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!

Friday, October 14, 2016


  1. 1.
    come together; assemble or accumulate.

  1. 1.
    an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one or one held for a specific purpose.

Each Sunday we do just that. 
We gather.
It's quite the gathering.
25 in all.
We celebrate a new week as we gather family for a Sunday roast. 
The aromas of our favorite foods permeate the home and
our hearts with warmth. 
We are then ready to begin another week.
One of our favorite food trucks is Waffle Love.
Their waffles are to die for.
3 times a year they sell their dough so you can go home and make your own.
This is one of our favorite gathering meals.

We cut these waffle dough balls in half and cook them in the waffle maker.

We then dress them with lots of cream and berries. 
best. waffle. ever.

During the first week in October it is time to gather the pumpkins.
The children always look forward to this.
Our pumpkin crop was a bit small but still so much fun.

Oops! We had a little trouble getting up the hill

I went back to Ephraim yesterday.
Kim and I decided to drive up the canyon to see the fall leaves.
We were especially looking for the quaking aspen.
They didn't disappoint, however the car did.
We pulled off to take some pictures and we couldn't get the car to go into reverse.
We sat for quite a time wondering what to do. 
If we rolled forward we would roll into the ditch.
Finally we flagged down some guys on four wheelers to help us.
We were soon on our way.
Of course I had to drive by the home that belonged to my
great grandparents to see  how it looked in the fall.

Make your home a gathering place.

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