Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Today I would like to highlight one of my favorite blogs. I know that Stephanie Nielson (NieNie) doesn't actually need any more followers to her blog, but I believe everyone should follow her life story. It is THAT inspirational.
Even if you haven't been following her blog, most of you have probably heard of her or seen her on Oprah or Fox News or something similar. She and her husband (Mr. Nielson--as she calls him) were involved in a near-fatal plane accident where 80% of her body was burned. She has not only survived, but thrived through her trauma. She has a beautiful family, and a blessed life. And here is what I have learned from her blog:
I learned that bad things happen--awful, heart-wrenching, terrible things. And they don't just happen to big ol' B-words that deserve it like me. But they happen to good people. And it is how we endure that determines our happiness. NieNie is a great example of how to endure with grace, courage, and faith.
I learned that out of bad things, blessings often flow. NieNie has made a difference in many lives and I am only one of a vast amount of people who send my gratitude to her. I am convinced that no amount of darkness or pain could prevent her light from shining.
I learned that blogging isn't so bad after all. I once joked with my sister that I didn't believe in "blogging"--it was just a pretense for "bragging." You know what I am talking about! Yes, that girl you know who uses a blog to show off every "super-awesome amazing" thing their kid just did. (C'mon...you are thinking of a few right now!). But I know (now) that blogs can uplift, educate, connect, inspire! And that is my goal.
I learned to be grateful for what I have. Life is short. I must cherish it with the ones I love.
Have you read her blog? What did you learn?