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...

Friday, June 1, 2012

busy busy busy

I thought I would start off with an orphan spotlight.

Meet Willow

Isn't she precious!
Willow was born in March of 2009
Willow is a beautiful, bright girl. She has  Down syndrome and a strong character and tries to do everything in her own way.  
Are you her Mommy?
Please visit Reece's Rainbow for more info.

Next, the Cox family from Utah, was spotlighted on our local news. Last year they adopted Mia. They found her picture on Reece's Rainbow. It is a fabulous story! You can view it by clicking  here.
This is Mia before her family found her

 and this is Mia after...

Life has been busy around here. It seems as the warm weather arrives so does more and more activities. I am preparing for my 6th and final child to graduate from high school. Ryan will graduate on Tuesday and I couldn't be more excited. Katy has been super busy as the school year comes to an end. She has been the co-president in the PTA where her children go to school. I have had the kids a little more these past 2 weeks. We are always looking for something fun to do. This week we worked on some bird feeders. We really made a big mess but it was worth it as we love to sit outside and watch the birds come into our yard. 

Claire has a new smile for the camera.






These past few months have been difficult. I have heard people say that the second year of losing someone is actually worse than the first year.
 I think they both are just as terrible. 
However, Because of Kristen, I have learned

that how you spend your time is important, 


that every day is truly a miracle 


and that time spent with your family or 


helping others in NEVER wasted.


I have often thought about Kristen's death and I have decided that rather than letting it define me, I will be working on letting it refine me. I think that would be a great gift to her. I am continually looking for joy. As I do, I usually find it in the simplest of places; the smile of a child, the yellow butterfly that seems to follow me wherever I go, the song of a bird, or a sunset.
Hope it's a great weekend for everyone.
How about we leave the ordinary behind and make today and every day extraordinary!


PS. The snowcone machine is up and running.

4 comments:

Rochelle said...

I love your joy! One of the reasons I am always drawn to you. Yes, I know your heart is aching like nobody can imagine but, you choose to still see the beauty of creation.
I saw loads of butterflies the other day and thought of Kristen!

Tricia said...

Willow is spoon-worthy! What a beautiful little girl!!
Thinking of you often....

Joyce said...

I love the bird feed ornaments and watching your grandchildren grow up. Such a beautiful family you all are. Inside and out.

Cindy said...

I love Claire's little crinkle nose smile! Your bird feeders are great, how do they keep their shape? You're amazing! Like Rochelle said, I love your joy!