Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Be Forgot


It is cold here in Idaho. Ice, snow and a freezing wind. The canyon out our window makes a wide hole in the earth and stays still. Today is the last day of the year.

I feel a desire to resolute myself. I want to wake up tomorrow a better person. One who is determined to see the changing year as a baptismal of soul. I need not introduce my bad habits and creeping negativism to 2009. As far as I am concerned they can be contained in the year that was 2008.

2008.

I welcomed you with a baby swimming inside my ready-made placenta.

I ended my 30th year, thereby official became a thirty-something.

We bought a second home, Retro House an unassuming structure of wonders.

I contracted.

And contracted.

And finally pushed.

In so doing, became a mother.

And Chup a father.

I realized the secret to happiness is to continually fall in love.

To give the soul reasons for butterflies.

And babies, they'll do it to you.

Then two months or so later.

A phone call.

A plane crash.

We had my sister's children in the family car traveling across the desert.

To a new life and new home.

And the world, coming to our rescue.

Nights where I didn't know if my sister would survive.

Miracles.

Mr. Nielson coming to live with us.

We eat mountains of oranges.

Kentucky gets a clean screen from her re-occurring cancer.

Stephanie transferred to Utah to be near to her mountains.

And, now before 2008 shuts its doors on us forever, she has come home.

(And in 2009, there will be more details, but for now, know that your prayers had much to do with it and we thank God for them.)

If any one year of my entire existence holds more sweet and sour than did 2008, I will be mortally surprised. I'm young though, and who knows what God will ask of me in years to come. He asks me to endure and then sends angels of every degree to help in the task. It is the definition of surreal. Try it sometime. (Or don't.)

But for my Heavenly Father I have decided that I will welcome 2009 with a resolution to focus on beauty. To see more, to feel it more, to identify it in others. The beauty in the natural. An un-Photo Shopped photograph, the acres of sagebrush from here to Utah, The Chief's dancing eyebrows. The beauty in the recovery. My sister, her husband and the children. Then, after all is quiet again, the rediscovery of my Chup and my baby alone in our once-riotous home.

But for now, beauty that no matter what I am an offspring of God who loves me . . .

. . . even on bitter cold days in fertile lands of Idaho.

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Grandma Catherine said...

You are truly beautiful, inside and out!

Meredith said...

Blessed news and wonderful resolutions. Tears in my eyes of happiness for you, your sweet family, and Nie's family too. I have learned so much from you all in the past year. God bless and keep you...see you in 2009!

lucy said...

This was the best new years post ever. so happy she is home. happy 2009.

Sarah said...

May God continue to richly bless you in the coming year. Your life and writing has been a blessing to so many.I praise God for the recovery you are all receiving. I love your blog and your family.
Sarah in Mesa, AZ

Jenna said...

That gave me goosebumps, and not because it's cold outside. What a wonderful gift to have your family back, in more ways than one. We continue to pray for you and yours every day- what a loving Heavenly Father we have and I love you and your family. Ahh- it's inexpressible. Cheers and deep breaths,

Jenna

Amy said...

Again, you've inspired me. My soul has craved to leave the negative things behind. You put into words what my heart desires as well. Why dwell on my overly chubby hips and thighs, when they are indeed a blessed result of 6 children? Why fret over my 10 year old supervan when it gets my precious cargo there safely? Why want for more when my Heavenly Father has indeed blessed me with everything I actually need? Thank you Courtney! You are one more blessing to top off the overflowing goodie bag that is my life. I love you and the Nielsens so much. As always, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Happy 2009!

Konnie said...

Absolutely lovely. May 2009 have for you and your family all the sweet of 2008 and more, and none of the sour.

Heather (Port Moody)

Jaime said...

Tears.

Of Joy. And of pain.

2008 was painful in many ways for me as well. The loss of two family members. A new home for us. Growing up. Finally. Sickness. Troubles.

I feel the exact same way about 2008. I welcome 2009 with hopeful arms.

Bless you, CJane. May you and your entire, beautiful family have a tremendously uplifting 2009.

And a quick prayer of thanks that Stephanie is home.

The Cuties' Mommy said...

Lots of things I loved about this post: 1) Scenery - wow!! 2) Tears and laughter - you do it to me every time. 3) bad habits - don't we all have those? I tried to "resolute" them out for 2009...we'll see 4) sweet & sour - only you choose such perfect words 5) Nienie is home!! Yay!! Happy New Year to you and everyone!!

rachel said...

I am in awe of your beautiful soul.

KT said...

Wow. An amazing post. I have enjoyed reading your blog since first hearing about your sister & husband. You, of great strength! I am sending lots of prayers & hugs from a little farm town in Wisconsin named Ixonia. (No, I didn't make that up). Please know that your whole family is in my nightly prayers. Keep the faith & stay strong (is there any other choice?!). :o) -KT

Noni said...

