I used to be a negative person. Everything wrong seemed to happen to me. It was a dark period of my life–when I recognized life was so much sweeter on the other side, I became free to be happy and grateful and to recognize all the the small gifts that I am given almost daily. When we moved into our neighborhood about five years ago, we were disappointed that we didn’t seem to have many neighbors with small kids, or that were the “lets hang out” type. But that changed by the time my oldest daughter went to kindergarten. Suddenly, we were seemingly surrounded by children and awesome families. These guys are one of those families. They are our neighbors and our daughters are the same age. You never know how ‘alone’ you feel in times of crisis with no family around until you suddenly have a safety net next door. We have been so lucky to have gotten to know Rebecca, Donny, and their two littles and to call them friends. So, when my studio renovation was completed, I was thrilled to have them over to get some updated photos of them.