Bye-bye, Sweet Girl

Morning, everybody. Or, whatever time of day you have found yourself here. This isn’t going to be a funny blog. Or cute or amusing (what’s new right?). A friend passed away a few days ago and today I think I am ready to tell everyone a few things about her, just to remember.

She and her husband were involved in an accident while on a family vacation in Hawaii. You can read about it here.

Kristin was  a couple of years younger than me- my sister’s age. They were in the same class and became good friends in elementary school. She was at our house pretty often. Then, when we were older, we both worked as part-time tellers at a local bank while we were in school. She ended up marrying one of my good buddies from high school, actually the person I walked with at graduation.

This is Callie and Kristin, the bank friends! Kristin is in the Sooners hoodie.

Two things stand out in my mind when I think about Kris. First, she was darn funny. Her sense of humor made her so much fun to be with. She thought Robin Williams was hot. She liked his hairy arms.

But more importantly, her faith stands out. She was such a strong Christian all the time I knew her.

Kristin was such a good girl, but she wasn’t afraid to admit when she did mess up. I liked that because it helps you to realize that all you can do is try hard. Don’t get down on yourself when you aren’t perfect, just learn from the mistake and do better next time. During all those long, boring hours in the drive-thru at the bank, I think we learned every detail about each other’s personal lives. And she would tell me I needed more eye liner.

Kristin could sing like an angel. I am not exaggerating when I say that. See for yourself.

She loved animals probably more than anyone else I know and was devoted to her husband and high school sweetheart. And he loved her too. Once, in high school, I walked past them as they were sneaking a kiss in the hallway. I made some smart aleck remark about getting a room. J.D. came to me the next day and told me that my comment embarrassed Kristin and that I had to apologize or else.

I hadn’t talked to her or J.D. in years, other than a facebook exchange now and then. But, I still thought of her as a pal. She was one of those people who was just a good friend once and always and it didn’t matter if you rarely spoke.

I keep thinking of this one picture that I wish I could share but it’s at my mom’s house so I will just have to describe it. Kristin was at my house and she and my sister decided to take some Glamour Shots. You can imagine how awesome these were considering that eight-year-olds did them. They tried to fix their hair, but it just mainly looked ratted and hair-sprayed. Then, they put on BRIGHT lipstick that I have no idea where they found it and put on some poofy-sleeved Easter dresses. THEN, this is the best part, they got our cat and made her pose with them in Mel’s room.

I am so sad for Kristin’s husband, family and friends, but I’m not sad for Kristin. There is no doubt about where she is now. I am so thankful that we can all have the peace of knowing she is with her Lord. I can’t  imagine the sadness of those who lose loved ones without the hope of Jesus. In a weird way, I feel grateful to Kristin for making sure no one would have to wonder when she was gone.

Please pray peace and strength for her loved ones as it will be a long road ahead. J.D. was in the accident as well and is pretty seriously injured so please pray for both his physical and emotional healing.

Go tell your friends you love them.

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