Thanks, Courtney for letting us taste the sweet and sour of this year through your blog. Our prayers continue for all of you. What a miracle to have Nie home! May 2009 be filled with much sweet for you and yours!

Much love,

Noni

Breanna and Nick said...

I hope that 2009 brings much happiness and wonderful memories for you and your family! You have been a true inspiration ( as well as Nie and Mr. Nielson). I continue to pray for healing and strength for you all. God bless you and I look forward to all the blessings God has for you in 2009. Take Care and have a wonderful New Years!

love,
Breanna Hevner

karan said...

That was so beautiful. I am so glad she is HOME. I can,t find the words i want to say, you have said them all. I wish you and your family a wonderful 2009.
Much love as always from england
Karan xxxx

Anonymous said...

Courtney/Chup/Mr. & Mrs. Nielson and Families,

Happy New Year, may the New Year bring you hope and a continued support. You all have been so amazing, there should be more people on this earth like you. You went on a journey that was not expected, nor did you want, but somehow you have all become a special blessing to so many others through your tradegy.

I wish you continued strength in the upcoming New Year and may God continue to bless all of you.

Warm Regards,
Ladybug (Gilbert, AZ)

Landlocked Mermaid said...

OH My you are fantastic. I read your blog every day but by the time I get to post a comment you are up to about 4335 and I fear you'll never see my comment. You have been an inspiration to me. I am in my second year of infertility- tried it all- but each day your remind me that every day there are miracles. I pray for you and yours all the time. thank you.. love love love xoxoxo

Laura Clapp said...

Happy New Year CJane. Hope you have a wonderful one.

Suzie said...

These words were like music, beautiful lyrics to a song of your heart.

Happy New Year!

Carrot Jello said...

I'd say Happy New Year, but there's a lump in my throat.

Matt said...

Cotus

Any ducks on that river?

LyndiLou said...

Happy 2009!!! Here's wishing you the most beautiful year you can imagine! You deserve it... along with all the prayers, blessings and angels that have been circling around you already! :)

Pmom@ChocolateandGarlic.com said...

Beautiful.

Thank you for sharing so much of your life with those of us in blogland this year.

Jamie said...

Oh, courtney...happy new year.

Steph is home? Like at HER home? Yours? The parents'? I suppose the children are still with you...

Amazing. What a year...

LKV said...

What an inspiring post. You certainly have a way with words. I can't tell you how happy I am to hear that your sis is home, where she belongs- here's hoping 2009 is a better and even more inspiring year.

Lil' Miss Petunia said...

Oh my goodness, I'm at work reading your blog and tears are just rolling off my cheeks, and smiling ear to ear!
My co-workers think I'm nuts, but thats ok, I'm just overjoyed with your news. From the moment I started reading your blog and Nie's, I have prayed for you, Nie, the children, and the whole family. I will continue to pray for you and the whole family.

God Bless and Happy New Year!

Nicole said...

You are amazing! I am inspired by you daily. God bless you and your family in the coming year & always.

Monica said...

I have never had one blog bring me so many tears and chills, and yet it seems like that's what happens every other time you update. Praise God for such wonderful news!

Breana said...

I'm trying not to cry as I sit here at work and read this.
What a wonderful and inspiring post. You are truly a wonderful person and your sister is so lucky to have you and your family helping so much.
God bless you and your new year.

Michelle said...

Beautiful, articulate, inspiring. CJane, you are a magnificiently wrapped gift from God.

Many blessings in 2009. Our prayers are always with you.

Michelle

Numbers 6:24-26

Lisa said...

You are truly an amazing woman and an amazing writer! I am in awe of you and your family, for your selflessness and love that you have for all around you. You have been in my thoughts and prayers daily, if not hourly, and though I know you ALL have a long road ahead of you, may our Heavenly Father continue to bless you and yours in the new year!

Chelsea said...

Thank you for those beautiful words.. rather thank you for being you and for being so inspiring to me! I truly am blessed to have been able to read your amazing blog and learn and grow from the trials and blessings you've had. I consider you a friend and hope that you and yours have a blessed and happy New Years! Love from warm AZ
Chelsea

Crystalyn said...

i'm just so very happy for you and your family right now. what a beautiful time to have everyone reunited after it all.

happy 2009 to all of you!

sandy said...

Have a blessed New Year! Although I am certain that you will. Thank you for sharing your lives :)

Happy New Year!

Freckles said...

May each one of us wake tomorrow as good a person as you have revealed yourself to be this year.

LDS Emmie said...

That was a beautiful, heart-felt post that brought me to tears. I wish I was just one teeny weeny bit like you!

TKTC said...

I am sitting at my desk on the 63rd floor of one of those massive Chicago office buildings and have happy tears running down my face. My head tells me it is a total overreaction but still- I'm so happy for all of you that Nie's home. I know it's a long road still ahead but it just seems like one miracle after another with you guys and I'm so happy to hear so beautifully said.

Laura said...

