I have to give a shout out to Rosie here, who is the first person to “follow” my blog! I thought I was writing in anonymity but hey! She saw my post about Nie Nie and wrote a lovely comment. Having taken a look at Rosie’s creative blog I really must say, “thanks for the support, Rosie!”. Now hers is a real blog. I’m just getting started.
It was Stephanie, though, who inspired my post that moved Rosie. Stephanie Nielson, who continues to dominate my thoughts and heart. Stephanie Nielson, who, it appears, is gradually being roused from her deep, healing sleep. Slowly they will bring Steph round…and I know the prayers for Stephanie will continue and be renewed once she’s aware and fully aware of what has happened to her.
I am so incredibly awed by how Stephanie, and by extension, her very cool and wonderful sister C Jane / Courtney (gosh, to start mentioning members of either the Clark and Nielson families could go on for paragraphs) has touched so many people around the world. How being drawn in to this family, whether you’ve “known” Stephanie from her Nie Nie Dialogues or are just getting to “know” her now, through the love of so many bloggers, friends and family members, feels so personal. I mean, I’ve shown her posts to my kids – told them about the auction and latte bowls I’ll be getting – and how I want them to think of Stephanie when we start using the bowls here at home. I’m not sure it’s possible for my children to have the visceral response to Stephanie et al. that I have…but I sure do want those bowls to mean something. They will, to me, and I guess that’s enough. They will serve as a reminder to strive for something more and to celebrate the everyday. I’m no Stephanie and my blog is no Rosie…but in my own personal way, I want to be the best Jeannie I can. Ya know what I mean?
Another thing is what I’ve been learning about the Latter Day Saints through my “relationship” with Stephanie and C Jane (and the sisters, and sisters-in-law) and Rosie here, who I also noticed is a Latter Day Saint. Although I’m Catholic, I really enjoy getting to “know” people who live their Christian faith and are raising their kids in this modern and often immoral world. I like to be amongst people who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. I’ve seen so many people receive true blessings within my internet community of friends…and have also interacted with people who don’t believe, who just don’t understand. I am finding I prefer to “hang out” (albeit cyber-ly) with like-minded people. Look at how Stephanie Nielson’s situation has effected soooo many people: this is how God can work in a terrible situation.
I believe He is going to continue to take of her as she wakes up to face her new reality. And I think Rosie believes it too.