Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My name is Hayley and I am a Blog Stalker.

Yes, it's true. When I started blogging I spent a good amount of my nights patrolling the blog world, I only knew a few other bloggers, so it I had time to waste. (pathetic?)

Then I found more friends, and the stalking lessened, and almost stopped altogether.

Then Blogger came out with the sidebar that tells you when someone last posted. And I find myself with free time to surf the web. (yes, I still say that.)

I'm a bit of a night owl, only intensified by worry (yes, I'm using the cancer excuse again. Because I can). So on sleepless nights, I stalk now and again.

The other day I linked from my friend Amanda to Cjanerun.com. She is a Mormon mother to a newborn baby, and an incredible writer. Her posts will make you laugh and cry all at the same time. I'm sure in the past I have read her blog before, but was amazed by what I read there. Her sister, who is also a blogger, was in a private plane crash. She, her husband, and their flight instructor were the only ones in the plane. The flight instructor passed away and she and her husband are both in the hospital with very severe burns. Her's covering most of her body. They have a very young family and a very scary and very long recovery ahead of them. Cjane has taken her children from Arizona where they live, to Utah where she lives, to take care of them while Stephenie and Christian recover.

Anyways, I wanted to post the link to her blog so you can read about all of this from her very much more eloquent prospective. This story makes me thankful for families with huge hearts, being able to be with my kids, and have my normal-boring-everyday life. How easily we take that for granted! I browsed through Stephanie's blog today for a bit and thought of what an amazing gift that is to her children. When they miss her, and they must miss her, they have a beautiful representation of who she is through her blog.

www.cjanerun.com
Read here. Have tissues. And if you have some extra $, donate. Apparently recovery will be in the millions.

9 comments:

Letti said...

I was exactly the same way. Now that I can see who posted new things I find myself starting all over again and I have found so many more wonderful blogs. I also read about Nie Nie on so many blogs. It is such a sad story.

Kristen said...

Hayley...
You are truly a GEM! Most people in your situation wouldn't be able to look past their own worries. But not you. You constantly amaze me with your kindness.

Melissa said...

I am so glad you learned (and inspired the rest of us) about the thing that tells you when the last time someone updated a post was, I too find myself with more time than I know what to do with. I love the previous pictures, the back to school fashion show is such a cute idea!!

Eileen said...

I had not heard that tragic story before! Fill me in even more next time we meet, and since neither of us go to church anymore. . . .that might be never. JK

And so YES on bigger hard drive, more RAM, more power, more anything and everything.

Jessica Davis said...

That is a very sad story. It makes me feel very blessed and kind of guilty for thinking I have it hard sometimes. Your little Adyson is adorable and so grown up! That is great she is so excited to go to school. I love the pictures comparing last year and this year. So cute!

Hanne and Fam said...

You are one of those people who nobody would mind having as a blog stalker, you are so sweet and fun! That is such a sad and scary story for that family. Your post reminded me the lesson Eileen gave in RS awhile back about the internet being used for good. My thoughts are still kinda jumbled but it has gotten me to thinking!

Jill and Matt said...

doesn't everyone stalk??? Thanks for the link, can't wait to check it out!!

The McClellan Clan said...

okay I was up till 1 AM reading that. She is an amazing writer. I can't believe she can take a seriously hurtful story and turn it around into such a spiritual adventure!! Thank you so much for sharing

Erin said...

Wow Hayley, thanks for sharing the link, what a remarkable family. It makes all my worries look very trivial.