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!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Festival of Trees

First off...some Santa love
or not.


It would appear that the baby boys are not a fan of Santa.

Second...
Festival of Trees!

The Festival web site describes it well;

The Festival of Trees, where holiday magic transpires thanks to many hands! Within a 24-hour period, an empty exhibit hall transforms into a winter wonderland of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, playhouses, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses. Shops are filled with dolls, handmade crafts and quilts, freshly baked cookies and candies, hot scones, and cinnamon rolls.
While this holiday magic lasts only four days, it continues throughout the year in the hearts of those who volunteer and support the Festival of Trees. Most of all, the magic continues in the lives of children. Every penny raised is used to give “A Gift of Love” to children at
 Primary Children’s Hospital.

I have the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Executive Board for 
Festival of Trees. Every single penny raised goes to help the children at
Primary Children's Hospital.
My entire family gets involved as we donate time and  trees as well as other items.
It warms our heart as we serve the children at the hospital.
Kristen has had several trees donated in her name. 
This year alone our family helped bring in almost $10,000.00.
The Festival is a healing field for so many who have lost loved ones.
Almost every single tree has a story.
For me, it's turning loss into legacy and tragedy into triumph 
as we honor Kristen.
My sister donated and decorated this tree.

I donated and decorated this "Wizard of Oz" tree.

I also donated this Cinderella tree.


A week before the Festival my son called and said he has some cabinet doors.
He was wondering if he could make a cabinet for dress ups and donate it to the Festival.
He made this beautiful cabinet! His wife went shopping and purchased
the outfits and other items.
This sold for over $1000.00



One of my daughters decorated this adorable tree.


We had a great time and feel honored to be part of such a wonderful event.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

giving thanks

thanks·giv·ing
ˌTHaNGksˈɡiviNG/
noun
  1. 1, the expression of gratitude, especially to God.

This was only the second time I made dinner for my family on Thanksgiving.
I even sent invitations to my grandchildren. 
It took a bit of planning, however, 
it was a pleasure and I look forward to doing it again.
How very grateful and blessed I am to be surrounded by my family.
We have been given much.

Joseph B. Wirthlin said the following about gratitude;

Gratitude turns a meal into a feast and drudgery into delight. It softens our grief and heightens our pleasure. It turns the simple and common into the memorable and transcendent. It forges bonds of love and fosters loyalty and admiration.
Choice blessings await those who live in thanksgiving daily. “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness,” the Lord has promised, “shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more”



Helping grandpa with turnovers


Getting the dishes ready for the feast.

We had a dusting of snow on Thanksgiving morning

The tables are set




The 12 littles were all here!


One of my greatest blessings in my family, for they are mine forever.