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...

Sunday, December 11, 2016

giving thanks

  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.

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