May 2009 bring happiness to your entire family.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Discharged in time for the new year. Girl's got herself a house to decorate. No need to collect ideas in an accordian file this time. Your family knew how to light her fire. And you knew just how to keep the home fires burning. Happy new year Courtney.

M. Putman

ryan and jolee said...

Beautiful beautiful post! So happy that Nie is home! What a blessing! Here we come 2009!

dougandcheryl said...

This was a truly inspirational and beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Jodi said...

Happy New Year Courtney, to you and yours.

May you all have a blessed and beautiful 2009!

Cassandra said...

You're in my home land, sista! Isn't it beautiful, even in it's coldness?

What a lovely vision you've created here. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Shorty said...

What a wonderful post today. Your resolution to see more beauty is one that I definitely need to add to my list. I'm so thankful for all of you that Stephanie is home now...it seems like that has happened so fast since she came back to Utah! The amazing power of prayer and resolve! I envy the dedication you and your family members have for each other. I aspire to be more like you. Happy New Year to you, my dear! You and your family deserve the happiest of them!

Kristen said...

She's home? That's the most wonderful news I've heard today! Congratulations and enjoy this time you have them all together!

Mama & Papa Griz said...

Truly a beautiful post, and what wonderful news. I am so happy that she is home and that she will be able to be surrounded by those she loves, and that love her. It makes it easier to heal when you’re at home. My son made tremendous leaps once he was released from the hospital. Hope your New Year is everything that you and your family hope for. We will continue to pray for your families.

Anonymous said...

Courtney, once again your words leave me in tears--and in awe of the beautiful spirit and family that you have. And even though I don't know you, Nie and your spouses, children, family personally I feel like I do and simultaneously, I wish that I did! Stephanie, I am SOOOOO glad you are home with your family and your children! No doubt you face an uphill climb but I am confident in God's goodness and grace and I have faith that you are going to come out of this just fine! For HE is the wind beneath your wings--I know YOU know this! And love? Well, we all know how healing love can be! I am so grateful to have the honor of "knowing" you Courtney and also Nie and your families through the blogs. I'm rambling--again lol. There really ARE no words for what a miracle this is! May all good things be yours in the year to come! Love, prayers and gentle hugs, Lori

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post. You are an amazing writer and an amazing woman!

Julie said...

Another beautiful post! Thank you for sharing!

Laura Smith said...

wonderful news! hope 2009 is filled with only good happenings.

Lillian said...

Mazel Tov! Please let Stephanie know how joyous we are that she is home.

...and you sister are one wonderful writer.

a healthy and happy new year to you and yours

Ann said...

You've had a blessed year...here's to another in 2009, filled with beauty!

Happy new year...

makemineaquad said...

Happy New Year to you Courtney, and to your dear family. You all have been a blessing in my life in more ways than words can even truly express.

May those mountains continue to give you strength.

Aileen

Secret Agent Mama said...

I am so happy that Stephanie is home.. Your resolution to see beauty is something I strive for. Out with the negative, in with the positive. With beauty. With light. With love.

gail said...

beautiful thoughts, thank you for sharing them. so happy to know steph is home, that makes for a very happy new year indeed. blesssings to you and your family for 2009.

April said...

i love your resolution. and am so glad stephanie is home. best wishes for 2009.

Kristen said...

What a beautiful way to think about this new upcoming year. Thank you, as always, for your beautiful words. 2008 is in the record books for me too as the hardest year to date, but we survive and are better people because of it all. I love how it all works out.

Happy New Year Courtney! May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family.

LisaJane said...

Lovely, simply lovely.

Beth said...

I truly hope you have a wonderful (and more relaxing) year in 2009! And I am so glad to hear Stephanie made it home! What a blessing!

Janet said...

Stephanie is coming home! I am finally going to wear the apron I bought in her honor to make my family their first meal of 2009. I am going to smile and in my heart be grateful for family. My family. Your Family.

Kristin, Jeff, and Michael said...

That was very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your sweet and sours and everything else along the way with everyone. You and your family have blessed my life. I think about your family everyday and it pushes me to be a better person. I am so happy that you all have Stephanie home. Thank you for sharing the picture too! That is actually my home. Where I grew up my whole life. Isn't it beautiful?

Heather said...

Even as a stranger, your news brought tears of gratitude. Thank you for allowing us to pray for your family

Neas Nuttiness said...

What a beautiful synopsis!
Wishing you are yours a brighter tomorrow and and love everlasting.

Brookeh said...

What a wonderful way to start out the new year. I'm so glad for all of you. Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to me. Happy 2009!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Courtney. Thanks to your words, I will introduce 2009 to a better version of myself. I am grateful.

Amy said...

Courtney, you are amazing! Thank you. You and your family provide proof that we are stronger than our trials - if we want to be.

Anne said...

Once again, you inspire me to be better. I'm grateful that that's your gift.

JuliaS said...

What a lovely and stirring year in retrospect.

