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!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sneak Peek of the Festival of Trees

I know, I know, Thanksgiving isn't even here yet, but I am so excited 
for the Festival of Trees! After all, I've spent the past many months preparing.
I have had a lot of help in my preparations. In fact, my living room is half full of items that
are ready to be dropped off at the festival.
Every penny raised goes to help the children at
Primary Children's Hospital.
The hospital holds a special place in my heart as Kristen was treated there.
Kristen fought cancer for 8 of her 24 years. 
All of those 8 years she was treated at Primary Children's.
After Kristen passed away I wanted to put my heart into something that I loved.
I chose to do whatever I could to help the sick children at the hospital.
I have been involved with the Festival as a committee member and 
this is the second year that I have been on the executive board.
I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to serve the children.
This will be the 5th year in a row that there will be a tree at the Festival
dedicated to Kristen. In fact, there has been 2 trees for her every year.
This year is no exception, I will be donating a large tree, along with the help of my family, 
and Kamie will be donating a small tree also in memory of Kristen.
Besides the trees many items are hand made and donated.
Here is a little sneak into a few of the projects we have been working on...

The pile in my living room is getting larger every day

Kim made these awesome nativity sets

Brooke has been making worry dolls. Aren't they the cutest thing you ever saw?

She even made Disney princess worry dolls.

Katy's Activity Day girls made these snowmen
(they have a pack of microwave popcorn inside)

The girls from Lonie and Katy's ward made these Pixie Stick wands

Whitney made these butterfly purses

We all helped with these babushka dolls

Kim made these amazing Santas

Janalyn made these fabulous pillows

Pam embroidered several sets of these dish cloths

Janalyn also made pillowcases

 I have been working on activity bags
(Thank you to Riley Blake for donating fabric)

Snowman and reindeer juice boxes

Kristen's tree is going to be beautiful!
It will be decorated in silver, red and green

Kristen's tree will also have these cute birds on it

These are just a few of the many items my committee has been working on.
If you are local, I have discount tickets.
Let me know if you need some.
See you at the Festival!

Monday, November 11, 2013

we are family

My mother asked that each of us gather our families together and get a quick family picture.
I didn't want a family picture because someone will always be missing in our photo.
I put it off and put if off. 
I finally decided that it probably wasn't fair to my other children
 so we quickly gathered everyone and took a few pictures.
 I chose the place, a place that had special meaning to me.
I am betting that no one would ever guess where we are in these pictures. 
The 3rd picture will give it away.

Yup, we met at the cemetery. The place that was chosen as a final resting place 
for Kristen's little body. One of the place I love. A place I visit almost daily.
 To me the cemetery is sacred ground.
It is one of the most peaceful places on earth. It makes me think of heaven.
I also put a strand of Kristen's beads on each of my granddaughters.
In the second picture, the sun is bursting through the branches of the tree.
It makes me think of Kristen and her light as it continues to shine on all of us.
Kristen might be missing from these pictures, but she is NEVER missing
from our hearts. 

We are family 
I got all my sisters with me 
We are family 
Get up ev'rybody and sing 

Ev'ryone can see we're together 
As we walk on by 
 and we fly just like birds of a feather 
I won't tell no lie 
 all of the people around us they say 
Can they be that close 
Just let me state for the record 
We're giving love in a family dose 

Living life is fun and we've just begun 
To get our share of the world's delights 
 high hopes we have for the future 
And our goal's in sight 
 no we don't get depressed 
Here's what we call our golden rule 
Have faith in you and the things you do 
You won't go wrong 

This is our family Jewel 

And Kristen, You are our Family Jewel.