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, 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.



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.