Sunday, November 23, 2008

A Long Post Which I Kindly Peppered With Pictures


It is Sunday night and the people who make my house noisy are sleeping. For the first time this weekend (ok, this week) I can finally sit down and summarize my story. If you are reading this entry in the future and you happen to be my great-great-granddaughter, I want you to know that after this weekend I have surely secured my spot in heaven, and therefore there is no need to pray for my soul. Bless you just the same.

When Mr. Nielson arrived on Wednesday night, to take up temporary residence here along with his posterity, he said to me "Count me as your sixth child." Which is fine because he is potty-trained and completely mobile which makes things less complicated. Although he does need help opening his cereal boxes, taking on and off his back brace, and has a self-proclaimed appetite "just like Micheal Phelps." My husband was so happy today when his brother-in-law devoured two of Chup's Sunday After Church Waffles which weigh equal to a pound of gold bricks. Waffles that stick to your insides for a century--should you choose to live that long.

Everyday a family member arrives to chauffeur Mr. Nielson to see Mrs. Nielson in the hospital. We all clamor to be at her bedside. Her wit has returned with her consciousness, and she makes us all laugh. Still, there remains in her healing emotional rehabilitation that is complicated. When she is ready, the children will be at her bedside too. Until then, they diligently pray on her behalf, and in return are granted patience.

Stephanie is slightly aware of her story. True to her nature, she is embarrassed about all the fuss. I tell her it is payback for all the work she put into her blog. Any serious blogger knows that blog maintenance is a lot of work. Not only daily posting, editing photos and keeping headers current and cute, but e-mailing responses and befriending readers. I don't know about the future of Nie Nie Dialogues, either does she, but those decisions take a back seat the long, long road of recovery she has in store. Until then, she is overwhelmed by the massive generosity. And she doesn't even know the whole story. Ohboy.

This weekend Chup and I were able to steal a night away from the Piccadilly Circus of our lives for sushi at our favorite place in Sugarhouse. The couple next to us were drinking saki and getting delirious. I noticed that Chup and I were equally delirious, only soberly so and much less entertaining. Do you want to know something about my Chupa? He always leaves the last piece of sushi for me. Who needs saki when you've got true love?

Claire wore her pilgrim dress to church (thanks Katy).



We bought Jane new boots that I wanted. I wanted them so badly that I headed to the women's shoes section and asked for an adult version. Non-existent. When we showed Lucy Jane's boots this evening Lucy responded, "I want those. Do they make them in women's sizes?" To which I responded by telling my exhaustive story. "Well," she replied, "I can wear girl sizes sometimes. I'll go try them on." Lucy might be the first woman ever to have the same size feet as her newborn. And here is an other update: she is beginning to look a lot like pregnant.

We threw away Ollie's favorite footwear which he called his "cool shoes" because they were so incredibly stinky. They have now been replaced with lizard-stenciled, stench-free, styling kickers. You're welcome.

Auntie Lizzy (Christian's sister) came to town to verify our claims that Gigs is now talking. She brought her husband and one-half of all the Nielson's possessions including Christian's automobile.

The Chief continues to teethe. And drool.

And be awesome.

BYU lost a HUGE game to their heated rivals the University of Utah (or "the U") and my friend Jill sent me this photo to rub it in:
Where do you think that guy got his dress? It makes me feel funny.

There was a late night run to Target after I discovered (annoyingly) that The Chief had out grown all of his sleepers over night. I am serious, OVER NIGHT. I keep finding clothes that he didn't even get to wear before they became too small. Pants turn into unintended manpris in a few washing cycles. Onesies that pop at the snaps! Slow down Chiefo! Mommy can't keep up.

By-the-way I have decided that I'm doing all my Christmas shopping at Target. If Target doesn't stock it, don't ask me for it. And, I am going to do it all in one day. Shop from nine to noon, take an Archer Farms catered lunch and resume from one to eleven. Don't call me that day.

Also, if one more person tells me that they are done or almost done with their Christmas shopping I will ignore them for the rest of my life. I don't need friends like you. I like lazy friends like me.


Deer in our backyard.

What?

Then, to top it all off, we made our local paper's front page again. Just us, the BYU loss, and some guy named Obama.

Oh, yes, please nevermind that shiny thing on the top of my head.

Halos are so transparent sometimes.

158 comments:

AzĂșcar said...

I'm not even close to being done with Christmas. Christmas who?


I am close to starting Christmas, for what it's worth. I don't know what to get peeps. I'm fresh out of ideas.

Tammy said...

Our babies grow too fast sometimes...my thirteen year old and I are sharing shoes already....I would say bummer, but i love having more choices!!!

Congrats on getting the fam closer. Our hearts are contnually with you.

Kath said...

I can see the halo! You are doing such good things.

I live in Sugarhouse, which Sushi restaurant are you talking about?

The Queen said...

Hey, C Jane. You have deer in your backyard. Two of them!! What?

P.S. Today I thought about my Christmas shopping. Does that count?

*tif* said...

I love you!

Linda Oxborrow said...

You usually have hundreds of comments, but I am on earlier this time and just wanted to say THANK YOU!! I am newer to your blog- but am so humbled and inspired by your and Stephanie's stories- thank you for taking the time to post and share- you've touched millions- I just want you to know about one more. Thanks again!
ps- I haven't even started Christmas!

*tif* said...

