Monday, August 31, 2015

Princess Castles

Over the weekend my sister-in-law Lisa hosted a bridal shower for my niece Lindsay.
Lindsay will be getting married in the Provo, Utah Mormon Temple on Saturday.  
We are excited and proud of her!
Her decision to marry in the temple was something she and her
 fiance have been preparing for since they were small children.  
Mr. Nielson and I were also married in the Provo temple.
We live close by it and every time Lottie sees it, she reminds me that
I got married there.  
Except she calls it "my princess castle".
And I remind her that I hope she will get married there someday too.
With all my heart I will do everything in my power to make that happen.  
It is my responsibility as her mother to teach, prepare and help her get there,
 and not just Lottie- but all my children.

Thank you Lindsay for you incredible example to your cute tweenager cousins.
 You can read more about Mormon temples HERE
 (this is the Provo temple (or my Princess castle) where Mr. Nielson and I 
were married, and where Lindsay and Keaton will be married.)

And, a BIG thank you to all of you who added your advice
and words of wisdom on Instagram for the happy couple!
Some of the comments were darling, some had so much truth, 
and some were so silly we died laughing!

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

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