Better Together

It is so crazy to me that 6 months have already passed since welcoming my bestie and dentist extraordinaire, Emily Wilhite, to my practice. Not only does that mean my last baby is already half a year old (😭😭😭), but it also means that Emily has now met almost all of the lovely patients of GFFD- and none of you have scared her off yet! What a wonderful addition she has been, and I can still barely believe this long standing dream of mine has come true.

It was the year 2009 A.D. I was newly married, 22 years old, childless and thought I had things figured out, like most 22 year olds do. With my honeymoon tan and sky high ambition, I moved to New Orleans to embark on my first real adult venture- dental school. A childhood friend reached out to me to tell me that her college roommate would also be starting at LSU dental school that fall and insisted we meet. That’s how I met Emily- just as young, naive, and clueless as I was! From that point on, we were inseparable.

We helped each other through school- studying together, chatting through class, and complaining (a lot). But more importantly, we helped each other navigate through life. We learned how to cook, watched a lot of reality tv, and carried each other through the early days of marriage and motherhood. I would not trade those 4 years for anything!

Once we graduated, life took us our separate ways, but our friendship remained one that would be unshaken. I always knew that no matter how much time passed between conversations, we could pick up right where we left off. That no one understood life’s stressors quite the same way. That my complaints, my secrets, my dreams, and my defeats were safe with Emily. Isn’t that what defines a best friend?

And here we are now- 7 children between us and building our future together. So very different than the girls that met in 2009. (Don’t believe me? I have photo evidence!) We still have so much to figure out. Our journey is far from over. But one thing I am sure of- it’s better now that we’re together!

2020 Reflections

It’s hard to believe we’ve finally reached the end of this year. For most of us, we aren’t too sad to see this year go, and we look forward to the fresh start and new beginning another year brings. I refuse to let 2020 go without proper contemplation of all that it has provided for my business, my family, and my perspective. So without further adieu, I present to you my 2020 reflections.

January: I should have known exactly how this year would be when 2 of my children landed in the ER by mid- January. Luckily, both boys healed quickly and were back to their crazy selves in no time, but no mama likes to see her babies in pain. I thank God for His healing and protection of my children. January also brought one of the most memorable times in my profession. My own dad let me do a smile makeover on him! Though this could have been my worst decision to date, it ended up going very well, and it was fun giving back to him after all of the years he’s spent investing in me.

February: I spent a lot of time and brain power in February learning and pushing myself to grow  in the area of implants. I tackled a new software allowing in house fabrication of surgical implant guides. Interpretation- I am now able to more effectively plan and execute advanced implant surgeries. In addition, I also transitioned to a new clear aligner company that allows more complex treatment plans with phenomenal results. I’ve been so pleased with the outcomes we are seeing with Sure Smile, and my case selection is no longer limited to only minor tooth movements.

March: This is the month Covid finally “hit.” We were forced to shut down and be available for emergency dental care only. This time was fraught with so many unknowns, and no one could give any real idea of when it would end. (Still waiting for that answer, btw.) I spent a lot of time at home with the kids, and now I look back and see how good that was for all of us. There was a lot of time spent outside, playing with sidewalk chalk, cooking, and even some camping. I also revamped the virtual features on our website and was able to handle some consults from home.

April: We were out of the office the entire month of April. We waited weekly to hear if the Health Department would allow us to go back to work. We saw only a few emergency patients, and I tried to hold back the panic! At home, we started new projects- operation bunk beds- and tried to stay busy as the newness of quarantine was wearing off quickly. We held onto the hope of normalcy but had no idea when that would come.

May: Our doors finally reopened in May but with some new rules and regulations. All of our patients were very understanding, and we had a lot of making up to do for being out for 7 weeks. Treatment was still limited, PPE was not only cumbersome but also hard to come by, and we closed the waiting room, trying our best to respect social distancing guidelines. This was NOT how I liked to practice, but I was grateful to be back in the office.

June: In June, I stayed busy preparing for our newest addition. The room was painted, new furniture in place, new blankets, sound machine- everything was just right! After weeks of preparation, it was finally time to welcome Green Wellness Spa, my new baby. 🙂 With the addition of the spa and our esthetician, Jenny, I got a new spring in my step. It was a nice distraction from the general upheaval that the last few months had brought. Not to mention, who doesn’t love a spa day? I’m so proud of how our little spa continues to grow and cannot wait to see what the next year brings.

