Friday, September 23, 2016

Rising Star

Last night I had the opportunity to speak at the
  Rising Star Outreach Charity Event.
It was a beautiful night filled with wonderful people who are good 
enough to open their hearts to help assist 
and cure those suffering with Leprosy in India.
I brought Claire and Jane as my dates.  I want them to see and feel
 the good and the hope that is offered to those in the world-
especially those who suffer.  I hope one day they will feel
impressed to serve and donate their time to causes like Rising Star.
I also was able to meet so many wonderful people and 
share my vision for my charity Beauty Rises.
It was a good evening and I was honored and inspired being apart of it.
(Thank you AMY!)
Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will take Claire and Jane again with me
to attend the General Women's Session.
  I am really looking forward to hearing the messages, 
feeling inspired, and connecting spiritually with my daughters.
Please join us!  All women welcome!
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I really, really, really, really miss you!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


I know these leaves will be dead and crumble off thier branches tomorrow, 
but bringing that fall color inside my house 
was probably the best decision I've made all day.

I have been sitting at my desk for a few hours now- thinking
and gathering my thoughts.
I am giving the devotional address to the students at
I am honored that I get to share my story, and so wish to convey to the students
that happiness can still be found- even among trials.
I will probably write and re-write my talk 
several times before I have to submit it.
So tonight as I sit in front of my computer, 
I am relying on the Lord for inspiration
 on what He would have me say- and I know that 
if I am prayerful He will tell me because He loves
me and He loves the students I am addressing. 

Mr. Nielson and I are planning on taking The Little Nies to Idaho 
for the devotional and after we will explore Yellowstone National Park. 
 The Little Nies have never been.
We live in a beautiful part of the country and our children need to 
see and experince it-especially in fall.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I only get one chance.

I am chatting today!  Join me!

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As I was making dinner this evening the thought occurred to me:
I only get one shot at life.  I only get one chance.
Am I doing the most important things?
 Then I looked over at Lottie barefoot on top of the counter
 (that I had just set for dinner).
She was talking to herself and slathering butter on the tops of our straws 
pretending the straws were girls and the butter was their long hair. 

That confirmed my answer:
Yes, Stephanie you are doing the most important things.