a run through december!

there are a lot of things i could say. but pictures are more exciting, and are a much more succinct way of sharing our life with you so here we go.

hello season of advent. it was BUSY. but this was our tree. a gracious gift of a member in the congregation.

my favorite ornament.

after we put up all our decorations, we hosted an open house for the church so they could see what we have done with the place! it was “milk and cookies” so here were the cookies I made…

my dad, brother, and nick used their handy skills to put together frames to go in all the windows with lights on them, so even the outside of our house was beautiful!

well, then we had a minor setback. i had some pretty intense stomach issues which involved a week of being mis-diagnosed with diverticulitis, and then correctly diagnosed with some pretty yucky intestinal stuff. but after a couple nights in the hospital, i was finally able to start feeling better. it was pretty rough for a patch there though.

we stayed in calypso right through christmas morning. nick did a wonderful job with the christmas eve and christmas morning services and then headed to winston christmas night to be with nick’s family for a couple days. we really enjoyed being with his family!

we made it back to calypso in time for some more fun things, and finally remembered to start taking pictures again… well, and getting this new toy helped πŸ™‚

New Year's eve, we did what every person who lives near Mt. Olive is obliged to do...

it was (of course) on the corner of cucumber and vine

where else can you get a scratch and sniff pickle sticker?

It was basically just like being in times square πŸ™‚

we even got a picture with Ollie (who happens to be a member at our church!)

from new years eve, to resolution! we ran this race this past saturday. super fun.

afterwards, we walked around wilmington... loved it.

my week days are spent with this guy... mr. jt wolfe. he's a champ

and i think thats about it for now. we are going to be heading to orlando next week which will be great. nick has a conference. and ill get to hang with my parents… so itll be good. although its been a busy past few weeks… we have made it, and we are still so glad to be here in calypso. sending lots of love…

p.s. all of nick’s sermons are online now… i put them on weekly under the sermons tab. they’re pretty good if i do say so myself!

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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in sarah's thoughts


short update.

well… long story, short: beginning of december has been rough health-wise for me. NO FUN. won’t go into details on this bloggy. but did want to update nick’s latest sermon. love from calypso πŸ™‚

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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in sarah's thoughts



so nick and i both grew up with cats. i dont know if you would call us cat people… but we dont mind them.

now, when it comes to getting a domesticated animal. that would be out of the question. you see – pets cost money, and im married to nick nielsen. i dont think i need to explain.

BUT, a couple weeks ago, we were walking home from church and this guy (soon to be discovered.. girl) followed us home.

she was cute, and sweet… but we didnt know if she belonged to someone. so we asked around and she didnt seem to have a home. nick was all about feeding her. and i TOLD him, once we feed her, she’s never leaving! but, he said as long as she keeps any possible rodents away, i dont mind having her around!

so… she has stayed. we’ve named her charlie. my parents have a boy cat named charlie, and nick had a girl cat named charlie, so i guess thats the only name we know for cats!

she likes to sit here…

she just watches us wonder around!

she really is a sweet cat. we’ve been talking, and nick has a no-house rule. but once its 20-degrees outside, we might have to discuss that! we shall see. all around, she’s a great cat, and we’re glad she chose us.



Posted by on December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized


turkey (trot), and beef.

well… if you know us well you know that instead of turkey on thanksgiving, the tomlinson side of the family likes to eat beef tenderloin instead of turkey! a little blasphemous. i know… but its our tradition. and its YUMMY. but we found other way’s to incorporate “turkey” this year as you’ll see below… my mom and dad, and my brother david, and sister-in-law kathy were all here to celebrate and we had LOTS of fun. all the photos below are thanks to our resident photographer, kathy… thanks!

thanksgiving morning... "TURKEY" trot!!!


i run, so i can eat this.... (chocolate pie - i baked on wednesday)

and this... (pecan-pumpkin roll)

and these... TURKEY krispies made by kathy!

and lest we forget.

whew! what a day! LOVED having my family here!!


this is a bit of a transition, but on the sunday after thanksgiving was a special service at calypso presbyterian called the hanging of the greens. it is where the members of the church decorate the sanctuary with poinsettias, evergreens branches, and the children decorate the tree. the choir also sang carols and it was the first sunday of advent.

the final result!

and as a treat if you are interested… nick had to do a short meditation for the sermon so i put it on youtube…

lots of love!

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in sarah's thoughts



there will be a few posts coming soon, but before those come i wanted to do one on the ordination!

it was one of the most special things i have ever been apart of. nick’s parents, his maternal grandparents, his aunt, and my parents were all here to share in the big day as well as our new church family.

the service consisted of several neat things… a charge to pastor, and charge to the congregation, laying on of hands for nick as he goes into this calling, and vows which nick took to the church. it was amazing.

it was also neat to have close family friends of nick’s paternal grandparents here as well… it was such a neat a special day for everyone. and to top it all off, the women of the church had a spread that was UNREAL!

nick now offically wears a robe πŸ™‚ and looks very “pastor-ly”

we’re all so proud of “Reverend Nicholas Nielsen”!

more blog posts coming soon!!! (thanksgiving, a cat, and a christmas tree, oh my!)

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in sarah's thoughts


almost ordained.

so. we are counting down the days (4 to be exact) until nick can do really cool things like baptize babies, and lead a session and serve communion, and say things like, “i now pronounce you husband and wife”. oh also until until he gets to wear his super cool black robe, which will we will most definetaly get a photo of!

BUT, until that day comes, (which on a more serious note – has been a LONG time coming, and we are so thankful for the prayers and support of all of those around us!) i’ll bore you with some random things from our past few weeks.

a few weeks ago i drove north a bit for my first experience with the might wallace wade stadium.

i was able to take in the fsu vs. duke game with nick’s dad, don. although fsu won, we had a great time and i was pretty impressed with the stadium. and the thing that both nick and his dad never fail to remind me of is that wallace wade was the host of the 1942 rose bowl, which was also commemorated by this plaque. if you are interested, believe me, both don and nick would love to tell you more about it.

i’m not sure if i’ve mentioned it on the blog or not, but i love the calypso skies. they are awesome. take a look.

no photo-shopping here. just god, doing his thing.

and one more thing… we had a first halloween in calypso which was rather rainy. this however did not stop the trick-or-treaters! we had a great turn-out. and i even got a picture with one of my favorite’s christopher. i accidently thought he was a storm trooper. he quickly told me he was darth vader. my bad.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in sarah's thoughts



friday night, we drove to raleigh to check out the NC state fair.... (mainly so nick could see his beloved demolition derby!)

we made it through the midway with people hollering at nick in condescending ways because he had yet to win me an oversized winnie the pooh.

as tempting as the fireball, helter skelter, and kamikaze might have been... we stuck with the ferris wheel.

not a bad view!

our options for dinner were straight out of the biggest loser cookbook! we managed to sneak away with a cheese steak, corn on a stick, and a lemonade.

after our meal, we settled in for the main event. something i had never witnessed before... demolition derby.


the all start facing each other backwards, then after that, hilarity ensues. they basically try to drive backwards and hit each other. the crowd goes wild. the last vehicle moving wins. it was amazing.

did i mention there were three rounds... 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, and 8 cylinder (do no ask me what this means). my conclusion: we will be going back next year.

saturday morning while i watched college gameday (DUH.) and this awesome piece on fsu alum, lee corso…

nick was awesome mr. handyman everything man and planted some rose bushes we received from a member of the congregation.




was a great weekend… and we’re excited about another week here in calypso!


Posted by on October 25, 2011 in sarah's thoughts