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...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Princess Polly's Castle

I had this great idea as to how I would introduce you to my castle. 
But it is late and I'm tired, seems to be the story of my life as of late. 
Could I just get a few more hours of daylight? 
I have definitely noticed the shorter days and  I'm not too excited
to know that they will continue to get shorter until the 
winter solstice on December 21st. 
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE fall  in fact I love winter too.  
Guess I'm just feeling a little overwhelmed lately.
So I have this awesome son in law. 
He kinda thought my name rhymed with something like poo.
 You know like Polly poo. 
Well, that just didn't work for me. Especially when a few of his children,
my precious grandchildren, started calling me by his preferred name. 
It didn't take long for me to come up with something better.
What else could possibly go with Polly.
Oh I know...
Princess Polly
So Princess Polly it is.
I think it's working. I haven't heard that other name in weeks. good thing.
We have been enjoying life here about the castle.

We've been enjoying fresh vegetables from our garden


Lots and lots of Popsicles have been enjoyed by all

 The girls learned a new Funky Chicken dance




The baby girl is getting big! Her favorite room in the house is 
Kristen's room.

Christmas is coming!!!
We have been busy making cute stuff for the Festival of Trees.

A boy, his puppy and his grandpa
Ryan will have a second surgery on October 10th.
Prayers would be appreciated.

One of my most favorite finds in the garden is this Indian corn.
I'll be planting it every year!



My 2 boys, and one of them just turned 30

 It was finally time for gathering of the pumpkins.
The kiddies had a blast.












The best pumpkin was chosen first and will be delivered to Kristen's grave.
She loved to choose herself a pumpkin every year. 
Oh how we miss that girl!
Here she is with her last pumpkin 
October 2009


“God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities."
~Holland

That is what we will continue to do in this castle.
keep living
keep rejoicing
embracing and loving life

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

showing support for a fallen officer

This past Sunday, Derek Johnson,  a police officer from our town was gunned down.
Sunday night we attended a candle light vigil at the city hall.
We were asked to leave our porch lights on both day and night
until after his funeral.
Today his funeral was held.
The streets of Draper from the freeway to the cemetery in Sandy were
lined with flags. Residents were asked to show their support by lining the streets
for the funeral procession. My grandchildren were checked out of
school early and we all gathered to show our support.
It was an honor for all of us to join in and honor a fallen officer.

















Thank you Sgt. Johnson for your service.