If you didn't already have 25 million people wishing they could be your friend, well I would make sure you would be my friend. For now I guess I could settle for fan. but if I ever get the chance I'll make sure it changes to "friend" because I really get you! Plus you're always so positive! How do you do that? I want some positive juice, do you buy it at the local market? Or is it just "happy valley" that makes it so? In either case I want some or I want to live there.

aacevedo10 said...

Amazing miracles and they have only just begun... I love that The Chief will be able to read these posts in a few years and see what an incredible mom he has, but he probably already knows that!

twin2trip said...

I feel guilty reading some of your post without offering to pay what I would for a good book. Nice work. I think your writing skills are nifty.

TinaMarie said...

And what a beautiful transparent halo it is, Courtney!!!

Keep on keepin' on!

TinaMarie

Kitschen Pink said...

Ok, so, it's not December yet? Who are these people buying presents? Should I be done already? Good grief - I didn't even know I needed to panic! You hit Target I'll go to John Lewis! Excellent plan! (are we allowed to stop for lots of cups of tea?) t.x

Lillian said...

Your halo is glowing all the way here on the east coast. You are a gift...to your sister, your family and to me. (I'll take one of her, in the gold paper and a red bow!)

Geo said...

I hope that guy in the gown behaved himself at the game.

Your halo is almost blindingly gorgeous. Those of us who love you are hoping for sunglasses in our Christmas socks this year, so we can keep our eyes on you without burning our retinas.

Kitschen Pink said...

thinks - hmm - must update that header - yikes - now i really am in a panic! that means an encounter with technology! x (thanks for the reminder!)

Jenn said...

It is amazing how quickly babies grow! On the flip side, now Lucy can have some brand new baby clothes hand me downs!
Sounds like you all are on a good path. I'll keep holding good thoughts for everyone.

Kirsty said...

You'd love me...I haven't even started Christmas shopping/planning/decorating...I don't intend to for a few more weeks yet. My plan is that everyone else is SO organised, come Christmas eve, I'll be at the shops all by myself!

Karen said...

I want boots just like Jane's -sight unseen. Everyone should buy themselves a Christmas present, right?

Shirley said...

That bright light over Canada on Friday...meteor? Nope! That WAS your halo coming in! LOL Bless your heart. I don't how you manage all that is going on in your life. I would have caved long before now! It is your faith and upbringing no doubt that has given you the strength--those two things just shine through in your posts. Your parents are extraodinary people to have raised such a family...and it seems the life lessons are being passed to the next generation.

Thank you so much for keeping friends and strangers updated on yours and your sisters lives. I for one just love checking in and finding a new installment of your blog waiting to be read and fill my heart again with love and amazement. You ARE a blessing, Courtney!

tammy said...

Make sure you wear your halo at a jaunty angle! And, wow, what a post.

Christine said...

Courtney
there was definitely a loss felt here in AZ as Christian and Stephanie left to go to Utah. we will surely miss them and their sweet spirits.
I am still working on Chief's blanket, tell him that he hasn't been forgotten, maybe the other kids will share for a while :P)
Christine

Annje said...

Funny and poignant. You look good in "Halo". I am totally with you on Target and disliking people already finshed with shopping (or already have the tree up--what is up with that?) I do manage to stay one step ahead of my baby's growing spurts though, so I got you there ;-) Love you blog--have you heard that much lately?

Kass said...

It fills me with such joy to know that Stephanie is back home in Utah with her family and that Christina is there with you. You are so blessed to have such a big loving family. I'm sure you see miracles daily. Your Target run surely made me laugh- and also made me long for those crazy hectic days when my 4 were little and growing out of their blanket sleepers. Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless

april said...

if it makes you feel better, i haven't started christmas shopping either (and i'm making most of mine - i did buy some material - but most of the gifts are still in my head). i'm just still trying to accept the fact that it's not september anymore. then get through thanksgiving at my house. then i'll consider christmas.

love the very deserving halo. oh and tell lucy, my nine year old has already outgrown kids' shoes and is into woman sizes.

Karen in Texas said...

So glad you posted.

So glad Stephanie and Christian are home in Utah close to their babies.

Christmas shopping finished? No havent even started. I am bad. Gotta get moving.

Sending prayers and hugs to yall from Texas!

Karen

Emily said...

I haven't started Christmas either. I wish we lived closer because I would join you at Target!


I am so glad that you have your sister close to home now...A new chapter has begun.

Praying for your family..
Emily

Rosemary said...

Well, that was a post worth waiting for.. thank you for the update.. What a wonderful entry.. wait, I think I've said that about thirty times to you. I so love your writing, and love it when you post a new entry. I can only imagine how much time these entries take, and I hope you know how much they are appreciated. Reading about your family makes me feel warm inside. These have been such trying times, and there are many many trying times ahead - especially for Steph, and those who love her so much - but you will get through it together.

Thank you again for updating us.. I know that I, for one, am hungry for news.

Christmas shopping? Is it time to do that yet? UH OH.

Jaime said...

I LOVE Claire's pilgrim dress. I totally rocked a brown one at her age.

You are doing a wicked good job, Courtney. Keep on keeping on.

Anonymous said...

You are too sweet. Love your post and updates. Glad to hear Christian is there safe and sound with his lovely wife.

All your "babies" are adorable.

Ladybug

Butternut Sage Designs said...

