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, January 8, 2017

a little bit of christmas

"Time flies on wings of lightning,"
 is a phrase we sing in a popular hymn. 
Never before has this seemed more true.
The Christmas season seems to come so quickly.
We were very blessed to have such a wonderful season.
We find ourselves enjoying abundance everywhere, and we are grateful.
As a new year approaches we continue to pray for
peace, joy, good health and many other things.
We know as we live with the Spirit of Christ in our lives 
we will have goodwill and love toward all mankind 
all through the year.

I made my mother's divinity and my grandmother's fudge.
I placed it on a plate that my grandmother painted over 30 years ago.

Sugar cookies at Christmas are a must.

A couple of years ago Kim painted each family a peg people nativity.
Aren't they adorable.

This is the scene before...

and after....

For some reason all of the little boys were not Santa Fans

This little love, only wanted his beard

Santa spoiler...

There is a beautiful tree at the cemetery where my parents and Kristen are buried.
We miss Kristen and my parents so very much.
However, we feel their presence often. 
There continues to be hole in all of our hearts since their passing.
The only thing that will ever fill that hole is 
when we again have them in our arms.
Thankfully, we know that day will come.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

forever young

Forever Young
 by Bob Dylan
May God bless and keep you always 
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others 
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars 
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous 
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth 
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous 
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy 
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation 
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful 
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young 
May you stay forever young.

In thinking about the new year, I think this song about sums it up.  

We have the remarkable blessing to serve in this beautiful building...

This is the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
We have spent many many hours here.
We have been enlightened and uplifted.
A couple of nights ago a group, Stone Deep, performed the above song.
Here is a video of them...

Rich and I both loved their entire performance.
It's not really about being young,
it's about living a life worth living
always doing for others
be courageous
be strong
and when the wind shifts...

This is us.
We took public transportation to one of our assignments.
Their was a terrible snow storm so we thought we'd beat the storm.
 We arrived back to our car to find that the lights were left on and we had a dead battery.
That was awesome. 

Happy New Year!
be true