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!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

breathing easier

This past week our family had a scare.
Richard's mother had gone in for a routine mammogram.
She was called back and told that they found something and a biopsy
was needed. This past Friday she went in for the biopsy. 
We waited through the weekend until yesterday she finally got the call.
She feels very blessed and knows that many prayers were answered.

 Grandma Kirton has always referred to herself as the funny grandma.
Most of the time she is right about that.
Grandma has 8 children and 30 grandchildren.
Traditions have always been important to her.
I thought I might share a few of her favorite traditions.

She is always looking to celebrate every single holiday and every birthday.
Here she is walking to a neighborhood 4th of July parade this past year.

Every single year our family has gone on a family camping trip to Pinedale, Wyoming.
It is not uncommon to see her riding with grandpa throughout the campground 
or showing up on the beach in her bathing suit.

She has taught all of her children how to cook. She has been canning forever and 
has passed the tradition on to all of us. We all agree there is nothing like
a bottle of fresh peaches on a cold winter morning.

Last summer all of the grandchildren were sliding down the hill on a home made 
slip and slide. Soon grandma showed up in her bathing suit. She made sure
she put on fresh lipstick just for the ride down the hill.
She loves to make us all laugh and laugh we did.

Grandma is known for her Halloween party.
She makes sure there is plenty of homemade chili, breadsticks and root beer.
Her and Dick dress up EVERY single year. We can hardly wait to see her in her costume.
One of her favorite costumes was Miss America. 
(I'm still searching for a picture of that one.)

 And then there is the dancing. She LOVES to dance in her kitchen.
It is always a special treat for her when someone will jump up and dance with her.
She also LOVES to juggle eggs right there in the kitchen.

Grandma is also known for her Christmas tree. Every year she spends hours looking
for the perfect tree. She then flocks it herself and carefully places birds and nests
throughout the tree. She then tells the grandchildren stories about all of the birds.

She is also know for her candy making skills. Every Christmas she makes several
batches of fondant and then dips them herself. Her pecan rolls have nearly made her famous.
She has also perfected the skill of making toffee. 
Each time she is ready to make a batch, 
she calls to see if any of my daughters want to come and watch and learn. 

When Kristen was born she made this dress for her. 
Much of it is hand stitched.

She also made this awesome quilt for Kristen's birthday.
It kept Kristen cozy and warm as she spent so much time in bed.

We are all thankful that Grandma's test came back negative for cancer.
Grandma will turn 80 this year and we can't wait to CELEBRATE.
We are also looking forward to seeing her next Halloween costume.
We love you Grandma Kirton.


Carolyn said...

What an amazing woman!! I know 30 year olds that aren't as active as her!! I loved this post!!

Lacey said...

Yea for "nothing"! She sounds like my grandma. She danced like crazy at her 85 birthday!

stephanie said...

I'd love to meet her ! gosh I'm crying!! Thanks Poly!

Karol said...

Love this post. Love grandma's who love life. Cherish her

Kristin said...

Sounds like an amazing lady! What a tribute.

Rochelle said...

Thankful for negative too! Oh how grandma makes my day. What a fun lady!

Peter Olson said...

Wow! What a great Grandma! :-)

Cindy said...

Grandma sounds amazing! I love that she put on lipstick to go down the slip n slide!

I have a question for you. I've been trying to re-do my bog and actually want it to look like yours! You'll even notice I have the same 'Simple' background that you do. However, how did you get 4 pictures in your header?