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...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

birthday celebration

We just celebrated what would have been the little angels 30th birthday.
30 years ago our lives were changed.
for the better
We did what she would have done...


It was complete with balloons (30 of them)
pizza, family and chocolate cake.


Her last Birthday on Earth 2010

Happy Birthday to our 
Beloved Angel

  1. 1.
    dearly loved.
    synonyms:darlingdeardearestprecious, adored, much loved, cherished,treasured, prized, highly regarded, admired, esteemed, worshiped,revered, venerated, idolized

    That about sums her up; beloved

Monday, April 18, 2016

peace, be still

Two of my grandchildren belong to a children's choir.
This past weekend their choir presented "The Mikado."
I love that they are in the choir. They are learning so much.
I wish I could sing.  

This lovely lady recently celebrated her birthday.
She couldn't think of anything she wanted or needed.
I saw these adorable hot pink shoes and decided she needed them.
Who doesn't need a pair of hot pink shoes?

This little one spent the weekend at my house. 
She loves life and is such a delight.
She has recently learned a new word.
(she didn't learn it from me)
It's a four letter word that starts with an S.
It was quite funny the first few times she said it but we've decided
we better not laugh anymore. 

This little guy is 6 months old.
He is such a joy and has a smile for everyone.

This girl had a dance completion this past weekend.
She did a great job.
I think she is something like 7 going on 17.

Richard's father was diagnosed with lymphoma this past week.
We really hate cancer.
He'll be meeting with the cancer docs later this week to come up with a plan.
He is a great man, a wise man.
As I sat in church wondering what the next few weeks would bring,
I opened the hymn book to prepare to sing the opening song.
The organist began playing, Master, The Tempest is Raging.
That is just how I felt inside, like we were surrounded by a raging storm.
Then we sang the chorus,

Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, be still

And at that moment I felt peace. 
I have faith in my Heavenly Father's plan.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

grandma's cookies

My cute grandma always made these beautiful big 
bunny cookies for Easter. 
She made enough for everyone she knew. 
If you happened to be anywhere near her house when she was making the cookies
you were able to help.
Grandma was and still is known for her cookies.
When she passed away in 1997 I asked my dad about the cookie cutter.
He asked his sister and she said, "I got the bunny."
That was that.
Just before Christmas this past year I got a call from my aunt.
She is one of my most favorite people in the history of ever.
I love to talk to her.
She told me that she wanted me to have the bunny.
She remembered my dad asking her about it.

A few weeks ago the bunny arrived!

I was so excited I let out a yell!
Since then I have googled this little guy.
It seems that the cookie cutter in from the 1930's.
Formay was a shortening company. 
My grandma was a young teeenager in the 1930's.
I have to wonder if the cookie cutter was once her mothers.

On the first day of spring I whipped up a batch of my grandma's famous
sugar cookies. I made one for each of the kiddies to decorate.

One dozen cookies and one dozen grand-kids.

Here are my classy grandparents!
I think I kind of look like my grandma, good,
because when I grow up I want to be just like her.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

pic of the day

On the first day of spring we headed to the cemetery
to decorate Kristen's grave for Easter.
It truly was a beautiful day.
Nora loves to run about.
I was sitting on a bench by Kristen's grave and Nora wanted 
to run to the statue. I had the zoom lens on my camera and was able to capture her
as she arrived at the statue. 

Is there anything more precious than that?
We were all a little taken back when we saw her.
I know it looks like she is taking Jesus by the hand,
but in reality, that is what he does for us.
Takes us by the hand.
If we let him.

Happy Spring!