Wishing you and your family and lovely year to come filled with beauty, continual falling in love and many blessings of healing, strength and hope.

Thank you for sharing with us and allowing us to grow wise and be touched alongside.

Kelly said...

You did it! You made me comment when I swore I would only be a silent reader from now on. How beautiful was that post? Amen to everything! May you be as blessed in 2009. Go CJ!!!!

Ashton said...

oh what a wonderful New Years gift...Nie coming home. The Lord does work wonders...God bless you all and you know the prayers will keep coming...

Lauren said...

That is nothing short of beautiful.

Happy New Year to you and all of yours!!

Megan said...

And speaking of beauty, that post was beautiful. Thank you for all you share with us. Bless you.

bob marley & lucy liu said...

Happy New Year, Courtney, I sniffle to you through my tears. Much love from sandi in AZ!

Trisha said...

What a glorious day! The Happiest of New Year's is wished to you and your family. The thought of the children welcoming in the New year with both their parents surrounding them with love, is the absolutely the greatest gift. God is great!

Nie Nie stay strong!!!

wendy said...

Pardon me while I wipe a tear --very inspiring and continued best wishes and prayers for ALL of you in 09

Kelly said...

cjane, i've read your blog for about 2 years (you even emailed me once and i thought my life had hit its high, then i had a baby... enough said) and i think this might be the best post ever. i'll thank you to prove me wrong some day but for now, here's to 2009 and all it holds and all we bring to it!

Mary said...

When I read the line saying that Stephanie had come home, I burst into an uncontrollable sob. My family thinks I am crazy - I can't tell you how happy I am for Stephanie and her family. But Courtney, you write in a way that is so beautiful. That Chief is such a lucky little guy - God Bless all of you. Happy 2009!

Dallas and Krista said...

Beautiful words. Dancing eyebrows- I can see them now.

Mary said...

When I read the line saying that Stephanie had come home, I burst into an uncontrollable sob. My family thinks I am crazy - I can't tell you how happy I am for Stephanie and her family. But Courtney, you write in a way that is so beautiful. That Chief is such a lucky little guy - God Bless all of you. Happy 2009!

Anonymous said...

What happy news! Here's to a fabulous 2009 for everyone!

Meredith in Arizona
azmeredith@msn.com

Hil said...

You have wonderful family who have been our prayers for 2008, may 2009 bless your family with joy, less stress & wonderful health. You are a wonderful writer, I hope in between all of your dealings your writing your very own book!
Hilary
York PA

Vivi said...

God is so good. God is so good. God is so good. He is good to me.

Chelsea said...

for what it's worth, my husband claims 30-something comes only when you're so far into your 30's you can't remember exactly how old you are. incidentally, he stopped remembering close to his 34th.
happy new year!

m e l said...

happy new year to you and yours. I love how you look at the positive in things. Very inspiring!!

summergibbs said...

Ahhh....looks like you're in Twin Falls. Enjoy your time away and I hope that 2009 holds nothing but happy times with family and the complete recovery of Mr. and Mrs. Nielson. I read your blog almost every day and I am continually amazed at your strength and your testimony. Stephanie is very lucky to have a sister like you...not everyone would take on three additional children while trying to deal with their own newborn. You are a very special spirit and I know that the Lord has many great blessings in store for you. Enjoy the holiday!

Colleen said...

Cjane I'm in the presence of greatness. You have made me better in so many ways. Especially spiritually. I am going to share the same resolution of finding the beauty. Happy New Years to you all, so happy Nie is home.
Colleen in NJ

Shirley said...

That was some year you had, Courtney. You seem to have come through it with such grace. Your are a remarkable woman...and it seems to run in your family. How you juggle, please, appease, calm, excite, inform and comfort so many people is just amazing. I say we ring out 2008 with a big HIP-HIP-HOORAY for Courtney Jane!!! And a big ol' group hug for you as well!

I hope 2009 brings you all good news. Hugs, girl, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Joyce said...

This is the most beautiful post! I am beyond happy to know 2008 will end with a sweet mother home with her children!

Happy New Years! May 2009 be filled only with the riches of life!

The Bears said...

Thank you for your amazing example of seeing the blessings in trials and tragedies. It will be stored away and remembered when I need it most.

TRS said...

Funny, isn't it - how sweet and sour go so well together.

Lots of love!

Emily said...

She's home. Amazing. As always, perfectly written and such a simple, pure, gorgeous testimony.

Alicen said...

How do you have this incredible ability to make goosebumps and tears appear. The best to your family. Such good news about your sister! Wishing you and yours the best in 2009!

caroline said...

Oh, cjane. Loved this! May we all focus on beauty in 2009. And may we all continue to learn from your story of the importance of family, of home, of community (real and virtual). With so much beauty around us, how can we not fall in love every day?
Enjoy those clouds your warm breath makes in the bitter cold, and the warmth of your Idaho family.
Wishing all in the cjane community a wonderful new year.

Shirley said...

