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!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Festival of Trees

If the sun comes up 
Without me tomorrow
If I leave this world tonight

Would you really know
How much I care about you
Or the way you’ve changed my life

I know there would be tears
And hope you’d get past it
And when you think of me
You’ll think of me laughing

Go on living
Don’t stop loving
Please find something you can put your heart into
And if the sun comes up, without me tomorrow
You’ll be fine
Just let it shine
On you

If the sun comes up
And I’m not there to hold you
Don’t you let it cloud your faith

Never lose your smile
And hold on to your passion
Make the world a better place

I know you won’t forget, the life we had together
And more than anything
I hope you’ll remember

I believe you’ll watch the sunrise
With me for years to come
But if it turns out this morning’s our last one

Baby, Go on living
Don’t stop loving
Please find something you can put your heart into
And if the sun comes up, without me tomorrow
You’ll be fine,
Just let it shine,
On you

Trace Adkins sings this song. 
I was driving home from work late one night
 a couple of years ago when I heard this song.
I was feeling down, sad, lonely and the list goes on and on. 
When I heard this song I felt like Kristen was talking to me. 
I knew I had to keep on living. I didn't want to. 
But I knew I had to. 
One of my favorite lines is
"Please find something you can put your heart into."

I love the Festival of Trees.
My entire family loves it.
We have our hearts in it.
We work all year preparing. It's always Christmas at my house.
We work on trees as well as items to donate and sell in the various shops.
We do it for one reason...

This year, in addition to our other project,s we donated 9 trees.
Our trees brought in almost $3500.00 for the sick children
at the hospital.
I gave each of my children a tree to decorate.
The all turned out perfect.

This tree was named 
"Uptown Christmas"
It was decorated with small high heel shoes.
I received a donation of 9 Madame Alexander fashion dolls.
We placed the dolls under the tree.
Just a few days before thanksgiving a sweet lady passed away.
She left behind 5 children.
It was an honor to dedicate this tree to her.

The tree I dedicated to Kristen was a Frozen themed tree.
It was fabulous.
Several people were bidding on this tree, it ended up selling for $1000.00.

Katy and her children decorated this Cinderella tree.
Several people were also bidding on this tree. 
It was darling.

  Katy and her children also decorated this tree.
It was named "Christmas Belle"

I decorated this little tree and called it
"Merry Christmas"

Lisa and her children decorated
"Ariel's Christmas"
It was also darling.

Kamie always decorates a tree for Kristen.
This year she did "Minnie's Christmas."
It was so cute!

Kim and Nora decorated "Christmas Morning"
It too was a fabulous tree.

I also decorated a little tree with a Coke theme.
It was pretty cute too.

It was a great week. We had tons of fun.
We are already planning our trees and projects for next year.

A quick picture with some of my favorite friends,
we worked all week to help make the Elf Emporium a success.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I've gotten a little behind.
I'm not really sure where time goes. 
As long as I am spending my time doing what matters then
 I figure its okay to be a little behind on some things.
I am so excited for this holiday season. It officially starts Thanksgiving morning.
I LOVE everything about this time of year. 
I have been listening to Christmas music for almost a month now.
I have already watched It's a Wonderful Life, The Christmas Box and
Christmas for a Dollar.  I still have a long list of movies waiting to be watched.
I'm finally ready for the Festival of Trees. Between my girls and myself we have
decorated 9 trees to donate. I cannot wait to post pictures of the trees. 
They are all fabulous.
We have also worked many hours on other projects for the festival. 
I was recently asked the question,
"Why are you doing all of this? Aren't you tired?"
Well, yes, we are all tired. In fact we are worn.  
Why are we doing this?
She is the reason.
We love her.
We miss her.
We will keep her light burning bright.

Another project we are working on is our annual Build a Bear drop.
This will be the 5th year that we deliver 24 bears to the hospital.
One for each child who is in the cancer unit.
One of my sweet friends surprised me with this darling dog that her and her daughter made.

I am so grateful for kind friends.

I am grateful for family.

I am grateful for Kristen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Santa Coke

I had my first Santa Coke for the season!
Kristen's favorite.
When Kristen was in the hospital I would call the kitchen and order her meal.
She was always very specific as to what she wanted to eat.
Food was one of her favorite things. 
When I would order her food I would always conclude by saying,
"She would also like a Coke."
Kristen would then speak up really loud and say.
"Santa Coke."
I then had to ask the nice person on the phone to please send up a Santa Coke.
They did.

Those who leave sweet memories live forever 
in our hearts.

Monday, October 13, 2014

ice cream you scream

So Kamie is vying for "favorite aunt."
She doesn't know it but she is already everyone's favorite.
Hey as long as she invites me she can keep vying. (hint)
This past week she took  8 of the kiddies out to Leatherby's.
By the looks of the pictures I'd say it was a success.

Ask this little one what she had at Leatherby's and she answers with a great big
"Nana Spit."

We are blessed as life continues to take us for a ride. 
Our hope is that we can continue to adjust our sails 
as we try to stay the course.

"As we venture forth on our individual voyages, may we sail safely the seas of life. 
With the never-failing rudder of faith guiding our passage,
 we too will find our way safely home. “Home is the sailor, home from sea.” 
Home to family, home to friends, home to heaven, home to God."
~Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

more of what matters

We continue to gather together every Sunday for family dinner.
A tradition that has been going on for many years.
The children look forward to coming over and hanging out with their cousins. 

This baby boy is getting so big

We gathered a few pumpkins, not quite the bumper crop we had last year.

Cupcakes matter

Kamie purchased a few more items for the
"Frozen" themed Christmas tree we are donating to the festival.
Our tree is going to be fabulous!

 Kim cut off her hair and donated it to locks of love so cute
little girls like Kristen who have lost their hair can have a cute little wig.