Our friends came to visit us this week and we couldn't have been more excited. Our friendship with them has grown so much over the last year and half. Unfortunately, we wouldn't like to have become friends the way we did but we are blessed to have them in our lives. My good friend lost her husband 4 months before I lost my brother. She too is a Gold Star Family Member as well as her kids. We go to Arlington together, we meet up, travel, laugh, cry, tell stories and share our loss. I'm very fortunate to have met someone who understands "it". This trip was about having fun. We went to Virginia Beach, the Aquarium, Yankee Candle, the pool, Ft. Eustis, and lots of places to eat! It was jam packed but so worth the trips and driving. The kids played and we chatted. Of course we could have done without the 115 degree weather, but never the less, it was a good time! We are missing them already.