Monday, February 22, 2021

Recede in Priority

In 2019, President Russell M. Nelson gave a talk directed
 to the women of the church titled Spiritual Treasures.
I remember the night so well. I sat in the church on a pew in between
 Claire and Jane.  His words that night were life-changing
and he said something in particular that struck
a deep chord within me.
As soon as I could get my hands on a copy of his talk I read,
prayed, re-read, prayed more, and counseled with Christian about it
and what it meant for me in my life.
I marked it up with my notes, my questions, and other scriptures
and gospel references. 
( And it kind of looked like this:)

"How do I draw the Savior’s power into my life?

You won’t find this process spelled out in any manual. 
The Holy Ghost will be your personal tutor as you seek to understand 
what the Lord would have you know and do. 

Part of this endeavor will require you to put aside many things of this world. 
Sometimes we speak almost casually about walking away from the 
world with its contention, pervasive temptations, and false philosophies.
 But truly doing so requires you to examine your life meticulously and regularly. 
As you do so, the Holy Ghost will prompt you about what 
is no longer needful, what is no longer worthy of your time and energy.

As you shift your focus away from worldly distractions, 
some things that seem important to you now will recede in priority. 
You will need to say no to some things, even though they may seem harmless. 
As you embark upon and continue this lifelong process of consecrating
 your life to the Lord, the changes in your perspective, feelings, 
and spiritual strength will amaze you!"
Publicly blogging has been such a huge part of my life.
It's opened doors for me and my family.
I have met and enjoyed friendships with so many people from 
all over the world!
I have been the recipient of so much love, faith, and support
and feel so overwhelmed at the goodness of so many strangers.

My blog has been a priority in my life for almost 17 years, 
 That's a really, really long time!
As I have prayerfully considered my life and my priorities now,
publicly blogging is "receding in priority".
But I want you to know that I believe in Christ.
I believe that He blesses our lives when we listen,
heed, and obey His words and commandments.
I have confidence that He will bless me and my family
with the things that we need and desire by letting things
recede naturally in our lives.

“It takes both faith and 
courage to let God prevail. It takes persistent,
 rigorous spiritual work to repent and to put off the natural man
 through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It takes consistent, 
daily effort to develop personal habits to study the gospel,
 to learn more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ,
 and to seek and respond to personal revelation.”

Sunday, February 21, 2021

18 Celebrating JANE 18

 It's hard to believe Jane (Jan, Janet) is EIGHTEEN!!  
Where is the time flying to?  Seriously, slowwww down!  
Jane stayed up until midnight so we could get
 celebrate every second of February 18th. 
While she sat on the stairs in her PJ's in the dim light,
Christian and I shared her birth story when
 I went into official labor around 1:00 a.m.,
then going into harder labor around 2:30,a.m., and finally going to the hospital
around 3:20 a.m., 
 (we left baby Claire alone in her crib sleeping...but to be fair, 
Lucy was on her way to our house and
 Claire wasn't alone for more than 5 minutes...10 at the most).
Jane was officially born at 3:48 a.m.
Then we got pulled over by a cop for going over
 100 mph on State Street in Orem followed by me taking my pants
 off in front of the cop because I was pretty sure 
Jane was going to be delivered on the front seat.
The cop told us to, "Go, Go, Go!!!" 
while waiving us on to the hospital.
Chrisitan was LOVING the freedom of going as fast as he could on the "big roads".
Jane's birth story is one of my best!
A few days before her birthday 
I ordered Gold "J" "A" "N" "E" balloons to hang up.
and wouldn't you know it, only the "J" "A" and two "N"'s got delivered.
So it said "Happy Birthday Jan".  I think it put her in a bad mood because
she loves/hates when we call her Jan.  But I swear I didn't do it on
purpose!!  Luckily for me, the 'E' came midday and we fixed the sign.
Jane opened a few gifts while Claire had her MTC meetings
at the table next to us.  
Claire didn't want to miss a single minute of Jane's day.
These sisters kill me...I love them!
North Carolina has been in the wettest winter I've experienced.
I swear it's been raining since January.
Jane opened up her gifts 
(Dr. Martens!! The same style that I had at her age),
a plant from Claire, Anthropologie bowls to carry on the tradition,
cookbook, and a darling little while porcelain tea set.
We all got dressed and jumped in the car headed to Apex where 
we ordered milkshakes and fries from Chick-fil-a!
I drove (in the pouring rain) to a movie theater for the popcorn to take
home and watch Jane's favorite movie: The Titanic.
We snuggled together on the couch to watch the 3 hours movie.
We ate popcorn & Junior mints, Christian picked up pizza, and finally, 
when the movie was over, we ate the chocolate cake
I made a few days in advance since
 it's SO MUCH BETTER on the thrid day!
We sang and she blew out her candles
followed by a bubbly, and a toast!
Here's to YOU, Jane!

