Last night, Mr. Nielson and I slipped out the back door and
took Angus out for a walk.
The bright moon shone on the dusty ranch like a giant light bulb.
Angus ran back and forth, sniffing and peeing and
I held on tight to Mr. Nielson's hand.
We discussed the day, our children, and what went good or bad.
(Good: Starting school on time.
Bad: getting after Nicholas 800 times in the first hour of school).
Then sometimes I cry.
It's a time when I can decompress with Christian's full attention.
He never judges me, questions my feelings, and always validates me.
Life is busy-it's a good busy; we're just constantly moving,
but I wouldn't want it any other way because
it makes these moments even sweeter.
Once we get to the only tree on the long stretch of road, we stop
and pray before turning back home.
In the dark, one of us prays out loud to God,
asking for guidance and counsel in everything we're trying to do.
Last night the air was frigid, but with the moon so bright,
we could see each other's faces clearly.
Walking back to the ranch house, we discussed
our Valentine's Day plans.
Honestly, some of my favorite moments with my husband are
driving in the car- usually to nowhere.
And I would be happy just watching movies all day long in bed with
no obligations or expectations from our usual daily activities.
Last year for Valentine's Day, we spent almost an entire week in New York City.
If I'm being honest, most of those days
were spent in our hotel room binge-watching Stranger Things.
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Teachings from RMN:
In the Lord's Own Way- April 1986
"As Saints learn and obey the commandments of God, they will prosper.
This promise has been recorded by prophets
throughout time and in diverse places."
(2 Nephi 4:4)