...p.s.

Stephanie home! Did you ever in a million years think you would be saying THAT before the year was over? Amazing. Just amazing.

leslie s said...

So glad to hear the news...2008 is looking up!! YAY! And as for 2009...Well, let's just hope it continues to bring many blessings to your home! Happy New Year!!

Lucy Pound said...

I am so happy to hear the amazing news of Stephanie's return home!! I have been so blessed to be so inspired by both of your blogs, and your family is always in my prayers. Health, Happiness and most importantly, Hope in the New Year. God Bless.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Home! What a beautiful tribute to 2008, and what wonderful news!

erika said...

happy BEAUTIFUL new year to you and your lovely family!! know one good thing in my 2008 was finding your blog, and praying for your S&C... be blessed!

Jenny.Lee said...

Truly beautiful post. Good things are coming!

Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

That right there is beauty. Wonderfully said. And I am thrilled to my very toenails that Stephanie is home at last. Many more prayers for healing and recovery coming her way.

Sue (in DC - another mom of 4)

veronica said...

Best.News.Ever!

Lindsey said...

Happy New Year. Thank you for becoming such an influential part of my life. I vow to be more like you and Nie in 2009. So grateful to hear Nie is back home. I feel fortunate to have witnessed your family's many miracles this past year and cannot wait to keep reading. All the best!

Corey & Kim Nasfell said...

What fantastic news!!!! I am soooo very happy for your family! Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the world! We love you! Kim in San Diego

The Espinozas said...

thanks so much for sharing and welcoming us into you and your family's 2008, courtney. it has been a blessing and joy.
with love,
amy
(colorado)

Kim A. said...

Oh my goodness, goosebumps galore here! Best wishes for the new year.

Anonymous said...

What a blessed and wonderful way to end the year. May God bless all of you with continued healing in the coming year.

Connie-AZ

Layton Mom said...

Thanks for sharing. Happy to hear that your sister is home. As I have followed her story I have hoped and prayed that if tragedy ever struck in my family I would be as strong, brave, and loving as you have been. What an amazing family you have, such an inspiration to all the rest of us. (It is always cold here in Idaho)

Rhonda said...

A beautiful post with such wonderful news! Happy 2009 to you and your family. I also look forward to a new promising year!

Lace said...

This is such an amazing post! I want to wish you and ALL of yours the loveliest 2009 possible! Thank you for sharing so freely with all of us. I feel so blessed to have learned so much about life and love from you and your family in the last 6 months.

Senior Family said...

what a wonderful post ! happy new year to your whole fam :) welcome home nie :)

TBG said...

That is great news to hear your sister and her family are together again.

Sounds like even through the bad of 2008 there was still so much good.

Here is to 2009 being full of wonderful memories.

Marianne said...

God bless you! May He give you and yours a blessed New Year and many days of peace and togetherness.

Welcome home Mrs. Nielson! We still pray for you!

Lauren said...

That brought tears to my eyes... funny how sometimes with so much happiness comes so much sadness also, in unexpected ways, but in the end, if you look hard enough, there was always a reason for both.
Prayers are continually with you and your whole family.

Davis family said...

What absolutely wonderful news to celebrate this new years eve!! Thank You. You are amazing, and are a beautiful writer.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

I hope you enjoy your trip in Idaho! It has been so wonderful getting to know more about you, and thankful that you share about Nie and Christian too. I wish so much for you and your family for 2009. But everything miraculous and amazing I could have hoped for your family has happened in this year...so I can't wait to see what wonderous joys will be part of your 2009. God bless you and keep you cjane!

Hugs!

Caroline

Michelle, AZ said...

I've been waiting to hear these words - Nie is home! I am so happy for her, her children, Mr. Nielson and your whole family. Thanks for sharing your world with us. Love reading both of your blogs. I also had a very good yet tough year, as I had the joy of having my third baby, but she was born with a broken heart, congenital heart defect. She had surgery at 2 weeks old. She is my beautiful warrior princess. She will be having surgery again. Strength, joy and perseverance to all.

Girl Friday said...

Yay Idaho! Wishing you the very, very best in 2009. You are a beautiful soul.

Noodle said...

You're so right - it is cold here in Idaho, but you've warmed the souls of others around the world, Courtney! Thank you for your words, and Happy 2009 to you, your family, and your extended family.
No matter what, we're really all in this together, aren't we?

Shepherd Family ACAL said...

What a gift...Wonderful! May 2009 be a year of wonder for you and yours!

Jenn said...

...and I'm choked up. Many blessings to you and your family, Stephanie, Mr Nielson, Chup, The Chief, you know who you are. :)

What a wonderful New Year's gift... I'm sending love and prayers your way!

.xo. Jenn (in TN)

Liz Canaan Roberts said...

happy new year Courtney!

and thanks for helping us all see the beauty.

JaneWeber said...

What great news to share and what a great way to end the year - with Nie home! I look forward to updates shortly (hint, hint!. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. Blessings to each of you in 2009.

