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!

Sunday, February 23, 2014


With everyone talking about the movie Frozen 
I have one thing to say...

I loved the movie!
In fact, this year at the Festival of Trees,
we will be decorating a tree with the Frozen theme for Kristen.
We have already started gathering Frozen things to go
under the tree. Things such as;
books, dolls, toys and just about anything else we can find.

Hidden messages or not, I like the message I received from the movie,

Love thaws a frozen heart.

I really like what these girls have to say about the movie.

Happy Sunday!

Do you want to build a snowman?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

banana cream cake

Back in the day I was known for 
"Polly's Banana Cake."
There was a time when I actually sold these cakes.
Now I make them for fun!
This morning I made one for my nephew who just returned 
home from a 2 year mission for our church.
 My children often ask me how to make one of these cakes,
so I thought I would post it here. 
Then they would always have access to it.

 First you start with a cake.
 I'm not really into the made from scratch cakes.
My favorite is a box mix from Duncan Heinz. 
You need whipping cream. It needs to be the heavy kind.
I like the brand that Costco carries as well as
 Wal-Mart brand as long as it says heavy.
I use powdered sugar instead of granulated,
 it makes the cream more stiff.

Mix the cream in a mixer until it is really stiff.

Slice your cake down the middle 
spread a layer of cream on the bottom layer and
 top with fresh sliced bananas.

Add another layer of cream on top of the bananas 
and then slide the top back on top.

Frost the cake with more cream and decorate to your hearts desire.

Banana cakes are best eaten the day you make them.
Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!

I think we should all eat more cake. 
Enjoy today. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

be my valentine

I love holidays.
Yesterday began early.
Rich and I hosted a concert last night at the Assembly Hall.
This meant that all my valentining needed to be done early.
I got up and rushed to my daughter's house before the kids left for school.
Next I stopped in to see my mom and drop off some roses.
Then I headed to the cemetery to leave a little something for Kristen.
She LOVED Valentines Day!
I then went to my son's home to drop off their Valentines.
Next came little Nora, and then a quick visit to Richard's parents.
Our nephew was flying in at 12:45 from a 2 year mission in Iowa. 
We all gathered at the airport to welcome him home.
Rich and I needed to be at the Assembly Hall at 3:00 for rehearsal.
The concert was Amazing.
When we arrived home at 10:30 pm our table was full of treats that had been delivered.
It was a good day.

One of my Valentine traditions is to make everyone a sugar cookie with their name on it.
This year I bought each of the kids a box of their favorite cereal with this
note attached...
Love You!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Grandpa Richard and Polly

 the first stop of the morning

Katy made a heart in the girls hair. They were pretty dang cute.

She also pulled out the heart shape plates for breakfast.

The kids at this house were pretty excited too!
Poor Jordan was sick, hopefully he'll get feeling better real soon.

Baby boy didn't care too much about his cookie.

Then came Nora

Elder Kirton is finally home!

The beautiful Assembly Hall 
where Rich and I spent most of our day.

The angel girl with her Valentines box in 2009

Sunday, February 2, 2014

what do girls do when guys are watching football?

Have a tea party of course...

I think the party was a success.

As January came to an end I was feeling grateful,
or so I thought. What I was really feeling was ungrateful.
I even said something like,
"Okay January, don't let the door kick you in the behind."
Then I started thinking that January wasn't really that bad. 
Then I was ashamed that I missed the beauty of January.
It's kinda hard when we have been in the middle of an inversion
for so many days. It has been rather dark and dreary.
I reminded myself that every single day is a gift.
We can make it whatever we want.
There will never be another January of 2014 again.
Many wonderful things happened in January.
I just wasn't able to get past the dark days of winter.
I was focused on the weather too much and I let it affect my mood.
Next year I am going to LOVE January.

Check out what this family did to turn the storms of January 
into something beautiful, they built this
fabulous igloo. (click on the link and watch the video)

I hope to remember to always 
 live like tomorrow is a gift
because it is.
(even if the skies are gray)