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...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Relay for Life

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that helps communities 
across the globe celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, 
remember loved ones lost, 
and fight back against the disease.

Our local relay will be held
July 20-21
at Murray Park.
July 20th happen to be the day Kristen went to heaven.
This will be her 2 year anniversary.
What a fabulous way to remember and honor Kristen.

There will be a survivors lap where survivors take to the track and celebrate.
Next there sill be a Luminaria Ceremony
where we will remember loved ones lost to the disease.  
Candles are lit inside bags filled with sand, 
each one bearing the name of a person touched by cancer, 
and participants  walk a lap in silence.
There will also be a "fight back" ceremony where participants
make a personal commitment to save lives by taking
action to fight cancer.

The walks begins at 6:30 pm on July 20th
it continues through the night until 10:00 am July 21st.
There needs to be at least one member from our team on the track at all times.
We are in need of Team Members!
If you live in the area and would like to participate,
please sign up on our fund raising page.

Please join us as we join 
 more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, 
                                          along with additional communities in 20 other countries, 
                                          as we gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise 
                                       much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer.

She is my motivation and my reason for continuing the fight against cancer.
                                                                         She is my angel

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's on your list?

This video comes from the Huntsman Cancer Institute
where I have the privilege to volunteer.
Linda Hill has cancer, but she also has a bucket list.
She inspires many to dance, we are glad she still has
something to dance about.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Orphan Spotlight

Meet Celine
She was born in October 2005.
She is a pretty little girl who is blessed to still be at the baby house.   
She is facing transfer soon.   
Celine has blonde hair and bright blue eyes.     
She is quite self-sufficient and independent physically.  
She very much enjoys the attention of adults, and likes to read books.

Celine has $8540.00
available toward the cost of her adoption.
Please visit  http://reecesrainbow.org/ for more info.

Monday, April 23, 2012

cancer patients and water bladders

I have often said that those fighting cancer are the most
kind, caring and humble souls I know. I had the opportunity 
to meet many children who were fighting cancer when Kristen
was in the hospital and each of these children were simply
the most amazing children I had ever met. As I have been 
volunteering at the Huntsman Cancer Institute I have also
had the opportunity to meet many adults who are also fighting
cancer. Today as I entered a room I was greeted by a patient holding a 
sack full of darling crocheted hats adorned with flowers.
 The patient had been making them for
the children who are also fighting cancer. I was asked to deliver
the hats to Primary Children’s hospital. I was honored to deliver
the hats to the oncology clinic. 
I LOVE cancer patients! 
Is it possible that these precious souls 
are more easily able to determine what is really important in life?
Maybe we should all be more like them.

On a much lighter note...
I came home today and found these 3 girls in the back yard 
laughing their guts out.
Seems one of them seen this water bladder on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.
I'll have to admit it felt amazing as we laid there looking at the sky
and soaking in the sun.
It reminded me of my old water bed I had in the 80's.
We'll see how long it holds up once the kiddies arrive.
Happy Monday!

Update on the water bladder...
The kiddies showed up and had some fun,
but I think Charlie had the most fun.

More importantly,
Charlie, you made the blog!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Mommy Bags

Today marks 640 days since I last held my girl in my arms.
21 months ago we said goodbye to our little angel.
During those months I have spent a lot of time reading and learning.
Last night I started reading a new book.
The book is about a man who lost his wife. 
In the first chapter he says,

"There has been a continent shift in my life that will be understood 
by many who have been where I am. Grief is love's shadow. 
It is cast over me now by the loss of Laurie, but it need not block the sunlight. 
That light is always shining above the clouds somewhere, 
and though I cannot currently feel it's rays,
 I assume she can, and their is comfort in that."
~S. M. Wilcox

I too find comfort in knowing that Kristen can see and feel those
beautiful rays of sunshine. 
Many would believe that time would heal or fill Kristen's absence, 
but it does not.  The only thing that will fill Kristen's absence
is Kristen. I will continue to endure each and every day. I'll continue
to keep her light front and center until the day that I will
indeed hold her in my arms again. 

