Wednesday, January 23, 2019


I don't know if it's the cold, (it was 15 degrees today)
but the skin on my legs hurt.
They're red, and puffy, and sore.
It hurts sooo good when I ask Mr. Nielson to rub certain areas.
I can just feel the scar tissue breaking down like Tetris blocks
hitting each other- or at least that's what it feels like.
And sometimes I feel like I am 100 years old.
I wonder what it will feel like when I am actually 100
years old, (If I make it that long.  My Papa almost did!).
The photo of Mr. Nielson snuggled up in bed has nothing to do 
with my journal post today, only to say that I 
took this photo right before heading out on my morning run.
He looks so cozy and I was this close to jumping back into bed with him.
He wakes up each weekday morning at 5:00 a.m. to take Clane and some of
the neighborhood kids to seminary.
He deserves this well-rested morning.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sleeping and Smiling and the Splits

Last night as I was cooking dinner, Mr. Nielson sat down 
with Lottie in the living room while she read books to him.
She is reading so well now, and it's so fun to hear her sound out
words and read sentences.
The book she chose was a little advanced for her and she struggled
through some of the parts.
 I listened as Mr. Nielson helped Lottie piece together
 sounds to make words.  
After a few minutes I could tell she was stuck trying
 to sound out some of the words.
  "Dad, ummm, dad, what's that word?  Dad?"
I heard no response.

 I walked into the living room and found a sleeping (and smiling) Mr. Nielson. 
 (Smiling AND asleep? That's impressive!).
I patted Mr. Nielson on the shoulder, and he perked right up
 trying to pick up where he left off as if he never dozed off.

It was a long day.

PS.  Have you seen the video of James Corden skydiving with Tom Cruise?
Did you know James Corden does the SPLITS on landing?
 Go here (10:46) if you need a good pick-me-up today.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Just take the first step.

This is my favorite MLK quote, 
and I post it every year on his day:
“Take the first step in faith. 
You don't have to see the whole staircase, 
just take the first step.” 

This quote has given me strength on so many days,
in so many ways.