Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Finale


We arrived home from the concert late last night. The Chief had fallen asleep in his concert-going clothes and we shoveled him into bed that way. Claire, Jane and Oliver wrapped themselves up with their tired bodies and were asleep in rapid minutes. Chup and I sat at the dining room table finishing off a soaked tres leches talking about funny moments of the evening.

Mindy was lovely as ever. Chup gave kudos to his friends The Thrillionaires and called them all genius. We enjoyed our friend Ryan Shupe's performance of The Devil Went Down To Georgia and were surprised to meet David Osmond. Claire and Jane pulled out a (phew) flawless Golden Slumbers. And there was that encore which included Mindy, The Thrillionaires and ahem, me. I am not sure what happened, but at one point I was pretending to play the piano next to the brillantly talented Kendra Lowe. And danced with Jake Suazo. But that is all I remember.

Thanks to Jenny and the Silent Auction Team, those who bid and those who auctioned. Thanks to those who bought tickets and came to the concert. At one point I looked out on the audience and saw the faces of the people who care about my sister and her family. Near done me in.

For my family this was the Nie Recovery Finale. It has been almost six months since the crash, and in that time we've seen the goodness in humanity. Our sister and her family are taken care of and we thank the world for helping us in this effort. There are so many causes to support, and we've been so blessed to have had this tremendous response. Now is the time for our family to join with you in helping those who are in need. Giving back is the only way we know of to properly show our gratitude for what we've been given.

On February 14th we are asking that all Nie Recovery buttons on websites are changed to I Read Nie Nie buttons. See here for more details. The next phase of recovery is going to be long and difficult, but we are blessed to even have a recovery.

World, thank you.

***Thanks Emily for the photos!

For the official concert photography by the Haley Warner see here and please note all photographs were taken by Haley who is gestating twins. Sister Lindsey helped--thank heavens.

67 comments:

Shawna Iverson said...

I was so sad I missed the concert. I live in Hurricane and couldnt afford to come up. I continue to pray for Steph and hope that she is happy. Thanks again for always keeping everyone updated.

Emily said...

I think that's lovely of your family to ask for help to start going elsewhere.

The auction was very successful. Almost $11,000 raised for S and C. People are very generous. And a huge shout out to Kristen DeGraff, Julianne Mitchell, and all the tons of people who gave the entire day at the Covey Center to make the auction happen.

Courtney, I have something someone asked me to give you. I'll leave it at your door sometime this week.

kRiStYw said...

Sounds like another great show! I was able to attend the Mindy Gledhill in Mesa, AZ...and I LOVED it! I can imagine how great this show was. That is great that your family now gets to switch gears to recovery. Stephanie is so blessed to have you as her wonderful sister!

From Single to Married said...

wow six months already? Oh my goodness. I am so enjoying reading her blog too. I'm so happy that she is back and that you are continuing your lovely writing!

starrstrung said...

Your family is quite lovely, and you should be commended for all you have given us (: I have been honored to participate with Nie Recovery and to read your thoughts every day. You are marvelous!

Jess said...

I was able to attend the concert and it was such a great show! The encore was great, too - it made me happy when you showed up on stage!

Unfortunately though the only photos I took didn't turn out (it was too dark in the balcony) so they won't help very much in regards to posterity.

Thanks for your great blog!

blessedmomto7 said...

Ironically as you post this I am wearing my NIE NIE shirt today and as I wear it I am reminded of you-her and ALL WHO LOVE YOU GUYS! God is good-prayer works-wish I could of been there-sounds like a beautiful time.

Rhea @ Experiencing Motherhood said...

I'm so glad the concert well - and I'm glad too, that there is a recovery.

The life of Jayne said...

Glad your back to posting! Sounds like last night was amazing! Your sister is so lucky to have you!

rookie cookie said...

The show was brilliant. Not only is Mindy good, she is beautiful. What a bonus. It would have been less good if she was ugly.

My favorite part of the concert was your earrings. Adorable.

Stepper the Mighty said...

I held Jane's hand as we tried to find you and Claire in the audience before the show. That is what near done ME in.

Thanks, all, for the opportunity to be involved.

natalie said...

I was just wondering about the Recovery button. I'm so glad the time has come to take it down...what a blessing for your family.

Marianne said...

