left off!

My friend Kim and I met many moons ago, when I worked at Cooper and we shared an office! We have been friends ever since and even though we went our separate ways career-wise, we have always stayed in touch! As office-mates, we would have long conversations, and still can just gab away like we never stopped! It had been quite some time since we had a chance to do so- since before my wedding! So there was much to catch up on, and catch up we did! It was a great time with a great friend- the kind of visit that leaves you energized and feeling good about the world!

It makes me thankful for all of my friends. I have been so lucky, all of my life, to have the kind of friends that I think other people would be envious of! The type of friends that I have known forever, who have been there for me through so many of life's changes and really stood by me, for good stuff and bad stuff.

There are days when I find myself going through life wondering if I have ever done a darn thing right! I wonder what kind of example I will be to my son. But, when I look and see the amazing people I have in my life, I think it's all going to be okay!

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