I finally read it.
I picked it up in Provo along with a cupcake from The Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery–I thought it fitting since Nie is such a big fan. I was secretly hoping she would show up to get some cupcakes just as I was picking out this Somoa one.
This is the first book I have read since maybe even before I was pregnant. I couldn’t put it down. Even though I knew a bunch of it, reading it from her voice, on these pages, was a wonderful experience.
Not that mine (or barely anyone’s) adversity is anything close to hers, I did find my own sense of hope in reading through her trials. Both of us experienced life changing events in 2008. I was always inspired when I went to her blog and read about her latest triumph or failure. I felt like someone understood me.
Which reminded me that this was the first time, the anniversary of HB08 came and went and I didn’t even think about it–my mind did not even go there or land on it or spend one second on it. That is progress.
I am so grateful for time and healing and moving forward and progress and learning from the past. I was so excited to learn that Nie Nie was expecting a baby girl around the same time as me. Our little Phoenix babies rising from the ashes of our cleansing experiences. Every time I see her baby on Instagram, I am so happy for both of us all over again. Our bodies–healing, growing, creating more little people. Stephanie Nielsen, I doubt you will ever read this post, but in the event you do, thank you for writing this book, your blog and continuing to inspire me to be a better woman.