Today I would say that I am very grateful for the encouragement of friends. Particularly as I venture into this unknown world of writing as a career and using this blog to get going, encouraging words have been a blessing. I check the site stats and what not (probably more often then ever possibly needed), but the other day a friend actually told me that she had been reading the blog! I was so excited that I finally had proof that a real person was reading what I wrote! It was a great encouragement, and Sarah, I am very glad to count you as a friend and colleague.