Friday, August 28, 2015

Deep wellsprings of compassion

Yesterday I read this:
"A man whose wife passed away after she had suffered a debilitating
illness for several years told me, "I thought I knew what love was-we'd had over
50 blessed years together.  
But only in trying to care for her in these last few years
did I discover what love really is."
By sharing in his wife's afflictions, this man discovered deep wellsprings of
compassion in his heart that a hireling will never know."
After I read that snippet from the article I felt my heart explode.  
I have so much love and gratitude for my husband, Christian.  
Most of you know him as Mr. Nielson.  I thought about the many many long days he sat my by bedside patiently waiting for me to wake up from the long coma I was in.  
I thought about the sleepless nights 
he must have endured worried about me and our family.
 I thought about the many meals he prepared me (and spoon-fed)
when my hands were bandaged up.
 I thought about the many trips he took me to the bathroom, 
zipped up my clothes, buttoned my shirts, slathered medicine on my burns and sores, 
and bathed me very carefully trying to be as gentle as possible
because bath time was the worst.
He used to have to set a timer to remind himself to give me my pain medicines,
 antibiotics, blood thinners, anti-depressants, sleep
 medicine and probably a million other medications.  
But he always remembered and always always did it with a smile on his face.
He cheered me on when I started walking again and when it still hurt 
to touch, he would kiss the back of my neck when I needed encouragement.  
Best of all he made me feel safe in a world that I felt was out to get me.  
He made me feel normal and most of all beautiful and loved.
He has served me in ways that most will never know- although 
I hope you get an opportunity to understand love on that level. 
 It may not necessarily be with a spouse; but perhaps a child, 
a parent, neighbor or even a stranger.  
It stretches us and helps us grow and develop into
 better more compassionate human beings, capable of understanding
a tiny fraction of what God feels for us, His children.

Happy weekend!
For the full beautiful article and your weekly 
spiritual enlightenment, go HERE.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pioneer girls

I just ordered these adorable pioneer dollies for my girls. 
These "Lily dolls" are meaningful to our pioneer heritage, and also
I love that they were made by local Utah women.
To me, these dolls represent courage and faith
of the strong pioneer women and young girls before us.
I want my daughters to be proud of their pioneer "stock"
 and emulate their extraordinary lives.
Claire, Jane, and Charlotte have these delicate dollies on their beds, 
and Lottie plays with hers
(and sometimes all three- to the chagrin of her sisters) everyday.

  You can order your Lily doll for your modern day pioneer

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

After school fooooooood

*Reminder: I will be chatting live from 10:00 am to Noon MST
 to answer questions you may have about the Mormon
faith, or the Book of Mormon.
(Especially if you have received a copy from me).
Or to receive a free copy of the Book of Mormon from me, 
I promised the Little Nies that I would make a homemade after-school snack at 
least two times each week.  Yesterday I made banana bread.  
Nicholas and Jane hate when I put chocolate chips in it
and Claire and Ollie love it,
 so I have to always double the recipe and make two loaves.
Lottie helped me crack the eggs and she loves to help me scrape down the bowl.  
I like to welcome the kids home with the smell of the bread.
 and I want home to be the place where the kids
feel happy, stress-free, comfortable, and tummies full!!

Other favorite snacks:
chocolate chip cookies
pear/apple/banana muffins
pita & hummus
pumpkin bread
classic rolls with butter
(Jane will usually request the snack, so I don't have to think too hard).

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