Many of you have heard of Stephanie Nielson. A popular "Mommy Blogger," Stephanie was living the life of her dreams as a busy mom of four children when a horrific plane crash left her with agonizing burns on most of her body. Pain became her constant companion, but buoyed by her faith, friends, and love of family, she fought her way back.
On April 30, 2012, Stephanie gave birth to Charlotte, a beautiful baby girl. Here is what she wrote:
As my 3rd post-accident Mother's Day comes up, I am forever
thankful, grateful, honored, and proud to be among the amazing
women who call themselves mothers.
I am still here on earth doing what I love and what I love is being
a woman, wife and MOTHER.
Sometimes I lay in bed at night after my children are all tucked in
and in dreamland, and I think about them.
I cry for them, I cry happy tears. I am so lucky to be here.
I am so lucky to have them.
This year has been especially beautiful and special.
I have added to my family.
A beautiful, healthy, strong little girl.
A new life has been created for our family.
An amazing little life and spirit grew inside my body-
MY body. The body that has been through so much.
So much pain, trouble, weakness, and disappointment.
It has seen better days, and will continue too.
This body of mine has given life, again.
My cousin and amazing photographer Jed made this
beautiful video that captures exactly how I feel about motherhood,
womanhood, and my newest beautiful baby girl