As I write this post (and try to get my thoughts out without crying too much), Jon and Krystal are driving to Utah; truck packed full to the brim and an Acura aquiring more miles on it. They are starting a new life in Provo where Jon will be a youth pastor. Change is always hard. You hear people say that all the time, but when it comes to things changing around you it is then that you understand what "hard" really means.
Krystal and Jon have been living here around 9 months. They found out they were going to be moving here right around the time Krystal threw me a beautiful baby shower. We were so excited! They moved during the month of October where Jon started a part-time job as a junior high director at our church. November came and Aubrey was born and we were so excited that they got to share in this special occasion with us. We were even greeted with a homemade birthday cake from Krystal when we came home from the hospital. From the time they moved we didn't know how long they
would actually be here in Sacramento with us, but we cherished the time.
Sisters. Many words and thoughts come to mind when you hear that. So many words come to mind when I think about Krystal as my sister and how God has blessed my life with her. Too many to write down, but I'll try to put things in a nutshell. She is ALWAYS there for me. She always encourages me and most of all always listens to me. Even when Aubrey was born she spent the nights with me while Brandon worked nights. She has always been so helpful in every situation. She always has a way of making you feel so special. We call her Martha Stewart sometimes becuase she is so creative and crafty. She is gifted in so many things: music, guitar, cooking and baking, entertaining, graphic design, sewing, being a wonderful homemaker, and a singer with a beautiful voice. I have always looked up to her even though I am the older one. We have so much in common that we do so many things together. From shopping to cake pops, to sharing recipes and life experiences. Not to say that our relationship has always been peachy...it hasn't, but as we got older our relationship has become so close that I treasure it so much.
Brothers. A lot of words come to mind with that word as well. Jon has truly become a brother to us in every sense of the word. He has been there to support us in so many ways, is so fun to be around, and we can have serious conversations as well as be our goofy selves with him. God has blessed him with so many gifts as well and we can't wait to see how they will be used. He has made so many efforts with our family to be there for us that we could not have imagined a better person joining our family and being such a great husband to Krystal.
So as we try to move on we will cherish the memories that we had with them here. We will miss how Aubrey lights up when she sees either of them (I'm sure we'll see those looks to them again, they just won't be as often :( ), we will miss the walks, the slurps, Silver Dragon Sunday lunches, the get togethers, the spur of the moment shopping trips, and most of all we will miss not seeing them on a weekly basis. You almost take advantage of that when you see someone so often. Despite the sadness, we are SO happy for this new adventure they are about to embark on. Now the times we see them will be even more special. We look forward to times together as a family and look forward to sharing in more joys and blessings in all of our lives. Thank you for all that you did for us and all that you are Jon and Krystal! We love you and will miss you so much!!