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...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Half Moon Lake

These pictures really don't need much explanation.
Just a few words...
Family
Fun
Sun
A Yearly Event
Cousin Time
August
Everybody Comes
Campfire
Been happening for 40 plus years
Best Lake Ever






















Balloons for Kristen









We hardly knew we were making memories,
we  just knew we were having fun!

Remember when...
is sure to bring love and laughter for many years to come.

More to come...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

fairy garden

If you build it they will come!

Who doesn't need a few fairy sparkles in their life?
A little pixie dust?
Something magical on a warm summer evening?
A happy place?
We all could use a little every now and again.
Besides it's really good for the soul.

My fairy garden is a work in progress and its
always changing. I am constantly adding new touches.
My favorite part is in the evening when the solar
houses light up, or when the children arrive with something
new for our garden. 





A family of gnomes joined our garden this year.




Make sure to notice the path of sea glass leading from
 the fairy house to the gnome village.



The canopy of bleeding hearts have now made way for the 
budding gladiolas that will soon shade the garden.





President Hinckley reminded us that
life is to be enoyed, not just endured. 
I'm trying to live my life with more joy 
and especially more gratitude. 
Joy truly is found in the little things.

Find your happy place. 
and share it.


Friday, July 8, 2016

we love summer

Just a few of my favorite things about summer...
splish splash
ice cream & popsicles
ray of sunshine
lemonade on the porch
twinkling stars
garden fresh tomatoes
flowers blooming
butterflies dancing
humming birds

summer

It's hard to believe July is here!
We have been busy enjoying life and the goodness
that we have been blessed with. 

The world around us seems to be getting darker by the day.
The disrespect and killing of police officers, really?
The Constitution hanging by a thread.
Terror throughout the world.

We need to have faith and hope.
If any are in despair about the state of the world,
or the circumstances you find yourself in, 
take a moment and watch this video.


Be a light in the darkness.
Continue in faith and hope and seek joy.
You'll find it.

A few pictures from the past few weeks and we continue to 
hope on. journey on.


 I tried and tried to get a picture of these two in their matching pajamas.
They both ended up in tears.







Grandpa is feeling better!














We like cake!




Our favorite friends came to town a few weeks ago.
We love them!



“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
 not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
 Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” 
John 14:27