Chris and Chandler left today for her senior trip. They were headed for LAX, and tomorrow they will catch a cruise ship bound for Baja California. After dropping them the off at the DFW airport, I hugged their necks and wished them well. On the drive to the airport, I heard my sweet eighteen year old bonus daughter exclaim from the backseat, "Hey Dadddy, do you play Tetris?" A smile the size of Texas spread across my face. Chandler loves her father with abandon, and despite her parent's divorce, she is inextricably connected to the man who conceived and cared for her since birth.
Watching Chris invest in his daughter's life brings me great joy. I know the two of them will have a memorable trip, and I can't wait to hear all about their travel adventures. Being a bonus mom to two amazing teenagers has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. I wasn't around when Chandler was this small, but I've been there through early elementary, adolescence, and the tumultuous teenage years. I couldn't ask for a better bonus daughter, and I am so in love with her daddy. She's a lucky girl and I hope she and her father create memories that will last a lifetime.