My dearest cousin is celebrating her birthday today! (Hope ya don't mind the pic, cousin!) Both of us grew up as only kids and so we ended up forming a bond that just kept getting stronger as we got older. She is my closest family member and one of my best friends. We're separated by a lot of miles now but still as close as ever, I just miss her fiercely.
We're standing in my front yard one cold, winter afternoon in the southern California desert, a few years after she was born, perhaps just before her 3rd birthday. Now I get to watch her son grow up, too. He's celebrating his first birthday this weekend and Jimmy and I will be there for the celebrations!