"The Year of Claire"

 Claire and Gigs both gave talks in church today,
and Christian gave the closing prayer!
Gigs and I had been working on his talk in home school for nearly 2 weeks.
We were studying arachnids and he LOVES scorpions, and so we
decided to somehow work scorpions in his message.
 Elder Patrick Kearon gave a great talk about "spiritual scorpions"
and he used some of his talk and his own personal stories and it
was really, really sweet.
He did a wonderful job and smiled a few times which was a miracle since he woke
up super grouchy and cried all the way to church.
Claire gave her "farewell" talk today and Christian and I cried the
whole time.  She was amazing and blew me away with her
maturity and wisdom.  Her talk was perfect and so spiritual and she spoke
clearly and slowly.  I really was blown away.
Christian always dubbed about 2020 being "the year of Claire".
It was the year that we hoped Claire would see good change and progression
in her life.  Dating, job, school, a study abroad option, too!
But then COVID happened and changed all of that.
Everything was canceled in her life and
it was then that she felt prompted to pray about serving a mission. 
The Lord closed so many windows in her life but opened others
and they were most important for her experience and progression.
I am so thankful she recognized that in her life as a blessing.
She is going to be an AMAZING missionary and I am so proud of her!
Christian and I looked at each other several times today
and just shook our heads because we are so grateful for our children.
They are so good.
We've got a lot of problems and some very serious frantic problems,
but we don't worry one second about our children. 
That is a HUGE blessing that I am overwhelmed and grateful for.
They are incredible.

Go, Nielson family, Go!!

Thursday, February 18, 2021


Today is Jane's GOLDEN birthday!

Golden Definitions:
1). To be perfect, or exactly what's needed
2). Good to go
3.) Great quality and value
4.) Jane Bronwyn

Happy Birthday, sweet, sweet Jane.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

She Wants More

 As I was doing school with Lottie and Gigs at the table,
 Jane came flying down the stairs.
Her denim shirt had sweaty stains and her hands were shaking.
  "Mom, mom oh my gosh, mom!  I called two hotels to see if they 
were hiring and they both pretty much gave me an interview 
over the phone, and I think I got a job!"
Last December Jane quit her job on the farm.  
She was tired of her hair smelling like manure, 
tired of being the farm babysitter to the owner's
 irritating 4-year-old daughter who would follow her around everywhere.
And of course, she wanted more hours and more money. 
The farm was a wonderful experience for 
Jane and she LOVED working with the cows.
But she wants more. 
Last week I suggested she go to Arizona and live
 with Lindsay and Spencer where she could
 get a job, go to a singles ward, and most importantly DATE!!!!  
That made her really excited and immediately she began job hunting in that area.
This summer she has plans to go on a study abroad trip with options
to visit either Alaska, Hawaii, or Europe.  
(She's leaning toward the Alaska trip).
I'm so excited for her and so grateful she is willing to try hard things
 to expand her learning and growing experiences.  
She will miss Claire so terribly while she is on her mission, 
and I've worried about how "Clane" will handle this break-up.
Jane's new opportunities will fill her life with happiness, knowledge, experience, and most importantly, boys!! ;)
She is so beautiful and I want so much for her.
 I realize I can't offer much right now
 especially in our meager financial situation, but am so proud
of her taking the initiative and making life happen.
She's an inspiration to me.
(Jane cooking bread with me in New Jersey, 2004)