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, October 8, 2011

weekend fun

We are still in a bit of a cold spell here. There is nothing like pulling out the hot chocolate maker on a cold Saturday afternoon. For the past 2 days I have had two boxes of tomatoes sitting in the kitchen. There were several times I wish I could throw them at something or someone just for the fun of it. Kim finally gave in and started canning them today. The whole time she was washing, scalding and peeling the tomatoes she was singing,  "I can, can."  It took me a minute to get it but I finally did. I really don't like canning because I can't stand the mess, but I am always happy when I have a shelf lined with freshly canned fruit or vegetables.
I was looking through some old files and I came upon a folder labeled Down syndrome. In this file I found a Down syndrome newsletter dated October 2000. I found this poem and I kind of liked it so I thought I would share it.

The Special Ones
by Janese Bateman

The special ones are here,
with their rounded cheeks and almond shaped eyes,
with their innocent smiles and tiny hands.
Have you met one?
So sweet and sinless.

The special ones are here,
with their cute little sayings and unexpected surprises,
with their songs and fun little games.
How did you treat them?
Did you include and welcome them?

The special ones are here,
Did you love one?
Have you taught and learned from one?
So close to God, they have so much to teach.
Did you play with one?
Have you dance, sung and imagined with one?

The special ones are here,
Did you get to know one?
Do you know why they are so special?
Those valiant children-
Did you meet one?
Did you talk to one?
Did you love one?

Claire talking to Kristen's singing dog

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