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...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

birthday fun

We love birthdays!
The little man turned 1 yesterday 
and the little girl turned 4 today.
We have been partying for 2 days and counting.

When it was time for them to pack up and go home Nora was hiding under
the coffee table.
I asked her what was wrong and she replied,
"Grandma Polly, I just love you too much."
Right back at you little one, right back at you.
Happy Birthday

Friday, October 14, 2016


  1. 1.
    come together; assemble or accumulate.

  1. 1.
    an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one or one held for a specific purpose.

Each Sunday we do just that. 
We gather.
It's quite the gathering.
25 in all.
We celebrate a new week as we gather family for a Sunday roast. 
The aromas of our favorite foods permeate the home and
our hearts with warmth. 
We are then ready to begin another week.
One of our favorite food trucks is Waffle Love.
Their waffles are to die for.
3 times a year they sell their dough so you can go home and make your own.
This is one of our favorite gathering meals.

We cut these waffle dough balls in half and cook them in the waffle maker.

We then dress them with lots of cream and berries. 
best. waffle. ever.

During the first week in October it is time to gather the pumpkins.
The children always look forward to this.
Our pumpkin crop was a bit small but still so much fun.

Oops! We had a little trouble getting up the hill

I went back to Ephraim yesterday.
Kim and I decided to drive up the canyon to see the fall leaves.
We were especially looking for the quaking aspen.
They didn't disappoint, however the car did.
We pulled off to take some pictures and we couldn't get the car to go into reverse.
We sat for quite a time wondering what to do. 
If we rolled forward we would roll into the ditch.
Finally we flagged down some guys on four wheelers to help us.
We were soon on our way.
Of course I had to drive by the home that belonged to my
great grandparents to see  how it looked in the fall.

Make your home a gathering place.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


We spent last weekend visiting one of my favorite places on earth.
Many of my ancestors came here after leaving their homes.
Some came in hand carts, others came from Denmark. 
Both my mothers family and my fathers family came here
many many years ago. Some fought off Indians.
Some fed the Indians
Great Grandpa Sorensen emigrated to Ephraim in October of 1853 
and was one of the earliest settlers in Ephraim. 
This beautiful home was the home of Grandpa and Grandma Hermansen.
Every time I go to Ephraim I have to drive by this home. 

These 2 little pumpkins live in my favorite town.

We visited the cemetery. Here is Nora standing on the grave of her
Grandma Dora.

This is Dora

This is Grandpa Anderson better known as Little Joe.
That is my cute mom standing with him.
Dora is her mother.

This is also my mother walking across main street with Grandma Anderson.
She is known as "Minnie."
I think of her often.

Here is little Joe and Minnie on their wedding day.
May 1, 1907

Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit.

Tonight I am grateful for the righteous and brave souls
who have gone before me. 
I think of them often. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Half Moon Lake part 2

“We should not need a hurricane or other crisis to remind us of what matters most. The gospel and the Lord’s plan of happiness and salvation should remind us. What matters most is what lasts longest, and our families are for eternity.” 

Love love love this family of mine.