It’s been a year since Christian and Stephanie Nielson’s plane crash.
It’s been a tough but also blessed years for the Nielsons. They were both burned in the accident and Nienie was burned over 80% of her body. Technically, she shouldn’t be alive, but she most definitely is.
Last Friday, in honor of the 1 yr. anniversary of the accident, she and many of her friends and family hiked 1.2 miles up Y Mountain, no easy feat for anyone let alone someone recovering from burns to over 80% of her body. That is beautiful to me.
Once Nienie came home from the hospital, she was worried how her kids would react to how she now looks and she has admitted that there were days that she mourned the loss of the how she used to look. In one blog post she states:
Even though I feel down about my looks here and there, I still feel it. The God-like beauty is there and a plane crash can’t take that away.
For a year, she never posted any pictures of herself on her blog and I can understand her hesitation, but in honor of her year anniversary, I guess she’s decided it was time.
Nienie is what beautiful is to me. Not because of what she does or does not look like. It’s because of who she is. Her beauty radiates from the inside out. What a gift she is to all that know and love her. What a gift her stories and words have been to me.
And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.