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...
Her and my dad always put quarters in the eggs for the kids.
Today I found myself stuffing and hiding eggs with quarters.
We continue to celebrate and press forward
even if it's hard.
You would think I would be used to missing someone by now.
I'm not used to it at all.
I've said it before and I'll say it again,
"Time does not heal. The only thing that will fill my broken
heart is to have Kristen, my dad and now my mom back in my arms."
Because of that first Easter morning long
long ago that day will surely come.
One of my mother's favorite tea cups decorates my counter today.
Cupcakes make me happy
Another favorite Easter treat is coconut cream pie
Parker's first egg hunt
Someone left Kristen some beautiful butterflies
Hoping that grass grows back soon.
My mother's bowl adorns the table
Kristen's Easter tree
"The first Easter Sunday is the day that changed everything. On that day, my life changed. Your life changed. The destiny of all God's children changed. On that blessed day, the Savior of mankind, who had taken upon himself the chains of sin and death that held us captive, burst those chains and set us free." ~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf "Today we celebrate the gift of victory over every fall we have ever experienced, every sorrow we have ever known, every discouragement we have ever had, every fear we have ever faced," ~ Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
We thought it would be fun to see how many beaches we could visit.
We started off Saturday evening at St. Augustine.
The next morning we started at Ormond Beach.
I think this one was my favorite,
the water was so blue and the sand was so white.
Next stop was Daytona Beach. We kind of kept driving as it looked like a very busy place. We stopped at the Kennedy Space Center for a quick look, then we drove through Cape Canaveral and then onto Cocoa Beach.
Our final stop before heading back to the airport in Orlando was the Orlando temple. Loved it!