S: Kristin Nicole Chase
BC: And the journey begins!
FC: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate
1: Kristin~ You have attained many of the goals you set forth as a child. Now, as a young woman you begin a new journey. We can't wait to see what you do with the gifts God has given you! Love, Mom & Dad | Graduation: June 21st 2011
2: We are | You did it!
3: FRom Day 1 ....A Hokie!
5: What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot | Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt
6: I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
7: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~Confucius
8: My Sweet Baby Girl~ I am so lucky and blessed to be your mom! I remember your little fingers wrapped around mine when you were first born. Then you let go of my hand and became Little Miss Independent. Sweetie...you did it right..you set your mind on accomplishing several goals and you acheived many! Now its time for me to let go of you again. Its not easy for me but I know you are ready for this next big step. You've got everything you need to be happy and successful. Trust yourself, trust in God and remember how much I love and support you! ~ Love, Mom
9: Kiki - I waited until we dropped you off at Tech to write this. Never in my life have I experienced as many different feelings at one time. Let me introduce them - I've spent a lot of time with them recently. Happiness. You've worked tremendously hard to get to the mightly VT. You sweat the details - this is a blessing and a curse, but it's enabled you to accomplish your goal. No one in the world deserves it more than you. Pride. What can I say - I did everything I could to encourage you to make your own decision about where to go, and you chose VT. I would have been proud with any choice - but this one is extra special. Confusion. Where did the time go? Friday I'm in love. Elvin. Chris Collins dance studio. Brownies. I want a dog (repeat often). And, already, you're starting your own life. Refer to emotion 2 at this point, though there's a touch of 'sad' mixed in too. Over-the-hill-dom. Not really an emotion - but I couldn't help reflecting on the fact that I was in your shoes 25 years ago. And I'm balding - yuck. Hope. Not sure this is a feeling or emotion either - maybe you can figure it out for me in a future psych course. But I want so much for you, and I hope you make the most of every day. Along with this feelng, there's some 'excitement' too! There's probably more, but I was only allocated on page. You've got the world at your fingertips - make good decisions (and call when you're not sure), take time to smell the roses, work hard, and, no matter what else happens on any day, never forget that I love you to the eleventh moon. Love, DA | 11th
11: Kristin, Hi its your brother Mike. Truth is we didn't really like each other until this year...don't know why this year was the year to talk to me but I'm happy it was. . You really came through for me for a lot of things. Truthfully I don't know where I would be without you kiki.- (I CAME UP WITH THAT NICKNAME EVERYONE) Thanks for being my real bestfriend forever and the best older sister anyone could ask for. :) RUV, Mike
12: Good friends are the rare jewels of life... … difficult to find and impossible to replace. | You made every party a blast and I'm so glad I had you to go crazy with me (as well as make up weird dances-walk walk pose, walk walk pose, walk to the middle, and point and point and point and point) ! | "One day, we will be married and we will live in a HUGE villa-styled mansion in Italy, we will have three children named Tristan, Tyler, and Michelle and we will become disgustingly wealthy; yet somehow we will remain very grounded, down to earth people" :) | "Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same." - Flavia Weedn | BFFWHLAGSALAWWGTTT! | DONT FORGET ABOUT ME WHEN YOU BECOME A HUGE SUCCESS! :)
13: The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana | Krissy, You are very special to us, in fact you are a very special young woman. We were so pleased that you will be attending the school you want, and we know that you will do well there and throughout your bright future. We love you and are so proud of you. Grandma & Granddad
14: Kristin, What can I say to such a beautiful young lady who has so much going for her already! You are and always have been "the apple of my eye"! I can hardly believe you are on your way to college! It seems like yesterday I held this beautiful little girl in my arms : ) One thought comes to mind.....the saying "what you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God", so now it begins....your gift to God. You are about to enbark on the next chapter of your life. So many new things to experience. Being on your own will require you to make many decisions. In making the right decision you need only to listen to the "little voice" in your head. Always remember to be TRUE to yourself and you won't go wrong. You are a very determined and disciplined young lady and although life may get difficult at times, put whatever the difficulty is in God's hands, HE only needs to be asked. Keep God in your life and you WILL be successful! I love you sweetheart! Have fun and call or text me anytime!! Always, Mammaw
15: Always remember, you have within you the strength the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman | Kristin, This without a doubt, is a very exciting and challenging time in your life. You have matured into a wonderful young lady, full of hope, dreams and ambitions. To be sure, there is also some apprehension which is normal and understandable. There are no hands on your bicycle seat anymore, no one to run along beside you to help steady your path, but we are there to help cheer you on. Think positive: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" - Confucius Love ya, Pappaw
16: Just remember where you came from! :) | !
