I love firsts! I got married on June first. We moved into our house on December first.

I especially love today because it is the first day of the first month of a new year and a new decade! Brand new. Fresh.

As I was driving home from work yesterday, I found myself overwhelmed with joy! I can’t explain it! I was by myself in the car and I found myself smiling a broad, silly grin! Then it hit me! I was happy to be alive! I’d made it through the most difficult decade of my life! I was leaving that decade behind!

Ten years ago (Dec. 30, 1999) I was given the news that I had breast cancer. I was 38 and married to my best friend, and we had two young children. I spent New Year’s Eve 1999 agonizing; trying to comprehend what this would mean for me and for my family. While everyone the world over was fearfully awaiting the unknown that Y2K would usher in, I was wondering if I had a future at all. Little did I know that cancer was just the first in a series of horrendous experiences that were yet to become acquaintances of mine during the decade ahead.

So, as I look to 2010, I’m happier than ever to leave the old behind. I have become a stronger, deeper, wiser, and perhaps just a little bit jaded person, but I am a better person because of my life-journey these past 10 years.

I have more compassion and patience. I enjoy the simple, little things that often go unnoticed. I love a sunrise and marvel at the sweet little goldfinches that visit our feeders daily even in freezing weather!

I want to invite you to think about this past decade. What challenges have you faced?  What have you learned? How have you changed?

Are there areas of your life that you’d like to see change this year? As a person, who would you like to become in 2010? What will it take to see those changes occur?

Let’s savor life together, the good and the bad, and purpose to enjoy the little things each day, okay?

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9 Responses to “new”

  1. Jennifer Black Says:

    Kris, wow this is my first blog. How silly is that? I am having to look at things twice to see how this works. I am honored that you have invited me to join your blog and am interested in seeing how it grows. If your blog is anything like your speaking that I have heard you do, I am sure to enjoy it, for you are a woman after my own heart. Being a mom has been the most important and blessed job I have ever done and now that I am having children leave home I am embarking on new territory and for the first time wondering how those before me were able to get through it, I am happy and sad at the same time, because something that I enjoyed so much is coming to an end or should I say changing? Anyway, I have never heard another woman put into words what mother hood has meant to them like you have every time I have had the chance to hear you speak. Thanks so much for allowing me to partake in this whole blogging (I think thats a word) experience.
    Blessing, Jenn

  2. marvaholt Says:

    Thanks for giving us a wonderful opportunity to hear your heart often. Your honesty, amazing insight and wisdom about everyday life, as well as the ‘big’ crises and joys of life, are a gift to everyone who knows you. Thank you for challenging me today to look back in (teary) gratitude over the last decade and look forward to the next instead of getting stuck in just surviving today. Although today is a great day – home alone … and staying home … for the first time in months!

    Big blessings to you and your family in this new decade!


  3. Bonnelle Pagel Says:

    What a wonderful first blog post!! You are an amazing woman of God and I am so blessed by your life… even if we don’t really know each other! I love to hear you speak and now I get to read about your thoughts and hear your heart this way too. Please know that the light and love of Jesus shines through you and you do a GREAT job of glorifying HIM in the process!


  4. Melanie Says:


    I LOVED reading your blog! I totally understand what you mean about feeling like a “stronger, deeper, wiser, and perhaps just a little bit jaded person” over the last decade! You are such a blessing to me! Thanks for hanging in there in spite of all you’ve been through, you are an inspiration to me and an encouragement to many, many others. Andrew and I love you and your family!


  5. Deanna Says:

    Hi Kris,

    WOW!!! I absolutely loved it! YOU are so gifted to write… friend!!!!! YOU have wisdom, insight, and experience that we and many can all benefit, learn, with things to ponder and do life together with!

    As I look back at this last decade, it was full of many things, people, relationships, and family! Many changes that we all took! A decade of the 40’s for me! Growth, that came with costs, relationships that changed, children that grew up to be young adults, and a new mind set of life and what is important! Much of what you shared as the simple things in life!

    I look forward to your writing and pray that the Lord would inspire you to write the first of many books that HE has put into you!

    I count it an honor to walk through life with you!

    Love you, my friend,


  6. Amy Fritch Says:

    Kris! I love it! I love being able to hear people’s hearts and thoughts! I look forward to hearing and learning more from you during 2010!!
    Come see us this year!
    Much, much love!

  7. Nanci Hinman Says:


    Such a wonderful blog! Love it! You have been such an inspiration and a blessing beyond belief, more than you’ll ever know… Thanks for always being REAL and allowing us to “see” you … Your love for Jesus, your determination to be all for Him and Trust Him in EveRyThiNg 😀 has really encouraged my heart!! Blessings to you in the “New Year” to come…. It always gets better and better with Jesus!! He loves you!


  8. davekelly Says:

    Hi Kris,

    Am I the first to comment on your new blog? Woohoo!

    I marvel at the work the the Lord works in us through suffering – as I look back on the 90’s, there is such a mixture of joy and sadness, triumph and defeat, life given and life taken away.

    Thank you for living your life in front of us – for being vulnerable and honest in your struggles with God, for pushing through in times of desperation and for being an example of strength in weakness.

    I pray 2010 will be a year of deep, deep blessing and new revelation of the Father’s heart for us all.

    Take care!


  9. Warren Says:


    YOU are first rate in our hearts. Thanks for sharing yours!


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