Monday, January 19, 2009


hello all! hope some of you got to enjoy a nice long weekend...or are still enjoying it into tomorrow! there is such an energy in the air, on this eve of a great and historic moment for our country. tears and chills have already paid me a visit while listening to some of the early inauguration speeches and performances...i am truly proud of our country and excited for the hard work ahead.

but in this time of change and inspiration, i want to direct you over to a little gal from utah whose recent major life changes have been an inspiration for me. if you have never visited the nie nie dialogues, i'll give you a little background. nie (stephanie nielson) is a woman with four children, a husband, and a darling little life. she has a colorful, whimsical blog in which she shares snippits of her home, her family, and her fresh, funny, and positive viewpoint on life. this past august, she and her husband were in a private plane crash and severely burned. i think over 80% of her body was burned, and over 30% his. they were both in chemically-induced comas for months and the original outlook was grim. but then, amazingly, their strong bodies began to heal and they are now both living at home - of course with constant care, and from what i gather, looking quite different.

i did not learn of nie until after the accident had occured. i looked up her blog and was instantly sucked in. i slowly read all of her archives, starting with the oldest post and dreading the day that i would come to the post in august 2008 that would be her last. until now.

after many months of relying on her sister's blog for updates on nie, her husband ("mr. nielson"), and the children...nie is back. and she is even more of an inspiration now than she was before. this woman is dealing with a more horrendous nightmare than most of us will never have to endure, yet she manages to shine through with her trademark humor and positive outlook. reading her new posts still gives me that same little bit of creative and lighthearted view on life that i took from her "before the crash" posts.

so if you'll excuse me, i'm going to go and take my frustrated-with-recent-car-troubles mood and turn it into grateful-that-i-have-a-happy-life- and-beautiful-baby-and-amazing-husband-and-all-my-loved-ones-are-healthy-and-oh-so-much-more.

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