Last year we started making parent bags for the parents of children who 
are fighting cancer. I know first hand how much a bag such as this would
be appreciated. The past few months I have been working on Mommy bags.
These are simple book bags made with Mom in mind.
As I have spent the last several weeks volunteering at 
the Huntsman Cancer Institute I have  noticed that these bags
would also be appreciated by many of the cancer patients there.
Today, in honor of Kristen I have chosen to spend some time making and delivering
these bags. If you know anyone who could use a bag, please e-mail me
 and I will get one sent out as soon as possible.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Katy

31 years ago my first baby was born.
Katy Jo entered this world with big bright eyes.
She is sweet, kind and beautiful.
She is a blessing to many.

Here she is at 3 months old.

Today we did what we usually do...
There was plenty of cake and presents.

Katy hinted that she wanted this really awesome bowl,
after checking several stores I finally found it this past weekend
while I was in Colorado.  She's right, it is fabulous!

I tried to get one good photo of Katy and her children.
I finally gave up.
They are all a bunch of clowns.

Happy Birthday Kate
and many more fabulous birthday's to come.

One more thing...
Kristen loved and adored her big sister Katy,
and I'm probably going to get in trouble for this next picture.
Oh well, I'll take my chances.

Friday, April 13, 2012

"When you are sorrowful
look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that
which has been your delight."
~Kahlil Gibran

April 2010

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Prayers for Kellsey

Please add Kellsey to your prayer list. 

Her beautiful smile hides the turmoil going 

on in her body due to swallowing a battery.

Please visit her mom's blog for more info.

More Easter and Orphan Spotlight

I am pretty sure we celebrated Easter all week.
Richard's family always has their party and egg hunt on Saturday.
Sunday in the big day for my family. 
My parents have always had Easter dinner at their home followed by
an Easter egg hunt.  My dad started putting quarters in all of the eggs 
when my children were little. Now my mom continues to do the same thing
for the great grandchildren. All of the kids ended up with many quarters.
I love the fun family traditions that both of our families have.

Orphan Spotlight 
I felt it necessary to once again bring you the 
beautiful Catherine.

During the past week there has been an added 
$10,000.00 agency grant available for Catherine's adoption.
She already has $2271.00 in her fund bringing her total over
She is a beautiful girl born in December 2004.
She is described as sociable, calm and affectionate.
Please join me in praying for Catherine that she will
find a family very soon.
She needs a family NOW.
Please visit Reece's Rainbow 
for more info on Catherine and many other 
orphans who are waiting.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

A busy week
This past week My son took my car to southern Utah for spring break.
Wouldn't you know that he ran into a bit of car trouble.
My husband, my son, his family and myself drove down to fix the car.
Luckily, my husband knows how to do EVERYTHING.
After a few hours, new spark plugs and 2 new coils the 
car was again ready to go.
We stayed for a couple of days and enjoyed the much needed sunshine.
While we were there I took Jordan and Sara for a walk.
We found a fountain and I gave them some 
pennies and told them to make a wish
and then throw the money in the fountain.
Sara grabbed the money and immediately yelled,
"I wish for Kristen!"
I thought, me too.

The next big task of the week was to fill over 600 eggs for grandma
Kirton's Easter egg hunt.
Luckily I had plenty of helpers.

Today we gathered at Grandma's for the hunt.
Everyone got plenty of eggs.

It wouldn't feel right if I didn't share a picture or 2 of Kristen.
She LOVED Easter!
Here she is enjoying her last Easter here on earth, 2010

Coloring eggs in bed, Easter 2009

I took her an Easter basket today as well as a few other things.

"Our Savior lived again. The most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history had taken place—the victory over death. 
The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary had been wiped away. 
The salvation of mankind had been secured.
Even in our hour of deepest sorrow, we can receive profound peace 
from the words of the angel that first Easter morning:
 ‘He is not here: for he is risen."
~Thomas S. Monson

A blessed Easter to  my family and friends.
May you find the peace your heart desires.