Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Precious Little Miracle Indeed….Baby Marilla!

Marilla Valeen Nielsen
Born:  March 21, 2015

Born in Springdale, Arkansas
Weight:  6 lbs. 6 oz.
Height:  18 inches 
What a little doll! 
Sooo, soooo cute! 
     Precious little Marilla is the much loved daughter of Jon and Kimberly Nielsen and the adorable granddaughter of Joe and Gayla Nielsen.  And, here is her sweet, tender story as told by her mother, Kimberly.  
     "Our adoption story started before Jon and I even met. About 3 1/2 years ago I decided that I wanted to serve a mission. So I got everything in order and received my call to the Marshall islands. Right before I left on my mission the stake president called me into his office and said that he didn't think I was supposed to go on a mission. I was devastated, but I stayed home. The Marshall Islands was the most perfect mission for me, and I always wondered why the Lord wanted me to stay home. After Jon and I got married we started talking about adoption and never agreed on exactly what we were wanting. Then one day I asked him about adopting a Marshallese baby. We both felt very strongly that we were supposed to adopt a Marshallese baby girl. We started filling out our adoption papers and getting ready for our homestudy and everything was completed in record time. The Lord had His hand in it. From the day we started filling out papers until the day she was placed in our arms was six weeks. Our lives have never been better. She has brought so much joy into our home and we instantly bonded the day we met. She is 3 1/2 months old now and still pretty tiny but that is normal for the Marshallese people. Marilla is pretty alert and really strong. She LOVES bath time:) and is full of smiles. We are so grateful for all of the love and support that this ward has shown us. This whole thing happened so quickly, but we would not change a thing about it. We love you guys so much."

Love,
     Jon & Kimberly Nielsen

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June VT Printable

Happy Summer! Here is a cute printable for this month's VT message courtesy of fabnfree.com. If you haven't already visited with your sisters this month or haven't been visit taught, the message is Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Virtue. You can click HERE to read the message. And click HERE to download the printable to your computer.


April Showers bring May . . . Babies!!

Straight from heaven up above . . . 3 new babies for you to love.  The Ansah-Dawson and McCleary families both welcomed their babies on May 18th. Then, exactly one week later on the 26th, the Wilkinson family was also blessed with a new arrival! Now let us introduce you . . .


Jack Thomas Ansah-Dawson
8 lbs 2 oz and 20 inches long.
"He's the sweetest boy ever and we have loved him since 1st sight"


I'm especially proud of this one because she is mine!
Josette Noel McCleary
7 lbs 8 oz 20.5 inches long
We are completely smitten with this little angel 


Ellis Trace Wilkinson
7 lbs 4 oz 20.5 inches long
Handsome healthy baby boy

Visiting Teaching Conference

On May 3rd we held our Visiting Teaching Conference during the third hour of the block. The priesthood took care of the YW and Primary so that all the sisters could attend Relief Society together. The theme was "We are His hands" Here are some highlights that were requested to be made available on the blog..

Sister Margo Jacobson shared the following:  I’m convinced that we will never be asked to do anything that doesn’t matter.  Sometimes that takes a lot of courage.  Sometimes that means we do things that we wouldn’t normally do.

I want to share with you an excerpt from a talk I heard several years ago at Education Week by Mary Ellen Edmunds.  She has always been one of my favorite speakers at Education Week.  She served for many years as the director of training in the Missionary Training Center in Provo.

She said, “One time in the missionary training center we were talking about the joy and sometimes the challenge of helping those who have gone away from the church for whatever reason to come back. We read a quote from Elder Neal A. Maxwell where he said, “Sometimes you have to learn to pat a porcupine.”  One of the sister missionaries in the group who was about 31, a little older than many of the sister missionaries said, “I was a porcupine.”  And I said, “Oh, can you share your story and she said “sure.”

