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Still Waters: Happy birthday Kristi

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013

My little sister Kristi’s birthday is today. She’s in her 40’s now, but she will always be my little sister.

In some ways she will always be the little girl who liked Scooby Doo and Dr. Who and who created her own world to play in, since her big sisters were older and preoccupied.

Kristi shares her birthday with statesman Henry Clay, writer Tom Clancy, actor Andy Garcia, singer Vince Gill and actress Claire Danes, and she outshines them all.

Kristi is such a special person I would be glad to know her even if I wasn’t related to her. She has a kind heart. She has rescued animals and people over the years, bringing both into her home and heart. She and her husband Tom own two Shelties who were rescued from abusive homes. They have taken in relatives who needed them, too, over the years.

My little sister is a trooper who has had to deal with more pain in her life than most of us would wish on our enemies. We have the saying in the family, “be brave buckaroo,” and she has definitely had to be brave many times. She suffers immensely from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, to name two of her chronic nemeses, and she has had so many surgeries for various situations over the years she could draw her own crossword puzzle with her scars.

In spite of her constant pain and frequent fibro fog, though, Kristi could give many of us a mental work out on a variety of subjects. She is a reader, a thinker and a financial whiz. She is the expert many of us in the family talk to when we have to deal with subjects like taxes, mortgages and complicated math problems.

In recent months my little sister has become a coupon queen and frequently has been able to save 60 percent or more off her grocery bills simply by being coupon savvy. She is extremely well organized so she has developed a system that is bringing home the turkey bacon at a reduced price.

And, in keeping with her generous and kind heart, she donates manufacturers’ coupons she cannot use to soldiers and their families overseas who may not have access to the magazines and newspapers containing the coupons but can use them (even expired ones if not expired more than 60 days) at the stores on base. (See www.supportourtroops.org/ or www.frugallivingnw.com/coupons-for-soldiers/)

That’s the kind of person my little sister is, always trying to help other people.

She could justifiably be all wound up in herself, but she is not.

Kristi is unselfish, smart, funny, caring and spiritual, with a heart akin to God’s.

Happy birthday my precious sister and friend.

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