It's actually Wednesday this time. You know what that means.
No football practice! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Also, it's time to tell you about another wonderful woman, lovely lady, fantastic friend...
|She is. Totally.|
She makes me so happy it makes me want to give shit away. For real...stick around for that.
I first met Crista when she was one of those behind the scenes heroes that answer our calls for help, one of the women (and for a time maybe a dude, I believe) that kept a watchful ear out for and provided an untold number of annoying status checks to my better half.
"Twenty Five Zero Six, status check."
We became friends because she has the same care and empathy off the job. Also, she's a classy broad who says "fuck" a lot.
A lot. Yet just the right amount.
She rolls with the punches and finds humor in the everyday shit storms that can otherwise take a toll on you. She gets my sense of humor and doesn't get her knickers in a twist too easily.
Her two kidlets, Amazing Alex and Super Sean, are her life. Super Sean, at seven now, once came over for a playdate and was too excited and involved in playing Legos or Ninjas or whatever it is that boys do, and I soon found him in the hallway in need of the speed cycles on my washer and dryer. I quickly found him some loaner drawers and told him to just go play and his clothes would be clean and dry before his mom even knew what happened.
You guys know I'm a sucker for a kid in a dilemma.
|This sums up how much cooler of a mom|
than me Crista is.
Amazing Alex has Tyrosine Hydroxylase Deficiency, a disorder affecting only about 40 people in the world, but neither Alex nor Crista lets it define her. Crista's supermom skills include making sure Alex gets the most out of life, and that others are able to reap the benefit of knowing her, too.
She up and moved on us in the name of love - falling for an Army Man who all-too-soon received orders for a move to Colorado. She didn't miss a beat, making new friends, learning new things, and growing in her new found role as an Army Wife while never letting go of herself.
I missed her on a visit home last year, so determined to see her beautiful face, I popped by the airport when she was last here just to catch her and say "HEY" before everyone sucked her into a whirlwind stay that never ever lasts long enough. I was glad for that, since the day our friends gathered to see her fell on a rare and too often at the same time trip out of town for work.
There's nothing she can't do. She bakes up giant batches of bad ass Guinness cupcakes like a pro. She cooks, she sews, she huckleberry moonshines. She slices, she dices, she juliennes.
Just kidding. But it does seem there's nothing that intimidates her. I know that's not true, but at least outwardly, fear would seem to fear her. Even her failures are successes, since she's able to laugh about the lessons learned and share them with others.
She climbs mountains and takes us along for the ride. She keeps us posted on her happenings with her blog, My Worried Face. She's open and honest and really allows us a peek into her dynamic life and how she manages it. She shows us that life is not all rainbows and puppy dogs, except for Ginger, her four legged partner in most outdoor antics and couch cuddles.
|That's a lot of steps.|
Her Elf won't stay on the Shelf, and she shares with us so that we might see the magic through children's eyes again.
|Bill, proposing to his girlfriend.|
She wears her heart on her sleeve, equally being a deeply empathetic and loving person while having zero tolerance for bullshit. She's always a supporter, a cheerleader, and a sound and solid voice in a sometimes chaotic world.
I'm so fortunate to call her a friend. I'm so happy for the way she found her way to our family, and no distance will make me let her go.
So to celebrate my special spotlight lady, I'm going to do my first giveaway here. Leave a comment below or on the Facebook link about either how awesome you think Crista is too, or how you haven't met her but you read this and she is obviously a super cool chick because you believe everything I say, and I will enter your name for a random drawing on September 3 (in honor of our official start of school) for a coffee coozie made by.....
See? She even has her own Etsy shop dedicated to coffee coozies. What caffeine addict doesn't love that? They've been a featured item in Spousebox, a monthly subscription care package for and by military spouses. You can visit her store at CozyCooziesCo or her Facebook page at Cozy Coozies Colorado to purchase these custom creations if you're not a winner. Or, if you are a winner and you decide you want to get your paws on more of these guys. I bet she could even make a Ben and Jerry's coozie if that's your persuasion. No judgement here.