8.25.2008

Balloons For Nie



On Saturday our family released balloons for Nie and Christian. Though I've been praying for them since the accident, it felt good to do something tangible, even if it was only symbolic. Jared filmed it all and put together this video. I find it touching. To think of so many people across the country praying for the same thing! Lovely. 

79 comments:

Leigh said...

Your video is so touching. I love the choice of songs (especially U2) and the editing. Very nice tribute to Nie Nie.

liz s said...

what a beautiful video. it totally made me tear up. ps you and your family are gorgeous and so sweet.

Janae said...

That was a fabulous video. What a wonderful idea. You have a talented husband.

P.S. Sometime we need to have a reunion! Seeing you and your family made me really wish we lived closer.

P.S.S. I don't know how you get L. to eat without messes. Zach has never been a clean eater...I've always had to distract him with finger foods to get him to eat baby food.

hukolb said...

THanks for sharing such a wonderful thought...It is great to see you and yoru family again and jared always does such a great job. Wish there was more we could do...

Ashlee said...

that video is so neat. I am sure their family is touched by the love everyone is showing them at this tragic time. I have been praying for them! may god bless you!

Lucky Red Hen said...

That is beautiful :) Your husband is uber-talented! Thanks for including my pictures in the tribute to Nie [hugs].

KmS said...

What a wonderful tribute to Nie Nie and Mr. Nielson. She would love it! I too have been a reader of the NieNieDialogues for some time, and was saddened by this tragic news. I think it is great that everyone is reaching out to her and her family in their time of need.

You brought tears to my eyes!
Thank You!

clarkjrfamily said...

I am married to Stephanie's oldest brother and I found your video post "balloons for Nie" in the comment section of her sister's blog cjanerun (make sense?) Anyway, just wanted to let you know that your tribute to Stephanie made me cry. I know one day she too will cry when she finds how many hearts she has touched along the way and how many hearts prayed for her well being. Thank you for your love and support.

Navylangs said...

Your sentiments echo what so many of us feel. It's amazing how many lives she has touched.
Thanks for letting us be a part of your tribute.

marcee said...

Natasia, this was BEAUTIFUL. What a compassionate person you are! I LOVED that video. Lance watched it with me and said, "Hey! I think this is the first video I've ever seen of Natasia!" True? I can't remember any so refresh my memory. It was also good for Lance to see because he so badly wants to get into flying. Yikes!

Denae said...

Wow, your video touched me so deeply. Steph is going to love it.

Annie said...

thanks for that. Beautiful sentiments--you articulate what we're all feeling and what we love about Stephanie!

Amy said...

Your husband has a real talent for film making - gorgeous video!

Geo said...

So beautiful. It chokes me up. I love all the photos of launches from around the world at the end. Thank you!

tara said...

that is beautiful! thanks for including our texas photos (: we should collaborate on the video I'm doing for them with all the launch photos, your husband has way more video skills than I do! email me at eightcowmom{at}gmail{dot}com

SusieQ said...

What a wonderful tribute to Stephanie. Thanks for sharing your balloon celebration and your thoughts.

Monica said...

Oh so beautiful! The perfect tribute.

I also love the post of her rocking gigs early in the morning. What an example!

Familia Alba said...

Beautiful! Not only prayers from all over the country, but from all over the world! Just a lovely video and tender emotions.Thank's for sharing it!
Marta

Jen said...

Thank you for this. All the posts, on different blogs, have been touching. This video really brings it all home. Tears are streaming down my cheeks!

Jess said...

That was beautiful and heartfelt. thank you.

Marci said...

I absolutely loved the video! It brought tears to my eyes!

PRP said...

Your video is beautiful and I echo every comment you made about Stephanie. She is a rare woman and one I am grateful to get to read about. She makes motherhood awesome. Thanks for sharing this!

Loraine said...

Awesome!!!

eRiCa said...

BEAUTIFUL! I loved how you were feeding your son while talking about Steph...such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful and classy lady. You rock!

nicole said...

that was so perfect.
great job in capturing all of it!

Lindsay said...

I'm totally in tears. The video was so wonderfully put together. Your tribute to Stephanie was so touching. Thank you for sharing.

Claire, said...

Lovely. You are so beautiful. You've made me cry. Thank you.

hannah m said...

beautiful and lovely, just like nienie.

Melissa Ellen said...

this was so beautiful. i share a similar experience with nie. I just felt like I knew her and I so wanted to be more like her. You are amazing yourself though. THANK YOU! I'll be back soon :)

Melissa Goodsell said...

You've put together such a gorgeous tribute to Nie Nie.

It was beautiful to watch, thankyou for sharing.
Melx

jordan said...

Made me cry.

DJ said...

amazing! that was so incredibly well done and so touching! thank you.

MegRuth said...

Love love love that video! Kudos to the husband and thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

So perfect. Love seeing you involve your kids in such a special thing. I am in tears.

Emily said...

(Here via CJane)
Beautiful!

What a wonderful Nie tribute.

Thank you for sharing.

rosietoesies.com said...

Wow that was so touching. I got teary eyed too. It's so neat how everyone is coming together for Stephanie and Christian. It is truly beautiful!

Bobbie said...

one of my favourite nie posts is when she made happy fortunes with the kids and left them in random places for strangers downtown...

your video reminded me of that.. your sweet children writing notes..

Jen said...

Beautiful!!!

Cathy said...

Beautiful.

k8theriver said...

pretty sure she'll bawl her eyes out when she sees this.

Lindsey said...

Amazingly done. Thank you for sharing what all of us "bloggers who don't really know Nie" were already thinking.. Thank you. Beautiful!

