Thursday, May 31, 2012

Letter to a Sister Missionary...who I also visit teach

Dear Sister W-L,

Hope you are doing well.  Your mom makes it sound like you are having an amazing time!  It is nice that we get to visit teach you both. We get to hear all the good stores every month and see pictures!!

I am excited that I get to teach the lesson this month because the May visiting teaching message comes from General Conference.  I loved and really identified with Elder Holland's talk on "the Laborers in the Vineyard".

I have always believed that one of the most important life lessons we need to learn is that life isn't fair.  It is funny how many movies have that line in it.  I have watched several this week alone...Labyrinth, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and My Neighbor Totoro.  I have even told my children that they were right when they yelled out that phrase.  It seemed harsh even at the time, but necessary.  Necessary because otherwise we would go through life comparing ourselves to everyone else and be miserable as a result, (insert entitlement complex here).  I have always looked at it as once we accept this concept that we free ourselves to be content with what we have.  Nice, but still a little disappointing.

Elder Holland's talk took this concept for me to the next level.  (I will spare you the retelling of the parable of the wealthy landowner, even though I love it because I am sure you know it well enough...) He broke down the day into different parts and showed us that while at the end of the day it appears that the workers who had only been there an hour were the lucky ones, they spent their whole day up to that last hour worrying about how they would feed their families that day.  And while the workers that worked all day for the same wage seem to have gotten the short end of the stick really were the most fortunate.  They were lucky enough to be picked first and didn't have to worry about how they would feed their family that day.  We all have a tendency to compare our worst to other people's best, when we should be grateful for our own bests.

In the talk he paraphrases, "My friends, I am not being unfair to you.  You agreed on the wage for the day, a good wage. You were very happy to get the work, and I am very happy with the way you served.  Your are paid in full.  Take your pay and enjoy the blessings.  As for the others, surely I am free to do what I like with my own money." Then this piercing question to anyone then or now who needs to hear it: "Why should you be jealous because I choose to be kind?"  He goes on to say "We are not diminished when someone else is added upon.... God really is both just and merciful, giving to all who stand with Him "all that he hath."

God is just.  He knows our individual needs and blesses us accordingly.  Finding $10 might be a huge blessing for someone but it would mean much less to someone else who really needed a friend to talk to or a hug. (a little cheesy, sorry...)

This talk was like a spoonful of sugar for the bitter medicine that I have been trying to swallow.  (Mary Poppins's songs are always fun to have suck in your head, don't you agree?...)  Life isn't fair, but it is just.  We all have different trials and challenges in our lives and we all receive different blessings.  Heavenly father loves us all equally, differently but equally.

Gratitude is a powerful thing.

Now from what I know of you, my dear Sister, you are probably one of the last people on the earth that needs to hear this message.  But I find it so beautiful and have thought of it so often over the weeks since conference I can't help but share it with you.  

Just so you know, this was my first letter to a missionary!!! I am very grateful for your service.  It was a little missionary that lead the way for my family to receive the Gospel.  We are so grateful for him.  I know that you are doing Heavenly Father's work and that you will be eternally blessed for your sacrifice and service.

Much love and prayers,

Nikki Glasscock

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Babies!

Since it is only four days until Christmas, I guess I have messed up the twelve days of santa picture concept... So here we go (in reverse order since that is how they uploaded...)

2010 (Nick-12, Gillian-5, and Spencer-1)

2009 (Nick-11, Gillian-4, and Spencer-3 months)

2008 (Nick-10 and Gillian-3)

2007 (Nick-9 and Gillian-2)

2006 (Nick-8 and Gillian-1)

2005 (Nick-7 and Gillian-4 months)

2004 (Nick-6)

2003 (Nick-5)

2002 (Nick-4)

2001 (Nick-3)

2000 (Nick-2)

1999 (Nick-1)

1998 (Nick-1 month)

So much Fun! I have them all framed and stretched out across the top of our piano (got to get some use out of it somehow...) I know there exists a great picture of me when I was a toddler with Santa. I look a lot like Gillian in 2006! I will try to locate. So glad to finally have them all scanned.

