Friday, November 21, 2014

Beautiful Heart Pillow

I made a pillow.  
It reads:
It's a beautiful heart, not a perfect body, 
that leads to a beautiful life.
This quote comes from my book Heaven is Here which I wrote in 2012.
These words ring true and come from my heart.
I have come to learn, grasp and believe in the power of this knowledge. 
I am happier and more content with myself and my imperfections
because I know this so deeply.
Claire and Jane have this pillow on their beds, and
 Lottie's pillow rests on her rocking chair.
We need gentle reminders of goodness in our lives, 
I think this is a simple and unique reminder of what matters most.
You can order your pillow now from HERE
Use code nieniepillow for 20% off your order now until November 26th.
I think this would be a nice Christmas present for your teenage daughter, 
or you, or your mom.  OK, anyone, really. 
Oh, also, that is my handwriting.
Also, also, I am a firm believer that one can never have too many pillows.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Spiritual Enlightenment HERE
( Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt? )


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas photo's past

It's that time of year again...Christmas!
Today I am preparing for our family Christmas photos. 
What to wear and the location for the shoot.
I've decided to share with you our past Christmas photos.
We skipped a few years, but for the most part,
we have documented each Christmas with a card and family photo.
Behold, the Nielson family Christmas photos:
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Our first Christmas card with photo went out in 2001.
Mr. Nielson and I were married on the December 16th,
so we combined Christmas wishes with our
wedding thank-you cards.
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Christmas photo #2 was on the porch of our home in Provo,
Summer 2003.
Claire was 2 and Jane was 5 months 
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Christmas photo #3 taken in Times Square in 2005, while we were living
in New Jersey.  We used the self-timer and we really nailed it.
Claire 4, Jane 2, Oliver 9 months.
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Christmas photo #4 was taken in Arizona 2006.
Claire 5, Jane 3, Oliver 1 1/2, Nicholas 3 months
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Christmas photo #5 was also taken in Arizona in 2007
I didn't know it yet, but 2008 year would be the hardest year of my life.
Claire 6, Jane 5, Oliver 2, Nicholas 1.
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Christmas photo #6 was taken in 2009.
Our first family photo taken since the accident. 
It was a very very happy year.
Claire 8, Jane 6, Oliver 4, Nicholas 2 1/2
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Christmas photo #7 was taken in 2010 near Sundance Ski resort.
Claire 9, Jane 7, Oliver 5, Nicholas 4
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Christmas photo #8 was taken on Fox Hill in 2011 before our home was built.
We didn't break ground for another year after this photo.
I was about 7 months pregnant.
Claire 10, Jane 8, Oliver 6, Nicholas 5
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Christmas photo #9 was taken at a Christmas tree lot near
 Salt Lake City 2013.
Claire 11, Jane 9, Oliver 7, Nicholas 6, Charlotte 8 months
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Christmas photo #10 was taken at the lodge at Sundance Ski Resort.
We decided to go all out on this one.
I am wearing a fabulous green gown, and each child brought something they loved
that represents their personality.
And Mr. Nielson is our protector. 
 
Claire, 12, Jane 10, Oliver 8, Nicholas 7, Charlotte 1

I am excited for 2014 Christmas photo!!!!
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Yum, Yum gingerbread

Jane loves to cook.  Actually bake.  She loves to bake treats.
One day she begged and begged me to let her make gingerbread.  
I put her request off for half the day simply because we didn't have all the 
ingredients on hand, and I really really didn't want to go outside 
(it's cold here now) and head to the store.
I finally convinced Mr. Nielson to take her, and he did.  He's a good boy.
The cookies came out in perfect shape, and she made so much dough 
that we decided to use most of the cookies for decorations for our
future Christmas tree in the loft upstairs.
I feel bad that I didn't let Jane bake when she wanted too, for a few reasons:
1. It made our house smell divine.
2. I love seeing her shine in her element
3. It kept the Little Nies busy for hours. 

After, she put the ingredients and tools away, wiped down the counters, 
 and swept the floors.
I was so proud.

(Gingerbread recipe HERE)
(Jane's cute dress HERE)
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