July: Of course, I can’t leave out my ACTUAL new baby- Miss Gracie Green, born July 30th. She has been, by far, the highlight of this entire year. She has swept us off our feet and continues to spoil us with her sweet smiles and precious giggle. Being our last baby, I’m soaking it up as much as I can, knowing how fast time truly flies by. The rest of 2020 can go on, but don’t take my baby!

August: This is one of those pivotal moments of my career that I will always cherish. My best friend, Dr. Emily Wilhite, joined the practice in August, and has changed it for the better. She has brought such a sense of calm professionalism and genuine care with every patient encounter she has had. I have so much to learn from Emily, and I feel so lucky to work with her daily. It’s truly a dream come true, and I have a renewed sense of excitement about the future of my career knowing that I am building it with Emily. If you haven’t met her yet, please take the time to say hello at your next visit.  She’s the best!

September: I took maternity leave knowing the practice was in good hands (see August), and this time, I eased my way back into it. What a relief to not have to jump back in full throttle 4 weeks postpartum! Our hygienist Reagan had her sweet bundle of joy in September, and there were a lot of changes taking place- babies, new doctor, hormones, etc. Not gonna lie- this month was a bit of a blur!

October: In October, a few team members and I dedicated our Saturdays to virtual training about sleep apnea. As many of you know, we introduced airway management (i.e. sleep apnea treatment) into the practice last year. We try to remain at the cusp of the latest technology and innovations in this field, and the 16 hours of dedicated training in October ensured this. I’m so proud of the lives we’ve been able to change (and hopefully prolong) through this area of the practice. Great work, ladies!

November: I was genuinely shocked in November to be nominated as one of the top 5 Best Dentists in Rankin County! I’m not one to promote myself, or to even care much about these types of contests, but it was such an honor to feel that I’ve made a difference in people’s lives. So thank you to anyone who nominated me or voted for me. I truly appreciate it!

December: As we wrapped up the year, I binged on continuing education. Now that so much is offered virtually, I spent hours making sure I’m up to speed on all the newest technology, updates to our current technology, and planning for future additions to the practice. I LOVE learning new things and this was the best way for me to end the year, with a clear plan of action for GFFD for 2021!

As I bid farewell to 2020, I cannot be mad or sad or disappointed. It had some definite low points; I think we can all agree tothat. But this year brought blessings to my life that I will forever cherish- not only my sweet Gracie girl, but also my very best friend and now business partner, Dr. Emily Wilhite. I challenge you to reflect on your year; cling to the good; dismiss the bad; and most importantly, look forward to a new beginning with purpose and positivity.

Dr. Green’s Favorite Things

It’s that time of year again! Christmas season is in full swing, and because 2020 has been, let’s just say, less than spectacular, I think we all deserve to be a little extra this holiday season. Whether you’re frantically searching for the perfect gift for that special someone or you just want to treat yourself for the holidays, there’s something on my list for just about everyone! And because small businesses like mine have especially been impacted by the forced closures, lighter foot traffic, and general uneasiness that Covid-19 has created, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of the local businesses that I love the most. So without further adieu (and channeling my most fabulous, over the top, inner Oprah voice), I present to you Dr. Green’s Favorite Things: 2020 Edition.

     1. 🎶 All I want for Christmas is some new front teeth 🎶

Surely you’re not surprised that a new smile made the list?! What better way to show someone, or yourself, some love than by investing in your smile. Whether it be the veneers you’ve been thinking about for years or the straight teeth you’ve been considering recently, now is a great time to start the journey to your dream smile! Maybe you think it’s above your budget. We now offer in house payment plans that can accommodate any budget. Submit a FREE virtual consult today, and I’ll personally send you back a customized video answering all of your questions about the timeline, the finances, and the process.

Price: available by request (\smile-virtual-consult)

     2. Pamper yourself

What if you could knock all of the women off your list at one time? Now you can! Green Wellness Spa offers a multitude of services, including customized facials, nanoneedling, and eyebrow tinting and waxing, to name a few. Licensed esthetician Jenny Warren curates just the right mix of products to meet your unique needs and leave your skin glowing. Our adorable gift cards are sure to make the perfect stocking stuffer!

