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, November 2, 2011


My youngest son, Ryan, would have a fit if he knew I was talking about him,
and even more if he knew I was about to post his picture.
But I just can't help myself.
He is just weeks away from earning his Eagle Scout.
One of the requirements is that you do a project that will help
an organization or the community. My older son painted several fire hydrants
throughout the city for his project, and many of the boys in our area clear trails
in the mountains. When I asked Ryan what he wanted to do he said that he
wanted to do something for the children in the cancer unit at the hospital
where Kristen was treated. He has decided to make 24 activity bags for the
children. He can receive help, but he has to totally
be in charge of the project. When Kristen had her bone marrow transplant she received 
a special blanket. He also wants to make several blankets for the
transplant patients. Tonight I taught Ryan to sew a bag.
 I was actually surprised at how straight all of
his seams were. He made 2 bags tonight, one with Sponge Bob and the other
Dora the Explorer. He did a really Great job. 
He is excited to get the rest of the bags finished and then to go
shopping for items to fill the bags.
I'll keep you posted and show the rest of the bags as soon as he finishes them.
I can already tell that the children are going to LOVE these bags.


Kristin said...

Way to go Ryan ;)

Cindy said...

Those bags are amazing! Great job Ryan!!

stephanie said...

He made those?? Awesome! What a great guy!!:)

Pam said...

What a awesome young man you have there!! Great job Ryan and the bags look wonderful :)

Zoey's mom, Heather said...

Look at that handsome boy of yours. Talented and compassionate... why am I not surprised??

Jana said...

oh my goodness, i am pretty sure his stitches are way more straight then when I sew, and I've been sewing for a few years. Way to go Ryan!!