I am so glad everything went well. Wish I could have come! Please tell your family this...I am so sorry that you all have had this trial but please know that you have changed many lives for the better! You have been examples of how to handle adversity with faith and prayer, togetherness, and humor! To Stephanie and Christian, our prayers will continue for you and your family as your lives move forward! What a blessing that you still have eachother!

Pink Slippers said...

((((((Confetti))))))
recovery funds over....
recovery for the body begin......

Likely said...

what a special night. I hope the beaNie sold well at the auction! I heard word that it went for over $80! woohoo!

I will still offer 25% of the sales in the etsy shop to Nie Recovery until the 14th. Hooray for a new chapter....

I was hoping they would let you on stage. Not only pictures, does anyone have ANY VIDEO?????

Charlotte said...

I'm not a regular reader, but I have to say that I've been impressed by the way you have all handled this tragedy, and even more so now.

Redirecting all the generosity must take faith and courage for all of you. A lesser group of people would milk it for all that they could.

You and your family are a class act.

a.men said...

No cjane, thank you! Thank you for continuing to share your story and Stephanie's with us. The concert last night was amazing! My sister and I cried and laughed! It was good for my soul. I sat just a few seats down from your parents. When my sister and I purchased our tickets we had no idea we would be sitting in the "family section". It was wonderful to feel of your spirit! We were both two shy and didn't want to bombarde you with "strangers" but just know that we were loving every minute of it! Bless you!

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Mommy Elizabeth said...

Happy to see a new post! Love ya Court! E. Beesley :)

trublubyu said...

i am inspired by your selflessness and desire to close donations. you are truly humble and a great example to all who come and sit a spell at your blog.

thank you.

Sarah said...

amazing, amazing, amazing!

faithfulmommy said...

I wish I could have been there. I can't wait to see pictures!

Janelle Beenfield said...

This was the funnest night I have had in a long time. Thank you for everything that you do. You and your family are amazing. I sat on the row in front of you last night and it was so fun. Stephanies kids are so well behaved and I know that is partly because of you too.

Lynne said...

That's great that you've been able to raise what was needed -- looking forward to seeing pictures of the concert!

abby said...

courtney, we sat behind you and i stared at the chief and gigs the whole concert. i hope that's okay. everything about the concert was wonderful. it strengthened my spirit. you and stephanie are wonderful.

Jenny and Josh said...

It was a GREAT concert! My sisters and I sat on the row in front of you c jane. It was crazy to see you in person! I almost walked up to you to talk to you just like we were old friends. Then my brain kicked in and remembered that although I know you, you have no idea who I am. So I refrained. But I did want to say that it was great to see you your family in person, pictures don't quite capture the glow that your family radiates! Although monetary support may no longer be necessary we will keep you all in our prayers!
Jenny

Krista said...

Oh dear friend. It was lovely to see you last night. You were gorgeous as ever and girlfriend -- you gots some moves! (LOVED the finale :) I am so grateful to have been able to help in my small way and feel even more blessed to now call you friend. Smooch that Chief and you best bring him to any event I produce ... happy coo's and all. :)

Missy and Jake said...

I have a sister that went to the concert and said it was AMAZING(and that it was one of the best nights sha has had in in a long time), she sat in front of your family...when she told me, I gasped and said "Did you say anything to her,Did you tell her I miss her blog updates?" she said she didnt and thought I was a loony for asking-Anyway, Glad your back, and the concert went great-if I didnt live across the counrty I would have been there sitting right infront of you(probably embarassing my little sister).

Brian and Tonya said...

I spent the whole night last night feeling bad that I had to be in class instead of at the concert. My only reassurance was that there might be another one in a few months. Sigh. But if it means that Steph and Christian have the money to finish paying for their recovery, then I won't be selfish and wish for another concert.

bearydiane said...

Courtney- You are adorable! I had so much fun last night. I LOVED when you got up on stage and the girls were priceless! Thank you for letting us join with your family in this sweet, special, and intimate journey. You are so loved and have touched countless lives. Give my love to Nie and Mr. Nielson!

AnneMarie said...

I loved the concert last night! So much fun! I actually sat across the aisle from you and Chup and had hoped to be able to tell you how moved I have been by the example of love and selflessness that you and so many members of your family are. By the line of people waiting to speak with you during the intermission it is obvious that I am not the only one who feels this way.

