When my son was 6 months old I had to drop him at a near-stranger’s house to watch him while my husband and I went to work. His little man-faced self was already pushing to stretch is circle of influence. The daycare provider we chose was recommended to us by some of our closest friends. These many years later, our families have surpassed a professional relationship and developed a friendship. Her son and mine are soul swore cousins who can’t wait to be in Jr. High together next year. We revisited that professional relationship for a second last week when I took my nephew to her house, I handed him over to Christy, much like I had mine. His little 3 month old self was beginning a journey that my children laid the groundwork for over 10 years ago. My ever expanding community is amazing. My sister lives a short walk from me. There are days I believe my life is exactly how I hoped it would be.