Thursday, October 02, 2014

October 1st

October 1st is a very special day in our home.
It marks the very first day of my favorite holiday and season.
In mid-September, I had some very maternity senses, and got out all of our Halloween decor.  
I knew once my morning (all-day) sickness began,
 I would never feel well enough to get the boxes in the basement out.  
Then the Little Nies would hate me.  
Pregnancy sickness is so weird and horrible, 
it not only makes me so sick ALL THE TIME, 
it also plays tricks on my mind and makes me hate things that I love;
like Halloween, smells, and sometimes my children.
Mr. Nielson knows how much the tradition means to our family, 
and totally took over.
 He piled us all in the car and took is to the get donuts and cider.
We came home and watched 
"The Legend of Sleep Hollow" (Disney version).
I don't know if I told you, but I grew up on this movie.  
This movie has been etched in my head and I know it word for word- 
as probably do most of my siblings, and now my own children.
Next year on October 1st,  we will have a new Little Nie 
to introduce this fancy tradition to.
He/she will love it, I am sure.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Growth

Sometimes we want to have growth without challenges and to develop strength
 without any struggle.
I have learned that growth cannot come by taking the easy way. 
 We must be careful that we don’t resent the very things that help will help us
stretch and grow and help us come to know our potential, and our divine nature.
Not one of the trials and tribulations we face is beyond our limits,
 because we have access to help from the Lord.
We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us and will
continue to strengthen us when, and especially when, times are hard.
I have felt this, I know this and utilize this knowledge everyday.
I hope when life is hard for you, or when you question the very beliefs that
have supported you all your life, or when someone you know (or don't know)
offends you and those precious beliefs, you remember to hold on to
what you know to be true and stand firm.

"Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith"
Hang in there.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Do you live in Arizona?


(That is me after my long coma, stretching my legs 
with some of my favorite nurses)

I wrote an opinion article in the Arizona Republic yesterday:

Two, sometimes three times a day, 
the nurses would take down multiple layers of bandages, 
scrub my fragile body and wounds, stretch my burned ligaments and joints, 
and then wrap me back up again, only to repeat the process in a few hours. 
They did all of this while carefully monitoring my pain in a room heated to 
100 degrees for my safety and comfort.

And then there are the doctors (whom I love like I love my own father). 
When I was sick and broken, they pieced me together like a patchwork quilt. 
They literally sewed me back together, preserving life
 and limbs that were burned to the bone. 
My face was burned off, my arms and legs lay skinless, 
and I was dying. But these doctors recognized my acute condition 
and knew exactly what to do.

The men and women at the Arizona Burn Center perform miracles every day.
 There is no other hospital or health system that can take its place. None.
READ the rest HERE


**Farewell September, welcome (my favorite month) 
OCTOBER**
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