Friday, December 05, 2008

Re-Posted: Original Art By Claire

You have already posted my favorite Nie post 
(a testament to a keen sense of what 
her readers crave, I am sure). It was the post 
"Basket-head mother, not I".
 I have found myself at times overwhelmed by motherhood 
of my two little ones-a baskethead mother for sure...
 It always comes when I have not put my life in focus properly 
and priorities have become skewed. 
 The talk she links to by Elder M. Russell Ballard
 is incredibly moving and never fails to realign my priorities 
and refocus my life. 
 This is the essence of what Nie represents for me: 
a properly focused life filled with family and love. 
 I have a link to the audio of the talk 
on my bookmark bar and listen to it often.

My second favorite post was 
"Original Art By Claire".
 There are so many times over the days when 
I see something that my daughters have done or are doing, 
and I am overwhelmed by them. 
 It happens just as she describes, 
in the middle of daily tasks and family chores, 
and hits you upside the head so unexpectedly. 
 That floored feeling of how wonderful 
your family and life is and the incredible
 grateful feeling that you are here, 
in this moment, appreciating, enjoying, and loving them 
(even if it is over a lady holding a chainsaw!).

Thank you for keeping us updated on Nie. 
 We pray for her every day.


Originally posted Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I had just gotten back from taking Claire to school, fed other children, 
picked up breakfast, made beds, folded a little laundry, 
and was taking that laundry into the girl's room 
when I noticed this on Claire's sketch board.
It's awesome.
That is unmistakably a scene from Jack and the Beanstalk. 
 I laughed so hard I almost cried. Then, I was this close to 
getting back into my car and going to school to find her
 and tell her that I think she is so artistic- she'd love to see me at school
visiting her!

Oh, and it looks like the golden harp lady is holding a chainsaw.

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