Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Dreaded Day Is Here


The dreaded day has arrived. I knew it would happen and I know it is best, but it seems to have come much faster than I wished. Kristen leaves today to go back to BYU. She has to return to her job on Monday which is why she is leaving nearly a month before school starts.

And she is going to be very much missed.

For the past few months she has been my personal assistant. She has put together the majority of my supplies for seminary, cleaned out the office and organized all my files. She helped with parties and cooked dinner a couple times a week and kept me company. So of course I will miss her help, but I will also miss her optimistic attitude toward life, her wacky humor and her boundless energy. Her father will miss her very much as well, as she has been his jogging/walking companion at 5:15 a.m. all summer.

Kristen is a senior at BYU and wants to be a teacher. She will be a very good one. She has an incredible talent for teaching and loves kids. She can also resolve issues in creative ways.

One example occurred at church a few months ago. As we were leaving, Kristen noticed a young man around 12 in the foyer bullying some of the other boys in the ward. As she walked by she said to the bully, “Hey, you really shouldn’t have been blowing kisses at me during church.” He looked up shocked and vehemently denied it.” She told him he shouldn’t do something wrong and then lie about it. And then she left. As she walked out the door she heard the other boys teasing him about his crush. In less than a minute he had gone from being the bully to being on the defensive. And we all got a good laugh out of it.
Kristen actually makes me laugh a lot. She once cleaned out my refrigerator and then posted a sign on the refrigerator door that said "This is no longer a penicillin culture friendly environment" And signed it "State Health Department". Another time she was putting away the laundry and came across several socks without mates. She put them all in a basket with a sign on the front that said, "Socks still in mating season."
I am also going to miss her piano playing. She is the one daughter of the three youngest who will play for her own (and my) enjoyment.

But now it is time for her to once again leave us. We wish her the very best in her final year at BYU.
Kristen--We know you will be great! But we also can’t wait until Christmas, when you will be back home with us!

14 comments:

MissKris said...

Thanks Mom! I'm going to miss you too. I love being home. You all are my best friends.

Da Bergs said...

What a doll! What is her job up at BYU? It is so hard to have our children leave home... EVERY time!

Carolyn said...

She is soooo beautiful. What a wonderful blessing to have her in your life.

Rhonda Foyts said...

Ohhhhh, she is so sweet. I sure do feel for you on that one. I have had my kids coming and going now for seven years and even if good byes get easier, they never get better.

My Annelise leaves for Switzerland, and Susan is leaving for France. Each for one year and I am not sure how I will handle that.

The Lindseys said...

I love Miss Kris! I have never seen her without a smile on her face. You've got some pretty amazing girls. I wish we grew up around your family...or at least saw each other more throughout the years.

Jenny-Jenny said...

What a wonderful girl! It's hard to have them leave and I'm about to have my first leave for his mission. I may have to lean on you for support in the next few months.

Shannon said...

Sounds like Provo is soon to be, or maybe already is, a better place. Hope Christmas comes quickly for you!

Lisa said...

What a sweet daughter. Excited to hear that she is going into teaching. So beautiful...inside and out.

KC Mom said...

She sounds so wonderful. I know it must be so hard to let her go again.
My daughter leaves in a couple of weeks for school too. She's a freshmen. I don't know if I'll be able to let her go...is she ready? It sure doesn't seem like it.

Momza said...

What a lovely tribute to your sweet girl! Love the "blowing kisses" story...I will remember that one!
Best wishes for her at school.

Dave and Camille said...

So sad! I'm excited that we all get to be together for Christmas this year too. It'll be fun! By the way - I love the new look of your blog. Very pretty! Totally fits you!

Xazmin said...

It sounds like you have done a wonderful job raising a wonderful daughter!

I love the stories you shared...the bully one is priceless!

Jill said...

I figured out that Kristen was awesome at the family reunion when she was 7.

Terri said...

Oh this just makes me love her more. What a sweet heart.