Friday, January 20, 2017

No Gigs (a sleeping journal).

I think I was on my feet probably 89% of the day.
It was a busy day.
I was shoveling snow off my driveway, laundry, school projects, homework, 
Doctors visits, shopping, sweeping the floor, making beds, more laundry,
more shoveling snow off my driveway, meals, 
activities for the kids, sports etc, etc.
Around 7:00 when I was just getting dinner on the table
 I called all the kids into the kitchen.  
One by one the they popped in, washed their hands, and sat down 
Nicholas was missing.  
Nicholas is often late to the dinner table, so it really wasn't a big deal.
Often times I can find him playing in a hidden corner of the house with 
his army guys, or with his amazing collection of Schleich dragons.
I asked Jane to run upstairs to the boys room to retrieve Gigs.
She came back down and said:
"He isn't up in his room".  
"Did you check the toy nook?" I asked.
"Yep, he's not there". 
"Ok", I said in my well-too-bad-for-him voice.
We began eating.
After we all finished up, I yelled his name.  No response.
I got up, walked to the stairs and yelled his name again.  
Then again, and again.
Then I made Oliver run to the basement, maybe he was playing there?
No Gigs.
I asked Jane to make another sweep upstairs.
No Gigs.
I walked outside yelling his name.
No Gigs.
I checked the bathrooms, the hot tub, the car.
No Gigs.
Now I was panicking a little and Jane was crying.
I checked the shoe basket, his shoes were all accounted for, boots too.
By this time we'd scoured the house and screamed and yelled his name.
I was feeling nervous.
I mean, where was Gigs?  
How could he have just mysteriously disappeared from the house-
and at dinnertime too???
I ran upstairs for one more faithful look.
No Gigs.
Mr. Nielson has been at the ranch since Monday and I decided it was time
to say a prayer and call Christian for backup.
Just as I was walking down the stairs, Claire yelled:
We all ran to the living room to find Nicholas sleeping peacefully in the
 closet under the TV with the cupboard doors closed.
My kids are just really good at falling asleep in the oddest places.
I really could go on....

Happy Weekend!
Spiritual Enlightenment: Love and Marriage

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ollie visits the temple.

Last week Mr. Nielson and I took Oliver to the temple.
A worthy 12 year old member of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can go to the
 temple where they are able to be baptized for those who have died 
before they were able to have a chance to accept the gospel.
It was a wonderful day, and I couldn't help but feel emotional 
watching my boy.  I am so proud of him. So deeply deeply proud.
Mr. Nielson and I decided long ago that we were going to 
take each of our children to the temple on the day they turn 12.  
It is a wonderful tradition.

In 2013, we took Claire.
In 2019 we will take Nicholas, and in 2025 we'll take Lottie.
So glad we took Oliver this year.
He is growing into a handsome, good, kind, and compassionate boy.
After the experience we walked with Ollie to our car.
He was awfully quiet and I asked him what he was thinking.
Tears fell from his eyes as he told me:
"It was just really cool Mom".
I know exactly what he means.
And also, where is the time going??

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It is.

Beauty is not caused.  It is.
-Emily Dickinson
My thumb has a large cut right right where it bends.
The skin that covers my fingers is thin and stiff which means that cuts and sores
 are reoccurring and painfully normal for me.
Tonight typing hurts.
(Hey Dr. J, I think I need you stitch me up?).
So from me to you: Happy Wednesday!

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