Thursday, July 30, 2009

*Labors of Love*

Over the past few months prior to our baby's arrival, Jordan has been talking about "making a bassinet". With nothing much under his belt but an honorary PhD in New Yankee Workshop, This Old House and Home Town program-viewing, I had my reasons for doubt. Well, the months passed by and soon there were only two weeks left with nothing started and the doubts started to simmer. I had already picked out a 'back-up' online, just in case. We decided over the 4th of July weekend, that we would retreat to our family cabin, just our little family, for one last vacation before Baby arrived. Jordan was determined to devote the entire weekend to making this bassinet. Around the clock, he hammered away. He finished the bassinet the day after returning home from the cabin. The time, energy, faith and commitment he put into this project left me speechless. Jordan is a dreamer, just like my father. They have such insurmountable faith in achieving their goals...and they always do! What a timeless treasure he has created for our little family.

A few days before our little one arrived, I found a little playhouse listed on KSL that I have always wanted for my Charly! It had a doorbell, little tables, a phone, a fireplace, a clock...the works! It would keep her entertained when the baby arrived and feed that incredible imagination of hers! After talking it over with Jordan, we both decided not to afford it. My heart was broken, but I knew we needed to focus on our savings as our home is being built. Charly and I left for a while to run some errands and came home about an hour and a half later. I went to take the garbage out through the back door and nearly collapsed when I saw this:

Jordan must have left work immediately and driven all the way down town to pick this up for his girls. I will never forget that moment I opened the door, falling to my knees and weeping while a confused two-year old gleefully welcomed herself into her new little home.:-) Of course, we had to have the "sometimes we cry when we are happy" talk.:-) Such a labor of love I will never forget!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I sure hope we all remember this commercial! It's a classic!

It's true, after 9 long months of not knowing what we were having, the curtain was finally drawn on July 16, 2009. Our little Spencer Winston Nelson is here and we have been doing cartwheels ever since. As my dear cousin, Marilyn Williams shared with me after our first, "Having children is like letting your heart walk around outside of your body, experiencing true unconditional love for the first time." I am simply lost in love with this little boy and my angel daughter, Charly Wynn. Oh, how I love them.

Coming home from the hospital is always so difficult, as you leave behind you that "security blanket", where your baby is being cared for and sheltered from the world, to suddenly walking back into the world and feeling more afraid and vulnerable than ever before. How blessed we are to have the Gospel as our eternal "cushion", to offer the peace and reassurance that the world otherwise defies.
So here he is, after four popcycles and one push, Charly Wynn's baby brother made his big premiere.....and he has red hair!!! It's actually the most beautiful copper-tone color. We are so happy! He is named after his Dad, Jordan Spencer, and his Grandpa and Great-Grandpa, Charles Winston.
Oma Dahlquist and her Babies
Opa Charles Winston

Our Family Uncle "Boo" and Bubba (Alex)
Here's Our Boy!
Aunt Jillsie and Charly
Uncle Dallas, Ashley, and Halley

Grandma Nelson
Grandpa Nelson

My sweet angel baby boy

Friends, Tyler, Aubrey and Quentin Herd

Chris and Scott

I love this man!! (Dr. Gregory Tanner)

Our Dinner for Two!! (provided by Alta View Hospital!!)

Dave and Jalene Hale


My Best Friend, Jenna!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

At Last...Our "Livvy-Lou" Has Arrived!

Waiting and waiting with Opa

Charly's new baby cousin, Olivia Sue

Hello, Everybody!! I am back from my blogging hiatus, although I am sure I have lost all of my followers...not that I expected to have any before anyway!

Oh my, where has all the time gone?! We are just a few weeks away from welcoming our little "surprise" into the world!! Yesterday, my dear sister, Julie, gave birth to her 4th little baby angel, Olivia Sue. This makes for 11 Grandchildren for the Dahlquist's and one more on the way! "Livvy" is absolutely the most beautiful little baby I have ever seen! I am so happy for my sister and her family!

