Today my dad reminded me it’s been 11 years since he got a second chance at life with a new kidney. His exact words, “New life… New kidney.” He’s extremely grateful, as we all are.

I mean, we didn’t think my dad would make it this far. I was planning a life without my dad. I never thought he’d be at my wedding. I never thought he’d meet my first son. I never thought he’d meet my SECOND son. I mean, wow… Talk about humbling.

I can’t help but feel like this year feels…a bit weird.

There’s no party. There’s no phonecall for my dad chatting with Joe. There’s… Just a memory.

I feel like something is missing… and that thing is Joe.

You see, it wasn’t just about a kidney. It was an anniversary of two families molding together over something that was completely devastating to us. It was about seeing the goodness in a human being who chose the most selfless thing, a chance for someone to live. It took strength and faith from a family, to support the decision Joe made-with the help from Susan and his girls.

It was a season I’ll never forget. It’s a bond with Joe and Susan that I will always have. They truly gave my dad the years he has.

Let me tell you a little something… Joe wasn’t a brother to my dad. He wasn’t my uncle. He wasn’t even related by blood. He was just Joe. My dad’s friend for years.

He. Was. Joe.

That my friends, is definition enough. If you knew him personally, you know what I’m talking about. That’s how you know you’ve made an impact. When your name defines you without any other explanation.

Yet, it feels like something is missing… And that thing is Joe.

You can’t help but feel guilty. Guilty that he left this world first. Why Joe? Why someone who was so selfless? Why would something so random and quick happen to good ole Joe? He was healthy. He was active.

Those are things I can’t answer… Nor do I want to. What I know is this, he did good. He did what he was set to do in this world. Donating a kidney is just ONE of those things. He is in the most precious and heavenly place there is. He isn’t in pain. He’s celebrating this day up in the sky.There’s no other place better.

So, here’s to you Joe. 🍻 Though there isn’t a party this year on Earth, I’m sure there is in Heaven. Why? Because you did good.

I still can’t help but feel like something is missing… And that thing is Joe.

Thanks for giving my dad more years to piss us all off. ❤️

The video is an old one now, but still good to see Joe and my dad together. ❤️

With honest intentions,

Krista ❤️

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