Hi Courtney, I am so happy for all of you to be around each other...it must feel great...what a fabulous Thanksgiving! The pics are darling, you look wonderful, and cheif's knit outfit is to die for! Tell Claire I am a pilgrim descendant and she looks marvelous, she would fit right in with the pageant in Plymouth, MA! The temperment of your post today was so upbeat and fun, who would have thought a day like this would come so soon! relatively speaking of course. I am not diminishing the reality in the least, but you know what I mean I hope. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, we all have a lot to be thankful for this year! ~Donna

Beth said...

Oh I just love your posts!! You are surely guaranteed your spot - or perhaps condo - in heaven!!!

Glad Stephanie's recovery is progressing - how could it not with such love surrounding her?!

a.men said...

I just started shopping, and online at that. I hope I am done in time for Christmas!

I hear you about the growing babies. They are hard to keep up with, especially boys!

I am so glad that Christian is back with the kids. It is good for their souls. God bless you!

kk said...

courtney - i am so inspired by your posts. the chief is so precious! keep the baby pictures coming! also, i was dying to see a picture of the boots!

Anonymous said...

My Christmas shopping is FAR from done.

If I squint at your pic just right, I CAN see the halo.

SB in MI

Natalie said...

If it makes you feel better, I haven't really started my shopping yet. I've bought small gifts for the kids' teachers, but that's it.

You & your family are beautiful & an inspiration to us all.

The Cuties' Mommy said...

Warm, loving, beautiful...and hilarious!!! Glad to see the kids and Mr. Nielson are nesting snuggly in your humble abode. As for the Christmas shopping - I'm with you - Target and last minute!! :)

Anonymous said...

God bless YOU!!!!! Not sure I could do it all or do it with a smile. You are amazing.

Laura said...

Well, count me as a friend because I'm not even close to starting or finishing the holiday shopping. And I think Target is a great place to do all shopping! Happy Thanksgiving!

Cathy said...

What wonderful weekend! Thank you for sharing it (in wonderful perspective).

Shanna said...

I have been reading about how amazing you and your family are. I admire everything that has been done. Thank you so much for the wonderful updates of your sister and her family. I truly wish all of you the best as you all deserve the best. I think that all are grateful to have your sisters family close by for Christmas and are grateful to have them at home. What a Christ centered Christmas this will be for you I am sure. And for me and my family as well. You are all such an inspiration and I have come to appreciate all the time I have with my own family. Merry Christmas to you. And receive all the blessings in the world for your unwavering faith in Christ.

Kristen said...

I loved the post, but I really want to see those cute boots. Maybe I could get some for my daughter for Christmas. Then I would be started on my Christmas shopping.

April said...

i havent started christmas shopping and have no immediate plans for it ;-)

Noodle said...

What a wonderful post, Courtney! You do such creative, fun, spiritual, and informative writing on your blog, and we get to enjoy the results. Thanks so much!
You can see from the recent pictures that the kids are so happy to have their dad with them. Ever since they spoke with him by phone, they have had the real sparkle back in their eyes. And now, with Mom nearby, they must be over the top with feeling a sense of being even more secure.
What you and your family have done has preserved that light in their eyes.
Bless you.

dani said...

hi, c:)
i'm thrilled you and chup had a sushi date, and good luck on all that Christmas shopping:) do you know, i do all mine online (most places have free delivery)!!! i even do my target shopping online; now, how's that for lazy???
have a lovely week, sweet girl:D
love,
dani

TD wool design said...

love your son's outfit. and have a happy holiday. remember, there's still a month til christmas :) (thank goodness!)

Mamamia said...

You are an amazing writer. I think you should consider writing a children's book that could help kids deal with family illness, accidents etc. You are just so talented! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

I still have a ton more Christmas shopping to do too~so let's get a virtual decaf latte together and brainstorm about what we still need to get everyone!

I was laughing at Ollie's cool shoes. My son Jack (3) has had a couple of those too already. Right now, I am dreading the day we have to toss his black rainboots (already a 1/2 size too small) that are in the same state as Ollie's.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better:

I haven't even THOUGHT about Christmas shopping. Not-a-once. Seriously. Not even for my husband and son.

I HAVE, however, thought about Christmas candy....what does this mean?

Lori said...

Ha! I haven't even thought about starting to think about starting to Christmas shop (make sense? i didn't think so either)--I'm Waaaay behind! Maybe I'll do all my shopping online this year, talk about lazy :-) I'd rather pretend that I'm doing it to save gas tho.

The Whispering Poppies said...

Yes, most definitely, your spot is secured in Heaven! (And I do believe your great-great granddaughterS will in fact someday read this post!)
hugs & love to you all!
-Beachy (capecod)

Anonymous said...

Baby Chup looks like a little gingerbread man! So there, you are preparing for Christmas.
And how can you go on and on about Jane's fabulous new shoes and not show them! Do show. Please.

Anonymous said...

i wuvs you cjane!

Vanessa said...

I love reading your blog! Thank you for the inspiration and positivity you provide.

My goal this Christmas is to either hand make my gifts, or shop on Etsy - but I'm certain I will ultimately end up saying hi to my favorite checkout girl, who my girls call "our friend!", as we plunk down the goods, that I was too busy to make, at Target.

The Chief keeps getting cuter and cuter, and it looks like your hair is growing right along with him! Double cute!

The Morton's said...

I LOVE LOVE your writing style. I Check your blog daily. L-O-V-E IT!!!

