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!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

More of a Year ago

I really can not stop thinking of the events of a year ago. My Niece got married today. It was a beautiful day for a wedding. My daughters and I were in charge of the chocolate fountain and I just barely finished cleaning the last chocolate covered dish. As we all sat in Grandma's yard celebrating I couldn't help myself refecting on the events of a year ago. Kristen was in the ICU with chest tubes in hopes of draining the fluid from her lungs. Things didn't look good. I remember my mother in law coming to visit and I think she was surprised by what she saw. She soon organized a family fast followed by a prayer. My husband has 7 brothers and sisters and we all support each other in everything we do. I remember it was Sunday and everyone of my husbands siblings came to the hospital for a quick visit. I think most of them thought they were seeing Kristen for the last time, that they had indeed come to say good bye and hug her one last time. Later that night they all gathered at my mother in laws home and knelt in prayer. Our prayers were answered and within 2 days we were able to go back up to the floor. I am so very thankful for my family and the support they continue to show toward Kristen. The pictures are taken just a day or two after our stay in ICU, still swollen from all the fluids she was retaining.


Lacey said...

Its amazing what our warriors can endure and keep smiling. I always say Jax has 9 lifes. Their much stronger than we could ever be.

My name is Sarah said...

Kristen, It's me Sarah. I really like your pillow case. I love all the Disney princessess too. I am so glad you are better now. You and I have spent a lot of time in the hospital. I would like to meet you one day. Take care.

ABandCsMom said...

These kids of ours are simply amazing! Their smiles never fail to shine through!

We are coming up on the anniversary of Carly's leukemia diagnosis on Sept 25. It's our 5 year mark. A very scary,eerie time for us to know that it's approaching. Yet, it's nice to be able to now look back and say, "wow, we've made it 5 years".

The power of prayer. It's a wonderful thing.

stephanie said...

My goodness, what a long way you have come. Kristen, you are truely amazing.