DeJesus, one of the freed women in Cleveland, gave her mother, Nancy Ruiz, the best Mother's Day present any mother could hope for, DeJesus' father, Felix Ruiz, told the media.
Goldia Coldon wishes she could be Nancy.
Instead, she has plans Sunday to test her strength and pack up her house. Time is running out. Moving day will be here soon.
The Coldons don't know where they will go.
"We don't want to sign a one-year lease, because I don't think Phoenix would want to stay here," Goldia says.
She could be back any day.
That's why Goldia has a bag of her daughter's clothes, ready for her when she returns. "I keep it in the car so that if my baby comes out of some place, she'll be properly dressed."
Goldia will pack up the artificial Christmas tree still up in the foyer. She kept the lights on night and day; when they burned out, she put on a new set. She hid a present for Phoenix in the tree. She won't say what it is. That would give away the surprise for her daughter.
"It's for her, my baby girl. Even though she is a grown lady now. She's always my baby girl," Goldia says.
Wherever the Coldons end up living, the Christmas tree will go back up, with the lights and the gifts.
No matter what month it is, when Phoenix comes home, when she is reunited with her family like those three women in Cleveland were this week, Goldia and Lawrence Coldon will be ready to celebrate Christmas.
They will have the biggest gift of all.