Today I felt an incredible desire to help another mother that I have never met. Her name is Stephanie Nielson, she and her husband were in a plane crash 2 years ago and I have just been following her blog and all the news report. Her story has been all over the world and it is through the kindness of so many strangers that they have been able to make it financially. I first learned of her story a month ago when I was in SLC to do some motivational speaking.
I read the whole story today from the day of the plane crash to now, what a hard, incredible, terrible journey and yet she is still making it and grateful for what she has learned. I have included the web-site with her story, many of you have probably already read it. It is inspiring to say the least!
Today I worked on MONSTERS all day. I had read that Stephanie and her husband Christian were back in the hospital for more surgeries and once again they had to be away from their children. I could only imagine how hard that is for all of them but especially the kids, with both mom and dad being gone. At church I teach the 8-11 year old girls, and today was there day to come over and to a service project. I decided to have them watch Stephanie's story that has been on the news. They were very quiet and then I told them about my idea of the monsters and would they like to help me do that and make cards for the kids? There was an enthusiastic YES... from each of them. It was interesting watching them work on their cards and wonder what to say inside. They comments were sweet and you could tell, they directly related to the Nielson's kids. We took photos of the girls with their cards and tomorrow I will try to get the monsters done, then pack them up to travel to their new home... the Nielson's home. I pray that maybe, these monsters will help those kids in some small way to continue to be brave and have hope. Yes, it was a great day, because even though I was in a lot pain with my back and neck ...it seemed like nothing after reading Stephanie's story. Life is all about perspective isn't it? I have much to be grateful for. Good night dear friends.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."
“Each Journey is a work of Art!"