Friday, November 6, 2009


I met her. I met Stephanie Nielson and her husband Christian! Today at the Blissfest in downtown Mesa. And she is sweet. Super, super sweet. And beautiful. They were both incredibly beautiful people. There was so much I wanted to say to her and ask her. But, alas, I am never good when it comes to speaking in the moment. The lady standing by the line to meet them had us (Teeny Bopper and I) use hand sanitizer before shaking their hands. Then when we got to them Stephanie said, "We're giving hugs" and hugged me. I wondered if I was supposed to have used the hand sanitizer all over my body, but figured it was mostly a token attempt to prevent spreading germs in this season of colds and flu. She is such an approachable feel-good type of person. One of those people you feel drawn to be around because they are just so pure and good. I basically wanted to just sit on a couch by her and express the feelings of my heart and hear all about hers. All the stuff Oprah left OUT of her interview. (there was a lot left out, if you ask me)
So what DID I say? Well...I hugged her and Christian, stood there looking at them for a second and then said, "Well... I love you guys!" I just couldn't put into a few words what I wanted to say, so that's what I came up with. I also didn't want to seem like a star-struck teenager meeting a rock star or something. It wasn't anything like that. I don't feel like she's a celebrity, but a huge inspiration. She smiled and said, "We love you too! We really appreciate all your prayers and support." And, that was about it. I also took a camera with me and then FORGOT to take a picture! If I wasn't so busy tomorrow I would go back and try to get a picture with them.
So that's my grand experience today. Is it possible to want to be a better person just by spending 30 seconds with someone? That's the kind of person I want to be. I suppose it's because I know her story and all, but still. If you don't know her story, by the way, I have a button on my sidebar that should take you to her blog. Or ask me in person and I'll tell you all I know.
And thanks for the hug, Stephanie!


*Katie May* said...

So cool! I totally love her and her family!

Becca and Steve said...

Oh MAN! You should have called me!! I want to meet her! I didn't know she was at the Blissfest!

Mom2my9 @ 11th Heaven said...

Wow! You lucky, lucky girl!

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RhondaLue said...

Ahh no picture? I hate when I forget to take a pic! LOL

At least you got that hug! And yes, there are definitely people you just want to be close to and emulate in your own life. And thank goodness, because there's plenty that ya make ya NOT want to be around them. LOL!

Kristen said...

Lucky you!

We went downtown to have lunch at Mango's and had no idea there was going to be a festival that day. And then I found out today that Nie had been there. Missed opportunity - such a bummer. I should've walked around and figured out what was going on, but was afraid I'd spend money (eek!).