Friday, July 13, 2012

Another day of rain yesterday but oh how it is needed so it was a good day to stay inside and "piddle". I did finish another book and it is also by a blogger, Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson. Daughter Amelia introduced me to Nie Nie and her blog about a year ago. It is not on my blog roll but I do check it out from time to time and after reading her book, I may just add it to my blog roll. Stephanie started blogging as a young wife and mother who was living far away from her family. Stephanie and her husband, Christian, are both from big Mormon families and she did not want the family to miss out on watching her children growing up. Her blog became quite popular and I can see why. She is such a sweetie and has  a great love of home and family. After living in New Jersey for a while, Christian got a job in Meza, Arizona and they were so glad to move closer to family. Christian had always had a passion for flying so he begins to take flying lessons and earns his pilots license. One weekend, he asks Stephanie to join him and Doug, his old flying instructor to take a trip to his family ranch in Utah. Stephanie arranges for her four little ones to stay with family and off she goes for a nice day at the ranch. As they are leaving, Doug is at the helm of the plane and it goes down on takeoff, killing Doug and injuring Stephanie and Christian. Stephanie wakes up three months later...she had been in a medically induced coma because of her severe burns. Christian also suffered burns but they were not as severe as Stephanie's burns. The book chronicles Stephanie's journey back to wholeness. She is very honest about her feelings as she goes from a pretty young mom who loved red lipstick and cute skirts to a burn victim who causes people to look away in revulsion at the face that was so horribly burned. Stephanie also bears a lot of guilt as her mom had asked that she and Christian never fly together. Now her mom's worst nightmare has come true. But it was also a story of courage and I was amazed at how the blog world came together to help this young family! Nie Nie's sister kept her blog going while she was recovering and eventually Nie Nie gets back to blogging and it is a great help to her as she faces many challenges as she takes back the reins of her former life.

Right now I am reading Fairy Tale Interrupted by Rosemarie Terenzio. It is a book about John and Carolyn Kennedy, written by John's personal assistant. From what I have read so far, John was a good boss and caring friend. Carolyn is also very personable and becomes good friends with Rosemarie as they each love and care for one of the most recognized men in America. Sadly, their lives end with a plane crash that leaves no survivors. I definitely need to read a lighter book next!! 

We are heading off for vacation soon so I will be taking a blogging break but I promise to be back!! Have a great weekend friends!

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