GrammieT said...

CJ, may 2009 hold happiness, many blessings, good health and much love for you and yours.

What wonderful news that Nie is home! I pray she is doing well and that she will recognize how much she (and you) have inspired so many of us to be the best we can be.

Thank you for the blessings you've shared with us.

Kelli said...

What a beautiful post, I have tears of joy for the future. I don't know how you could possibly become a better person, you are an absolute angel in my eyes and God will have a special place for you my dear. May God continue to bless you and yours with health, happiness and "beauty".......Here's to a New Year and a new beginning.

Jessica said...

Mmmm.. my home state in its crisp and nose-nipping glory. Hope you have a great new year.

Doty Family said...

Beautiful, lovely, and joyful. You are such a beautiful person. yeah for Stephanie and Christian. You know if everyone leaves you will need another baby!!! Gotta stay busy somehow. Have a beautiful and bright New Year.

Nena said...

Wow! Beautifully said! Lots of prayers to you & your wonderful family!! May 2009 have many more blessings. Happy New Year!! =0)

Brooke said...

Oh, tears. Simply moving Courtney.

I hope you find all that beauty in 2009 and I hope it is a quieter year than 2008 for you.

Michelle said...

I love that canyon. That's where my grandparents lived for over 50 years of their 60 years of marriage. Idaho to me is home, thank you for the beautiful picture.

Suzie said...

Beautiful post! Yeah for Nie! I wish you the best for a continuing recovery for all!

Tammy said...

Beauty is often misunderstood by the world. The essence of true beauty is what shines through the eyes of those who have experienced hardships and yet still dare to smile. We are given the bitter with the sweet and what a sweet start to the new year for your family and the Nielsens. Enjoy the beauty of the new year!!!

Shelly said...

Thank you for sharing the joys and sorrows you have shared. They have touched my heart and my families. We send prayers to you and your family for now and the new year. Much love and joy to you all. So happy to hear Nie is home and with her dear family!!!
Love, Shelly Carter

starsgoblue said...

Happy New Year to you and your family. May 2009 bring you everything your hearts desire!

Reading the story of your sister has made me take the time to appreciate my life and family more.

Cassie said...

Yes, Idaho is bitterly cold! My heart just did a little dance hearing that Nie is home. What a wonderful way to end 2008!

Maria Rose said...

Congratulations and may you have a very happy new year!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic way to start the new year, with Stephanie being at home!
I'm continuing to send good energy and many prayers for you and your inspiring family - thank you for everything, Courtney.
Love from the heart of Europe,
Nicole, (Katzelsdorf / Austria)

Stephanie said...

may 2009 bring you and yours NOTHING BUT HAPPINESS and JOY. nothing but.

stephanie in WI :)

Michael & Mindy said...

As always, beautifully written. How do you do it!?! YAY for the good news about Nie! We love you, and her, and all of your adorable children! Bring on 2009!!!

millerjk said...

Happy New Year!
May 2009 bring many more miracles to your family!

Anonymous said...

Your post brought tears of joy to my eyes. As I have followed your posts on the Nelson's recoveries I see a family who are so blessed to have one another. May 2009 be filled with joy for all of you.

Maggie May said...

I'm so glad to hear that all is healing. Not just Nie, or Christian, but all the fissures and breaks that resulted from their crash being slowly healed.

Happy New Year!

Vanessa said...

Happy New Year!

Words seem to fail me when I try to articulate what your family has inspired inside of me. Thank you.

I send you the very best wishes for 2009!

Karyn said...

Best news ever!!

May 2009 be a year of beauty for you.

Amanda in GA said...

It is hard to explain what one feels when the power of prayer is being poured down on you. It is a experience that while you want to share is one that you know at the same time brings some kind of heartache. It is a "club" that you don't "Join" you are either a member or not. (did that make any sense?) I am truly thankful for all I have learned from you and your family. I have been reminded of those prayers that have been poured upon me. My heart has grown and expanded because of your family. I pray for all of you and wish you a joyful and blessed 2009

Kinder said...

That was the most wonderful New Year's post. You and your beautiful family have inspired me to see more beauty! Happy 2009 to you all.

sues2u2 said...

I was sitting here amazed because to me you are such positive influence & then I saw that your sister came home. The tears started to roll.

Congrats to all of you! And Courtney? I know we don't know each other but you are seriously one of the most beautiful people I've ever "met"!

Happy New Year!

michael robin said...

happy new year. congratulations to all the joys you celebrated in 2008 as well as the struggles you endured. we are so grateful that stephanie is home with her babies. i am sure she is happier and that may be the best christmas present she received this year. i am grateful for your sharing and for all the things i have learned and have yet to learn from knowing you and your family.

Meg said...

Two Words.

Thank

You.

VegasSchmier said...

Oh how wonderful! I know I don;t know you or your family IRL but that is such delightful news, my heart skipped a beat! Wihsing you a wonderful 2009!

