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...

Friday, August 16, 2013

abundance;

-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.





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)