I went to the Nie Nie Benefit Concert last night given by Mindy Gledhill. Mindy has been a friend of Stephanie's since high school and although I had never heard Mindy's music before, it was a great concert. She reminds me (I am sure she doesn't like comparisons) of Brooke White (American Idol Fame). Anyway, I had wanted to go, but held off getting tickets. I didn't know who to go with, but I called Laurie at the last minute. We both admitted WANTING to go to the concert, but feeling a little like blog-stalkers because we don't know Stephanie personally. We decided just our donation from buying the tickets would be worth it.
It was a great concert and Mindy was a class act. CJane was there with her husband Chup and Stephanie and Christians children. There were definitely some tear-jerking moments of course. Such an intense time for this family. You can really feel the magnitude of it all in this new article.
The SURPRISES were that I got to meet NATALIE! She came up to me after I sat down! I was stunned! She has visited my blog (I am still not sure how she found it) for a while now, and if you have visited her blog, you will find that she is an incredibly beautiful person (inside and out) and has an incredibly cute family which she had with her last night! I can't believe this, but I actually forgot my camera (in a rush to get out the door) BUT, if I WOULD have had my camera, I FOR SURE would have taken a picture of us together! So fun to get to meet bloggers... It is amazing how close you feel to someone, even though you have never met them formally. I know I have said this before, but, blogging can be such a great support community. Anyway, LOVED meeting you Nat. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED.
There was another incredible moment when Stephanie's two oldest children (Claire and Jane) sang this song with Mindy. Sad, touching and incredible moment all in one. It is amazing, especially after reading the article above to think about the adjustment these children have and will have to make when they get to be with their parents again. They were strong and stoic and it wrenched my gut just a little to think about these kids and the strength and character they are having to gain from all of this. Just amazing to think about.
Anyway, it was great. And I am glad I got to be there and I am glad Laurie decided to go with me at the last minute! (Otherwise, I would have been a TOTAL loner) Hopefully you get to enjoy the night a little vicariously through me... Would have been better if I had brought my camera, but, you know. You will just have to envision it in your mind. :) Laurie took a few pix, and maybe she will post them on her blog for you to view!