17: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~Confucius
18: Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda | You did it!
19: Always remember, you have within you the strength the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman | Kristin, Enjoy the next few years, they will go by so fast! Make lots of memories and take lots of pictures. Most importantly, let us come visit :) We love you so much and are so proud of you, Jenn, Doug, Molly and Pollyanna
21: Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault | It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings
22: Kiki It doesn’t seem that long ago that we came to see this little cone headed baby! I can’t believe that was 18 years ago and you are going off to college. You turned in to a beautiful & smart young lady with great potential to go far. And maybe even win a few games along the way! That is until I come to visit. Now it’s up to you. You begin your transition into adulthood. The decisions that you make and the actions you take during this first year of college will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience. Call if you need to, Love you Aunt Ali and Uncle Tony | The small little secret about life is, if you believe in something you can actually make it come true. One gets out of life, only what one truly believes in. Hence always think positive, you will surely be successful........ | "Help yourself and God will help you" - the medieval French equivalent of - " God helps those who help themselves" ~St Joan of Arc
23: Hey Kris- Good luck, Make wise decisions, Keep the focus on God, good friends, and family they are the ones that will always believe in you and always have your back. Have fun. I love you Cuz. Love Suzi | Congratulations Hokie! Enjoy your days at College. Your Favorite Cousin Andrew | “the tassel is worth the hassle”
24: Kristin, you are a beautiful and talented young lady. We couldn't be more proud of you. My advice, keep doing what you're doing, its working for you! Above all, keep God first in your life. Love the Atlanta Chases
25: Kristin-- Congratulations on the next phase of your life. We're all rooting for you. Read books and get smart. Have fun. When its all over we're all sure you will have a ton of memories to enjoy for the rest of your life. Go start making them. Now. Go already! The Chicago Chases
26: Kristin- I have learned so much about you working with your mom. You have been an excellent daughter, student, and athlete. I have enjoyed seeing you this year and my ears are still hurting from being on the phone when you learned of your acceptance into VT! You deserve it because you worked so hard to be a Hokie!! I will miss you coming into the classroom for volunteer hours! I can't wait to hear about your college experience. I will be there for your mom because she is going to miss you!! Good Luck! Kristin
27: Kristin, As you grow and develop in your education, I pray you grow and develop in your spiritual life baptised into Christ the Lord. ~ Deacon Emil | Evergreen Seeding Prayer Almighty and eternal God, you have generously created me in your own image and likeness. As a purely formed pine seedling sprouts up from the chaotic but norishing earth, so it is that I am growing up towards the light in enduring hope and inspired courage. I believe you provide this day precisely the right amount of moisture and sunlight I need to realize the full potential you have germinated with in my very being.
28: We miss food, but more importantly I will be missing you. VT will be the cherry on top of your future as you will explore and grow in to a beautiful young woman. And I promise you that we will be rommies making sundaes in our condo as soon as you graduate! From the time that we will be each other's Friday night play dates, to Britney concerts - you're the little sister that I never had. I love you and remember to live every moment to the fullest at VT. Love, Bina | You can't plan on love. You can't rationalize it, You can't hold it. All you can do is enjoy it, and be with it, and live every minute as it comes to you..
29: Friends Forever! | Friendship is the thread that ties our hearts together.
32: Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life. | A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
33: “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart” -Eleanor Roosevelt | The Morning Bru won't be the same without us. Mags!
34: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass…. It's about learning to dance in the rain.
35: Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda | Our Princess!
36: You've seen the beauty the world has to offer.- " Be the change you want to see in the world." ~ Gandhi
37: First visit to VA Tech SUMMER 1994 | Move in day! August 19th 2011 | Home Sweet Home