Karyn said...

It is so nice to hear how well everyone is doing, and that Stephanie is finding humour in life again now that she is awake. Your family is amazing, and I think I can see the glow from your halo all the way up here in the north!

What I can't get over is the picture of the Chief and his unbelievably adorable outfit. That is the cutest romper I have ever seen! Possibly the cutest baby, too (except my own two of course!)

I also love the Pilgrim dress. It reminded me of my daughter who used to wear her beloved Hutterite dress to our church services. We're Anglican, so she always got quite the compliments. I said we were just bringing faiths together, one outfit at a time.

Anonymous said...

first of all OBAMA rocks!! and second of all even though we disagree in probably everything in life ( religion, politics, style etc.) you truly are a good person for all the good things you do daily for your sister and her children -- i dont know many people who would do all that u do without complaining! and if there is one thing that i probably do agree on with u is ur great personality and sarcasm and witt! u would probably be a great friend of mine (except for the fact that u are mormon and i am completely the opposite!) so i guess i can let it slide that u dont like obama :)

mountain.mama said...

Another great post, so glad that Christian and the kids are together and Stephanie is closer to home. And that halo is shining for miles and miles!

Forget Christmas--Happy Thanksgiving! There are so many miracles to be thankful for this year.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick comment. I will be doing all of my christmas shopping at Target as well and have enjoyed many a lunch at the famous Archer Farms deli! :) Keep up the blogging it always inspires my day.

ps I loved the reference to Obama. Who?

Thanks!! WYOGOP

Mel B. said...

you are just too funny. May God continue to bless you and your family.

kemra said...

I haven't even started THINKING about what I need to buy for Christmas...let alone actually shopping!!!

I'm glad the Nielson's made it to Utah safely!

Emily said...

hi cjane. the only" jogging" i do is to your blog EVERY morning. you and your sister inspire me everyday.

ps. christmas who?

Whitney said...

Bless you Courtney! And that picture with that rabid U fan is insane. Anyone knows that all of diety cheer for the Y, and that earthly imposter shall be smitten. None of my Christmas shopping is done, either! Partly because my hubbs only wants toys, like little boy toys. Hmm... oh well.

Reenie said...

Courtney, what a beautiful and happy post.

I'm happy that you and Chup were able to get away for an evening, and that he lets you eat the last piece of sushi=)

The Chief is getting so big. That's a darling picture of him and you ~ your hair looks cute and looks so long.

I'm happy that Step's humor and personality has returned, and am so happy that she has returned to Utah.

I'm happy that Christian is home again too....and with the kids.

I'm happy Lucy is doing well....and can't wait to see a picture of her and her belly:)

Claire looked cute....would like to see Jane's boots though.

Have a wonderful day ~ and what a great Thanksgiving this year will be.

God Bless you All ~

Cassandra said...

Target is a good place to do Christmas shopping. They have everything + some.

Love the deer in the backyard.

Have a happy week!

emily said...

lol, don't you worry about not being done with christmas shopping. i just posted last night about how i was not dealing with any of that x-mas shopping stuff until the day after thanksgiving when i could officially blast christmas musica all throughout my house. my step mom is getting a lump of coal for telling me she was done. i have already notified santa.

Andrea said...

I have been reading for a while and not yet left a comment, but today I wanted to say, few, You are awesome.

I am so glad to know that your "sixth" child is with you! And I am glad Stephanie is doing better.

That dress is adorable.

And that Jesus picture is hilarious!! I love it!! Too funny!!

blessedmomto7 said...

I was rolling reading this! ARCHER FARMS ROCKS!! Oh heavens, Court-you are a HOOT!
I do all my shopping in one day too-guess we can be friends since I'm "lazy" too!
Give Steph a big kiss from Kansas!

Janessa Couch said...

Thanks for making me smile this morning.

tharker said...

Umm, I'm sort of in love with the Chief and his cute sweater outfit thingy. Seriously!

And a halo looks very fetching on you!

What would we do with out the mecca that is Target? I'm the same way, if I can't find it there, I tend to think that the item does not exist. Happy shopping, and Archer Farming, and shopping!

Lindsey said...

Oh PLEASE name the Sushi joint in Sugar House. I am always in need of a fix when I am at my parents house.

Leisha said...

Wait? Wasn't The Chief just born? Please implore him to slow down. I know you don't want your blog to turn into a "Mommy Blog" but that would be a dream come true for me!

It is online Christmas shopping for me. You don't even have to move anything but your fingers.

Can't wait for Stephanie to feel emotionally/physically ready to see her babies again. What a great day THAT will be.

Hess Fam said...

Your spot was secured in heaven long ago my friend!
...and 'manpris'...seriously? this is why I read cjane! thank you for my morning chuckle.

Anonymous said...

I love your sense of humour Courtney and your, and your families', enthusiastic approach to life. What a wonderful start to the day to read your writings.

I've not commented before, but have been following the story of Stephanie's and Christian's accident and remarkable progress and just want to say how happy I am to hear that they are all back in Utah, close to their children and family.

Greetings to you all from a Canadian great Grandma in Tsawwassen Canada, who hasn't even started to think about Christmas presents! Haven't even finished the Fall cleanup in the garden yet!

God bless you all.

LyndiLou said...

I've started reading your blogs to my Mom because they make us giggle! :) You are sooo fun and real and I love it!