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     3. Clean teeth

When it comes to electric toothbrushes, I’ve tried just about every one of them. And let me tell you, there is something different about this brand new tech-lovers toothbrush, the Oral-B iO series 9! For those of you nerds who have thought, “I’ve always wished my toothbrush had AI recognition, 3D teeth tracking, and Bluetooth technology,” you’re in luck! This brush not only aims to improve your brushing skills, but also leaves your teeth feeling professional level clean every day. I think we’re just one step away from, “Alexa, brush my teeth!”

Price: $225, includes brush, heads, charger, case, toothpaste, rinse

     4. The gift of youth

This Christmas at GFFD, I am offering the most sought after gift of all time- the gift of youth. In as little as 10 minutes, I can erase the fine lines and wrinkles that have taken years to develop, leaving your skin looking fresh, rejuvenated, and years younger! Sound too good to be true? That’s the beauty of Botox! Treat yourself this holiday season!

Price: $10/unit (offer expires Dec 31, 2020)

     5. A White Christmas

No more dreaming of a white Christmas- make it a reality with Glo Professional Whitening. Now until the end of the year, our most popular whitening system will be offered at a discounted price. Whether you need to refresh your smile for holiday parties or you just know that your bestie would love it, give the gift of whiter teeth this Christmas!

Price: $350 (includes in-office whitening session and take home kit, offer expires Dec 31, 2020)

     6. Baby soft skin

Looking for a gift for your skin? Look no further! Green Wellness Spa has partnered with SkinCeuticals skin care to offer the most advanced, dermatologist recommended, medical grade skin care on the market. Backed by research and science, this line of product promises to meet your skin where it’s at and help bring it to where you want it to be. Free consults from licensed esthetician Jenny Warren will help determine exactly what is most suited for your skin type. What are you waiting for?

Price: from $35 and up (

     7. A sip of heaven

If you haven’t had the pleasure of enjoying a hot cup of coffee from local favorite, BeanFruit Coffee Company, you do not know what you’re missing out on. It’s no secret that coffee is my love language, and no one speaks to me quite as fluently as BeanFruit. From their unique blends to their freshly roasted beans, the passionate team of roasters at BeanFruit are the guys you want behind the beans! This locally roasted coffee has found its way to many of your favorite coffee shops so be sure to pick up an extra bag next time you’re out. Your taste buds will thank you!

Price: starting at $13.50/ 12oz. (available online at

     8. The gift of staying out of the kitchen

The secret’s out- I don’t like to cook! Actually, I’m not so sure if I don’t like it or I don’t feel like I have time for it, but either way, getting through dinner time at the Green home is like a marathon- including sweat, tears, and much cheering when it’s over. Any chance to ease that burden during the holiday season when things are already stressful is more than welcome. That’s why we love Sugar Magnolia Takery so much! Pre-cooked meals ready to pop in the oven that my entire family loves? Yes, please! Not to mention their wonderful catering and mouth watering sweets ready to take to your holiday party. Christmas just got a whole lot sweeter!

Prices: available online (

     9. All I want for Christmas is tacos

Whether you need a quick bite to eat while you’re out holiday shopping or you’re planning on hosting a super fun Christmas fiesta (hmmm…I like that idea!), one local eatery that has never disappointed the crew of GFFD is Jaco’s Tacos. The food is always fresh, the service top notch, and they can easily handle your catered corporate lunch or last minute dinner for 12 (ask me how I know). And did I mention their margaritas? Made fresh daily with only natural ingredients. Need I say more?

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     10. Bee Merry

If you’re looking to add a little local flair to any gift, pair it with locally sourced honey from Magnolia State Honey Company. This father/daughter duo delivers the purest, sweetest honey straight from their Mississippi farm to your table. Check them out on Facebook and grab a jar. You won’t regret it!

Prices: starting at $8 (

     11. Art from the heart

One of my very favorite non-profit organizations located just minutes from our office is The Mustard Seed. This community of adults with developmental disabilities create unique pieces of art that are then turned into various items (ornaments, coasters, phone wallets, etc.) available for sale in their gift shop. Not only does it help support The Mustard Seed and the beautiful work they do, but they also have discovered some amazing artists in the process. Shop online or visit the gift shop. You’ll be sure to find a unique item for a friend and likely yourself, too!

