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!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

grandma's cookies

My cute grandma always made these beautiful big 
bunny cookies for Easter. 
She made enough for everyone she knew. 
If you happened to be anywhere near her house when she was making the cookies
you were able to help.
Grandma was and still is known for her cookies.
When she passed away in 1997 I asked my dad about the cookie cutter.
He asked his sister and she said, "I got the bunny."
That was that.
Just before Christmas this past year I got a call from my aunt.
She is one of my most favorite people in the history of ever.
I love to talk to her.
She told me that she wanted me to have the bunny.
She remembered my dad asking her about it.

A few weeks ago the bunny arrived!

I was so excited I let out a yell!
Since then I have googled this little guy.
It seems that the cookie cutter in from the 1930's.
Formay was a shortening company. 
My grandma was a young teeenager in the 1930's.
I have to wonder if the cookie cutter was once her mothers.

On the first day of spring I whipped up a batch of my grandma's famous
sugar cookies. I made one for each of the kiddies to decorate.

One dozen cookies and one dozen grand-kids.

Here are my classy grandparents!
I think I kind of look like my grandma, good,
because when I grow up I want to be just like her.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

pic of the day

On the first day of spring we headed to the cemetery
to decorate Kristen's grave for Easter.
It truly was a beautiful day.
Nora loves to run about.
I was sitting on a bench by Kristen's grave and Nora wanted 
to run to the statue. I had the zoom lens on my camera and was able to capture her
as she arrived at the statue. 

Is there anything more precious than that?
We were all a little taken back when we saw her.
I know it looks like she is taking Jesus by the hand,
but in reality, that is what he does for us.
Takes us by the hand.
If we let him.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 21, 2016

world Down syndrome day

My dear friend Joyce posted this on facebook today...

today is world down syndrome day. you know our story. yet you may not realize that without another beautiful family, sarah would likely not have learned to sew, we would not have a quilt shop, nor would we have delivered 4,552 pillowcases to-date to sick kiddos in area hospitals. Polly Kirton and her family have lived through the unimaginable, saying their final goodbyes to their beloved Kristen, yet we know she is walking beside our sarah every step of the way. on this day when we celebrate that one tiny little extra chromosome that makes our children who they are, please stop and pause to think how someone with down syndrome could make a difference in your life. 
see them for what they can be, not for what they aren't.

We love Sarah and Joyce.
They do so much for so many.

Sarah made 2 special pillowcases for Kristen.
These pillowcases are seen in many pictures of Kristen.
Kristen took her last breath as her sweet little head rested on the
beautiful pink princess pillowcase that Sarah made.
I now sleep with that same pillowcase.

We have also made and shared pillowcases with many sick children because of the
example of Sarah and Joyce.

Children with Down syndrome are more alike than different.
They bring light and love to the world.
This world is a better place because of them.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
We love you Kristen!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

a birthday party

"Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”
 -Albert Einstein

It's rather apparent that we like to party.
The gathering of family and friends is what we do best.
Becky, who is Richards oldest sister, turned 60.
So of course we had to party.
A few things about Becky...
She is stronger than she thinks she is.
She is very kind.
She loves her garden.
Ryan said she has the best raspberry patch he has ever seen.
She is soft spoken.
She is a hard worker.
She loves her family.
She is one of Kristen's biggest fans.
One more thing,
She is the one who quietly lights lanterns of love which illuminate
the path for others. 

I was asked to make the cake for her birthday.
It was important that the cake hold 60 candles.
I had this vision for the candle cake and it turned out just like I had hoped.

This is Kristen in 1990 when she was diagnosed with leukemia the first time.
Kristen is wearing adorable pink pajamas that Becky made for her.

Happy Birthday to one of our favorites.