Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Happy Birthday Jane!

My beautiful Jane turns 17 today.
 Jane's pregnancy was probably my easiest one
in terms of energy, weight gain, and mood.
I had changed my diet after Claire was born
 (I got pregnant with Jane when Claire was just 6 months old),
 and I started practicing yoga on a daily basis.
 Christian and I were taking birth classes in preparation for a natural delivery,
I was researching about holistic lifestyles, 
and reading every book Andrew Weil ever wrote.
On February 18th, 2003, the day Jane was born, 
I woke up and per my usual daily exercise I hiked the Y mountain in Provo
and when I got to the top
 I looked out on snowy gray Utah day and then 
 I had a spiritual impression.
I felt very strongly that I needed to name this little peanut inside
 "Jane Bronwyn" instead of "Bronwyn Jane" as we had planned.
I like to think my great-great-grandma Jane Bee was speaking to me.
Afterall, the scriptures are full of stories of many who
hiked mountains to get closer to God and feel His spirit.  
Maybe since I was at 8,520 feet, I was that much 
closer to heaven where I could receive a spiritual impression
and Jane's name was revealed to me.
(I like to think it happened that way).
Jane is my wild, opinionated, beautiful girl who reminds me
of the Venus de Milo the Greek goddess of beauty and love.

We have some fun surprises in store for her today,
and yes, she is totally skipping school!

(Justin, thank you for the photos!)

PS...This is what Christian looked like when Jane was born:

P.S.S....This is what Claire looked like when Jane was born:

Monday, February 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Dinner

On Thursday of last week, we celebrated Valentine's Day as a family.
We had our usual heart-shaped pizzas for dinner, and I
 made a delicious kale salad (I like a salad on top of my pizza).
We enjoyed cold Mexican coke in the bottle per 
Ollie's request, and for dessert I made our favorite chocolate cake.
 Except one of the layers slipped off the counter and 
conveniently in Angus's mouth.

So then it became a one-layer chocolate cake with 
fresh red berries and whipped cream.

Claire was at work most of the day and then she and Jane
attended a late Barre class and didn't get home until around
8:00. We had a late dinner, but it didn't matter 
since the Nies had Valentine's Day off from school!
During dinner, we listened to our new 2020 love
 theme and all our previous love songs for the last 15 years. 
I couldn't help but get a little teary-eyed during a few songs
because they mean so much to me,
 to Mr. Nielson, and our family.

After we cleaned up we all watched The Phantom of the Opera
(again!) and we all went to bed at 1:00 am...Lottie too!
It was a lovely pre-Valentine's Day event!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Lover's Holiday 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!!
 Mr. Nielson and I call it the Lover's Holiday, and this will
be our 19th together.
Mr. Nielson and I have the whole day planned,
but we can't have Valentine's Day without a new 2020 love song.
This year our song is called "No Fear of Heights" by Katie Melua.
I've been listing to Katie for many years now,
she's one of our favorites, and this song reminds me
of Christian so much.  
All the songs that I've picked over the years have
 special meaning that only
Mr. Nielson and I know about-- and I want to keep it that way.
I love you Mr. Nielson, Happy Lover's Holiday!!
(Nothing could break us...ever...and life has tried).

I never walked near the edge
Used to fear falling
I never swam far from shore
Never tried the secret door
But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights
No fear of the deep blue sea
Although it could drown me
I know it could drown me

I didn't wander in the woods
Used to fear the darkness
I didn't like gettin' deep
I was scared of what I couldn't keep
But when you give me love
When you give me love

I have no fear of heights
No fear of the deep blue sea
Although it could drown me
I know it could drown me
No fear of the fall
No fear if it's with you that I fall
'Cause nothing could break us
No, nothing could break us, now

Last year our love song was:

Spiritual Enlightenment:  Believe, Love, Do
God knows you. You are His child. He loves you.
"Even when you think that you are not lovable, He reaches out to you.
This very day—every day—He reaches out to you, desiring to heal you, 
to lift you up, and to replace the emptiness in your heart
 with an abiding joy. He desires to sweep away any 
darkness that clouds your life and fill it with the sacred
 and brilliant light of His unending glory."