Stephanie Nielson until about a month ago when I saw several blogs posting about fundraising efforts for her family. On August 16th, the popular blogger, her husband, and a flight instructor were in a horrific plane crash that killed the instructor and left her husband with burns over 30% of his body and 80% of hers. I googled for more information and immediately added hers and her sister's blog to my Google Reader. I immediately felt connected to her, and it has been amazing to see the outpouring of support and fundraising efforts on her behalf by an online community.
I obviously don't know her at all, but she has the most beautiful thoughts on motherhood and appreciating all of the simple, beautiful things that make life worth living. She seems so positive, fun, and to use the word again, amazing. Past posts by her are currently being reposted on her blog, and I check her sister's blog for updates on her progress. She's undergoing skin graft surgeries and has remained heavily sedated, and my heart just breaks for her sweet children who just want their mother (they are 6, 5, 3, and 1), and the darling husband who's still in the hospital. I pray that she will come out of it all, and I don't doubt she'll be amazed by the outpouring of love that's been directed toward her family. It all makes you appreciate every day that you get.