Prices: available online, more items available in store (https://the-mustard-seed-online-gift-shop.myshopify)


This Christmas, I hope that you find time to focus on the good this year has brought. It’s been unlike any other, but it has definitely taught me some lessons that I hope to always hold near. From the team at GFFD and GWS, Merry Christmas!


Let me just talk through something, if you will.  I’ve noticed a lot of talk regarding “seasons” lately. I’m often being told “that’s just the season you’re in” or “this season will pass” or “enjoy this season,” and I am quick to dish out the same colloquialism without ever giving it much thought. But here I am, giving “seasons” more thought than I ever have and realizing a few truths about myself and the meaning behind these phrases.

  1.  I think my tendency is to only compartmentalize my life into a “season” when things are extraordinarily difficult. In case you missed it, I’ve had a lot going on lately. A new baby, new business (shout out to Green Wellness Spa), new doctor on staff, and 3 new team members ON TOP of the chaos of being a working mom/business owner. Even on the best of days, it’s a lot. Then add in Covid, new fears and doubts, lack of sleep, adjustments at home, etc., and it’s easy for me to wish away this time of my life. To say “it’s a season and it will pass.”
  2. Seasons have variations; summer isn’t miserably hot every single day; winter isn’t numbingly cold from dawn to dusk. Even the harshest of winters have their beautiful, breathtaking days. Don’t the steady rains of spring produce the most bountiful harvests?
  3. Wouldn’t it make more sense to cling to the good that each season brings rather than wish away the entire season? If you know me, this has to be drilled into my mind often. The fear, pain, sorrow, depression, and worry can easily overshadow the joy, beauty, and tenderness of the season. I’m learning that savoring the season instead of waiting for it to pass can make all the difference in our perception of the world around us.

I didn’t exactly intend for this to turn into a “stop and smell the roses” kind of post, but I guess that’s the “season” I’m in. 🙃

Turn Your Year Around

So let’s face it- 2020 has not exactly been our best year yet. We started out so optimistic; it just had such a nice ring to it (cue all the puns about 20/20 vision). But here we are 8 months later and all we have to show for it is a load of worry: will this pandemic ever end; can I safely send my children to school; does this mask match my outfit?

Well I’m here to offer you 3 ways to finish out the year and to make 2020 suck less!

1) Smile Makeover! Have you ever wondered what a bright, healthy new smile would do for your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health? Now is a great time to invest in yourself. With our FREE virtual consult feature (just check it out on our website), you can ask all the questions and get all the answers before committing to anything. Nothing scary about it! I’ll personally send you a video answering your questions about the process, the expected outcome, and the price. Think you can’t afford it? We now offer interest free, in house payment options to make your dream smile a reality!

2) Straight teeth! What better time to straighten your teeth than when you’re wearing a mask all day anyway? Talk about a big reveal once the mask mandate is lifted! With clear aligners, getting your teeth straightened has never been easier. In as little as a few months, teeth can gradually be straightened and metal braces can be avoided all together. Don’t believe me? Check out some of our “before and after” cases on Instagram!

3) Maximize your insurance benefits! 4 months left in the year means 4 months to use up your insurance benefits. So stop procrastinating! Especially if you are in need of a dental implant- placing now ensures the restoration (or crown) can be placed come January, utilizing your insurance the best way possible. If you have questions about your insurance, remaining benefits, or treatment, please call our insurance coordinator Misty at 601-992-1605.

So 2020 has failed you. The good news is we still have 4 months to turn that around. In all seriousness, even if that doesn’t mean investing in your smile, find a way to make these last few months meaningful. In light of the crisis our world is going through, let’s not take a single day for granted. Every day we’re given the opportunity to smile, and I hope to help you make that a smile you’re proud of!


Welcome Baby Gracie

It’s my pleasure to introduce the newest member of the Green crew, Miss Gracie Elise Green. Born July 30, 2020 at 2:27am, Gracie weighed in at 5 lbs 14 oz and 18 in long.

I am so fortunate to be blessed with another precious little one, and I would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers as my family and I adjust to becoming a family of 6.

