When Jennifer and I met in 2005, we liked each other immediately. It was just one of those things: I knew we’d be friends. But our friendship didn’t really take off until a year later, when Jen came to work with my team at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Over the past five years, Jen has blossomed, and I’ve had the privilege of being there and being her friend. She’s a phenomenal mom and a wonderful partner who is balancing her career as a strong executive coach and facilitator, and an entrepreneur. My greatest joy has been getting to know Jen’s family, including her husband, Ron, and her two amazing, crackerjack kids, Brooke, age 3 1/2, and Eli, who just turned one. No matter how much time passes between visits, Jen, Ron, and I pick up instantly as if it were mere days. We are comfortable with each other. My favorite moments are when we sit and talk about what’s important to us: career and family, love and loss, hardship and growth, books and television, the past, present and future, all while keeping one eye on Brooke and Eli and trying not to giggle so much that it reinforces their often hysterical behavior. Jen and Ron have made me feel like an honorary part of their family and for that I am forever grateful.