My mom and I have gone through a type of beautiful war with each other. Life is like that. Beauty, surrounded by difficulty, or difficulty surrounded by beauty. The lotus flower blooms it's exquisiteness from the muck and mire of swampy waters. So, here, I just say "Hi," because, even in the midst of difficulty, we are alive, we are breathing, love is in us and around us. I just wanted to take a moment to be grateful for my Mom, my captain, my lieutenant, my squad mate, my friend.