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!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

safety fair

Yesterday Kim was involved in a safety fair.
I'm pretty sure she wasn't too happy having me follow 
her around with a camera.
I'd say, "Kim, smile..."
and each and every time her reply was.
"Mommmmmmmmmmm   STOP!"
Oh well
I did get some pretty awesome pictures.

Nora even had a cotton candy face.

Kim made some pretty awesome games 
for the children.

It seems that yesterday some were trying to make the world a better place
and others around the country were protesting and spreading hate. 
I think it's time we all do whatever we can do to make our
own communities a little safer for our children. 
It's time to honor our police officers, firefighters and EMS providers.
They are truly making a difference in the lives of others. 
We are so proud of Kim and her efforts.

This statement was released from our church today...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement
 Sunday, August 13, 2017:
It is with great sadness and deep concern that we view the violence, conflict and tragedy of recent days in Charlottesville, Virginia. People of any faith, or of no faith at all, should be troubled by the increase of intolerance in both words and actions that we see everywhere.
More than a decade ago, the late Church President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008) addressed the topic of racism when speaking to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He powerfully and clearly taught this principle: "No man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ. Nor can he consider himself to be in harmony with the teachings of the Church of Christ." For members of the Church, we reaffirm that teaching today and the Savior's admonition to love our neighbor.
Our prayers are with those who are suffering because of this intolerance and hatred. We pray for peace and for understanding. Above all, we pray that we may treat one another with greater kindness, compassion and goodness.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

fried zucchini coins

One of my favorite treats is fried zucchini coins. 
We have an abundance of zucchini growing in the garden.
I have vowed not to let anything in the garden go to waste so I'll be getting a 
little creative in the upcoming days.
I made myself a batch of these little lovelies today...

Fried Zucchini Coins

1 Fresh Zucchini from your garden
Crushed Ritz Crackers ( I put mine in a zip lock bag and crush them with a rolling pin.)
Canola Oil
Dash of Salt

Slice your washed zucchini into thin coins.
Dip in milk, then flour, then milk again and finally in the crushed Ritz crackers.
Place in frying pan containing about 1 inch of hot oil. 
Remove from pan with tongs as soon as they are golden brown.
Sprinkle with a little salt.
Allow them to cool for a minute and then 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

summer magic

Summer Magic
This was one of Kristen's favorite movies.
Whenever we would pack up for a 3-4 week hospital stay
Kristen would pack this movie.
Each and every night we would watch this show together,
night after night after night.
The movie was simple and silly,
just like Kristen.

We are attempting to make our own summer magic.
I would have to say that we have been pretty darn successful.

We made yummy cakes for a wedding

These two have become "besties"

We celebrated a birthday for this little guy

A baseball game with my family

This little lovely had a birthday

This little lovely also had a birthday

We marked the 7th year of Kristen's passing

I bought flowers for Kristen and some for myself

7 years is a long time.
We miss Kristen every single second of of every single day.

"As a special witness of Jesus Christ, I testify that He lives! I also testify that the veil of death is very thin. I know by experiences too sacred to relate that those who have gone before are not strangers... To us and to you, our loved ones may be just as close as the next room—separated only by the doors of death."
~Russell M. Nelson

Keep the magic in summer.
Escape your routine.
Whatever you do,
make sure to sit in the porch and drink lemonade.
Enjoy the bliss.
Take in the long days and the warm evenings.
Make memories.
Think of others and do something kind.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

one nation under God

I love the Fourth of July!
We celebrated with parades, food and fireworks.

 Bob's cookies are a must

What's more American than apple pie?

We have a perfect view of the fireworks
 right from the cemetery.

I am a proud to be an American.
I love this country.

We also recently celebrated a birthday...

"This is a choice land, choice above all others, blessed by the Almighty. 
Our forefathers have made and kept it so.  It will continue to be a land of freedom and liberty as long as 
we are able to advance in the light of sound 
and enduring principles of right. 
With all my heart, love this great nation.
 It is my firm conviction that the Constitution of this land 
was established by men whom the
 God of heaven raised up under that very purpose."

~Ezra Taft Benson

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

We've got the
red, white, and blue
flyin' high on the farm.

God bless the USA

Sunday, July 2, 2017

1000 paper cranes

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by the gods. Some stories believe you are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

A few weeks ago my sons wife, Lisa, showed up to sunday dinner with a large stack of square paper. She patiently sat at the dining room table folding the paper and soon she was holding a paper crane. I had seen these cranes several times but never knew what they were for of what they meant. 

She told us that her cute Aunt Liz, who we all know, 
had received some bad news. Her cancer had returned with vengeance. 
Lisa wanted to something for her aunt but wasn't sure what to do. 

She decided to fold cranes, 1000 of them! 

She enlisted help from others in her family and was soon teaching all of the children and a few adults how to fold a crane as well. 

Finally...They are finished

The cranes were delivered and now hang in remembrance of
all those who are thinking of and praying for Aunt Liz.