Sunday, October 26, 2008

A Concert To Remember

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!

12 comments:

Emily said...

Natalie is fantastic! Do you just know each other from blogging? I love blogging. That is how I became friends with Cjane a few years ago. The concert was really fun, wasn't it? I can't remember if I ever commented here or just wanted to and my computer was acting up, but you look so much like a Lindsey I know from Arizona. I thought you were her for the longest time.

jessica said...

Okay...so so SO jealous that you got to meet the real Natalie! I'm so glad you didn't go as a loner. And SHAME ON YOU for forgetting you camera but sounds like it was a wonderful concert. Way to support a great cause!

Natalie said...

I too have to say that the concert was beautiful, the family is amazing in their strength, Mindy is adorable, and meeting you was the icing on the (cup)cake! I was so excited when I saw you that I pracitcally jumped out of my seat and ran to you. I toned it down a bit by the time that I got to you. I didn't want you to be scared! We'll have to figure out a time to get together...Soon:)!
p.s. I woke up this morning wondering if you were going to announce the paternity...hahaha.
love to you!

Anne said...

Doesn't the greater Nielson/Clark family just make you want to be better? I have not been so inspired in a long time. So glad you were able to go to the concert...what a great experience!

Laurie said...

Thanks for the invite...it was so fun to go!

Jeanelle said...

Oh I'm so glad you went to the concert! And the article in yesterday's paper was SO amazing and heartbreaking and wonderful. Thanks for the recap! xoxo

Laurie said...

Hey! In answer to your question: I'm not a total couponer like the people who can get $200 worth of groceries for a nickle BUT I have recently learned some really great tips and have been saving a ton of money using a couple simple techniques. I'd be happy to share them with anyone! We have a set grocery budget every 2 weeks and I've been able to cut it by 60-80 dollars!

Laurie said...

Hey! In answer to your question: I'm not a total couponer like the people who can get $200 worth of groceries for a nickle BUT I have recently learned some really great tips and have been saving a ton of money using a couple simple techniques. I'd be happy to share them with anyone! We have a set grocery budget every 2 weeks and I've been able to cut it by 60-80 dollars!

Bridget said...

What a great way to support that family. My heart really goes out to those children. I can't imagine it.

Melissa-Mc said...

It sounds like a wonderful concert. I'm glad you were able to go.

BTW I know we only know each other through blogging, but I just thought I'd tell you that a couple days ago as I said my nightly prayers and began my long list of people to pray for, your name came to my mind and I included you in my prayers. Just thought you'd like to know :)

♥Shally said...

I bet that concert was amazing!

I don't think I would have made it through the kids singing...

Jill said...

How fun! I've never really heard Mindy until I saw CJane's blog with her singing and she is amazing. I bet it was awesome!!

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