Friday, August 01, 2014

Stars and Stripes

Happy weekend to you and yours!
And Happy August!!!!
Some of our dear friends created this gorgeous painting
 on the side of their barn.  
If you happen to find it and feel super patriotic, let us know.  
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Mr. Nielson and I picked out the 2014-2015 Nielson family theme.
I sent it off to Piggy & Dirt who will etch it on one of their
gorgeous stained glass stars.  I am so excited!
Our back to school feast is scheduled for mid-August.
I can't wait to share it with you.
Piggy & Dirt are offering a 20% off sale right now.  Use code is SKYSALE 
Spiritual Enlightenment: Check out this awesome Bible Video
And PS....Paul, it's my brother Topher!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lottie makes dinner

Did I ever tell you about that one time when Lottie put one of 
Claire's shoes in our microwave and turned it on?
I was cooking dinner and Lottie was playing near me with her dolls.
I ran downstairs to my garage to bring up some flour for our 
dinner rolls and for the 3 minutes I was gone, 
Lottie took one of Claire's shoes and
popped it into the microwave then turned it on for 45 minutes.
I came upstairs to a cloud of smoke and our loud fire alarm blaring.
Lottie was so scared she hid in her tee pee and cried.
I couldn't find her for a few minutes after I figured out what was going on.
The smoke and nasty smell from the
 incident lay in the air for the two next weeks.
Not to mention that it ruined Claire's cute gold oxford.
Then I learned of the wonderful child lock button on our microwave...genius.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Worth it.

Utah has seen its fair share of forest fires this summer.
Mr. Nielson has an app on his phone which pinpoints exactly where fires are 
burning in our state.
There is a fire that is burning- and has been burning, for more than 
a week above my beloved Y mountain.
It casts a strange glow on the city and in the house. 
It also makes the sun appear like it's doomsday:
Right now, as I type this a light rain covers the city.  
It makes the air smell so nice, and
will hopefully contain the fires around the state.
The past few days we have seen a
 helicopter flying overhead with a large bucket of water
in tow.  I think of the 19 members of the Arizona Hotshot team who lost their
lives a year ago putting out a horrible fire in the mountains near Prescott.
I still keep those brave men and their families in my prayers. 
Last night I lay in my bed next to Mr. Nielson and looked out my window.
I watched our American flag blow steady in the wind and I thought about life.
I thought about death and freedom and some of the crazy things that
go on in the world. I felt sacred for a few minutes. 
 I felt out of control, but soon those thoughts were replaced with hope and 
the comforting things in my life like
God, my faith, my family, and the knowledge that I know the sun
will come up each day.
Sometimes you just have to look in the mirror and tell yourself that
everything will be OK.  Then you put one foot in front of the other,
and move forward, and sometimes that is really hard, but
in my experience, it's pretty much worth it. 

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