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...

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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

forever young

Forever Young
 by Bob Dylan
May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous 
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth 
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous 
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy 
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation 
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful 
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

In thinking about the new year, I think this song about sums it up.  

We have the remarkable blessing to serve in this beautiful building...


This is the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
We have spent many many hours here.
We have been enlightened and uplifted.
A couple of nights ago a group, Stone Deep, performed the above song.
Here is a video of them...

Rich and I both loved their entire performance.
It's not really about being young,
it's about living a life worth living
always doing for others
be courageous
be strong
and when the wind shifts...
BE JOYFUL!


This is us.
We took public transportation to one of our assignments.
Their was a terrible snow storm so we thought we'd beat the storm.
 We arrived back to our car to find that the lights were left on and we had a dead battery.
That was awesome. 

Happy New Year!
be true

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Festival of Trees

First off...some Santa love
or not.


It would appear that the baby boys are not a fan of Santa.

Second...
Festival of Trees!

The Festival web site describes it well;

The Festival of Trees, where holiday magic transpires thanks to many hands! Within a 24-hour period, an empty exhibit hall transforms into a winter wonderland of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, playhouses, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses. Shops are filled with dolls, handmade crafts and quilts, freshly baked cookies and candies, hot scones, and cinnamon rolls.
While this holiday magic lasts only four days, it continues throughout the year in the hearts of those who volunteer and support the Festival of Trees. Most of all, the magic continues in the lives of children. Every penny raised is used to give “A Gift of Love” to children at
 Primary Children’s Hospital.

I have the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Executive Board for 
Festival of Trees. Every single penny raised goes to help the children at
Primary Children's Hospital.
My entire family gets involved as we donate time and  trees as well as other items.
It warms our heart as we serve the children at the hospital.
Kristen has had several trees donated in her name. 
This year alone our family helped bring in almost $10,000.00.
The Festival is a healing field for so many who have lost loved ones.
Almost every single tree has a story.
For me, it's turning loss into legacy and tragedy into triumph 
as we honor Kristen.
My sister donated and decorated this tree.

I donated and decorated this "Wizard of Oz" tree.

I also donated this Cinderella tree.


A week before the Festival my son called and said he has some cabinet doors.
He was wondering if he could make a cabinet for dress ups and donate it to the Festival.
He made this beautiful cabinet! His wife went shopping and purchased
the outfits and other items.
This sold for over $1000.00



One of my daughters decorated this adorable tree.


We had a great time and feel honored to be part of such a wonderful event.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

giving thanks

thanks·giv·ing
ˌTHaNGksˈɡiviNG/
noun
  1. 1, the expression of gratitude, especially to God.

This was only the second time I made dinner for my family on Thanksgiving.
I even sent invitations to my grandchildren. 
It took a bit of planning, however, 
it was a pleasure and I look forward to doing it again.
How very grateful and blessed I am to be surrounded by my family.
We have been given much.

Joseph B. Wirthlin said the following about gratitude;

Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.
Choice blessings await those who live in thanksgiving daily. “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness,” the Lord has promised, “shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more”



Helping grandpa with turnovers


Getting the dishes ready for the feast.

We had a dusting of snow on Thanksgiving morning

The tables are set




The 12 littles were all here!


One of my greatest blessings in my family, for they are mine forever.

Monday, October 31, 2016

a little more Halloween

We had our Halloween feast yesterday.
Complete with sloppy joe's and all the fixins.
We really love to celebrate.









I only get a few trick-or-treaters, so I make it fun for those who do come.
What could be better than an extra large symphony bar?
Especially when you melt it and dip your bananas and strawberries in it.
Yum.


I went to the cemetery tonight and left a pumpkin and some
lights for Kristen and my parents. 
As we were leaving I turned and took one more picture.
I told Richard that this is the 7th year in a row that we have come to the
cemetery on Halloween.
I also said we would be coming every Halloween for the rest of our lives.
Kristen loved Halloween.

Here is the little princess on her final Halloween here on earth.
A beautiful princess she was and still is.