I am sitting in the living room writing by the glow of the Christmas tree. I have my cup of chai and I am happy. You are sitting at the kitchen table, working on your homework, some project about The Hunger Games.
Seven years ago at this time we were driving back from Eagle Pass to San Antonio. You were tired and grumpy in the truck as you sat between Lady and I. I finally sang enough Christmas carols that you fell asleep. You rested on Lady's arm and even though it fell asleep, she didn't move for over an hour so that you would rest.
They are tons of things I love about our life now. I love when you come to say goodnight, and you just lay on me. I love it when you get the giggles and you can't control your laughing. I love it when you sing and dance around the house or do cheer moves in the truck. I love how your eyes light up when you tell me how this week's boy walked you to class. I love that you try really hard in your school work not only to please me, but because you have dreams and goals. I love the young woman you are becoming.
Mija, you are the best part of my life. I love being your momma. And today, I promise again that we will always be family and I will never to sell you to the gypsies. Happy Forever Family Day 2013.