Momlogic's Julie: Mom blogger Stephanie Nielson's story touched mothers everywhere, including me.
I had never heard of Stephanie Nielson or her blog the Nie Nie Dialogues before last week -- which was when I read the New York Times piece about her tragic plane crash and horrific injuries. Intrigued, I went to her blog and began to obsessively read. I was awestruck by how absolutely wonderful and magical this 27-year-old mom of four made motherhood.
She flies kites on a whim. Makes bread by hand. Takes walks in the rain. Hosts living room back-to-school fashion shows. For her, motherhood is not a chore.
In three years of blog posts that I devoured over the span of two days, not once did she bitch or moan about how taxing or stressful being a mom was. And this was a mom of four kids under the age of 6! Instead, she celebrated the little moments and simply embraced the joys of being a mother.
Obviously, for Stephanie, motherhood is a calling. I guess it is for me, too -- but it's a call I too often let go to call-waiting. Who can be bothered to put tablecloths and china on the table for an everyday meal, or to draw life-size portraits with the kids, or take an afternoon family bike ride? This is the kind of stuff I normally would have rolled my eyes at or quickly dismissed before. My go-to excuse? I just don't have the time.
But now, with Stephanie fighting for her life in a hospital bed one state away with burns on over 80% of her body, my normal cynicism is out the window. I realize I need to make the time, because no one truly knows how much time any of us have.
Last night, after dinner, Stephanie's blog inspired me to make fireplace s'mores with the kids. They picked out sticks from the backyard, and were practically jumping for joy as they roasted their marshmallows. As I looked at their messy faces, I silently thanked Stephanie for this "Nie Nie moment." She has inspired me -- a too-busy, harried mom of two -- to make memories, and for that I am grateful.
Check out her blog yourself. Share a "Nie Nie moment" with your own kids, then send us a picture. Pay it forward ... for Nie Nie. Read about one mom who did here.
For updates on Stephanie's progress, click here. To donate, send contributions to the Christian & Stephanie Nielson Rehab Fund, P.O. Box 8850, Mesa, AZ 85214.