Monday, December 22, 2014

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

I heard the bells on Christmas Day is my very favorite Christmas song.
This song is so dear to my heart and here is why:

Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who in 1861 suffered a very personal 
tragedy, which inspired this beautiful song.
A unusual heat wave in Massachusetts prompted Longfellow’s wife, 
Fanny, to trim the heavy locks of their seven year old daughter, Edith. 
Fanny decided to preserve little Edie’s curls in an envelope, 
As she heated wax to seal it, hot drops fell unnoticed onto her dress,
and caught on fire.
 Fanny rushed into Longfellow’s study.  Longfellow first tried to extinguish the 
flames with a rug, and when that failed he threw his body onto his wife, 
severely burning his face, arms and hands.  
Fanny Longfellow died the next morning. 
Fanny was buried three days later on their 18th wedding anniversary.
Too ill from his burns and grief, Henry did not attend her funeral.
(Hence Longfellow's trademark full beard 
arose from his inability to shave after this tragedy.
Mr. Nielson knows that pain all too well.)
I think you would understand why this song is so important to me.
Mr. Nielson and I can't sing this song without tears of every emotion possible. 
This song is actually a love song- our love song full of peace and hope.
My favorite lines from the song are these two particularly verses:
"And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"
There was a time in my life when I was sure that all was lost.
I was sure I would never be happy, never find peace, and never care 
about anything or anyone ever again. 
 I was despaired and peace in my life was very hard to come by.
Just as Longfellow says; "The wrong shall fail, the right prevail"
I felt my wrongs were made right, my pain diminished and I found peace again.
 With God, anything is possible.  Even happiness and peace
in the worst situations is possible.
I am a witness of that.

Happy Christmas week!!
Enjoy this

Friday, December 19, 2014

Please Help

to help catch perverts who are exploiting children?
My friend Brook White has collaborated with some wonderful artists to create
a beautiful lullaby album to raise money to donate to
O.U.R. is an organization that rescues kidnapped children from sexual slavery.
80% of the money raised on pledge will be donated to O.U.R. 
PLUS a great company called Foundation Entertainment  
will be MATCHING all donations up to $20,000!
Buy the album, and change lives. 
How thankful I am for my beautiful girls who are safe and loved.
It makes me sick thinking about the children all over who are being subjected 
to such horrible situations.  They deserve better.  
Lets help save them.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas photos

A few weeks ago we had our Christmas photos done at 
Justin Hackworth's studio in Provo. 
It was hard choosing "the one" for our Christmas cards, but it had to be done.
Next week I will post it, along with my Christmas testimony and love to you.

In the meantime, check out how dang cute my Little Nies are:

...becuase I am trying to be better at this, here you go:
Lottie's dress// shoes
Nicholas' bow tie// sweater
Claire dress// sweater
Oliver's suit// gold flower// tie
Jane's dress
My skirt// shirt
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