Missing You

by Michelle Lasley

Michelle Lasley is a mother, wife in Pacific Northwest learning to balance green dreams with budget realities.

December 10, 2009

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Categories: Family

Placard at her grave.

Today, I am thinking of my late sister, Cristi Curtis.  She was shot to death by her estranged boyfriend on July 19, 2007.  Many things have changed since, as time ever goes on; but missing her has not.  I dreamt about her for the first time in maybe a year at the beginning of this week.  She was mostly just there, unlike some of the interactive dreams I had when she just passed.  So, today’s blog is simply a reminder that I’m still thinking about you Cristi, you are still missed and loved by all those left behind, and my awareness to domestic violence quadrupled since your passing.  Moreover, I am still thinking of ways I can support and educate others on domestic violence issues.  Here’s to the hope of seeing you again.

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