I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. I've contemplated on many occasions rather I should quit this blog or not. Each time I am inspired that I should not. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever! This I know. Our family continues to live and to love and this is our story...

Friday, April 21, 2017


miracles happen

I have seen many miracles in my life.
Some I have shared and some are kept deep in my heart
and penned in my personal journal.

Two weeks ago I received a call from my mother in law.
Her voice was full of excitement.
She exclaimed that she had gone outside to look for grandpa.
She was surprised to find him driving the tractor tilling up the garden.
I told her I would be right over and that I would bring my camera.
She was right!
It was quite the sight.
He was sitting comfortably in the drivers seat. 
I snapped a few pictures as we stood and watch.
I leaned over to her and said,
"Just think where he was a year ago."
She replied,
"It's such a miracle!"
She was right again. 
It was last year at this time that he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
His kidneys were suffering greatly and honestly
things did not look good for grandpa. 
He received a priesthood blessing and many prayers were
offered in his behalf. 
Prayers were answered. 

I can hardly wait to see his garden!

Friday, March 31, 2017

happy easter

 Easter is definitely one of my favorite holidays. 
It is a glorious time of the year.
The days are getting longer and warmer.
There is a feel of spring in the air.
The tulips are bursting.
Most of all...The empty tomb on that first Easter morning brings comforting 
assurance that life is everlasting. 
Because He died all shall live again.
This I know to be true.

As with every other holiday, our Easter is full of family fun and traditions.
Grandma has an egg hunt every single year for the old and the young alike.

 I always color an egg for Kristen
 We had a little egg hunt of our own.
 Some of the kiddies in their Easter outfits...

 My mom and dad always put quarters in the eggs for the children to find...
that tradition continues at my house.

Kristen loved to color eggs.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Christ brings peace into my life with every breath I take.
Watch this video...

He turns my heartache into hope.
He defeated death. 
He lives.

This little girl is mine forever
because of Him.
The day will come when we will once again be hand in hand forever more.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

tea time

 Would you like
an adventure now,
or shall we have
our tea first?
~Peter Pan

Some of the littles gathered for a little tea party.
They also laughed themselves silly.

Friday, February 3, 2017

a quote and a tip

first off, a thought for the day...

second, a tip...

I was tired of going to the refrigerator to get my celery only to find that  after a couple of days it had completely lost it's crunch. I thought I would try wrapping the next round of celery in foil. I brought it home from the store and wrapped it and put it in the fridge. I forgot about it and 2 weeks later I pulled it out and to my surprise it was almost more crisp and delicious that when I had put it there. Try it. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

a little bit of christmas

"Time flies on wings of lightning,"
 is a phrase we sing in a popular hymn. 
Never before has this seemed more true.
The Christmas season seems to come so quickly.
We were very blessed to have such a wonderful season.
We find ourselves enjoying abundance everywhere, and we are grateful.
As a new year approaches we continue to pray for
peace, joy, good health and many other things.
We know as we live with the Spirit of Christ in our lives 
we will have goodwill and love toward all mankind 
all through the year.

I made my mother's divinity and my grandmother's fudge.
I placed it on a plate that my grandmother painted over 30 years ago.

Sugar cookies at Christmas are a must.

A couple of years ago Kim painted each family a peg people nativity.
Aren't they adorable.

This is the scene before...

and after....

For some reason all of the little boys were not Santa Fans

This little love, only wanted his beard

Santa spoiler...

There is a beautiful tree at the cemetery where my parents and Kristen are buried.
We miss Kristen and my parents so very much.
However, we feel their presence often. 
There continues to be hole in all of our hearts since their passing.
The only thing that will ever fill that hole is 
when we again have them in our arms.
Thankfully, we know that day will come.