This week's hero was simple to choose, as Kris is someone I have known and admired since we met - in another state - nearly 15 years ago. At that time, she had two small daughters and had just announced she was expecting their third child, a boy. A short time later, Kris gave birth to her fourth child, another girl. Kris is married to a man whom I had worked with in the lower 48, and who I was later able to convince to take a job in Alaska, moving his family to this pristine state.
Kris, believing so strongly in the value of family, has literally picked up herself and her family and moved around the world with her husband, supporting his desire to experience various cultures and peoples. Early in their marriage, Kris went with her husband to Japan in order to teach English as a second language. Becoming fluent in Japanese, they later moved back to the States, living for a few years near their families. Then in 2000 they picked up again, with a tiny baby in tow, and set out for a life in the last frontier, on a rainy island in Southeast Alaska. Honestly, who does that?
One of Kris's crowning personal achievements (she has way too many to list here!) is her success as a Russian Dancer here in Sitka. She has been a part of this organization for 10 years. She is a premiere dancer, a phenomenal optimist, and a devoted wife and mother. If there really were a real 'real housewife' to showcase, it would be my friend Kris.
What an unbelievable example of undying faith, steadfastness, commitment, and determination. She accomplishes whatever she sets out to do. You are my hero, Kris. . .Please pass me some of your terrific-ness!