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, February 3, 2013

gathering

Gathering seems to be a good word to describe the activities of the day. Actually, this gathering takes place each and every Sunday and sometimes in between. We were definitely missing Ryan today. I can hardly wait for the mail man to arrive tomorrow. Today in church we had Stake Conference. A cute girl who has been fighting leukemia, (AML, which is the same leukemia Kristen had), gave a fabulous talk. I teared up several times as her story is so familiar, the treatments, the cancer unit, the PICU, the blessings,  the lessons learned. This girl is doing well, she has finished her treatments and plans to attend college out of state this coming July. She is an inspiration to many. She shared one of her favorite scriptures;

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

A reminder I could really use.

I am happy to see January come to an end. It has been so cold and dreary here. I am looking forward to warmth and sunshine. This past week the chickens started laying eggs again, the gathering of eggs has begun, if that isn't a sign of warmer longer days then I don't know what is! I love my chickens!


As we gathered today we had some serious crown making going on


The last minute cake was a hit




Last week I cleared a path to Kristen's grave. It has been so cold and snowy here.
I can hardly wait to bring her fresh flowers!
(Yes, I still visit the cemetery every day)


Tonight as I was leaving the cemetery  the sun was setting in the west, As I drove out I noticed the sunset shining on the mountains in the east. What a beautiful sight. 

A simple celebration, a gathering of friends and family should be
a daily event. 

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Congrats on your missionary!