Tickle Tickle!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

In the Doghouse

The other day, Jordan and I were having a "disagreement" in the kitchen. It clearly effected our little girl because no sooner than 30 seconds into it she came into the kitchen and sternly shouted, "HEY!! YOU STOP BARKING!!!" This just put into total perspective what we must sound like to our kids when they overhear us in the middle of a "disagreement". What would we do without our little mediators?
P.S- NEXT MONTH we'll add another little "mediator" to the fold!!:-) We can hardly wait!!:-)

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I have been neglecting my blog lately, mainly due to the glorious change in the weather, keeping us extra busy outside in the sun! I have less than 3 months to go with this pregnancy and I am getting more and more anxious to find out what this one is! If it is a boy, we are starting from scratch and he will just have to be fine with dresses and pink bows for a while until we stock up on boy stuff!

Charly is the absolute joy of my life! She is all SPUNK and keeps me smiling all day long! She lives and breathes for the outdoors! I promised not to make my Blog into a "Brag", but I am amazed everyday with how quickly Charly is learning and growing! Oh, how I love her!!!

As far as our "home building" goes, I think that if we all take a minute to hold our breath and cross our fingers, we might get a hole dug by the beginning of next month. It is slowly, but surely falling into place. We are so grateful!

My signing clinics are going wonderful and I will go into more detail later. I am also currently interpreting for the Draper Temple Youth Churchwide Celebration at the Conference Center in May. Right now I'm interpreting for the dance portion (rehearsals) and it is so much fun. Piano lessons are also keeping me busy and I absolutely love every minute of it.

Jordan is training for the Spudman Triathlon with my dad and brother-in-law. The race is the day after our baby is due! Yikes! He wakes up at 5am every morning for training. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays he runs, Tuesdays he swims and Fridays he plays basketball...(he is still trying to figure out how to fit in the biking!) He also plays soccer Tuesday nights. He has always been such a diligent, committed athlete!

So hooray for sunnier days! I hope you are all out there soakin' up some vitamin D!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

High On the Mountain Top

Truly an experience I shall never forget. My father spoke at the dedication at 11:30 Sunday morning and every one of us, including his angel mother, were able to join him and the Prophet in the Celestial Room of the Draper Temple. Five of my nieces and nephews were also able to attend. I simply can't think of a more beautiful gift than to have my entire family with me in the House of the Lord. Sitting there, nearly 6 months pregnant, I couldn't stop thinking about where our little yet-to-be-born baby was and how I felt at that moment that we were all together in a very celestial place. What a day it will be when we will once again all be united in His glorious Kingdom on high. I am so grateful!
The Dahlquist Family

Sunday, March 22, 2009


So we drove by the balloons today and I realized they were actually for the neighbor of H&R Block, a new little Used Book Store that had just opened. That actually makes more sense considering H&R Block is apparently a multi-million dollar tax prep industry who I doubt needs the balloons for business! Anyway, I will find out more about this little Book Store on 7th East in Sandy and then maybe we can ALL take a minute and visit this nice old man who took the time to put out balloons for a hopeful day of customers.
Have a wonderful week and find someone out there who needs a little slice of happy!!! :-)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

On My Mind

1- I wish I could give business to anybody who goes to the trouble of putting balloons out to attract customers' attention. I always feel so bad when I drive by and see balloons or dancing employees holding up signs by the intersections, with nothing to show for it but an empty parking lot and a bad sunburn. Today I was wishing I had a reason to go into an H&R Block when I saw an older man out struggling to tie his "grand opening" balloons together outside and keep them from blowing away in the wind. To be honest, the only thing I know about H&R Block is that it was the answer Ken Jennings missed on his Jeopardy million-dollar streak. But today, I wanted so badly to go in and pretend I was interested in what they had to offer. *sigh*

2- People amaze me. People who can knit, people who sacrifice their lives for their country, people who do travel shows on TV and are seldom recognized for all their tiresome efforts, people who work graveyard shifts and still raise their families during the daytime, teachers who devote every hour of their day to their job, people who make amazing things out of their home, people who know about every spice at the supermarket and when to use it, people who do nice things without even being asked, and oh, my list could go on and on. Every day I am amazed by the people around me.

Anyway, those are just a few things on my mind today. :-) Enjoy the sunshine!