I LOVE the pilgram dress at church, your love manifested through sushi, and target... sooo I'm glad I've found you. You're just sooo sweet!

Thanks again for sharing your adventures.

Doty Family said...

Babies do grow to fast and I love the deer in the back yard. The only thing I get in the back yard is lizards and an occassional snake. EEK! Harzard of being a desert dweller! Oh well, thanks for my morning dose of CJane, I'm off to visit teach!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Courtney! enjoyed it. Too bad about the boots! ;-)

You are indeed an angel!

Jenny from Ky!

TRS said...

As I was driving home yesterday, I approached an intersection where a car was stopped, waiting to turn.

The passenger caught my eye.

She had fair skin and dark hair - and her eyes were closed as she basked in the warm sunlight streaming through her car window.

I thought immediately of NieNie.
Tears came to my eyes, my body shook a bit while I continued to drive and I said a prayer for your entire family.

Tell Stephanie that she has impacted so many strangers in so many ways. This is just a small example.

aurora said...

I think that every baby should wear manpris. ;-)

Love Christmas. Started shopping? Not even.

You amaze me. I hope that you have a great Target shopping marathon. Sounds perfect!

lundgrenville said...

Very entertaining! That little boy of yours is darling!
Its a blessing to know that Steph and Christian are surrounded by many of whom they love.
You deserve the biggest hug ever!! I mean EVER! :)
Hugs-
Ps. Christmas?? Christmas is coming? I guess I'd better start shopping :)

The life of Jayne said...

I LOVE Target too! YEA! They have mainly everything I need, and their employee's are nice and helpful, what more could I ask for? :)
Sounds like things are going really good for your sister and her husband! Thats great!

Maggie May said...

Much love to your whole family, and thanks thanks thanks mrs. banks for the update
you are' practically perfect in every way '

xo

: ) Paula said...

My fourth child is named Courtney, it was my husband's choice. I liked it okay but never loved it. Can't believe I'm admitting that! But you've made the name beautiful to me. When I get a job, I'm donating (soon, I hope).

Oh, and please: Write a book. But don't write a whole slew of 'em about vampires, what wasted talent. (Don't bother typing up your passionate disagreement--I already know I'm a horrible person. I doubt I'm allowed to be an LDS woman and not be gah gah for Twilight!)

ec said...

i'm notta even a little bitta close to being done. i wish i could do it all at target...but we don't have that blessed store up here in the freezing north, dang it.

you are an angel.

Launi said...

You just make me laugh. And as far as being done with Christmas shopping goes--I try all year to make things for family--only to get to the last minute and not finish and have to run around shopping anyway. THAT's pretty lame. I'll see you at Target!

Lisa and Brian said...

I once sat in the Utah student section of a BYU/Utah game. As a BYU fan. My future husband was the Ute fan. It was like how being in outer darkness must feel. Yucky!

Anonymous said...

Yet another great post, Courtney! Thank you for sharing the latest updates with us. It is so great to hear that Stephanie is back in her beloved Utah and most importantly, around her family. Christian is such a sweetheart to make that a priority as well! I also read the newspaper article...it sounds like the children have really done well with this and of course, you guys have made such a HUGE difference in that area! What a blessing you all are! Love and prayers to you all, Lori

Emily said...

What? DONE? As in finished? Christmas shopping complete?

Hahahahahahaha.

Haven't even started. And that's unfortunate, because this year I have made a vow to avoid Big Box Stores of all types and support the little guy, ordering gifts from The Hunger Site (dot) org and Mom and Pop Shops and boutiques and etsy and such.

Are there some handy sites that are selling wares that will benefit the Nie Nie Recovery Fund for Christmas?

Jackie said...

No photo of the boots? I am curious and want to see what they look like. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Please don't talk about cute boots and not show them off. :) Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. BTW - I am with you with Christmas, I haven't even started my list never mind actually going into a store and purchasing. What is wrong with these people anyway?

HomeSpun Threads said...

You just keep cracking me up but under all that you have to be a saint. I know for love we'll do anything but it can be so hard day after day to even live a normal life much less yours and one for another. I PRAY for your sisters and Mr. N's recovery and that those babies don't grow SO fast. Let'em stay little a little longer! :( By the way, I like long posts, especially entertaining ones. Gotta go I here a couple of kids climbing into the tub...

super tweaky mel said...

I see the halo!

You look so beautiful in all your mommy glory sitting with Chief in that pic. And that's wonderful that Mr. Nielson loves your Chup's waffles. The pilgrim dress is tooo cute - and Lucy wearing the same shoe size as her new born cracked me up!

I really lover your new profile pic too. Your beauty really shines through from the inside!

Kath said...

Oh! I love the KYOTO!! Tell me it is your favorite too!! We are in San Diego but it is a must stop when we come to UT. My Mr. and I also enjoyed a quick sushi sharing this weekend but I did not earn it like you did and definitely no halo here;)

Michael & Mindy said...

I literally read your posts over and over again. You are an amazing story-teller. For some reason I feel like I have a connection with you and your family and your story...maybe because we likely live within miles of each other and even more likely shop at the same Target. (I hope that doesn't sound creepy. I'm simply saying we live in the same countyr). Speaking of Target, I haven't started my Christmas shopping at all, so you're not alone!!

Wendy said...

Hello? Only the smart people go shopping the week before Christmas so you are right on track! I like the Target idea. Sounds fun actually.

kimber said...

