Sunday, July 20, 2014

4 years

Dear Kristen,
It has been 4 years since we last held you in our arms.
Dad and I went to the cemetery first thing this morning.
It was a lovely summer morning just like the one 4 years ago.
Although it has been 4 years, our family continues to feel
your influence every single day.
The hole in my heart is still ever present.
However, I have the knowledge that someday you will again
fill that empty space in my heart.
We love and miss you more than we could ever say.
You are our sunshine forever.

One balloon for each year you have been gone.

As summer continues we wish you were here with us
sitting in the swing enjoying popsicles.
Today we will sit in the swing a little longer and enjoy a popsicle for you.

We choose hope over despair.

"Because of Him, even our Savior, Jesus Christ, those feelings of sorrow,
 loneliness, and despair will one day be swallowed up in a fullness of joy.
I testify that on that bright, glorious morning of the First Resurrection, your loved ones and mine will come forth from the grave as promised by the Lord Himself and we will have a fullness of joy. Because He lives, they and we shall live also."
~Elder Bowen

We returned to the cemetery this evening to let this balloon go.
The sky was beautiful.
I love you bigger

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

baby boy

Baby boy arrived safely this afternoon.
Both mom and baby are doing awesome.
Baby's mom decided to try it natural this time.
She did amazing and almost didn't even need a doctor.
We are thrilled with the new arrival.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

wedding fun

The girls and I catered a wedding for 350 people this weekend.
It is always a lot of fun to hang out and work together.
We like to stick to simple delicious food.
We served watermelon and grapes, spinach salad, 
ham and turkey croissants and of course cookies.
Richard even helped, he was in charge of the lemonade and ice water.
We couldn't have done it without him.
It was a fun summer evening that will be remembered 
for a very long time.

the flower girls

One of the highlights was Grandma D's red car.
All of the kids wanted their picture taken by it.

What matters most is what lasts the longest
and our families are for eternity.
~M. Russell Ballard

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

birthday and baby blessing

I think of and miss my dad daily. 
He's kind of like my own personal north star.
He was constant in his thoughts and actions.
When he was alive I would always look to him and try to follow
the path he had outlined. I respected him and his opinions.
There are many days that I wish I could ask him for his opinion.
Many many times I just sit for a minute and ask myself,
"What would my dad want me to do?"
I continue to try to live my life in a way that would
 make my dad proud.
So I guess, even in death, he continues to be my north star,
my guiding light. 
Happy Birthday Dad!
p.s. you would LOVE all of these precious 
great grandchildren that keep coming.
So far there are 12 with 3 more on the way!
We continue to tell them about you and the
wonderful life you lived and the example that you were
and continue to be.

This baby boy was blessed at church this passed Sunday.
He is such a happy smiling baby boy.
He is a joy.

You would never know Katy is 38 weeks pregnant.
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of another baby boy.

Happy Summer

Friday, July 4, 2014

Proud to be an American

I love love love the 4th of July.
We have been partying since early this morning.

We love to go the cemetery to watch the fireworks.
I wonder what the fireworks look like from heaven.

Thanks to these guys!

On days like today I find myself reflecting on the important 
issues of faith, family, and freedom.
 These three issues are intertwined. 
One cannot be struck without impacting the others.
 I cannot adequately express the tremendous gratitude 
I feel to Heavenly Father for allowing me to
 live with my family in a time and place in which 
we have the opportunity to freely worship Him.
~Jeffrey R. Holland

Monday, June 30, 2014

birthday boy

Happy Birthday Rich!
We gathered together and partied again tonight.
I guess you could say we're a partying bunch. 
We are blessed to have such a wonderful
husband, father and grandfather.

Enjoy the moments for one day they will
become your memories.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

more summer

I can hardly believe how fast time time is flying.
We are trying to make the most of every day, we have been loving
the warm days and the cool nights.
I made this blog private for a while and my mom was not happy.
She said she loves seeing Kristen's smiling face.
I guess I'll open it up again for a while until I can figure out how to add my mom.
I have a few personal reasons for wanting to make this a private blog.
I do realize that Kristen has been and continues to be an inspiration for many,
so I'll give it a little more thought. 
Until then, here are a few pictures from the past few days.

Kim and I each got a new bundt pan at the last Dillard's sale so we decided to 
have a bundt bake off. Mine is on the left and is a cinnamon roll cake.
Kim's is on the right and is lemon poppy. 
Kim actually won as mine was a little over done.
We are going to try more recipes next week.

 We are always excited to attend the air shows at Hill Air Force Base.
It didn't disappoint!
It is always a thrill.

Happy Summer!