It's been six months or so since Emily first came into my office at BYU for a job interview. I remember thinking that I didn't know if I'd ever met anyone so instantly likable and genuinely kind. It took me about ninety seconds to know that she was the perfect candidate for the job. What I did NOT know at the time was that this amazing person sitting across from me would ultimately become like a member of my family, and that my kids and I would come to think of her as nothing less than that.
Emily (known to us as "Embly," because that's how tiny Lucas says it) and her super good sport husband Rey--who we also love--came to play at our house just one last time last night. Emily worked her last day for me this week, and is moving on to the next big phase of her life as a reporter and anchor in another state. We are so very happy for her, and never doubted for one second that she'd wow the "real" news world with her talent and personality and pearly white smile.
But gee, we're sad, too.
People come and go in our lives, and I've found that most do little more than that. But then there are those few, just a handful really, who leave a mark with their presence...and a very empty space with their absence.
Embly...the Reynolds family loves and adores you and wishes you the very best. We'll miss you! Thanks for introducing us to your happy little world of roller skating princesses and magic ponies. :)
(I took this with my stupid phone cam and I'm so upset that it turned out so bad. But it's still a great picture so I'm sharing it)