I just finished reading Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson. It is an amazing book about a woman (mother of four, now five) and her husband who were in a plane crash. 80% of her body was burned, and his back and ankle broke, along with burns on his skin.

I am not a crier, but this book made me bawl. I was reading it while my husband was preparing his seminary (early morning Bible study) lesson for the next day, and he got up to brush his teeth when I got to the part of the book when she goes in depth about the crash. Tears started coming to my eyes. He was talking to me, but I was just staring at the pages, not looking up because I didn’t want to start sobbing. It kept getting more intense, and sad, and touching that I just couldn’t help it anymore. The hubs asked what was wrong, and I finally turned my face to him and started blubbering, “It’s just so sad!”

I started weeping. I hadn’t cried this hard since I was pregnant and my husband told me that the boy in an Iranian film we had both watched before we knew each other, had actually died. (I thought he had lived. I sobbed for days). He sat behind me on the bed and started reading over my shoulder. “Yeah,” was all he could say.

I had just been telling him how I now wanted to become a pilot because I had always wanted to fly, and Stephanie described the first flight with her husband in such captivating detail. After reading about the crash, though, I wasn’t so sure. “We’ll just never fly together.” I said. I am still very intrigued about becoming a pilot.

Anyway, the reason I am writing this post is to recommit myself to my blog. Stephanie suffered such horrendous things, but now, 8 years later, she has been writing in her blog every single day, and is going strong sharing hope, kindness, happiness and love as much as she can. If she experiences excruciating pain everyday, and can do so many crazy, fantastical things, (on top of the everyday, normal things) I can be grateful for my healthy body, and use it to its fullest potential. I can spread happiness, joy and love, too.

My goal is to publish one post each week. We’ll see how it goes.

Wish me luck!


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