Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lovers Holiday 2018

(Swimming in the Baltic, 2012)

Today the world celebrates Valentine's Day,
 or as I like to call it: Lovers Holiday.
Mr. Nielson and are celebrating our special day
 in the beautiful Coeur'D Alene, Idaho.
It's nice to get off the ranch, just the two of us to relax, connect,
 and refocus our goals, our love, and future.
Each Valentine's Day I dedicate a new song to Mr. Nielson.
This year, after much deliberation, our 2018 Lovers Holiday song is
a romantic little jig by the artist: Sleeping at Last.
The song is called "two".
Here are a few lines from the song:
Like a force to be reckoned with
A mighty ocean or a gentle kiss
I will love you with every single thing I have
Like a tidal wave, we'll make a mess
Calm waters, if that serves you best
I will love you without any strings attached
I will love you without a single string attached
I don't feel like I need to share too much about why I choose this
song for our 2018 Lovers Holiday.
And the words are self-explanatory in our life and in our love.
I love you so much My Mr. Nielson.
Happy Valentines Day sweetpie.

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Teachings from RMN:
Addiction or Freedom, October 1988
The Lord has revealed His sacred standard to guide people in a troubled world. 
You and I were born free to follow His divine guidance. 
We may choose for ourselves. Those choices may bring addiction or freedom. 
For freedom and joy, choose to “be faithful in Christ.” He will lift you up.
 May “the hope of his glory and of eternal life, 
rest in your mind forever” (Moro. 9:25).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Since I began home school, Claire has taken it upon herself
 to be in charge of art class for Nicholas and Lottie.
Claire is very creative and talented, and art comes naturally to her.

Today she gathered Lottie and Nicholas at the long kitchen table 
and spread out a plethora of stickers, paper,
glitter, puff balls, glue, and markers.
They made Valentines Day boxes just
like they would have if they were in school.
Lottie was so excited!

Sometimes I get sad thinking that Claire and Lottie
are so far apart in age, (10 years!).
But Claire is so sweet to include her, care for her,  pick out
her outfits, dress her, do her hair, feed her and even,
 play barbies in the shower (which is real love!).

Mr. Nielson and I are headed out of town for a few days
to celebrate our Valentine's Day.
We need a break from life here on the ranch
and we just need to be together.
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Teachings from RMN:
With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible April 1988
"You who may be momentarily disheartened, remember, 
life is not meant to be easy. 
Trials must be borne and grief endured along the way. As you remember that
 “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37), 
know that He is your Father. You are a son or daughter created in
 His image, entitled through your worthiness to receive 
revelation to help with your righteous endeavors." 

Monday, February 12, 2018


With all my children, Mr. Nielson too, we gathered on my (queen size) bed
and watched a wonderful, inspiring, documentary on Joan of Arc.
Oh my goodness that woman is amazing!!
Nicholas and I have been studying about her in school and
I have to admit, I didn't know very much about her, but have 
been enthralled by her courage and bravery.
Joan believed in God.  Her convictions were steady, and unwavering.
Joan was was in every word, a heroine. My heroine.
"Every man gives his life for what he believes; 
every woman gives her life for what she believes.
 Sometimes people believe in little or nothing,
 and yet they give up their lives to that little or nothing. 
One life is all we have, and we live it as we 
believe in living it, and then it’s gone. 
But to surrender what you are, and live without 
belief—that’s more terrible than dying—more terrible than dying young”
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Also, I should note, we woke up on Sunday to SNOW!
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Teachings of RMN:
Keys of the Priesthood, October 1987
"Obedience first and foremost means keeping the 
commandments of God. By so doing, one becomes worthy
 to receive personal revelation!"

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