My favorite part, besides Ryan Shupes 2 Year Old Attitude song, had to be watching your husband with Jane on his lap. She kept flipping her fingers through those curls primping, primping, and some more!

Thank You for sharing and allowing us to be a tiny part of the journey.

AnneMarie said...

I almost forgot! I loved your red bag!!

Sammi said...

I am glad it turned out to be a wonderful night.

The Zito House said...

What a wonderful night. It was food for the soul. The spirit of the evening was overwhelming. Your family is phenomenal. As well as your rockin performance. It was a pleasure to meet you,although not because of your blog(though I have enjoyed reading it lately and will continue to do so) but because of the example you are of unconditional love(as well as your family). Our prayers are with your family always. Love to Stephanie, Christian, and the kids.

Elizabeth said...

You did a wonderful job with this post and expressing the desires and time to move on to the next phase. Nicely done, Courtney.

Stacie said...

I went to the concert in Mesa when Gledhill was here and it was DEF a blast to be there and see you and feel the spirit so strong. I imagine the concert last night was the same. Wish I could have made it but I'm glad a lot of $$ was raised!

Azúcar said...

Not sure if Haley will have any photos since at one point I kind of humped her.

HEY, NOT MY FINEST HOUR.

Azúcar said...

Also, growing up we all felt so sorry for the Lowe kids, they couldn't ever go out to play, they were always in the house practicing (hours and hours.)

Last night was proof that Sister Lowe knew what she was doing. Kendra is AMAZING!

♥Lucky♥Holly♥ said...

Dear Claire and Jane,

I bet you two did a beautiful job singing. We loved your first concert version of 'golden slumbers' Courtney posted so much, your voices were like angels. So sweet and beautiful. My little girls sing it now too beacuase they saw you two singing. Thankyou for inspiring my girls to sing such a precious song.

Love to both of you!

Kitschen Pink said...

A valentine's recovery - how incredibly appropriate and romantic.
You are all so brave!
Now, stop with trying to divert our attention; where is the video evidence of that concert? Piano? What? t.xx

Vern said...

Wish I lived closer so I could have come!

Renee said...

Was stephanie or Mr. Nielson there?

any videos????? oh please!!!!!

Skye Lee said...

I attended the concert in Mesa, and wish that I could have wrangled my way to Utah for this one, it sounds fabulous. I am humbled by your desire for help to start going to 'others' in need. Your family is such an inspiration! I pray that the Lord's blessings will continue to befall on your family. I am happy that there is a recovery to go through also!

Brit and Heath said...

Me and my sisters had the best night ever! It was so much fun I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Tell your sister we love her and now that I've seen her kids in person tell her that they are adorable. much love

LillyZoo said...

From a far, I am so happy that the fundraisers have been a success and will keep Nie in my prayers.

Jenn said...

We went to the concert and had a great time. At one point, I just sat and watched your family. You were all dancing to one of Stephanie's favorite songs. I felt a little embarrassed to be watching you but couldn't help myself. Your family radiates this incredible feeling of joy and hope. It is amazing. You inspire me just by simply being you. Thank you. Please give our love to Nie and Mr.Nielsen.

Emily said...

You are so welcome! Such a fun concert!

tara said...

you weren't busting out of that dress.
you are cute.

Ket said...

Ryan Shupe! Fantastic. "Dream Big" is one of my all time favorites.

Prayers for Nie and you all as you move to the next, long, wonderful phase: Life!

Brooke said...

Love your dress- you look so chic.

I am SO happy the evening was a success. Here is to a very successful recovery for Nie and Christian!

The Morgans said...

The whole night was fantastic! Continued prayers to the Nielsons and their recovery!

Melissa said...

Loved the concert ! Can anyone tell me the name of the song that we sang after the intermission ?

carrie said...

A day where babies are put to bed in their clothes is a good day indeed! I'm glad it went well.

Continued well wishes for ALL of you!

Shirley said...

