Thursday, August 20, 2015

50's party

Each year at the lake Richard's sisters plan a themed party at the beach.
This year the theme was 50's Diner.
Not many of us dressed up this year but it was still tons of fun.
There is just something about partying at the beach.
There is music coming from one of the boats and everyone pitches in
and brings a side dish.



Carrie and Becky are the party planners and they are always dressed up so cute.





Rodney was the cook, we had hamburgers, homemade fries and root beer floats.




Ty and grandpa




“We should not need a hurricane or other crisis to remind us of what matters most. 
The gospel and the Lord’s plan of happiness and salvation should remind us.
 What matters most is what lasts longest, and our families are for eternity.” 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

day of hope prayer flag project


 August 19th – Day of Hope Prayer Flag Project is a profoundly moving, poignant and healing event that was created to help inspire people who have experienced the death of a child to create meaning amongst their grief. Not only is this project an incredibly touching way to honor these children’s lives, it also helps to break the silence surrounding the death of babies and children. Each year there are thousands of people taking part across the globe, 
making this a truly inspiring event.

This past week as we vacationed at Half Moon Lake I
made a prayer flag for Kristen. I photographed it hanging near the lake that Kristen loved. It truly brought me joy to sit for a minute and 
create something to honor her. 

You can read more about the day of hope by clicking here


Each year I also paint Kristen a rock. 



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sacred Rim

We spent the past week with family at the annual 
Half Moon Lake camp-out in Pinedale, Wyoming.
This marks the 36 consecutive year for me.
Richard's family has been going since he was a small child.
I would have to guess it's close to 50 years.
This year was the first year I have hiked to Sacred Rim.
A few have taken the hike before but it is a fairly new activity.
The hike in took close to an hour.
Coming out was closer to to 45 minutes.

The Wind River Range pierces the sky. From the Sacred Rim overlook,
the view is stunning. I could never capture the beauty.
If you ever have the chance you should surely take the hike. 



























a thought for today...


Monday, July 20, 2015

our beloved angel

5 years seems like such a long time.
It is a long time.
1826 days to be exact.
I miss the laughter that filled our home
I miss her smile that could light up a room
I miss her hugs
I just plain miss her.






Although I miss Kristen every single day,  
I'm 5 years closer to holding that little angel in 
my arms again. 




Today happens to be National Lollipop Day.
In honor of Kristen have yourself a lollipop.
Seriously, pick one up at the store and enjoy.
Think of her and the simple yet joyful life she lived.
Enjoy and love life.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

another birthday

This little princess turned 5 today.
She loves make-up, dress-up, and sparkly things.
She makes us all laugh.









Her older sister asked grandpa to make a table and chairs that
she could give her for her birthday.
I think it was a hit.



Tomorrow the girls will paint it pink!

Someone is adding a new addition or two to their little family.
First a new puppy named May,
and a little someone will be arriving in February.
We can't wait!



Grandpa added a new zip line to the yard.
The kids and even the grown ups are having a blast.