There are people in my life that I count as friends who have been where I am and offer advice or a listening ear from time to time. I am thankful for these mentors. They don't judge. They tell it like it is. They talk me out of the occasional "funk". Most are mothers. Many homeschool. They have experienced (or are still experiencing) the ages and stages. They know that "this too shall pass". They pray... out loud. They build me up and encourage and let me know that I'm okay.