So I wrote a guest post piece about Doug and Micaela and they were kind enough to reciprocate:
Kristina the Home Engineer
Kristina and I first crossed paths via our Word press blogs way back in 2007. For some reason, even though I was leaving comments on other people’s blogs, it was not generating any visits to my blog…come to realize with Kristina’s help, that the link on my comments were not working. She took the time, to help me figure that out…a simple kindness that eventually grew into a genuine, bonified friendship, that is now going on 10 years.
I was drawn to her blog initially because of her raw, candid, honest, life story. She didn’t gloss over the broken areas of her life (we all have them) but neither did she revel in any of it…It just was what it was..and by the time I met her, she was on a trajectory..Jesus was real, even amidst the sometime craziness of life.
Kristina eventually came to visit our home..First trip she brought number one son. Second trip, the whole family, and ever since…just herself….once she verified that Mrs DM and I were not the ax murdering type. J
Here are some of the things I have grown to appreciate about my friend Kristina….
She is fun and encouraging to hang out with. She really is. She is a ball of energy. Some people will leave you drained after spending just a few hours with them…She is the exact opposite. Her times here fly by so quick! I wish she could spend a month (or move here).. I really do….we both do.
She has the biggest heart. For people she knows as well as complete strangers. And her love for 4 legged creatures she takes care of is legendary in the animal kingdom.
She loves to wrestle and grapple with scripture. I’m sure it flows from her bent as a teacher….She’s also a private person, so I know I’m only seeing the tip of the ice burg. I know she’s mentored several young just during the years we’ve known her.
God has allowed some heavy duty heartache to touch her life..and yes, while it has knocked her down and broken her more than once, sooner or later she gets back in the ring and keeps swinging. (Just like Rocky 😉 )
She has a puppy that followed her home from the Reservation . His name is Joe –Joe. She was supposed to bring him to Iowa the last time she visited and leave him with us, but she won’t do it. Sometimes she can be really stubborn (and bossy) ….and that’s OK too. I just need to put that in here, lest you think she is without fault.
Kristina has become a genuine, bonified real honest to goodness friend to both my wife and I. Her friendship is the most significant relationship that has come out of my years of blogging, and there has been several. It went from a virtual relationship to a friendship rooted in real life.
Thank you Kristina for being a part of our lives! Love, D and M.
~I just love these guys and they only get to see me once a year so they only know my good side, lol!