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...

Sunday, September 28, 2014

don't miss your life

I have been thinking a lot lately about life and how quickly the weeks pass.
Sometimes it seems as though the hours pass slowly but the weeks have a way
of passing so very quickly. Every once in a while I need to step back, 
take a breath and sit still for a while and make sure I'm not missing my life.
Several days a week I have the opportunity to visit with cancer patients and
their families. Some days it can be so overwhelming and others days
it can be such a source of strength. Not too long ago I was wearing their shoes.
Only they don't know it. I rarely share my story. I mostly listen.
There is something about the people I visit. 
Because of cancer they are forever changed. Mostly for the better.
A gentleman comes in often as his wife is receiving chemo. 
He always offers to buy me a truffle. He then buys 10 more and lays them
on the counter. He wants me to give them to anyone who could use a little chocolate.
He often leaves 5$ or 10$ for the person behind him.
One day he remarked, "I'm not a rich man, I'm only a school teacher. Money doesn't matter anymore. I finally get what matters most in life." 

This is what matters..

This was taken last fall. Time for a new photo as we are missing 2 baby boys.
The little girls are all wearing Kristen's beads.

 These little darlings love to play dress up. 
Every girl should have the chance to dress up like a princess.
After all, I'm a princess, you're a princess, all girls are. 

I spend several nights a week with my mother.
I mess around with my laptop. I often find pictures I haven't seen for a while.
I just found these from August 2009.
Kristen's final trip to Half Moon Lake.
You'll have look closely to see Kristen sitting at table with her box of Better Cheddars.

Here she is again with her sisters who adore her.

Earlier tonight I had the opportunity to attend 
a meeting for the women in our church.
It was very inspiring.
Us women are too hard on ourselves.
Don't miss your life.
Enjoy it
Love it
Live it

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