Monthly Archives: December 2011

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 🙂

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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 🙂 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