Alice and Candice said...

What wonderful news that your sister is home at last. Your latest post has left us in tears, as do nearly all your posts. Happy New Year to you, Chup, the Chief, Stephanie, Christian and the children. Your blog has touched us more than you will ever know. Please keep writing in 2009!

Alice and Candice (Phoenix, AZ)

2busy said...

Beautiful and well said. Happy New Year!

anna said...

What a way to end 2008 and start a new year...with your dear sister home with her family. I am crying happy tears for you. Thanks for sharing all you have...it gives me strength to face my own little life of trials. Thank you and happy blessed new year to you & your family.

Anonymous said...

I, too, found your blog through your sister's, and her's through Stephanie Waite's. I read your blog every day Courtney. You write beautifully and have a wicked sense of humour!

I am so happy Stephanie is home and look forward to reading your next post.

With love from Australia,

Jane

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord, happy day! Happy New Year.. I have a feeling 09 will be a good one!!! Elizabeth Beesley :)

Jodi said...

What wonderful news!!! You and your family have been a part of my year in 2008, and I'm so thankful for that - you all truly inspire me. I wish and pray for you, Steph and fam to recover and be renewed in the new year. Happy 2009!

CherylH said...

A happy, healthy and blessed New Year to you all. Welcome to 2009 and all the sweet it has to offer!

cluffconstructionclan said...

You and Steph and fam are an inspiration to us all!!! What a very special and new meaning to the word New Year!!!! You are amazing and now that the house is a little more quiet go in your room, shut the door, take a deep breath and know that you are an amazing daughter of god who loves you!!!! You did it sweetie!!! You really did it in all aspects of the word!!!! I love you even though we've never met I feel your family and Stephanie's were brought in to our lives as a gift of faith and inspiration from our loving Heavenly Father so for this I say thank you!!!! You are amazing and I know without a doubt that when the day comes we are infront of our Heavenly Father he will say with a huge smile on his face well done, well done!!
Loves and Hugs
Tifani Cluff
Safford AZ

ec said...

what wonderful news. so glad to hear that steph is home. and i'm loving your resolution. i may have to do the same.

love to you all.

Morgqan said...

Happy New Year, Sweet Cheeks!

I love you.

elma said...

What a beautiful post. What wonderful news the Lord has bless us all by knowing you. Have a blessed new year and may the Lord give you all you need in the year to come. God Bless you and keep you.

Anonymous said...

Do you hear ne screaming? She is home!!!!!!!! How absolutely wonderful. A miracle in this season of miracles.
Happy New Year to all of you.

A Mac and a Mug O' Joe said...

Yippee! Great news!
Beautiful post!
Holding you all in prayer.

Holly said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you all that Stephanie is home and she'll get to ring in the new year at home with her loved ones!! That is truly wonderful news! I love to read your blog and I'm constantly checking for updates to it.
I must tell you that since I first learned of the Nielson's accident, my 3 year old has included in his daily prayers: "And help Teff-nee and Kistchin get better from them airpane cash. Amen" God bless you all!!

Elizabeth said...

Wow!!!

This is why I love your blog!

Lynne said...

It's great to hear she's home. It's some of the best news that the new year could usher in. Congratulations to her, to you and your whole family.

Twice Blessed China Mom said...

What a wonderful way to end 2008! You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. I wish you all a healing 2009.

Ream O Rama said...

God's grace to you and yours this New Year's, Courtney
peace

Jenna said...

I can't think of any happier words than the one found in this beautiful new year's eve post. Love to all of ya'll!!

Kate said...

This is just wonderful to hear. I will go ahead and admit that I don't pray a ton, but when I do your sister and your family are in my prayers. I hope you all have a wonderful and UNEVENTFUL 2009.

Alissa Nicolau said...

What a beautiful post. Gave me the shivers of happiness and goodness up and down my spine.

Happy, Happy New Year to you!

Love, Alissa

Heather said...

We love you, thank you again for sharing your beauty with us.

♥ rachel said...

She's home??!?! This is the news the world has been waiting for.
Much love to all you wonderful people this New Year.

A Beautiful Mind said...

Amazing news about Stephanie! A step at a time and what a miraculous milestone this is. This whole post gave me chills. You and your family are such an inspiration. Wishing you only the best in 2009 <3 Happy New Year!

JILL said...

So happy that Nie is home! What wonderful news! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

As I watch the clock move closer to 2009 here in Kansas I am thinking of your family there in Utah...ALL OF YOU TOGETHER!!! Oh My Sweet Lord..humble thanks and gratitude for answered prayers!
Love is strong medicine. Blessing on your home this evening and always.
Kiss all those babies for the rest of us and give yourself and the Chief and your Chup an extra snug hug..Welcome home Stephanie!
We will continue to pray for you and your husband, for a steady and strong recovery.

Sparcam said...

