1. toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling.
2. onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion
Forward; the direction I wish to go.
The past several weeks have been tough.
Going forward has been hard.
Some days I just want to stay right where I am.
I have learned that moving forward is much better than standing still
or going backward.
One of the many things I learned when Kristen passed away is that
she would not want her death to diminish my life.
She wants me to go forward and find joy in this life.
I'm sure my mom feels the same way.
My mom was such a part of my life.
She was my best friend.
She was my daughters best friend.
She was ALWAYS there for each of us
and for everyone else in her life.
The past 5 years have been difficult.
3 of my most favorite people are gone from this life.
There has been many days when I have felt like
maybe I'm not strong enough,
I can't do this.
It is then that I come to realize that
Kristen, my dad and my mother are still very close.
They are my greatest cheerleaders.
They are still helping me,
probably more than they ever have.
So onward I go.
In the morning I will be delivering 5 Build-a-Bears to
children who are fighting cancer.
My son got married last week to a very sweet girl.
She is from Florida and she calls me "Miss Polly."
How cool is that?
Grandchild number 11 will be arriving in October!
Spring is coming!
Blossoms will soon be popping and gardens will be planted.
2 new bunnies arrived at our our house.
"The refiners fire is real. Qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God." ~Quentin L. Cook I must have a lot of perfecting and purifying to do as I continue to find myself thrown in the fire. The refiners fire is not a comfortable place to be. My only hope is that after the repeated hammering and the intense heat that I might become the person I was meant to be.
My mother had several requests concerning her funeral.
1. A closed casket (her mother also requested a closed casket)
2. A graveside service
3. Bagpipes to be played at her graveside
4. Lots of flowers.
She got all of her wishes.
Our beloved mother and grandmother, Marion Darlene Christensen, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 following a stroke. Darlene was born October 26, 1938 in Sterling, Utah to Kenneth and Dora Dennison. In November of 1957 she married Charles R. Christensen. Together they shared a wonderful life. There was a beautiful reunion in heaven when she was reunited with her husband, whom she had greatly missed for the past 5 years.
Darlene’s greatest joy was her family, she developed a close relationship with her children and grandchildren. She was always asking about the details of their lives and shared with them their challenges and their joys. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and tender demeanor.
She saw the beauty in the world around her. She never thought of herself, but instead filled her days in the service of others. Darlene was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a dedicated visiting teacher; she loved and cared for each lady she visited. She took hundreds of meals to the sick and the needy. Recently she served a church service mission at the Church Office Building. She lived a Christ-like life and will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. She is survived by 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and granddaughter.