I don't know where to begin with this family, but I'll try. Krysten and Andrew came into our lives right when we didn't know we needed them. Krysten has literally picked me up off of the floor when I couldn't stand, or even breathe. She was one of the first people I called when I found out that Lola wasn't going to make it. They have been our rock. It is rare that you find a couple where everyone is close, both husbands and wives; they are that couple.
When we found out that they were moving to Atlanta we were heartbroken, yet excited for their new adventure. Andrew is a genius and Georgia Tech was the perfect fit for him. We had so many mixed emotions the day they left town. I knew that no one was going to be able to take Krysten's place and no one ever will. Through all of this, I truly believe our friendship grew stronger. You have to fight to keep long distance friendships alive and we have done that. We have cried, screamed, and laughed through this painful journey. We have made the best of it and it has pushed us to savor every single second we get together.
A year ago all four of our lives changed forever. Oh Vada, you have no idea just how much we love you. You have brought us joy that is beyond words and promise that tomorrow is worth fighting for. You have been the driving force behind keeping this friendship alive and ever-growing. You are your mother's savior. There will never be a way to describe how you've forced all of us to grow, and grow in a way that has been nothing but nurturing to our souls.
Now...now they leave again. They are headed on their next adventure to West Virginia, as Andrew got a wonderful job. Again, it's bittersweet and we are so unbelievably happy for them, yet sad to see them venture even further than they are now. It's okay, though. We will travel any distance. They are our safe place.
Krysten, Andrew, and Vada: We have cried, screamed, and laughed through this painful journey. We will make the best of it and we will push to savor every single second we get together.