"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Saturday, November 16, 2013

letters to beth {i met stephanie & christian nielson!!!}

dear beth,
i am over the moon excited to tell you 
what you absolutely will just not believe,
because i can barely believe it myself!
i finally got to meet
Stephanie AND Christian Nielson.
i am
pinch me because i must be dreaming:)
at the last minute sean and i heard about it,
and scooted ourselves on over 
to the south towne expo center
last night.
5 minutes from our house.
it was a stand for the family conference,
and there were loads and loads of amazing people that talked about
how our entire society is breaking down
because the family is breaking down.
it made me so proud of the little families we are raising in our homes.
all of our traditions,
and all of the hard work we are doing to raise happy and thriving someday adults.
and how important that work is today.
there is this book that sean and i want to read that a professor from oxford recommended called 
"The Children of Men" 
and i wrote it down so i could tell your mom about it,
but then i thought that since she is Liz 
she's probably already read it and written a dissertation on it,
or something really wonderful and great like that,
but i'm still going to tell her about it,
so she can say "fabulous, read it."
anyway, it's now sitting in my amazon cart waiting to be purchased.
it's all about what will happen to our society if people stop having children.
sad, uplifting, depressing, and moving.
that's what the professor said.
and we were intrigued.
i hope you will read it too so we can talk all about it next time you are here.
and then as we were sitting there listening to stephanie and christian speak,
i all of sudden realized that almost 5 years ago to the date 
i had organized the fundraiser for them 
in the EXACT room they were speaking.
i knew i just HAD to say hello.
i bawled my eyes out and confessed all of my admiration 
for her and all of the influence she has had on my life,
and i also told christian how awesome he was because he really is so great too,
and i didn't want him to feel left out and everything because he is great too,
and i'm not even embarrassed about any of it one bit!
because it was just THAT awesome to have finally met them.
and she was just so warm and loving,
and kept hugging me over and over again.
and we talked about our red headed babies born 1 day apart,
and then christian said to sean "oh man redheads" or something like that,
and they laughed about it like guys do,
and then we talked about
whole wheat pizza recipes,
and how much she hates physical therapists,
after sean told her he was one,
but then she said really she loves them,
because they helped her raise her arms up over her head again.
at which point sean declared that see, she really did love them.
and we all nodded our heads and smiled about it.
because she was all,
"but they're awesome because i can do this!"
and then she raised her arms up,
and christian raised his arms up with her,
and it was just fantastic!
because she really is a living, walking, breathing miracle.
and i felt like we were just getting together with old friends,
standing outside of that conference room at the sandy expo center.
except they don't know us at all,
but we know them.
which is why i would think that if i were them it would be weird 
to meet people who know all about you, and you know nothing about them.
but they weren't weird about it.
they were just the sweetest sweetest people.
and those 5 minutes totally made my entire year.
there is no other famous person i have ever wanted to meet more than them,
NOT even oprah.
like if i were dying and the make a wish foundation was all,
"what is your wish?"
i would be like,
"i want to meet stephanie and christian nielson."
no joke!
and i just feel so honored to have met them after all of these years.
and i came home thinking,
there really are no coincidences.
and what a tender mercy it was to be there last night.
having that fundraiser for them 5 years ago,
in that room,
on that day,
and we were all there together last night.
full circle.
that's what i thought.
and it was just amazing.
did that really happen last night???
it did.
and also,
it's supposed to snow today,
so i'm pretty much all cued up to turn on my christmas music when it does.
because when it snows in november,
i can't help but turn it on.
there is nothing more that i love than a furnace blaring with snow falling all around outside of my windows.
i just can't imagine having a happier life than we are living right now.
and i know that if we are good mothers, fathers, husbands, and wives
that we can take on anything.
absolutely anything that we come to face.
just as long as we have each other.
let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!!
tell me everything that's going on with you.
i miss you dearly!!!


jen said...

Can I touch you?

Oh, that's right. We've never met. But if we did, I think I would just as excited to see you as you were to meet the Nielsons. Ok, maybe not THAT excited that tears streamed down my face and . . . after all, I have met Oprah . . .

Just kidding! Glad you got to meet them. I think I would be as starstruck as you were.

And, by the way, I'm not kidding about the meeting Oprah part. I really have met her. Twice. Meh. So what?

Nikki Yorgason said...

Ahhh! I remember that fundraiser! I'm so happy for you (and supremely jealous)!

Amy said...

What an amazing blessing for you! And I have to agree with Jen. Except I have met you once. But I was in a rush, and you had naked kids all around you (cutest thing ever!) and all that. But for my birthday one day I want to have lunch with my favorite people, and you would be there, and Stephanie would be there, because I am convinced we are all kindred spirits.