The Betitas said...

that was very touching. i appreciate the artistic and heartfelt way that video came together. i went to high school with stephanie and it is shocking that she is faced with this! we never know what life has in store for us. thanks again for the video

ms. changes pants while driving said...

beautiful.

Tasha said...

That was really beautiful. I think you were really able to put into words the way alot of us feel about Stephanie. The video is amazing!

tharker said...

So beautiful. I don't know Stephanie personally either, but I am so thankful that she has allowed us into her life because she is a true example of the kind of mother that I want to be.

Thank you for sharing this!

Corey & Kim Nasfell said...

Thank you for doing that, that was beyond inspiring and wonderful! What a beautiful tribute to someone who has touched so many, many lives! Thank you!

katieo said...

Thank you. GReat video.
All of your thoughts about Nie- I've thought the same.

Marilyn said...

You captured so beautifully what many of us feel about someone we've never met. Thank you for that!

My name is Ali... said...

This is such a beautiful post, you've said what I think so many of us who have never met them, feel...thank you!

MindyElias said...

I loved this! It was so touching for me to see you saying the same things I've been thinking!

Loved your honesty :)

~me

Maren said...

hey N, i found your blog link from cjanerun. i had to post a comment and tell you how awesome this video is! great job. you said exactly how we all feel...never met her but feel like we know her thru her posts. you're awesome!

maren u.

maggieandjim said...

So touching. What a wonderful, wonderful testiment.

Suzie said...

beautifully done.
thanks so much for putting this out there for all to see.

you have a beautiful family!

Brooke said...

That was beautiful. I want to be more happy about life like Nie Nie too.

Leisha said...

Perfection. Amazing.
(love your profile description too, sounds like me.)

Pat, Leslie and Mr. Woo said...

Thank you for your amazing video tribute.

I've created a Facebook page as another means of spreading the word about Stephanie and Christian and to promote the fundraising efforts underway.

I was wondering, may I use your video tribute on the Facebook page? If so, I believe you may visit Facebook and upload it yourself... let me know -

Thank you again.
Leslie Jackson

Amber said...

I came across your video from another blog and was so touched I had to post a link to it on my blog. Thanks for your inspiring thoughts.

sara said...

That was just beautiful! I was so sad to be out of town for the balloon launch; there aren't any helium balloon stores at Lake Powell. Great video editing; bravo!

aurora said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you.

Amy said...

I am more amazed every day with the goodness of people who are reaching out to this sweet family. This tribute was beautiful, and so is your cute family! I couldn't help but tear up and I completely agree- that if there's some one who could get through this with their upbeat personality, it seems like it would be her, but I wish she didn't have to as well. Thanks for sharing.

Kiki said...

This is an awesome video, thanks for sharing. I feel every ounce of the same about Nie that you do!!!

The Motherboard said...

That was a beautiful video! The music was perfect, and I loved seeing all the photos at the end of the balloon launches all over!

Matt & Staci said...

wow! I know the family appreciates the tribute to Nie & her family. What a sweet video. Everything you said was SO TRUE and I still am amazed I feel that way about someone I have never met...but I DO!

Erica said...

I came across your blog and just love it. This video made my just cry and I really loved it. Prayers for Nie.

Kristie said...

I came across your blog through blogs of others and would like to thank you for sharing your story and video. It has really touched and inspired me. If you want to read what I posted on my blog about the Nielson's story, here's my link: brittbundle.blogspot.com. Thank you.

Julie said...

Thank you for that touching, beautiful video. I think you captured what is inspiring about Stephanie, and what I wish I could become myself.

Alida Bowles said...

This video was truly inspirational and just a beautiful outpouring of love in general! WOW! I can't wait for the day that Steph has the opportunity to see it...I'm sure she is gonna love it! :)

Kara Jayne said...

You said it beautifully, and your husband enhanced it beautifully. Do you live in AZ? It kinda looks like it from the video. Thanks again.

Carolyn Clark said...

the video was beautiful and you too are an inspiration.

praying for nie.
www.serendipityandspark.com

Stephanie said...

I agree with everything you said about Stephanie...they are things I admire too. Sometimes I feel like certain women are blessed with a terrific sense of nurturing and others struggle with the role of Motherhood...even though we want to do it and choose to do it. I'm the latter :) I love reading about people who are so positive because like you, I find that inspiring. Thank you for sharing this video and many thanks to your husband for putting it all together so we can ALL enjoy it.

xo

Steve & Erin Larsen said...

That was such a great tribute to Stephanie and Christian! It is so incredible to see the impact she has left on so many people all over the world! I have never officially met her, but I am like you. I am a huge fan of her blog and I feel like I know her and we are friends. Thank you for making such a nice tribute.

Niki (Crum) Worthen said...

With tears streaming down my face, all I can say is wow. Words do not even do justice at this moment. What a beautiful tribute. What an amazing woman. What a great deal of inspiration I am feeling right now. We all need a little Nie in us!

Jaina said...

That made me cry. What a beautiful prayer.

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beautiful. absolutely beautiful.

Andrea said...

I found your blog from someone else's. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your video about the balloon releases! Thanks for sharing! I think it is AMAZING how communities have come together to help & lend support for this sweet family!

Natalie Jane said...

Lovely Lovely.

Tears of sorrow and joy for what I have.

Melanie said...

I'm now officially bawling at work. Just ran across this story, and then your video. This has touched my life in so many ways.

Sam said...

I dont know you and I dont know Nie or Christian, but I have been reading about their story all day. I have cried everytime I read or watch something about them. My heart goes out to them and their family. I pray for them a speedy recovery. Its people like you that help send prayers their way. Thank you for such a great video. I dont know how you got through it without crying!

eM said...

You're an amazing momma & woman.. What a beautiful thing... Thank you for sharing...


simply amazing.

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