One of my favorite places to be on a sunny day is at Lincoln Park in West Seattle and it’s even better when I get to run around this waterfront treasure with one of the coolest little families that I know. As much as I treasure this park for its natural beauty (and proximity to my home!), I also treasure Suzanne and Ross for their friendship because the circumstances of how we met represents a critical turning point in our lives. We met through PEPS. The first time we met, we sat crowded in a living room along with seven other new parents and our 12-week newborns laying in a circle at our feet. Sure, there were plenty of blank stares to go around, but we quickly discovered that we were all in the same boat of sleep deprivation, so instead we started leaning on each other and opened up to share our most personal challenges and joys as new parents. It was truly comforting to know that nobody looked at you funny if you were chronically yawning for lack of sleep or had to leave the room six times to soothe a crying baby. Our friendships in this group formed through the connections we had as new parents that loved their little babes more than anything in the world and that’s what I see in this family. So much love for their sweet, little girl. She’s exactly the kind of joy I’m talking about.