You are stinking hi-larious. I love your posts. Thanks for the laugh. :)

Kim said...

Ok, so you totally rock. That is all there is to it.
I'm glad that Stephanie is making people laugh, hopefully she is making herself laugh also.

And Christmas? Yeah, not so much. Thinking about it, have lists upon lists. And, since Logan isn't high class enough to get a Target (but we're getting another Walmart?!?!?), I am doing my shopping online. Yep, love Amazon's free shipping :)

Suz said...

Could you pleeeeeaaasse post a photo of Jane in her boots? I will give you all of my sushi... I'm not quite classy enough to eat that yet... I tried it once, though! Is Christmas coming? Thanks for the memo. Please convince Steph that when she crosses the road of "to blog or not to blog" that my insensative side is pleading that she will continue to share her beautiful corner of this planet with the rest of us. If she chooses not to, I still have a sensative side and I will still love her and still be changed for forever, and I'll buy her book instead! She will write one, right?

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

There needs to be some kind of spray you can put on kids to freeze them from growing for a little while. It all goes by too fast. The Chief is the cutest - even if he is wearing manpris.

I've never commented but have been reading for awhile. I don't have sisters, but reading your family's story sure makes me wish I did. You are amazing and are definitely going straight to heaven!

Stephanie shouldn't be embarrassed - it is her generosity of spirit and inate goodness that inspires so many of us to reach out to her and Christian. She leads the way in this!

And by the way, Christmas is FOREVER away. I'll see you at Target in a few weeks! ;-)

Freckles said...

The growing out of their clothes overnight thing re-appears when they become teenage boys. Really, if they sat still for a few minutes you could almost watch them grow!

Love the halo!

Pink Slippers said...

What a great post.
That Target thing sounds like a good idea. But my hubby will have to go so when I can't make a decision he can help. :)
Great up-date....I think I saw your halo too.
Wendy
(Mommy to six-soon-to-be-seven)

Brooke said...

The tears, the tears! Will they ever stop?

You've maintained your sense of humor through it all. How else would you survive I wonder?

Babies grow too fast. Period.

Yeah, close to starting Christmas. That's it. Maybe close to thinking about starting Christmas. Target sounds good....

Just so moved by your faith and solidarity as a family.

Praying for Steph's emotional readiness to see the kidlets so they can see their beloved mother. Sooner, hopefully rather than later.

Mary said...

Ok, great blog, but where or where did that wonderful outfit of the Chief's come from? Tell me you don't know someone crafty enough who made it! It is really adorable. Also, Claire looks so cute in her Thanksgiving dress...you are all awesome. Thanks for sharing......

Jen said...

I have totally and completely not begun to shop for Christmas. Feel better? :D

Nan said...

I love this post. You sure tell it like it is. Sorry about BYU. Surely next year they can only get better. Oh, and I am sorry, but I don't think you can qualify as lazy. You are amazing.

bedelia said...

I'm 30 years old and I wear a size 4 in little girls shoes. Tell me more about these boots.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your posts, you are so hilarious! I mean, have some people actually STARTED their Christmas shopping???? I love the idea of getting it all at Target. I heart Target.

Ruth Ann said...

"...and some guy named Obama."

That made me laugh out loud! I just love ya, c jane!

Anonymous said...

Another big ((HUG)) to you, Miss Courney, from the girl that chooses to remain anonymous in Salem, Oregon that thinks of you and your family often!

Karyn said...

I just put away the Christmas tree from last year! When is Christmas?! WHat the?!!!

Your family continues to be in our prayers. Thanks for sharing all the little miracles and heartaches.

Jesus loves YOU! Your family is beautiful.

brooke said...

Looks like we are best friends. When someone mentions Christmas shoping, instead of planning and doing it, I think "maybe I don't need to give gifts this year". So at least you have planned a target day.
By the way, I think you totally ROCK and are so funny. Thanks for your blogging:)

Marilyn said...

I wanted to be done with Christmas shopping, but it was a pipe dream...alas...I am lazy too.

Love that article and this long post detailing your sainthood. Really, you are a saint...and I love you.

Lindsay said...

You are hilarious!

I bought a pair of shoes at a thrift store last week that were one size (or maybe two) too small b/c I couldn't imagine life without them...They only hurt after a few hours or if I go on a long walk...but sporting a pair of kids shoes would be a tough one to pull off. I wish they made those little boot numbers in your size-bummer :)

Have a fabulous day!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

I just read about you and your sister and all your family in the Sunday Mail magazine in the United Kingdom. Such familial love and devotion are so touching. I am praying for all of you, especially Christian and Stephanie.

Jumpin J's Mom said...

Really who needs stores when you have the internet and free shipping? An alternate suggestion is photobooks or calendars... that's what all of our family gets, and snapfish has a 20% off coupon right now!! Plus you can make it from your house in the middle of the night in your pj's!!!!

Self admittedly I am one of those disgusting people who starts shopping at the after Christmas sales for the next year. But that is great because then I help all my "shoppingly" challenged guy friends do their shopping... its just one of my good deeds of the season!

Bless you all and Happy Holidays!!! Your entire family is an inspiration to so many people!!!!!!!!!!

Jaclyn Bailey said...

I havent even started contemplating Christmas yet. I have just barely wrapped my head around the fact that my oldest baby just turned 5!

Helen said...

