Monday, September 21, 2020

Home Church Week 27/Church with friends

  This week we enjoyed our home church service with some friends.  
It's so nice to gather with people- it's been sooooo long! 
We've still been quarantine-ing here in North Carolina, but last week
our governor moved the state to a phase 2 
restriction plan, which means we can gather with a limited amount of people.
North Carolina has been one of the toughest states in terms of
the COVID quarantine and restrictions.
Church will continue next week with a small number of gatherers
and on a once a month per family in attendance basis.
  There will be masks, social distancing, and lots of hand sanitizer.

During our friend devotional, we discussed how we've felt Christ in our lives,
and how He has guided paths as we've navigated the pandemic with our families.
It was beautiful and very special.  After we had a lovely lunch 
together where we caught up each other's lives, 
discussed what books we're reading,
shows we're watching (not many), and COVID activities we're doing.
I am so thankful for wonderful, faithful friends who share the same love 
for Jesus Christ as our family does.
On Friday I broke down and got out a few more Halloween 
decorations (Mr. Bones!) from storge.
(Lottie talkked me into it!) 
And I watched the 24 Hours of Le Mans car race which 
 I LOVED!  I'm kind of a car girl, and really like fast cars.
The TV was on for most of the 24 hours the race was going, and
I watched a good portion of it.
My bet was on the Aston Martin, which took first in the GTE Pro race.
In another life, I think I drove a fast car.

Friday, September 18, 2020


There are so many reasons I love the Church, but today
 I felt overwhelmed with love as I participated along with
 Christian, Jane, Oliver, and several other members of
 our congregation to put together groceries for those in need. 
We woke up early and drove in the pouring rain 
to get to the building in time to unload the food truck.
I couldn't help but remember our past family theme from 2019:  "FOR HIM"
Everything we do in our lives is for Him, our Savior.  
We serve, grow, live, love, and minister in His name and for Him
because we love Him and want to be like Him, 
but more importantly we can't do it without Him.
(Jane and Ollie on a 7:00 am seminary zoom)

Since I knew I'd be gone for the morning,  I assigned Claire 
to get Lottie set up with her school zoom, and 
 Gigs started on his homeschool lesson before she had to leave for work.
When we got home later that morning I found them
on the couch with a bag of chips watching Finding Nemo.
When I asked them why they weren't doing school they said,
"Because you weren't here."
Then I felt like an ER doctor giving orders:
"Well, I'm home now, turn the TV off, Gigs get the vacuum out and
 suck up the crumbs, Lottie, get your computer open and 
signed into your google classroom,
Gigs grab your coursebook and turn to page 16, start reading the directions,
 Ollie pick up the pillows and put them back on the couch,
 Jane, light a candle then feed Angus,
 and then everyone for the love of Pete, sit down at the table."
And soon we were all sitting at the dining room table and I wasn't 
Dr. Nielson giving orders anymore, 
I was Mrs. (teacher) Nielson holding up Lottie's 
multiplication cards as she passed them off, 
and began dictating sentences for Gigs
to write down in his notebook.
Then I became Chef Nielson and offered frozen grapes and peanut 
butter sandwiches for lunch.
And just like many other women and mothers all over the world
I had a few other hats that I put on before the day ended, 
and was very happy to be finishing the day with my nightcap.
(Not the drink).

"Women wear many hats, but it is impossible and unnecessary, 
to wear them all at once. The Spirit helps us determine
 which work to focus on today."

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Since it's an election year, I admit I've been really
 interested in watching the news.  
I turn on the TV while I am cooking dinner and 
all I can think about is how scary the world has become. 
So much division and hatred, so much pain and fear.
I am so thankful for a prophet of God!
In preparing for General Conference in a few weeks, 
I've been studying about prophets, now and in ancient times.
"Many people live in darkness, unsure of God’s will. 
They believe that the heavens are closed 
and that people must face the world’s perils alone. 
How fortunate are the Latter-day Saints! 
We know that God communicates to the Church through His prophet. 
A prophet is a man called by God to be His representative on earth. 
When a prophet speaks for God, it is as if God were speaking ( D&C 1:38).
 A prophet teaches truth and interprets the word of God. 
He calls the unrighteous to repentance. 
He receives revelations and directions from the Lord for our benefit. 
He may see into the future and foretell coming events
 so that the world may be warned."
Yesterday my girls sat on the couch cuddled up to Angus.
I looked at them with so much gratitude and love in my heart!
I am so thankful that my children had a path forward
even in the midst of the chaotic world we live in.
I believe that they still have a very bright future.  
I believe God wants all of His children to be happy and succeed!
He wants to Heal us and bless us. (3 Nephi 9:13)
He gave us a prophet....and General Conference in a few weeks!!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Chionophile

"Early Autumn Storm" by Romona Youngquist

 Today as I was making soup for dinner Mr. Nielson had the gall to tell
 me that he wasn't ready for fall, and even went as far to say that
he was sad to see summer go.
A pumpkin apple candle was flickering nearby the stove and I have
fall leaves stuffed in pretty jars around the house.
Lottie happened to be on the couch reading a few pre-Halloween books,
and I actually bought two real decorative pumpkins
 to display on the entryway table.
I feel like since COVID struck we've been in a perpetual 
summer since March when the Nies were taken out of school
and home every day, all day.
I am sooooo ready for a change, ready for autumn and all its glory.
It can't come soon enough.  
I love when the Nies come down the stairs in the morning and the
first thing they do (all of them at separate times), is ask our
Alexa what the temperature is currently, 
(if only to see if they should put on a sweater!),
 and what they chances are for rain.
I've raised a bunch of emo-weather children.  
We all delight in the cold brisk air, crappy weather, and cloudy skies.
Tonight around dinner, Oliver said, "did you guys hear?  
It's supposed to rain tomorrow!  It's supposed to be cloudy almost ALL DAY!" 
And then we all broke out in cheers and screams.

I also found this amazing tidbit of information: 
"A Chionophile (n) is a person who loves cold weather, snow."
That's ME!

Monday, September 14, 2020


This photo of me from 2005 popped up on my feed this morning.
I think I look like Claire.
Sometimes it's weird seeing old photos of me because 
I look so different now- and not just because of the obvious reason, 
but because I'm older.
This is the last year in my thirties, you know.
Today while teaching about mammals to Gigs and Lottie
I found myself having to trombone my papers because 
my eyes felt heavy and dizzy, and then I thought about
my 7th-grade teacher, Mrs. Alder, doing the same thing.
Except she had gray hair and bifocals hanging from a
 silver chain around her neck, and I'm not there yet.
About a month ago I was asked to serve as the Relief Society president
in our congregation.  I feel overwhelmed, but honored to serve alongside
other women, but I don't feel old enough to serve in that role.
But I am.  And in reality, I am grateful I am getting older because
all the while I am having amazing experiences that mold and define me!  And I like me, and what I have learned and accomplished.
But most of all I really do enjoy watching
my Nies grow into amazing people!