Thursday, October 30, 2014

Punkin pickin

On the last day of fall break, Mr. Nielson and I took the Little Nies
 to the pumpkin patch.  (I like calling pumpkins punkins though).
It was pretty cute how each child's pumpkin 
really was very similar to their personalities with shape, color, size, 
and even the stem.  
It was both equally interesting and fun to watch them decide
 (stew) over the right one.
Lottie picked out and put about 50 pumpkins on our cart.  
I pretty much let her to whatever she wants because she is just 
about the cutest thing on the planet.
After the pumpkin patch extravaganza, we went back home and hiked 
the trails near our home. 
 Fall in Utah is so very gorgeous, and we are drinking up every single day.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Claire is a teenager

 Today my oldest child and daughter is 13.
Claire Elizabeth is a teenager.
I often look at Claire and see myself.  The freckles all over her face, 
(and one on her lip- like me...before the accident).
Like me so many years ago, Claire is hanging on to the last 
dimming lights of her childhood.
A place still in make-believe but with make-up.
She is growing up beautiful.  She is kind and compassionate.
She is motherly and feminine.
Claire is brave and strong.
She is aware and has a keen sense of direction and purpose.
I am proud of her in every way.

Happy Birthday darling Claire.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Operation Underground Railroad

  {Some of the heroes of OUR }

Watch this news report about the amazing organization O.U.R. 
(Operation Underground Railroad)
This organization is saving lives and healing hearts. 
You can read about Mr. Nielson's time in the
Dominican Republic last August with O.U.R. HERE.
{Mr. Nielson with founder of O.U.R. Tim Ballard}
If you want to do something good today, learn and educate 
yourself on this disgusting evil that is ruing innocent children.
Pray for the children who are trapped in this horrible life.
Pray for the rescuers who find them.
Or donate.
Or even better, do all of the above.
Follow O.U.R. on instagram at: OURRESCUE for updates 
Anything helps.

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