Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

These are some of the little things I am thankful for. (And they appear little here, so click on the picture if you want to see them up close.)

But my gratitude seems kind of trivial compared to that of others. For anyone familiar with the story of Christian and Stephanie Nielsen - an Arizona couple seriously injured in a plane crash last summer - go here to see a moving video of gratitude from Stephanie's husband. It will make you weepy. (And it's set to one of my favorite pieces of music ever.)

And for those who haven't heard of them go here for a background. Or to her sister's blog for updates. I have to admit that I didn't know about the Nielsens until after their crash, but have since grown to really admire them and their faith and love for each other and for the Lord.
I am always especially motivated by Stephanie's love of and capacity to find joy in the role of every-day motherhood. She captures it so beautifully.

I am sad that she has to go through such a trial and have her opportunity to just enjoy motherhood taken-away so abruptly (though hopefully for not for long). But in doing so she has reminded thousands (no, tens of thousands) of other women of the gift that it is to just enjoy the simple aspects of raising our children every day. Her sacrifice and example have blessed my life very much over the past months. And I am very Thankful.

2 comments:

Sara said...

Very sad, I will be adding her to my prayer list!

Like the Thankful quilt!

~D Spack~ said...

another amy! I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed it, the Thanksgiving quilt~I have mine sitting completed just needing to hand quilt it. I like how you quilted yours. What thread did you use? I like the border you used also. I used a red on mine and kind of wish I wouldn't have. There too many other wonderful fall colors to use red. Oh well, I'm not taking it out!:)