My mother asked that each of us gather our families together and get a quick family picture.
I didn't want a family picture because someone will always be missing in our photo.
I put it off and put if off.
I finally decided that it probably wasn't fair to my other children
so we quickly gathered everyone and took a few pictures.
I chose the place, a place that had special meaning to me.
I am betting that no one would ever guess where we are in these pictures.
The 3rd picture will give it away.
Yup, we met at the cemetery. The place that was chosen as a final resting place
for Kristen's little body. One of the place I love. A place I visit almost daily.
To me the cemetery is sacred ground.
It is one of the most peaceful places on earth. It makes me think of heaven.
I also put a strand of Kristen's beads on each of my granddaughters.
In the second picture, the sun is bursting through the branches of the tree.
It makes me think of Kristen and her light as it continues to shine on all of us.
Kristen might be missing from these pictures, but she is NEVER missing
from our hearts.
We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev'rybody and sing
Ev'ryone can see we're together
As we walk on by
and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie
all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose
Living life is fun and we've just begun
To get our share of the world's delights
high hopes we have for the future
And our goal's in sight
no we don't get depressed
Here's what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won't go wrong
This is our family Jewel
And Kristen, You are our Family Jewel.