Friday, September 30, 2016

Six reasons I am happy this weekend...

I am beyond excited for this weekend for six reasons:

-The first and foremost is that it's General conference weekend. 
 Conference weekend is pretty much the Super Bowl for Mormons.  
It is the worldwide gathering of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  
Church members gather to receive guidance and encouragement from
our leaders about gospel living based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
 We listen intently as we hear words of wisdom, inspiration, and counsel.
And it's awesome and ANYONE can join us!
I'm really, REALLY, REALLY looking forward to 
about 10 hours of goodness over the next two days.
-Second reason I am excited for the weekend is because 
we are hosting a few visitors with us at Fox Hill 
for this conference weekend.  
That's always fun.
-Third reason is because we eat good good (ebelskivers) all weekend long.

-Fourth reason is because I can relax.  
Usually I can get a few extra hours of sleep over the weekend, 
and I don't exercise Saturday or Sunday 
which is really nice for me to have a break.

-Fifth reason is Utah is the most gorgeous place right now. 
 The leaves and amazing,
and the weather would knock your socks off.  
I am hoping to enjoy some wonderful time outside!
-Sixth and final reason of course the BYU football game....GO COUGS!

I hope you have a relaxing beautiful weekend planned as well.
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pleasant Memories

Today I spent the day preparing for weekend guests 
(Boss and GrandMary who will be here for Conference weekend).
I hope they don't mind our life-size skeleton Mr. Bones, who has been roaming
 around the house for about 2 weeks now.  
Each day before the Little Nies get home from school, 
I put him somewhere in our house doing something different.
Today he tickled the ivories (played the piano), 
yesterday he sat at the head of the dinner table,
 and another day he held the TV remote while sitting on the couch.
I am going to have to come up with some pretty awesome 
ideas for the next four weeks until Halloween.  Yikes.
Tonight Mr. Nielson and I went with some friends up Provo canyon
 to The Homestead for dinner.  
It was gorgeous, and brought back some very pleasant memories because
Mr. Nielson and I had our wedding dinner at the resort
almost 16 years ago!  

ALSO: It's weekend EVE!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Never let your arms hang down.

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(Claire with Lottie 2012, making a grocery list for a dinner recipe she planned))

"As a mother I have made mistakes.  Regardless of culture or country, 
we all make mistakes in our mothering. 
 But through repentance and the atonement
of Jesus Christ, and by continually communicating His love, 
miracles can happen, wrongs can be righted.  Never give up.
Never let your arms hang down."

I had a hard day.  
It was exhausting and frustrating, and I felt like I wasn't measuring up.  
Several times throughout the day I silently excused myself and 
went into my closet to pray.  
It's amazing how prayer can bring instant peace.
Now, everything didn't magically get better.
I still went to bed that night frustrated and not sure how 
my day would be like in the morning.  
But the peace I felt while on my knees talking to God was so comforting
 and I could confidently go on knowing that 
He was on my team and everything would work out.
And also because I know that "with God, all things are possible."