Friday, March 13, 2009


I am sure we have all heard the well-loved quote:
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Others stay awhile, leaving footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same."
My extension to this quote:
And then there are those who come into our lives for a short while
and still leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.

A year and a half ago, our little family of three was expanded by four when Matt, Jenna, Gracie, and Easton Johnson moved across the street. Little did we know that these neighbors would become our closest, dearest friends in such a short amount of time. From vacationing to Lake Powell, to Oakley Rodeos and horseback riding, to both eating out and eating in (dinners at each other's homes), to sharing custody of each others' kids :-), to sharing the Church pew in Sacrament meeting while our kids devour each others' snacks, to shopping trips with my "partner in crime", we have become lifetime friends and the memories just go on and on.

Thanks to them, our Charly has grown up with siblings and we have been forever blessed by their friendship and examples in our lives. They are the first in Charly's prayers for whom she is "thankful for" and not a day goes by that they do not see each other at one point of the day.

In two days they will be moving to Idaho where Matt will begin a new job with Hospice, a wonderful opportunity for their family and their future. Jenna's family also lives there, so they will be close to "home".

Gracie is my little princess. We have Princess Sparkle parties, we play sick (she plays dead, but me being the optimist tries to shift the game to playing "sick" instead! Ha!), we twirl in our dresses, we "order" pizzas with extra princess sprinkles, we dress up in sparkly headbands, and we play and play outside no matter the weather! Last week her brother asked her to open a bag of fruit snacks for her with which she fervently replied, "I can't, I am going on a mission!"...and with that, she started valiantly marching up my stairs with a bouncy ball in one hand and a princess phone in the other once again exclaiming, "Goodbye! I am going on my mission!" So small, and yet so determined! How I will my miss my Gracie!

Easton is my little man. He is ALL boy from head to toe, although he does enjoy a little nail polish and eye liner every now and then (or guy-liner, I should say!). His favorite phrases are "Booh-Yeah!", "Bow, chicka, Bow-wow!", "Boom, shaka-laka-shaka, Boom!" among many others! I will miss his hugs and kisses the most! My heart breaks every time I think of Charly going up to their door to play and I will have to tell her they are not there anymore. I will miss both my Gracie and Easton yelling and waving from their front window and then the few times they made it over to our house and up the stairs without Matt and Jenna knowing. Those little weasels!

Catching some serious air in Charly's crib!

I love the saying, "A true friend is the one who is already there doing it when everyone else is saying, "Is there anything I can do?" This is Jenna to a T! I am not used to being the recipient of service, and was therefore completely humbled and overcome with speechless gratitude by her frequent and spontaneous "doorstep service" which might have included taking Charly for an afternoon, dropping off a meal without even asking, just coming over to talk or bring the kids over for a hug, and the list goes on and on. She is the perfect definition of a "true friend".

Jordan was out of town one night when I heard a knock at the door
(Jenna's knock is very distinct) and this is what she brought me.

Matt, how can I ever thank you enough for introducing me to "the blue dart" while on the house boat in Lake Powell. That is a moment and an image I shall never forget. You have been such an amazing example to us! There is never a dull moment when we are together with you and Jenna!!

Matt and Jenna, we will be forever blessed to have had touched shoulders with you!

We Miss You Already!

Touching Shoulders

There’s a comforting thought at the close of the day,
That’s weary and lonely and sad.
That sort of grips hold of my crusty old heart
And bids it be merry and glad.
It gets in my soul and drives out the blues.
And finally thrills through and through.
It is just a sweet memory that chants the refrain:
“I’m glad I touch shoulders with you!”
Did you know you were brave, did you know you were strong?
Did you know there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited and listened and prayed,
And was cheered by your simplest word?
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face,
For the sound of your voice ringing true?
Did you know I grew stronger and better because
I had merely touched shoulders with you?
I am glad that I live, that I battle and strive
For the place that I know I must fill;
I’m thankful for sorrows, I’ll meet with a grin
What fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not have wealth, I may not be great,
But I know I shall always be true,
For I have in my life that courage you gave
When once I touched shoulders with you.