Hi,
I have just read the nienie dialogues. There was an article in a sunday magazine supplement yesterday and I felt I had to read her story. It is very moving...
I live in the UK and their story is very touching and heart rending. I wish nienie and Christian and their family the very best.
As for christmas, I like you have a 7 month old baby girl, and I also am planning on shopping in one shop only...
Happy Thanksgiving
Helen
Leeds, UK.

Bryce and Candice Blood Family said...

My computer is psycho so you may be getting this twice, just reject one.

I have already done my Christmas shopping but we are moving 2 days after Christmas, will you make an exception!? Please! I did buy it all at Target!

Glad to know you are embracing the chaos and enjoying the various forms of love gracing you. Sorting baby clothes into out grown, fits, and will soon be wearing...the worst motherly task...surpasses stinky blowouts and shots.

The quilts are progressing, I need to update again after Thanksgiving in Utah! Check them out at www.quilt4nie.blogspot.com I just found out that Claire likes purple so I may make adjustments!

faye said...

oh my gosh!!! i am so sorry ,but that jesus dude is my husband-my husbands-not mine,ery strange cousin.
he probally got the dress from his new wife-his third by the way. courtney love your blog,read it daily. my 14 year old daughter fell in love with claire and jane singing golden slumbers and is going to sing and play the piano version in a school concert.

Anonymous said...

Jesus loves U too Courtney! So do I!

kelly l said...

hey c jane, i'm newer to your blog and just LOVE it all. i love the way you write and i love all that you're doing. i think you've definitely got a one-way ticket to heaven. and i HATE people who have their christmas shopping done before thanksgiving. how boring.

julie said...

I wish I could say I was sorry that the U won, but I'm not. I hope you still love me! That picture is funny.

I love your hair color. It's kind of making me think about going blond again.

My Christmas shopping is not done; however, thanks to Pampered Chef, most of the women in my life are covered this year. I don't have your excuse for not being done - a house full of kids/husbands(one not yours)/animals/and such. I have a roommate, but she looks after herself. I'm just lazy.

I could have told you years ago that you have a perma-halo! :)

Anonymous said...

your blog is delightful. i have been following it for about a month now. stephanie is truly inspiring and I want to thank you for everything you do to share her story with us. i know it is alot of work, but because of your dedication and because of the way she lives her life-so many people are inspired to be better; To be better parents, mothers, wives, sisters...and the list goes on. thank you. thank you. please keep up the fantastic work-because we need it.

Aunt Annie said...

I have been following your blog for some time now and I am pleased that things are going so well for your sister, Christian, their children and of course you and your whole family as well. You are a gifted writer and a terrific sister.
God Bless all of you.

moseyalong said...

Picture of Jane's boots, pretty please? Great news on all fronts...

Marit said...

I want pictures of these boots you are talking about! Even though, it would apparently be a big tease...

Patti said...

Love Claire's dress.

Love the Chief's outfit.

Love you, CJane, for keeping us posted with everything you have to do right now.

Happy Thanksgiving.

McCumber Family said...

Did you know that a pound of gold bricks weighs the same as a pound of cotton balls?

Graham and Kate said...

Umm... as for the christmas part. I don't even think about it until like a week before.

I'm sure as many of you have and will tell Stephanie, not to be embarrased. Everyday I have friends{who like me have never met Nie} leave post about her blog, and how truly inspired they are to be better. Better wives, mothers, neighbors, and friends. For that, we all have so much to thank her for, and you too! Thanks for continuing to share your daily inspirations and thoughts from your wonderful family.

Mike and Tonia said...

Wanna be my friend? I haven't started my Christmas shopping either. I don't have a good excuse like you though.

Alyssa said...

Love the term manpris :)

Tiff said...

Oh my goodness! I must comment on this post because in the first picture you are holding your adorable baby in a funky rocking chair. My parents have the exact same chair in the green color and I am just in total shock that someone else has it! It is the most comfortable chair in the house.

Anonymous said...

You ARE an angel! Your whole family are angels to Stephanie and Christian and will continue to be as they heal and travel along the road to recovery. As I check your blog daily, I am in AWE of the love that encircles your family. I think of you daily and pray for all of you. Oh, please can we see Jane's new boots? They sound fab.

LisaJane said...

Courtney,
Each time I read your blog I think, ok this is the one where she complains a bit. But no! Every entry is uplifting and positive. Every word is a tribute to your family, to Stephanie and Christian, to your husband, to Him. You are amazing and genuine and I am inspired each time I come here.
I'm still sending prayers of love to all of you.
And I do NOT have any shopping done at all. It's still November, what's the hurry. :)

JonnieAngel said...

Courtney,

Do you have li' Nie? Can I take her to Florida with us for Christmas? If we go to Disney World, she is so coming with us!!!

Please say yes.

I live in Springville, we can schedule a child exchange in a neutral location. No need to pay postage. :-)

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving! There is truly so much to be thankful for.

Emily said...

Oh you make me laugh! I have never read this little treasure until you started updating for Stephanie...I'm so glad I found it now. As always great post & Thanks for the updates!
Love from Idaho
Emily

lambie-pie said...

