9. A lifetime's worth of treasured friends. From childhood, from college, from Lake Arrowhead, SCV, Riverside and the Desert. From camps, conferences, blogs, and soccer teams, there are many people I am privileged to call my friends. There are a few who have gone far above and beyond the call of friendship, as the Lord has led them. They have stood by our sides through our darkest, and our brightest, moments. They love our kids as their own, they pray for us and we pray for them. For those dear friends and all I am blessed to have, I am thankful.