Michael and Haylie Jensen

Michael and Haylie Jensen

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Piece of Heaven

It’s Sunday morning and oh how I cherish mornings like these. No need or rush to get out of bed and scurry off to our daily responsibilities. We’ve always been lovers of 9 o’clock church, but now our new ward starts at 1. I guess either one works but its refreshing to stay in pj’s till the afternoon (something that really never happens).
When I was a lil tot I absolutely loved to read! The Boxcar kids, Bailey School kids (‘Pirates Don’t Wear Pink Sunglasses’), Goosebumps, Babysitters Club and anything with a horse in it. It didn’t even matter if the horse was apart of the story, I was sold.
Those days quickly passed when school got tougher and more of my attention was dedicated to who knows what. I joke about having ADD- but I swear everyone has it. The fact is, my love for reading faded away. I regained that love once I began preparing for my mission. Hours and hours of studying and preparing for lessons and searching for answers in the scriptures- I  created a deep love for the bible. It’s something I never really read before my mission. Of course the obvious books about Christ birth and life filled the walls of my home and Sunday school growing up. I guess when the other books were spoken of I apparently wasn’t listening. The New Testament spoke words of missionary work and the same love I felt for the people I served in Pittsburgh. I felt as though I knew Paul, a missionary- just like me.
Since then It’s been so hard for me to find the right genre. I’d felt a sense of guilt anytime I’d pick up a book that wasn’t gospel oriented. I’ll never forget the first time I read my most inspiring book… ‘Tuesdays With Morrie’. This book touched my heart during an English assignment in Mr. Davis’ class. Since then I’ve read it so many times I can’t count. It makes me feel so grateful for all of the blessings that I have in my life. The book is full of life lessons- I could actually get something out of it.
Anyways… One of my clients told me about a book that she had recently read. I figured I’d take the plunge again and attempt to finish a book after starting it. (That’s usually my MO I’ll start all gung hoe and then it’ll quickly fizzle after a few days).
I began reading it last week- wow. What a life changer.
‘Heaven Is Here’ –Stephanie Nielson
I find myself staying up late next to Mike both of us reading. When normally I’d be watching Seinfeld or begging to go to sleep. Michael LOVES to read! He can finish a whole book in less than a week- something that seems impossible to me. He’s slowly been rubbing off on me since we’ve been married. I can’t tell you how many books we’ve read together. Him reading of course, doing all of the voices J oh I love it, he’ll pause and look at me as if he’s acting the whole book out. He inspires me (in many ways). We’ll take long drives to St. George and he’ll read the whole time, we’ll finish a book in a day! I love listening to his enthusiasm and every other emotion he acts out. One of our favorite things is to visit DI and buy a bunch of mystery books preferably ‘The Hardy boys’ or ‘Goosebumps’. We can discuss for hours about a book and who we think is the bad guy and why. 
‘Daddy’ is my best friend (we thought calling each other by ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’ would be so weird and hard to get used to. But it wasn’t at all! I’m ‘Mother Goose’ and will answer to it always).
My inspiration for writing down my thoughts came this morning while reading Stephanie’s words. She was in a plane wreck and over 80% of her body was badly burned. She speaks of her pain and anguish she felt while lying in a hospital bed after waking from a coma for over 3 months! She left 4 little children for those long months and hasn’t seen them yet (so far). Her eyes had to be sewn shut for over a week and she tells of her despair. Her life will never be the same.
Reading this book makes me take a step back and look at life as it is. Look and my two loves and appreciate every minute I have with them.
Just the other night Mike and I were watching my friends little girl. It was getting late so we got the girls in their pajamas and cuddled them with blankets and turned the lights out. The Chirstmas tree and garland going up the stairs were lit which gave off the perfect amount of light to set the mode. Brielle to the left of me, I ran my fingers through her hair as Anna laid on my chest fast asleep. Michael sat to the right of me and read ‘The Hardy Boys’. I took a mental picture praying that I could remember the feeling of that moment. Boy am I blessed. Michael, Anna and I… three pees in a pod. I love them so much and I’m so thankful for them in my life. Mike’s such a wonderful Daddy. He adores Anna, she kinda has us wrapped around her little fingers. It was the perfect night.
I love us.


  1. Awe you guys are so cute. I read that book too and so loved it!

  2. I love inspirational days when you just feel SOOO thankful! Thanks for sharing your good day. I LOVE coming to get my hair done just so I can talk to you. You are so sweet and I just love you and your cute little family!