I don't think I have ever mentioned that Kristen has this thing for beads. Seriously, don't leave your necklace lying around or soon she claims it as her own. She has even been known to take the laces out of my husbands boots. She usually doesn't wear the beads she plays with them and dangles them. Here she is wearing them because she is making her transition from family room up to her room or should I say my room. Even when Kristen was very small she loved to dangle things. She started with jump ropes and soon added shoe laces and then beads to her collection. Soon her grandpa started making her chains with large wooden beads attached, Sometimes he would let her paint the large wood beads, (if you look closely you will see a couple of these chains around her neck). It wasn't long until she had so many beads we really didn't know what to do. Her brother made her a special box and painted it yellow for her to store her beads in. It is now full and even overflowing. Kristen soon started organizing this trunk full of beads and jump ropes. It would sometimes take her a day or two to take each one out of the box one by one and lay it on the floor. She would organize them by color or style of rope. Once she had them all spread out then she would begin putting them back into the box. If anyone touched the ropes or messed them up she would start over. We have been home from the hospital for a bit over 4 months and I am surprised to say that she hasn't even opened the box. The ones you see around her neck are the only ones she currently plays with. These ones traveled with us to the hospital and she kept them neatly on her bed side table. Now each night before she goes to bed she picks each one up and dangles it for a minute then lays it on the night stand and then and only then is she ready for bed!
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. 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!