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, September 27, 2015

Sunday thought

"In this painting, a pioneer girl is skipping along a bright blue path. She has endured many dark and dreary days, but she has a spring in her step and looks optimistic, happy, and hopeful. 

As you walk through life, I hope you will feel a spring in your step as you trust the Lord and continue on your own bright path of discipleship. Faith will lead you to open your eyes to the things Heavenly Father has in store for you. Love for God and His children will continue to brighten your path, even on dark and cloudy days."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

just for fun

So one day last week Kim, Nora and I pulled into McDonald's for my fix of the day.
It's true, I'm addicted to coke, the coca cola kind. 
Kim decided to order Nora a kids meal. 
She ordered a ketchup only cheese burger.

Kim pulled it out of the bag and this is what she found.....

I don't know the last time I laughed so hard. 
Kim nearly had to pull off the road cause she was laughing so hard. 
Seriously, who does that?

Next we pulled into the mall parking lot. I soon spotted this sign and
knew it was a good day to  have Kim in the car.
Another good laugh.

Next we stopped at the Healing Field.
A wonderful sight.
It was first organized in 2003 as a way to visualize the sheer enormity of human loss
that occurred in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Nora wasn't too happy, she was probably still mad about her cheeseburger! 

One of our bunnies escaped. This little one is a little nervous
 watching Rich dive into the bushes.


Oh ya, the pumpkins are ready!

I LOVE Crisp autumn mornings,
falling leaves and pumpkin pie.
Tomorrow I'm off to find the perfect candle.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

holding onto summer...

The cool night air says summer is trying to escape.
We are holding on hoping for a few more fun filled days of summer.
As the children have returned to school things seem to be getting
a bit more busy. The days of sitting on the back porch laughing and 
basically doing nothing are getting fewer and fewer.
The hummingbirds left a couple of  weeks ago.  
The calendar says fall will arrive in about 4 more days.
We love Fall too. 
Sometimes you just want to hold on a little longer. 

My nephew was married yesterday.
It was a beautiful day for a wedding.

I made a few cakes for the reception,
of course I made my favorite, German chocolate.

Whenever I see one of the boys sitting with grandpa I run and grab my camera.

Grandma loves to dance! 
It's a good thing a couple of the granddaughters will jump in and dance with her.

Sunday thought...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

photos from the lake

I took over 800 photos during our week at the lake.
I was thinking I would post them with some awesome stories to go with them.
I just don't quite have the time I need so I am just going to
throw the pictures out there.
Most of them speak for themselves.
Here we go...

Cody trying to water ski...


Ellie's first try... and she's up!

The glass lake

The morning walking group

Grandpa and Grandma and almost their 31 grandchildren
missing; Amber, Kristen & Keslie

The whole group, almost 80 of us, and some were missing. 

The sunsets were fabulous

It was a great year!
Thanks grandma and grandpa for starting it all.