And the miracles keep flowing! What an awesome way to start the New Year. There is goodness in the air...hang in there...keep writing...and thank you for inspiring me to start tapping on my keyboard again! I will go to sleep and dream happy dreams now!

Norma said...

still here. still praying....always.
i have had miracles in my life and i believe
your family has had too.
i feel your quiet peace tonight.
happy new year. happy new year.

Grapefruit said...

This was such a beautiful post. It makes me want to find the beauty in life ahead as well.

Happy New Year!

HomeSpun Threads said...

There is only about three blogs that make me cry on a regular basis. Happy New Year!

Yin said...

Happy new year cjane.

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

I can find no words but.....Praise the Lord, Nei is HOME!!!!!

And

Praise the Lord for you C Jane, a true warrior for god, an Angel here on earth, who has in moments of deep dispair blessed so many of us! Thank you and Happy New Year!!!

Djuna Rykiel said...

I have changed alot after 'knowing' wonderful you and your beloved sister. You and your family are a testament to what life is and what life becomes and I wish I could tell you the strange coincidences I had in relation to Stephanie. She has taught me alot and in-between so have you. You have such a gorgeous soul C-love and I hope you know that I am grateful you have allowed us to read your words, see your world and feel so much. I am wishing you oceans and oceans of strength and much love and wishes for the New Year. For you and your family. For Stephanie and her family. For your friends and all of those who just care and reach out.
Bless you.

In faith and love,
Djuna

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post but I'm confused...I thought you lived in Utah? Are you in Idaho on vacation?

Can't wait to hear about Nie's homecoming...

Love from the North!

The Morris Fam said...

so, it must be a big job to be read 153 comments! :) thanks for sharing the joy!

jen said...

Thank you for the snapshot of southern ID and the Magic Valley. It made me miss home so much, and that big hole in the earth is truly one of God's wonders. Just like your story of the past year. Thanks for sharing that icy, windy, grey New Year with an Idahoan transplanted to sunny AZ.

Todd and Laura said...

I know that bridge...and I'm in the same town as you!! May your 2009 be wonderful. Your whole family deserves it.

Tongue in Cheek said...

Stunningly beautiful,
inspired words,
the song from your soul is echoing around the world giving hope, shedding a light, speaking of God's hand within yours.

By far Courtney this is the best end of the year message.
Godspeed
Welcome Home Nie.

Carol F. said...

Is it really true? Congratulations to all!

Suzy said...

What a great resolution for 2009. I am so happy for you because you mastered this year with excellency and become a inspiration to so many people, at least to me, because your optimism and your joy is what makes you so special.
I am so glad that Nie is home, what a great New Year's gift.

Wishing you a better 2009 and only the best in the New Year!

Suzy

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Dear Courtney! Love and hugs to you and your family.

Cama

Jill from the UK said...

My husband and I have been following your family's progress. We have been touched by your compassion and inspired by your courage and humility. We wish you all the best for 2009.

SassyMomma said...

YAY!!!!! I am soooo HAPPY she is home!
Happy New Year Courtney, to you and your wonderful family! I hope 2009 is very good to you. You deserve it! =)

Skunkfeathers said...

I'll be signing off now, but I want you to know that the resolution you have displayed on behalf of your tough, durable sister Nie, is just the tip of the iceberg of strength and perseverance you have shown the world in this blog. I will continue the prayers for Nie's full and complete recovery, and I wish to you and all of yours, a splendid '09, and beyond. With the heart you've shown, I will reckon that the sun will be there for you and yours, much more often than not.

God bless Nie and hers, you and yours, always.

Donna/Butternutsage said...

He (God)asks me to endure and then sends angels of every degree to help in the task. It is the definition of surreal. Try it sometime. This is my favorite line, and ain't it so true. Because for all of us that have gone through anything, KNOW that is true. GOD IS GREAT....GOD IS GOOD.....LET US THANK HIM.....amen. This is my resolution for 2009! amen. ps. thank you too Courtney for the "wonderful" news!

Carolyn said...

Beautifully written reflection. I'm so happy about the miraculous news. Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family! I just know that 2009 is going to be great! xo

Lola said...

wowie!

nielsons*love*family said...

thank you for sharing your story with us, day after day, it is the first thing i look forward to reading! you, your sister, your family....have touched SO many!

Suzanne said...

Thank you Courtney, Happy New Year. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney! I just wanted to let you know that you and Stephanie have been nominated for Mormon of the Year on: www.timesandseasons.org
I think that the positive way you represent the Mormon Church and the honest and open way you share your beliefs on your blog are highly commendable and have done a lot to show Mormonism in a positive light. Anyone is allowed to vote! Go and check it out!

Melissa said...

That seriously is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read! Happy New Year to a simply beautiful persons in sooo many ways!

The Garden Maiden said...

My first blog read of the new year and what a way to start with tears in my eyes. The happiest of new years to you and all your wonderful family. God surely is good.

Continued prayers and much love.

TGM

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