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...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

family vacation

It is hard to believe August has arrived and by now is nearly half over. 
In our family August can only mean one thing… VACATION! 
That’s right, it’s kinda like Christmas,
 it comes every year whether you are ready or not.
 This year I wasn't feeling too ready.
 I have had a full schedule at work and Richard has too.
 Somehow we pulled it off. Now that we are back we
 need a vacation from our vacation.
Seriously though, Half Moon Lake is one of the most 
beautiful, peaceful and serene places on earth.
This year there were about 66 members of the Kirton family at the lake. 
It is always great fun.
Of course, it continues to be difficult for me to have my entire
 family there as there is always someone missing.
 We included Kristen in our fun on many occasions.
 Her sweet memory continues to live on through all of us.
 Kristen always showed us so much love she brought us joy and made us laugh and now she has given us the lasting gifts of a beautiful life and sweet memories to hold within our hearts forever.
 Now we all continue on. We continue to find great comfort in family,
 in prayer and in service to others.
 We continue on as her influence encircles us. 


This was my humble abode for the week. 
I hadn't stayed in a tent for nearly 30 years and I really liked it!
(so long as I slept with bear spray under my pillow and Rich with a 22.)









Kim attempting to gather some firewood





Every year we have a themed party at the beach.
Can you guess this years theme?
"Duck Dynasty"








This is Tom attempting to water ski in his camo and beard.


One of my most favorite things about this year was learning to 
skip a rock. I haven't totally mastered it but I am getting close.
I'm pretty sure I see 3 skips in this picture!






The Anderson's made a quick visit. The kids were excited to 
see their other grandparents.
I think Blake surprised us all, including himself, when he decided to take a turn on the tube.










Nora's first year at camp proved to be a success



 We all paid a visit to the "Pitchfork Fondue" for dinner.
It was a lot of fun.




One of my first stops after arriving home in the valley...
A visit to the cemetery to drop off one of Kristen's newly painted rocks.


Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive
our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell-
All is well! All is well!
~Come Come Ye Saints (1st verse)

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