Thank you.
Thank you for your months of dedicated posting and updates. Thank you for being the kind of person who can juggle a new baby, 4 extra kids, a husband and the physical and emotional stress of a dear sister who is critically injured. Thank you for introducing us to your family (I am in love with Topher's brain)! Thank you for showing us the world of LDS. WOW! Who knew? Thank you for showing us a world of kindness, love and generosity that I didn't believe existed. Thank you for introducing me to the world of blog...awesome! Thanks for your finesse in handling the delicacies of a worldwide readership with the curiosty/concern/privacy issues. Thank you for not hunting down the nasty (meanies) commenters and shooting them like vermin, 'cause I think I might have! Thanks for the opportunity to meet your friends and fellow readers.

But, most of all...

in letting us donate, make things, sing, fly balloons, pray and write words to your blog, you made us all feel a little less helpless in a situation that clearly was out of our control. For that feeling we got--of being able to DO something--anything-- to help, for that Courtney Jane, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I love you!

Brian and Niki said...

Last night I ended up sustaining an injury in the parking lot-that ended up requiring InstaCare. Yet, I still had an awesome time! Injury or no injury, I would do it all over again! (You can check my blog for details) I loved your cameo during the last number-you've got moves! Thanks for an incredible evening.

Christine said...

My daughter said that she thoroughly enjoyed herself last night. She was so excited that she won a CD during the pre-show activities. I am glad that you will be able to focus on healing instead of fundraising. Enjoy Life!!!

Halfmad said...

Buttons may change, but your fans wil remain! : D --Mary T

Kim said...

I wish I could have been there. I'm so happy that Stephanie and Christian are recovering and are at a point that they can ask for donations to go elsewhere. I will continue to pray for her and the family. A great idea would be featuring other families that needs donations and prayers. There are so many out there.

Azúcar said...

Melissa,

We sang, and I danced, Jimmy Eat World's In The Middle, from one of the best albums of the past few years, Bleed American.

BECCA said...

I was the snot mess sitting in front of you last night. May I say the Chief is even cuter in person, photos could never do him justice.
Thanks to you for all the updates and laughter and tears through this first leg of C & S journey.
You are a special soul.
(Your husband is cute, after you sang and he was saying to your little boy- yeah mommy.
The love was bubbling over.
I continue to pray for peace for Stephanie and her little family.
Thanks for including us on this journey, there really is so many good people left in the world.
-Your dance moves brought the house down....

Tifani said...

I wish I could have made it!!! I was at the Mesa concert with my sis in law and we left with smiles on our faces and tears in our eyes!!!! Love you all and will continue to pray for you
Hugs
Tif

Jeannie said...

blessings from my heart to stephanie, christian, the kids and the whole of the extended families. what a wonderful thing, really, in just six months' time, to declare 'finale'. although her recovery will certainly continue on for a very long time i'll proudly read her blog as her spirit shines through, the same 'BC' spirit in her 'AC' life.

cjane, i hope you'll continue writing with regularity!

Erica said...

The concert was such a great experience the other night! The entire concert hall was overflowing with tangible love and joy. Thank you!

Jaina said...

Hi Courtney. I don't comment often on here but I've been reading for months. I'm so happy to be able to read Nie herself as well. So many prayers and miracles have been bestowed on your family. :)
I am new to reading a blog called Keep Believing. A very brave woman named Angie writes this blog. Her husband has been battling cancer and recently chemo has stopped working. It's a heartbreaking story but so full of hope. I know you are wanting to spread the love elsewhere, and you have so many readers now, I thought perhaps you would like to direct love and prayers to Angie, her husband Brian, and their two little boys. You can find her at http://aboneill.blogspot.com.

cristie said...

i came, i saw, i was with my 16 year old daughter and we had such a nice evening. my first time ever to participate in a silent auction and i came home with some great gifts.
i am quite certain that nie and hubby were there. no way could you miss those darling girls on stage unless the dr. was a beast and gave them a thumbs down.
i'm happy, thankful, blessed, tired...life is indeed good. xox
don't you think that Mindy has a lovely speaking voice as well? she has a natural grace on stage.
courtney, you are a gas...we had fun.

SassyPixie said...

That was fun to see those photos of you and the girls singing! Wish I could have been in Utah!!!

Pamela said...

http://audreycaroline.blogspot.com/2008/01/beginning-of-story.html

I thought you might be interested in reading this story. Very sweet. Sad, but sweet. Not to diminish what your family has endured. You all have made me realize how much God really is in control.