Cristi's Crafts

posted Jan 2, 2013, 10:00 PM by Smith Moments   [ updated Jan 4, 2013, 7:59 AM ]

May 30, 2012

As I wrestled with MaryAnn's diaper change on my bed, Kirsti came in and started endless questions about what was in the box on the top shelf of my closet (where I usually keep my stash of future birthday presents). I half-attempted to dodge 5 or 6 or maybe 11 questions, but she successfully pulled bits of information out of my weary mind to keep the interrogation going..."It's not contains old craft stuff...not today...I don't know when..." 
"Yes," I finally consented because when I turned to face her as she dragged a chair across the floor, I melted in her felt refreshing. 
With the contents spread all over my floor, more questions came and the reminiscing began..."This came from Cristi Buffenbarger...the nice, single lady from church who died of cancer over a year ago...Dad spoke at her funeral...She was getting rid of stuff before she passed away...She thought you guys would like painting these things...Yes, remember when she invited us to her house for a family night...?" And every child rattled off a few details of her well-prepared lesson on Daniel and the Lions' den. 
Thank you for the crafts, Cristi. I was saving them for a special occasion...and it was. 
Your legacy lives a few things to paint for a few minutes...and in the hearts and minds of my children...probably forever. And remembering you today gave me an extra surge of energy that I needed this morning.