I feel so grateful right now that I wanted to record my feelings so whenever I’m feeling down I can come back and read this. Tonight I was on the computer when one of “my” teens contacted me to talk about life. Over the course of the conversation she asked how I knew Mark was The One. As I told her the story I was reminded again of how grateful I am to have found am eternal partner who is willing to support me unconditionally. I also feel blessed to be able to do the work I do with the NMF. Honestly, I can’t think of a more fulfilling job than what I do with the teens. They are so much fun and teach me more than they probably know. I’m lucky to have such great friends here in Columbus and beyond who are checking in with me to make sure I’m OK in these last few weeks of pregnancy. Finally, I am still in awe that in a few weeks I am going to be a mother. I will always be grateful that I’ve been given the experience of being pregnant, for better or for worse, because I know that is not a given for many women like me. The past 6 months have not been easy with Mark gone and me finishing my MPH, but I don’t think I would have it any other way. Both Mark and I have gotten to have some neat experiences during this time, I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for many things, and I know the small trials we’ve been through will make life that much sweeter when our expanded family is together at last in California.