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...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

31st birthday

We recently celebrated the princesses 31st birthday.

31 windmills

Roses for me

and of course CAKE!



We went to Build-a-Bear and made a super cute kitty for one of our special friends.

We gathered at the cemetery to enjoy the cake and the company



This is Kristen's best friend. 
She is getting married in a few months and wanted to share her
wedding crystal with Kristen.



Grandma came and made us all laugh,
as she usually does. 



While we were remembering our sweet girl at home,
Joyce and Sarah, some 1700 miles to the east were delivering
pillowcases to sick children in Cleveland in memory of Kristen.
They have made and delivered over 6800 pillowcases.
They are truly making a difference in the world.
It is better because of them.

Kristen's light continues to shine every single day.
She is missed
She is loved
She is remembered and thought of with every breath I take.
My little angel. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

graduation

Kim graduated from college this past week.
I am over the moon proud of her!
She stayed up into the wee hours of the morning 
finishing homework night after night. 
All while taking care of the two little ones. 
She graduated from Utah Valley University 
with a Bachelors of Science in Emergency Services Administration.
She did it with a 4.0 to boot.
Yay Kim!













This a perfect quote for Kim. 
She is currently an EMT-A and serves
as a volunteer with a local ambulance association. 
She has already been honored for saving a man's life. 
Kim is making a difference!

Friday, April 21, 2017

miracles


miracles happen


I have seen many miracles in my life.
Some I have shared and some are kept deep in my heart
and penned in my personal journal.

Two weeks ago I received a call from my mother in law.
Her voice was full of excitement.
She exclaimed that she had gone outside to look for grandpa.
She was surprised to find him driving the tractor tilling up the garden.
I told her I would be right over and that I would bring my camera.
She was right!
It was quite the sight.
He was sitting comfortably in the drivers seat. 
I snapped a few pictures as we stood and watch.
I leaned over to her and said,
"Just think where he was a year ago."
She replied,
"It's such a miracle!"
She was right again. 
It was last year at this time that he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
His kidneys were suffering greatly and honestly
things did not look good for grandpa. 
He received a priesthood blessing and many prayers were
offered in his behalf. 
Prayers were answered. 






I can hardly wait to see his garden!


Friday, March 31, 2017

happy easter

 Easter is definitely one of my favorite holidays. 
It is a glorious time of the year.
The days are getting longer and warmer.
There is a feel of spring in the air.
The tulips are bursting.
Most of all...The empty tomb on that first Easter morning brings comforting 
assurance that life is everlasting. 
Because He died all shall live again.
This I know to be true.

As with every other holiday, our Easter is full of family fun and traditions.
Grandma has an egg hunt every single year for the old and the young alike.









 I always color an egg for Kristen
 We had a little egg hunt of our own.
 Some of the kiddies in their Easter outfits...



 My mom and dad always put quarters in the eggs for the children to find...
that tradition continues at my house.

Kristen loved to color eggs.