Monday, June 20, 2016

Father's Day 2016

Happy Father's Day Christian!
A good portion of the day revolved around food,
Christian's favorite foods.
The girls helped me make buttermilk pancakes with fresh cream and berries
for breakfast in bed.
The boys were in charge of making Christian lunch (salmon lox with arugula),
and I made dinner- typical mashed potatoes, carrots, pees, salad, rolls...etc.

 Jane was browsing old Martha Stewart magazines, and came across 
a great idea to make darling paper shirts as cards for Christian.
I think it should be made known that Lottie had drawn a unicorn 
on her shirt with sweet long pink tie.

We attended church minus Nicholas, who was home sick. 
 I think a good combination of too much sun on Saturday, late night, 
and too much sugar put him in a little spin.  
I let him stay home and sleep it off.  
Poor little dude.
The Little Nies couldn't wait to get home from church so they 
could watch Christian open his gifts.
This year we got him a nice sturdy pair of overalls for the ranch.
Jane made Christian a peach cobbler and Ollie helped me peel the potatoes
while Christian took about a three hour nap.
Dear my Mr. Nielson, 
Thank you for being a wonderful father to our five darlings.  
You are patient, and good.  You teach and love.  
Also, we make really wonderful beautiful children, don't we?!
Then we went to visit my father.  My namesake! 
We sat on the lawn and one by one other siblings 
and their families came to visit.
We each shared funny memories we had of dad growing up. 
We laughed so hard. 
 Then Lucy and I attempted to take a few photos with
 dad and not one single photo turned out.  Awesome!
I am thankful for good men in my life.  
Men who protect, provide, support and love.

Not sure what's going on here:

For men, fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses 
and our need to improve. Fatherhood requires sacrifice, 
but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy. 
Again, the ultimate model is our Heavenly Father, 
who so loved us, His spirit children, 
that He gave us His Only Begotten Son for our salvation and exaltation. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
 Fathers manifest that love as 
they lay down their lives day by day, 
laboring in the service and support of their families.