Don’t worry- your dental needs are left in great hands while I am on maternity leave! Dr. Emily Wilhite, a fellow LSU dental school grad, with over 7 years of experience, has joined the team of Grants Ferry Family Dentistry to not only serve the patients for the next several weeks but also as a permanent addition to our growing team! Please show her some love while I’m out!

Thank you all for your continued love and support of my family. I can’t wait to share more pictures of baby Gracie and fill you in on her exciting (slightly terrifying) entrance into this crazy world! Love to you all!

Green Wellness Spa

Introducing the newest brain child of Grants Ferry Family Dentistry- Green Wellness Spa! I am so thrilled to announce that we are now OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

A little background: “Spa Dentistry” is not a new concept. Starting in the 90s, dentists (thankfully) started catching on to the fact that the dental office was a scary-I’d rather be anywhere else in the world- dreadful kind of place. So, many practices started offering ways to calm patients and hopefully change the overall perception of coming to a dental appointment. Whether it be soothing music, TVs in the rooms, aromatherapy, or simply a cozy blanket, by the 2010s, most practices offered some sort of “spa-like” service to their patients.

Now there are few things I enjoy more than a completely relaxing spa day. Except dentistry! And when you combine the two…let’s just say it’s an obvious match made in heaven! Imagine coming to your routine dental checkup and also being able to have a relaxing facial. Having some dental work done? How about a head and neck massage while you wait on your crown to be completed in our digital lab? Ladies- you can get your waxing, tinting, dermaplaning done at the SAME time/place as your teeth cleaning. Talk about convenience!

I hope you all will take advantage of our new spa services. I’m pleased to announce licensed esthetician, Jenny Dear, will be offering all services, and I cannot wait for you to meet her. Check out some of her work on Instagram: @jenny_greenwellnessspa. And stay up to date with our emails, Facebook, and Instagram for special discounts and announcements!

The One About Growth

My weekend at the beach with the fam had me reflecting on a few things. You know, between the chaos, crab hunting, and cleaning sand out of everything you can imagine, I had a solid hour or so to just think. And when I start thinking, I like to write it out. It always helps me organize my thoughts and solidify the ones that have just been floating around in my head for some time.

I’ve always been one who looks forward to change. Something about the unknown, the potential for something better, the absence of boredom and monotony  – it all just makes me excited! Now with this personality type, I also have to force myself to find contentment and joy in the necessity of a routine because, if left solely up to me, I would likely be a train wreck- full of good ideas but not enough discipline to see them through.

With that said, I’m entering a stage of my career that is overflowing with opportunities for change. Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve been at Grants Ferry Family Dentistry, the practice has experienced a level of growth that has not only nearly doubled the amount of patients but has also introduced countless new procedures and almost tripled the number of team members. These changes have been gradual and so many of you have shared in my excitement to see my small business grow. Now, I foresee a future for GFFD that welcomes a new doctor, to help me maintain this growth and still offer the highest quality dentistry around!

As I write this, I am still currently searching for the perfect “fit” for my practice and my patients. Let me assure you, the decision to introduce another doctor does not come lightly. But can I just be honest? The pace I’ve been trying to maintain for the last year or so as the sole practitioner may kill me! And why did I think kids got easier as they got a little older? Ha! Their demands are increasing and guess what… one more baby Green is being added to the mix in August ????! No worries- I’m not going anywhere, but thankfully, I’ll have another doctor to help me offer the very best to my patients. Less “chicken with my head cut off;” more “calm, cool, and collected.”

To those of you who have been so encouraging, loyal, and basically become like family to me, be patient as we enter this new phase of growth. Better yet, be excited with me! With a new doctor in the house, comes more flexibility, new services, and the ability to continue the forward growth trend of the last 5 years.

Remember what I said about having a lot of ideas? Keep your eyes peeled for some new ideas being introduced soon (spoiler alert: spa services!!!), and remember that we are trying to make your dental experience as relaxing, efficient, and top notch as possible. Grants Ferry Family Dentistry may be evolving, and adding some new faces, but I can guarantee you that we will maintain the same level of care you’ve become accustomed to. After all, it’s because of you that I love what I do and want to improve it constantly. Bring on the change!

Guess Who’s Back?

After over 6 weeks of closure, we are cautiously optimistic that our doors are set to reopen very soon! Though it will be a far cry from our “normal” daily schedule, it’s a step in the right direction.

