I made into a couple of collages the photos my dear friend Cassie took of our adventures together during our last few months in Florida. It’s silly, and I know the pictures are so small here that you can’t actually see them. But I want to remember those times, and to share them here, too, in this space of openness about my life. Our friendship was swift but true, easy yet honest, unlikely but perfect. This strong woman and her loyal, loving, honest, courageous, wise, adventurous, connecting and just plain amazing spirit was an inspiration and a life-changer for me during Matt’s absence and a time of my own self-growth. These experiences and connections were life-changing for the kids as well, giving them memories they won’t soon, if ever, forget. All these Florida pictures make us sad: the kids and I so very much miss the beach and the sun, the tank tops and flip-flops, the fun and the friends we had there. I miss our dark skin and sun-kissed cheeks! Now we have different blessings, ones that I am still adapting to– I guess change does take time. We miss you, our Florida friends.