Thursday, October 08, 2015

Beautiful Divine Creatures

This morning as I was getting ready for the day, Lottie came up to 
me in her Cinderella dress and crown with a comb in her hands.
I lifted her up on the bathroom counter in front of our big mirror
and began brushing her hair.
Then I noticed the way she looked at herself in the mirror as I braided her
little orange locks.
It was the most amazing smile I've ever seen. 
She was confident, so very confident.
Her smile did something to me at that very moment.  
As I combed her hair and watched her smile at herself in the mirror,
 I began to wonder why we don't all look at ourselves in the mirror 
with huge bright smiles.
We should.  
We should be happy with what we look like and who we are
 because we are beautiful divine creatures.
Why can't we give ourselves a break once and while and confidently see us 
smiling back at us in the mirror with admiration and gratitude.
Somewhere along the way, someone told us we weren't pretty enough
and we believed it!  That is why we are silly when we have to 
look in the mirror, or when someone tries to photograph us.

Lets change our attitudes and replace them with kindness,
goodness, honesty, and strenghth for ourselves and espcially for our daughters.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

A very good day.

{Mr. Nielson and I are hosting a one on one 
private chat today from 10 to noon MDT.  
Come talk about the Mormon faith and any other questions you may have.  
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Today was all about Gigs.

Nicholas got the 'Nielson Birthday Breakfast'  which consisted of pancakes, 
fresh whipped cream (that I dyed orange), strawberries, maple syrup 
and of course, of course sprinkles and a candle on top!
Mr. Nielson, Lottie and I picked up the boys and Clane 30 minutes
 before school let out and we took them to a movie.
I am pretty sure that we were the only ones in the whole theater complex!
We had the entire theater to ourselves.  
It was especially fantastic becuase when Lottie got restless she
could run around and up and down the stairs and not bother a soul.
After the movie, Nicholas suggested that he wanted to go to the park and play 
"Lord of the Rings" among the trees.   
That means he runs around the park pretending that Orcs are chasing him 
and he is shooting arrows from his pretend bow and arrow strapped to his back.
So we drove to our favorite park near our home.
Mr. Nielson and I sat down in the cool grass and 
watched the Little Nies play together.  
We both commented on how sweet our children are.
Then we were quickly interrupted by Lottie who needed to "peep."  
"Peep" is poop and pee mixed together, which means she needed to go 
number 1 and 2.
It was decided that I would take her home in the car,
and the others would walk home along the trails. 
It was a perfect, and they all came home over the hill behind the Fox Hill 
just in time for dinner.
After dinner we played with Nicholas's new birthday games and Lego's
 on our dinning room rug for an hour before I had to sadly 
bring us all back to reality and in the shower for bed.
I went to bed feeling happy, so very, very happy.
This is what life is about.  Family and traditions.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Gigs turns N I N E

My Nicholas Jones Nielson turns N I N E today!
Happy birthday to my sweet little man.
Here are N I N E of some my favorite photos of Nicholas "Gigs" Nielson:
I love you my sweetheart son!

"Nicholas's big brown eyes got heavy, and he snuggled in a little closer. 
 I watched in awe as his eyelids fluttered, then shut so peacefully.  
He lay beside me, breathing deep, relaxed breathes. 
 I looked at every detail of his face and his long brown lashes resting against his round cheeks.  
His chubby hands nestled their way under his cheeks.  Even his white-blond hair seemed to be peacefully resting on his smooth, soft forehead.  His perfect beauty struck me, and I was filled with love for this little boy, and gratitude that he would let me lie down near him. 
 I had almost missed these precious moments with my children..."

(excerpt taken from my memoir Heaven is Here describing my thoughts
about connecting with Nicholas again after the accident.  Pg. 265)

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