I’m going to admit- I’ve been restless lately. Being informed by our State Board of Health and State Board of Dentistry one week that we are set to reopen, only to have that snatched away days later has me confused, and honestly, angry. I have heard of dental professionals being denied PPE and other dental professionals refusing to return to work. When did dental treatment become nonessential? Have we forgotten the importance of detection, prevention, and treatment of oral disease? Are we letting fear blind us to the fact that so many oral conditions detrimentally affect overall health? I have worked tirelessly in my 7 year career to create a dental practice that provides a comprehensive approach to oral health care. I am trained to work on critically ill and immunocompromised patients and treat them with the highest level of care and infection control as possible. This pandemic may create some new obstacles, but the fact remains that the care we provide to our patients is essential and many conditions can become life threatening when left untreated. 

As you prepare to return to our office for treatment or routine cleanings and exams, please be assured that we have your safety as our top priority. With that said, there are a few changes you can expect to see:

  • All patients and staff will be screened and have their temperature taken prior to entering our office. Please call our office (601-992-1605) or text (601-202-9761) when you arrive, and you will be met by a staff member at your vehicle. In the event you have a cough or fever, we will ask that you visit your primary care physician and reschedule your appointment with us. 
  • We are requesting that only patients enter the building for appointments (unless the patient is a minor, or if the patient is sedated). We will not be using our waiting room during this time. 
  • We will maintain the 6-foot social distancing guideline within the clinic. Each room will be thoroughly disinfected between patients, as well as all high traffic areas (bathrooms, waiting room, and front desk areas). 
  • We will only allow one person at the checkout counter at a time and will encourage patients to call in payments when possible.
  • Our staff will be wearing additional protective equipment for their protection and yours.

Please help support us as we prepare to return to work in these unprecedented conditions. Remember, we are a small business that has been greatly impacted by the extended closure, and your support means more now than ever. What does that mean? Schedule the treatment you’ve been putting off; spread the word that we are accepting new patients; share our social media posts; and be patient as we navigate our way through this new “normal.” You all have been such a blessing to me,  and I truly cannot wait to see you again soon! 

Current thoughts…

As I sit down to write, I’ve been trying to convince myself not to write about the pandemic. People are sick of it. People want to think about anything other than that for a minute. People just want to feel like life is returning to normal soon. Yet, here I am unable to think about anything else.

There was life before this. I mean, we’re talking about a few weeks ago when we all laughed at the Corona beer memes because we didn’t think it would ever hit close to home. We “cared” what happened in China, but let’s be honest, it really had nothing to do with us so let’s just move on to some other news.

Then there is life now. Quarantine. Panic. Sickness. Death. Unemployment. Homeschooling. Boredom. Uncertainty. All of a sudden, it’s like the rug was just ripped out from beneath us, and here we are trying to figure out how to navigate through such a strange and unprecedented situation. I asked my grandfather the other day if he had ever been through anything like this, and his response was not “just” like this. I think that’s what makes it so uncomfortable; we don’t know who to ask for advice. We need a grown up to tell us what to do!

To be honest, I’m currently most focused on what life is going to be like once this is all over. Will it all be over? How will the kids adjust to a normal schedule again? What about my small business? When can I go out to eat again? How can I help those who have suffered the most from this? It seems like everything in the future is in some way or another colored through the lens of the pandemic.

There are a few fundamental truths I am holding on to as I look at the future.

  1. We are resilient by nature. Through the course of history, the best stories out there are the ones of perseverance and determination. Everyone loves a comeback story, and I am sure that we each will have our own version of a comeback to write.
  2. My faith in God assures me that none of this is “unprecedented” or surprising to Him. He wrote this into our lives when He created us, and there is not one single thing He does not have under His control.
  3. Have you ever experienced this much free time in your adult life? I know I haven’t! So instead of filling my days with worry, I’m choosing to utilize that time and see it as a gift. My house may never be this clean ever again, but I can feel good about myself for finally accomplishing some tasks I’ve put off for years.

I hope as you navigate through all the feelings, emotions, stress, and anxieties that are unavoidable during our present circumstances, you hold on to hope. There is light at the end of this tunnel. We have time on our hands, so make the most of each day. We have a community, in this case a nation, which will persevere, as it always has, through the most trying times. Hang in there, friends!