She said, “When I was about 18, I went away to college, my first time away from home, I could make my own decisions.  I could do, so I thought, whatever I wanted to do.  Some of my decisions were not very good ones.  I began doing things in place of church activities, school things.  Gradually, other things encroached more and more on my church activity and church time.” And then in her words she said, within a couple of years she was totally inactive.  That’s the way she described herself.  She said,  “It made me feel guilty, really uncomfortable to have anyone come and visit me from the Church, home teachers, visiting teachers, the bishop.  And so she said, “I got with the bishop and requested that no one come to see me from the Church.  I told him I don’t want home teachers, I don’t want a visiting teacher, I don’t want somebody with the Primary Penny Parade, I don’t want anybody getting me to subscribe to the Ensign or New Era.  I don’t want anybody to come and see me.”  Well everything was OK for her for several months.  And then one day there was a knock at the door and she said she opened the door to find someone standing on her doorstep far too cheerful.  Well, let’s speak for the woman on the doorstep.  Have you ever been so nervous that you giggled or perhaps seemed too happy?  This is what happened.  The girl said she opened the door and the woman on the doorstep said something like this, “Hello, I’ve been assigned as your visiting teacher.”  And the girl said (I felt bad later) but I was so cold that I greeted her with something like, “Why are you here? I don’t want a visiting teacher.  I told the bishop I didn’t want anybody to visit me.  I don’t want you.  I don’t want a visiting teacher.”  Anything could have happened.  This is one of those moments in eternity.  She could have said something like, “Well, I never in my life.”  She could have scratched her name off her list until the paper disappeared, wiped the dust off her feet.  She could have gone back to the Relief Society president and said, “She’s evil, don’t dare let anybody go there anymore.”  Anything could have happened, this is what did happen according to this young woman’s account.  She was saying then, “I don’t want you,
 I don’t want a visiting teacher” and this woman at the doorstep said, “Oh, good, then I can just be your friend” and walked right in.  And for seven years she was her un-visiting teacher.  After seven years this younger woman called her up and said, “I want to come back. I don’t know how to start, where to start and what to do.  Will you help me?”  And her un-visiting teacher said, “I’ll do anything I can to help you.”  How do think the un-visiting teacher felt when this younger woman accepted a mission call.  Was it worth waiting for seven years and being her friend, her un-visiting teacher?  That’s almost any easy answer.  Of course it was worth the seven years.  Was it worth the courage it took on the doorstep to do something she said just wasn’t her?

Does the spirit ever prompt you to do things that are unusual and require courage and maybe some inconvenience or possibly even sacrifice?  I’m convinced that we will never be asked to do anything that doesn’t matter.  We will never be asked to do something stupid in God’s kingdom on this earth.  Visiting teaching or whatever it is. It matters.  In 3 Nephi 18:32 Jesus said . . .

There may be things that we are asked to do that we don’t realize how much it matters or even know why.  Respond to the promptings of the spirit.  Isn’t it wonderful when God can count on us, He knows we’ll be there when He needs us to do something for someone else.

President Hinckley said, “Try a little harder to be a little better.”   Let’s apply that to our visiting teaching.  Let’s all try a little harder to be a little better at our visiting teaching.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May VT Printables

Wasn't General Conference last month so inspiring? We are instructed to prayerfully share with the sisters we visit teach something from the talks we heard in this month's Ensign. Here are some printables from simpleasthat.blogspot.com to help you with your visiting teaching. you can download them to your computer by clicking HERE.





Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oh Boy!

Alexander
04/07/15
7lbs 4 oz
20 inches
Congratulations to Kaitlin Odion and her family on the arrival of their handsome baby boy! We are happy to report that mom and baby are both doing well. I'm sure his big sisters can't get enough of him. He couldn't be cuter!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Fairy Gardens

This last Relief Society activity we created our own fairy gardens. Due to some crazy weather the activity was postponed from Tuesday the 14th until Saturday the 18th. It took place in Jackie Jenkins backyard and turned out lovely! Here are some pictures from the activity:






I think the fairies will be very pleased with their gardens! Thank you Jackie for hosting last minute and thanks to the activities committee for planning the activity.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 2015 VT Printable

Can you believe it's already half-way through April?  Didn't we just celebrate Christmas?! We hope the sisters you visit teach are doing well and can feel their Savior's love through you. The Visiting Teaching Message for this month is The Attributes of Jesus Christ: Without Guile or Hypocrisy. Here is a cute printable courtesy of ktdredgedesign.com.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bouncing Baby Boys!

We are so excited for the Revill and Boogaard families for the arrival of their handsome baby boys! It's always a special feeling to bring a precious new spirit into your home and hearts. 
Congratulations Brooke and Kara! 
We wish you a quick recovery and babies that sleep through the night!


Jack Steven Revill. Born February 7, 2015. 5 lbs. 18 inches.
Spent 9 days in the NICU, but home now and doing well.

Blake Landon Boogaard
2/13/2015
8.3 lbs
20.5 inches long