We don't get to choose our relatives, so whether you are the winner of the family lottery or seemingly received the left-overs of a Suvivor cast member's first real meal after being voted off the island... there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. That is why those that you choose to take into your life are that much sweeter, more important, most special. A perfect example is Heidi, Addie's "sister". Heidi is 3 years younger than Addie. She lives across the street with her Grandparents. Addie immediately fell in love with this child who, having been neglected for the first year of her life, was in desperate need of love and interaction. There has been much change in both of their lives since Heidi came four years ago, but their bond continues to be unbreakable. Heidi watches every step Addie makes, trying to be just like her. Addie makes me so proud because she always treats Heidi with love, and is respectful of the fact that she has to be a good role model. So as they sit in our living room this afternoon playing Barbies and singing to Camp Rock, I am thankful for this family member we have chosen to take into our lives.