She wasn't on my radar until last fall when I heard about the accident. I was watching the Today show one morning & the story came on about this mother... this blogger... who had been in a small plane crash along with her beloved husband. Her siblings were on the Today show, talking about the support NieNie (Stephanie) had received from her Internet friends after the crash along with the money that had been raised to help with medical costs. Stephanie's sisters also talked about how they had brought the Nielson's four children into their own families until the parents were able to take the kids back home. The story peaked my interest. I am LDS and so is she. I'm also a mother. The story was touching so I Google'd it.
But let me tell you- the lesson I learned from the NieNie Dialogues
was not about enduring a plane crash.
Mrs. Nielson puts her entire heart and soul into the simplicity of life, her children, and her husband, Mr. Nielson. It's about priorities. Her blog is about love. She is the kind of mother I aspire to be. I'm sitting in this chair reading, from her perspective, about her children and the joy she finds in simply observing their lives... I almost feel like an intruder as I read the words she has written about her husband and how passionate she is about their love and marriage.
Her first priority is Mr. Nielson, the children, and their home. The pictures of their family are exquisite and it's not only that they are beautiful people- she is completely radiant about her life.
And then my mind is brought to the present. This woman had burns over 80% of her body. They had to use some of the remaining tissue to rebuild her nose and ears. She has started blogging again this week and has shared some of her new reality. It includes medications, constant pain, toilet risers... And amid all of the newness this accident has brought into her life, some things have not changed at all. She is completely and romantically in love with Mr. Nielson, her children, and enjoying the beauty that is her life.
I don't hurt. I have a strong body, an amazing husband, and two fantastic children. There are no excuses. I am blessed beyond reason. So tomorrow I am going to run. And as I run I will think about the Nielsons, I will think about my own family, and I will consider my life. I am going to look for the beauty that I have been too busy to stop and appreciate. And, if you don't mind, I may share a little something with you, here, from time to time. Instead of being critical of myself or whining about my cravings, I am going to engage the strength I have to see what I am capable of. I am more then this.
If you have time, do take a look at The Nienie Dialogues. And when you do, I hope you find the message there that I did. Or maybe you'll find something even better. If that happens, please come back here & share~