A good great group of friends is a blessing gift that you should cherish.

I’m blessed to be a part of a vibrant digital community consisting of my real life friends and hundreds of folks I’ve met through photography, video games, and forums. They’ve kept my spirits up through the worst of times and still do.

What makes a good friend a great friend?

When they know your bullshit well enough to laugh, and make fun of you in all the right ways, and are the first ones to call when they sense something is truly wrong. My friends are all ages. Kte Pretsch and her lovely family. The Becks. The Chiaverinis. The Luhns. The Meyers. The Palmers. The Andersons. They’re all family to me.

Family is what makes a good friend great.

They’ll adopt you into their lives and stick by you through thick and thin. They’ll have their own moments of need and you’ll feel a profound sense of joy for helping them through it. They’ll cherish your ideas and they’ll celebrate your differences in opinion,.

I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends who I consider family, and so many family members who I consider friends. I can’t say thank you enough to the Kehoe’s. I can’t say thank you enough to the Thompsons and Bedingfields. These might not mean much to you, but I assure you it means the world to me.

We are all blessed with the opportunity to find companionship, family, and friendship in this life.

I want you to know that I cherish you all, my digital tribe and my tangible friends. I love you all. If you ever need me, feel free to give me a call. I still have the same number and always will. To anyone from my hometown — The same goes for you.

Be joyous for we are alive with the spirit of friendship and nothing can take that away from us.

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