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, March 31, 2013

An Easter gift from Sarah

From Joyce's Facebook...

Such an amazing feeling to be on this side of the aquarium. Sarah delivered over 100 pillowcases in loving memory of Kristen Kirton to the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital today. There were many Easter's that we were in a room either down that hall or in ICU while she struggled to survive. If only I knew then that one day we would be coming back here to be the giver of gifts rather than the receiver, I may have shed a few less tears. So very grateful.

Thank you Sarah and Joyce, we love you!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Of all the tests we face, none hurts more than the death of a loved one. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ all are delivered from death, and all will rise in the Resurrection. And by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all may gain peace in this life washed clean from the sorrows of sin and have hope of a glorious resurrection with the just.
~The First Presidency

What does Easter mean to me?
It means that Kristen and my dad will live again. 
The day will come when we will once again hold them in my arms. 

  Easter 2009 
My dad's last Easter on this earth. He is leading Kristen in the
Easter egg hunt.

 A few days before Easter in 2009. We were hoping Kristen would be released
from the hospital so she could spend Easter at home.
She made it!

 Easter 2009
Kristen colored Easter eggs in bed as she had just been 
released from the hospital.

Easter 2010
Kristen's last Easter on this earth.
Kamie and Kristen had just found her Easter basket.

Happy Easter to all!

“No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary when, on the first day of the week, they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord. 
Spoke the angel:
 ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead? 
He is not here, but is risen.’ ”

cookies, chicks and eggs

 We  made a quick stop at Chick-fil-A this week as 
all sales from chocolate chunk cookies were donated to 
Primary Children's Medical Center. 
You don't have to ask me twice to buy warm chocolate chip cookies,
especially for a good cause.

Oh let the fun begin.

These days coloring eggs is one of those things that's hard for me.
Kristen loved it so much. I had decided that I would just skip it this year.
Then I thought of Nora, and this being her first Easter decided that she could help. 
Some of the other kids were over so they helped too.

As I posted this picture I noticed that Claire is wearing Kristen's jacket, 
another reminder that Kristen is not far away.

And yes, Nora spilled the blue coloring and wanted to spill some more.

We filled almost 900 eggs in preparation for 
Grandma Kirton's annual Easter egg hunt. 
All of the kids helped and it still took several hours. 

Happy Easter! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

rockin our socks

Rockin our socks to support world Down syndrome day

Kristen's drawer full of brightly colored socks. She Loved her socks!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

world Down syndrome day

Tomorrow is World Down syndrome day.
It is a worldwide day set aside to raise awareness about Down syndrome.
You should already know that people with Down syndrome are close to my heart.
I LOVE them! 
I am posting many pictures of Kristen.
I hope you'll notice that she is more alike other children than different.
She is daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a granddaughter, and a friend.
She went to school, she danced, she sang, she had a dog, she walked,
she was potty trained before she turned 3, she dressed herself, she fed herself,
she loved to go swimming, she loved to go to lunch, 
she had a best friend, she LOVED watching movies
and the list goes on and on.

She was NEVER a burden.
She was a stinker on many occasions as were my other children.

She loved life.
She was loved by all. 
She was a pure, beautiful and genuine girl!

Tomorrow people across the world are wearing bright colorful
and even mismatched socks. I invite you to do the same. When asked about your
socks, talk about Kristen and how she was born with Down syndrome.
Tell everyone that she was a JOY as all children are.