Christmas Eve ten years ago you entered our lives. Born by candlelight to the sounds of Emmylou Harris, you had the softest ears and most perfectly shaped head. You were so calm and aware, like you'd made this entry into into the world a thousand times before. You've always known your place, your needs, your own journey. Never one to be persuaded by others, instead you set the example. And I am so proud that it is a noble one. You are inherently good, and I know that can be difficult for a young girl in a world that is often... well, not so good. But know that you inspire those around you to be better, and that is perhaps the greatest gift a person can offer in this world. You have been my greatest teacher, showing me the ways of the world, children, nature, animals, civil rights, history and simpler times, slowing down, parenting, and so much more. You have been such a great friend to your father and I -and I know some people say you shouldn't be friends with your children - but I couldn't disagree more. Thank you for the light you've brought into our lives, and for ten years of beautiful, crazy love.