Thursday, September 18, 2008

Changes & Thoughts

Notice anything different? I am so loving my new blog banner, and it is all thanks to Renee at Thompson Designs. I just couldn't be happier with what she came up with. So, if you are like me and want something beautiful for your blog banner, please pay her a visit over at Etsy. Thank you so much, Renee!! I am still working on background color, fonts, etc., so you will probably see some more changes over the next few days, although I think I have it how I want it for the most part.

I'm sure by now you have heard the story of Stephanie and Christian Nielsen - - it has been circulating on the Internet, as well as through national media over the past month. I've been following this story for a couple of weeks now, and just cannot seem to stop thinking about them, and their four small children. If you've never had the pleasure of visiting Stepanie's blog, please take a little time to do so, and look around through the archives too - - what I find so endearing about her blog is that she celebrates being a mother, a homemaker, and a wife, and I love that. There are a gazillion "mommy blogs" out there, but it often seems the majority of them tend to be negative for the most part (complaining about motherhood, husbands, etc.). It is so refreshing to read about someone who truly finds joy in motherhood, marriage, and life in general. I pray that Stephanie will be back to blogging someday soon. You'll notice that I've added a "Nie Recovery" button along the right hand side of my blog - - this will take you to the Nie Recovery website. There, you can read about Stephanie and Christian, as well as all kinds of ways that you can lend a hand to this family that is in desperate need right now. It is absolutely amazing, the outpouring of support that has been offered up to them. You can also click on the "c me read cjane" button - - this will take you to Stephanie's sister Courtney's blog. She is currently caring for three of Stephanie and Christian's four children, and she posts daily updates about the Nielsen's condition.

Today, I am loving my "NieNie Necklace", which arrived in today's mail - - it was made by a wonderful artist named Summer Lynn Allen. She is donating a portion of the sales from this necklace to Stephanie and Christian, which is just wonderful.


Chocolate on my Cranium said...

LOVE the heading! The necklace is gorgeous.

Melissa said...

I love that banner - it is so YOU! She did a fantastic job!

Such a pretty necklace... I've just recently read about the Nielsen family, and what they're going through. They are a such a strong family.

kirsten said...

The new design is so cool! Love how personal it is.

Jen said...

Ditto on the banner! It looks great!

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