Friday, September 19, 2014

You never know how much good you do

 {This photo by Justin Hackworth, was taken last summer when 
I spoke with GB at one of his events.)

Happy Weekend!
Whew, I am really excited to shake up my week.
You know, like not make four lunches every morning for the next few days, 
maybe sleep in a past 8:00?
 Mr. Nielson has been at the beloved ranch this past week,
 and the Little Nies and I have been holding down the fort.  
I am excited for him to come home today.
We are planning on going to a few football games this weekend, and
 I am speaking at a pretty big event in Salt Lake on Saturday.
I am always honored to share my story with others.
I am pretty sure after I talk,  I will deserve a BIG 
piece of chocolate cake from Buca di Beppo,
 (please tell me you've had this cake!!!!)
I hope you have a great weekend.  I hope you are enjoying fall like we are.
The leaves are changing and my morning hikes are killin me.  
They are beautiful, breathtaking, and so inspiring.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hold still

My life around 7:46 pm: 
 I took this photo after dinner when we were cleaning up 
 dishes and preparing for bedtime.
I had to capture it because its classic and precious to me.
Sometimes I want time to hold still.
I love this stage of life I am in. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Holding my head high

(The Little Nies in October of 2008)

Just as I am certain that God has a plan for me, I know
 He has a plan for these children, and that they were meant to be mine.  
I wish my children had not had to go through this, but I hope this
experience has taught them how strong they are and
 that God is always there for us, especially in our darkest moments.  
They will grow up with a special understanding of people who 
look different, and I hope that blesses them with compassion and kindness.
My brother Stevie tells me they are learning grace and confidence
from me as I hold my head high in the grocery store while people stare.  
I hope so.
I will never know all that my children went 
through or all the ways they have been changed, 
but what I do know is, today, their future is just as 
bright was it was before the accident.
(taken from my memoir, Heaven is Here pg. 306)

 (The Little Nies in August of 2014)

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