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!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

so much joy

joy

noun
  1. 1.
    a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
    "tears of joy"
    synonyms:delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilationtriumph
     rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration,


We are always looking for joy. 
We have become pretty good at finding it. 
Some days it just happens,
others, we have to find it.

Here are a few pictures of some of the joyful moments we 
have found these past few months.

 Grandparents day with this bug


selfie with these 2 in the back ground as they await their flu shots

  Demolition derby in Manti


Back to school Ice cream party with grandma

Early morning balloon festival


Cotton candy on the porch




Splash party for these two



Grandma and Grandpa at the lake


 Beads for Kristen

Lots more to come...

Saturday, October 14, 2017

this is how we roll

Not to brag or anything,
but our family is  pretty awesome. 
Grandpa and Grandma needed a new roof so everyone jumped in.
It wasn't long and the roof was finished and ready for winter.







Grandpa even wanted to help so he picked up the broom and
started to clean things up.
After all, he is the one who taught his children to work.



The days are passing quickly. It's hard to believe that fall has arrived
in all its glory.

I made a visit to Ephraim today.
 I looked out the window and these were running down the road..

These sheep made my day.

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
Milk
Flour
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 
ENJOY!

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.