A Vibrant Girl.

A Vibrant Girl.

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Thanksgiving. A time to be grateful and thankful for all that we have and all that we are. This year especially, I am thankful for the gift of friendship and health. I am lucky to say that I am surrounded by the most beautiful, kind-hearted, fun-loving group of pals. The other day, I was heartbroken to hear that my dear friend, Krissy Gibson Donnelly, had lost her battle to the devil, cancer. Krissy was only 34...and she was so awesome. Totally sucks. Not fair. 

Ani, Cat & Krissy at Amy's engagement brunch ~ April '12.
Krissy and I worked together a few years ago. She instantly made me feel comfortable and part of the group ~ always willing to answer my stupid questions, or have a good laugh when we had a minute to breathe in our fast passed jobs. We immediately became friends, and would have dinner dates and hysterical email chains that went on for months at a time. That didn't stop when our jobs took us in different directions. This only meant more laughter and more lavish dinners that lasted for hours while consuming copious amounts of wine and delicious food over great conversation. One of the last dinners that I had with Krissy consisted of four of us girls. At some point, Krissy must have snuck off and slipped her credit card to the waiter, because when we went to pay we were informed that "Krissy already paid". I had heard this line before. She was sneaky. This was not a cheap meal...I can tell you that. But, this was Krissy ~ always thinking of others and making their lives a little brighter. 

The other day, at Krissy's celebration of life, I was telling that story to a friend of hers. He smiled and told me that at one point, he had to have a "sit-down" with Auntie Krissy because she was spoiling his kids and he was having a hard time competing with her top-notch gifts. The kids loved it, but Dad was being out-done. But, that was Krissy, just wanting to spoil everyone around her and bring joy and beauty into the world. Krissy also had impeccable taste in food, clothes, toys...you name it. She was hard to beat.
Thank you for dinner that night Krissy...and thank you for being one of the many vibrant people that have touched my life this year. Keep on shining. 

Krissy has clearly touched many people's life and made her mark here on earth. She died way to young, but she lived a full and vibrant life...a reminder to live each day to the fullest. Click HERE to read the full article that Stand Up To Cancer co-founder, Noreen Fraser, posted the other day about Krissy.

So, this Thanksgiving, raise your glass to friendship and health ~ and to all the people that are fighting to live. There is just so much to be thankful for. Krissy, so thankful for you...you will be missed.









John Hellmers

The Pumpkin. GOURDgeous...all the way around!

The Pumpkin. GOURDgeous...all the way around!