This is a special Valentine’s Day. We have a layer of snow on the ground, we’re healthy and happy with so many wonderful things happening in our lives and we have learned an even deeper meaning of what it means to be thankful.
Some people are thankful for successes or opportunities. Stephanie Nielson and husband Doug Kinneard are thankful to be alive. Almost seven years ago they were in a plane crash that left them both badly burned. Stephanie’s burns were so extensive, over 80 percent of her body, that she laid in a doctor-induced coma for three months. Excruciating pain, multiple surgeries, and an ongoing recovery were all she knew for years. Rather than focus on the pain and her limitations she became an inspiration, writting her blog NieNie Dialogues and a bestselling book Heaven Is Here.
A few weeks ago we received a call from one of the friendly people at ReStyle Source, an online guide to shopping, traveling, eating and finding local sources for the products you love. They were looking to use one of our candelabras for a photo shoot. When we heard it was with Nie Nie, the same incredible woman we had watched a few years earlier on Oprah, we were beyond flattered to help.
The resulting images by Justin Hackworth say it all. Read and see the whole story on ReStyle Source here. It’s a Nie Nie Valentine’s Day that reminds us what it means to be truly thankful and truly blessed. You can see the love and joy in each expression. Happy Valentine’s Day. xoduchy