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!

Friday, August 16, 2013


-an extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply: 

overflowing fullness: abundance of the heart.

Today as I was walking through the garden I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming feeling of abundance. It is always a miracle to see what has become of a handful of seeds being scattered in fresh soil. 
I love the butterflies fluttering about, the humming birds diligently searching for that perfect flower and those crazy busy bees buzzing about. I can hardly wait to crack open the hive and take a bite of the fresh honeycomb that the bees have been preparing all summer.
I have spent a great amount of time today snipping strings beans and preparing them to be placed in bottles and then in the pressure cooker.
There is something wonderful about bringing up a bottle of string beans from the basement in the dead of the winter and boiling them in a pot.
Growing, preparing and then storing your own fresh vegetables and fruit  is one  kind of abundance.
Last year President Thomas S. Monson 
challenged us  to undertake a personal, diligent  significant quest for the abundant life- a life filled with an abundance of success,
 goodness and blessings. 
He says that as we cultivate a positive attitude, believe in ourselves, and with courage face the challenges that come our way then
the abundant life will be ours.
Something else he said that I have learned to be true is this;

'We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

a few more pictures from our camping trip...

being blessed with a child who has Down syndrome brings
 abundance into my life.


Cindy said...

I agree, being blessed with a child who has down syndrome brings abundance into our lives.

(By the way, those pictures are spectacular!!)

Little Cottage on the Pond said...

I couldn't agree more! Such a lovely post :)