I think most of us are familiar with the quote written by Flavia, “Some people come into our lives and quickly go.  Some stay a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”  My heart is full of gratitude to know such beautiful friends that have been guiding influences in my life for many years.  They have stayed, and have left their mark in my life.  As friends, we are always there for each other no matter what season of life we are in. We have caught each other’s tears, cheered amidst all of our endeavors, loved one another’s families and, in the face of any and all adversity, we have rallied.  Just returning from a fun and restorative weekend, my heart is again filled with footprints.  As author Robert Louis Stevenson penned, “A friend is a gift you give yourself.”  May your lives be blessed with many of these gifts.