On the what's for dinner front...we have been having Christmas cookies and hot chocolate for a couple of weeks now. We started making cookies to give away to neighbors and friends. But have consumed a large portion of them ourselves. I have also been having this for breakfast. Yum! The Santafication process is well under way!... Hope the de-santafication process will be as fun...

P.S. I mailed my 2010 & 2009 Christmas cards on Monday. I did cards last year, just never got around to mailing baby and all...I had even bought the stamps...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

For Aunt Ellen (aka Diane):

I was going to post my new Santa picture and realized I haven't posted anything since my last Santa picture...Nothing for an entire YEAR! (no wonder Aunt Ellen requested an update) why is that?... I am blaming facebook... and by extension, Sheriece and AD (love you both!).

I love reading and following other people's blogs. I start each morning by hitting a few of my favorites. It's the new coffee. I always come away inspired to make something or do something or BE something. While I am lacking in the usual creative, interesting traits required to be a great blogger, I would still love to be a blogger, if only for my own sake.

So, I am committing to blogging on a more regular basis. Therefore I am going to save my new Santa picture and do a 12 days of Christmas thing with all the pictures to date. Fun?... Sounds fun to me, I do love my Santa pictures.

So for tonight I am just gonna blog about....what I had for dinner! Although I am not looking to start a cooking blog. Mainly because I don't cook. Think I will use "What's for Dinner?" as default/filler posts... Tonight Shane made a scrumptious stew for another of our favorite blogs, Kalyn's Kitchen. She has a great cafe Rio recipe!...although I have nothing to compare it to. Never been to the real deal, but I hear great things about it! (btw, Sheriece, AD, that meal makes up for the facebook thing!) Anyway, Kalyn's pictures are much more appetizing than mine. I'll work on that...

Crockpot Recipe for Sausage, Peppers, and Cannellini Bean Stew

It is a South Beach recipe that I LOVE! Italian turkey sausage, YUM!. (Thanks, Shane! )We do the South Beach / low carb thing on occasion with much success and I am currently in need of some of that success. Holding out until after Christmas and then we will go back to phase one. Maybe this will be the year I finally shed all this baby weight I have been carrying around for twelve years now in varying degrees... Tonight though, I had my soup with saltines!

Oh, and here is a quick picture of Spencer. This is his early morning face. Somehow he looks sweeter in the mornings...maybe it's the bed head, a sign of a great night's sleep.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa 2009

This falls into the category of Christmas tradition and decoration since my favorite holiday decoration is my progression of Santa photos since Nick was a baby. I proudly display them on my mantel each Christmas. Maybe someday I will upload them and share them with everyone but for now all you get is this year's photo...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

World, meet Spencer

Jonathan "Spencer" arrived at 7:56 am on August 28, 2009 weighing in at 8 lbs. 5 oz. and 20.25 inches long. Everyone is healthy and happy.

Spencer has a nice head of black hair, not as much as Gillian did, but still a respectable amount. He has dark blue/grey eyes.

I would give you more descriptions, but Spence is hungry...

Spence is a great sleeper already. The new parents on the other hand...not so much.
Nick couldn't be more proud. He keeps telling us how lucky he is to be the only male cousin with a brother.

Gillian is in baby heaven. Spence will always be the best dressed baby if Gillian has anything to say about it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gillie's first soccer outfit...

We signed Gillian up to play soccer this fall with her cousin Addison and her friend Gracie. Since she will make the cut off for kindergarten next fall and neither of the other girls will, this will be one of the few opportunities for them to be on the same team. Gillie's initial reaction to the idea of playing soccer was not excitement... actually she cried. "I want to be a cheerleader." Well, new soccer gear and outfit later, she is finally excited to play soccer... just don't tell her there is anything wrong with her soccer outfit...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Nursery

We have finished the nursery with only 19 days to spare. We scheduled my c-section for August 28th. Oh, and we have picked a name. Not a full name, just a name. But that is half the battle, right?