Courtney, you are fu-nee. I am here in Utah visiting from out of state this week and it is weird because I have the strangest desire to go and visit Stephanie. Of course I won't because of course she doesn't know me from Adam (or Eve as the case may be) but I feel like I know her and she's my friend and now that she is here it's like a pull. I like thinking that my thoughts to her don't have quite as far to go now, just from Sandy to Salt Lake, for a few more days anyway. I'm glad she's here close to her fam, I'm sure it's helping a lot. Oh and, I don't have my shopping even near being done. I usually start a quilt or something around Dec 22nd or so. And finally- you are an angel. Seriously.
Happy Thanksgiving and say hi to her from Elisabeth who's thinking of her just a few miles away.

schetsclan said...

You are an amazing lady. What a difference a year can make. You have earned the jewels in your crown.

Anonymous said...

Gotta see the boots! Picture please!

Quelly said...

It is so nice to know that I my lazy christmas shopping ways put me in such good company!

sarah, rsm said...

happy thanksgiving, courtney, to you and all of yours! :)

Em said...

It doesn't count as Christmas activities if you doing them during Thanksgiving season. It needs to be redone in the Christmas season to count, so really we're ahead (they have to un-wrap and un-decorate and then do it again).
But you can start the day after Thanksgiving-that counts. (Can you tell when I start?)

superman's mom said...

Courtney - I'm dying to see these adorable boots of Miss Jane's. Maybe you could post something entirely devoted to them?? ;)

Katrisha M said...

I have not even started shopping for Christmas. I think we would get along swimmingly. Although I don't think the winters there would agree with my fragile skin. :D I also know that with all the moving around happening there you probably cannot move to N.W. Arkansas at the present time. *sigh* I guess we'll just have to be internet friends. Oh well, I heard those can be just as good if not better.

thanks.
and hugs and kisses and lots-O-love for all the family!

Barb's blessings said...

I used to shop early for Christmas but then I would find something better closer to Christmas and end up spending twice as much. So wait until at least mid December. Target rocks. They are a national treasure -- as are you. Thank you for sharing your gifts of expression and insight. I am praying for Nie and Christian and all of you.

Nold Family said...

You are hilarious and really have this blogging thing down! Thanks for updating us and keeping us smiling. Glad to hear the troops are improving and moving right along.

Hetrick family said...

So I am wondering who else will admit to immediately scanning back to the top picture to see what the shiny thing you referenced was, before reading the following (clever) line. Yeah....I did.
That's ok, I got to check out that precious Chief one more time.
So thrilled for the continued good news, especially to hear that Stephanie's wit is back. She might not ever grasp how she "changed the world", but we all do--thank you for being the narrator!!

Anne said...

You are the coolest...love your Target plan!

cari said...

I don't ever start my shopping until well into December but then, I am a procrastinator. I have been thinking about it for a while though.

Claire's dress is so cute!

Meg Pie said...

C Jane,

In my book you have about 15 Halos!
You are amazing!

The Chief is not going to know what to do when all his "brothers and sisters" are back home with momma and daddy!

Love to you and your family this Thanksgiving! This holiday probably means more this year than ever!

Hugs from Oregon

starnes family said...

I love this blog. And, Nie's. I have come to know your story over the past month and I'm praying for all of you.

Also ordering a pic from NameYourDesign.com. One, because I love the art. Two, because it will help Nie and her family.

Thank you for the opportunity to feel connected to you all. I'm honored.

Kris said...

Much love from a lazy friend! No Christmasness started here yet. (I'm doin' it just for you!)

Sara Kelley said...

you are hilarious! i loved, loved this post.
sara
p.s. i'm almost done with my shopping but i'd still LOVE to be friends with you!

Kristy said...

I love love love this post. Thank you for bringing me a little NIe Nie and an update on all your beautiful children. I really need to know because other wise I will make a fool of myself and show up somewhere I should not be. Can she have visitors that are not family? If not where can I send a new get well wish?

Our love and gratitude

Joan Canan said...

I loved the brown knit outfit on the Chief!!! He is the cutest baby ever.... Do you ever call him by his birth name? I love reading your blog and hope that your sister Stephanie and her husband Christian and their adorable children continue to thrive!! You should be very proud of yourself and your husband for taking care of the children. It is a big responsibility that you have undertaken and done it with such class and grace. Keep up the good work!!!

Joan C.

Natalie said...

You are refreshingly hilarious and I love you! I know, I don't know you, but I did go to school with your brother Jesse for a couple of years, and my husband's aunt and uncle are Becky and Kelly Ellis who I think live up the street from your mom and dad. :) Thank you for sharing all that you do, you are a light!

Pretty Jane said...

I haven't even thought about Christmas shopping. Can I be your friend??

Excellent post, like a phone call from my sister. Just what I needed tonight...

wandering nana said...

So where is this sushi place in Sugarhouse. When I visit my daughter she and her hubby take me to a place on Miller St just off of Highland Dr (just down from the old Villa). If it helps, I have barely even started my Christmas shopping.

nichole said...

I love your blog, I love reading about the chief.. probably because I have a little girl the same age and we are going through the same stuff. She won't sleep through the night and I don't want to do the cry it out thing because she is too cute.. and she grows out of her footie jams overnight too. cheers to the little ones they keep us guessing , yes?

Amy said...

comment # 158
That guy dressed up as Jesus was in front of me in line getting into the BYU/Utah game. I wanted to punch him - what an idiot. (I know that's harsh, but it's how I felt)

I dont' think I've ever commented before, just a faithful long time lurker, so in case I don't comment again for a while...I love reading your blog. Thank you!
and since August, you and your family have been in the thoughts & prayers of countless...including mine.