Stephanie Nielson

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Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson
Born Stephanie Aurora Clark
(1981-06-27) June 27, 1981 (age 35)
Pen name NieNie
Occupation Mother, Housemaker
Language English
Nationality American
Notable awards Blogluxe Most Inspiring Blog 2009
Spouse Christian Nielson
Children Claire, Jane, Oliver, Nicholas, and Charlotte
Relatives C. Jane Kendrick

Stephanie Nielson is a Mormon mommy blogger, burn survivor, and author of the blog "The NieNie Dialogues".[1][2] She is also the younger sister of another popular blogger, C. Jane Kendrick.[3]

Plane crash and recovery[edit]

In 2008, Nielson was in a serious plane crash with her husband Christian and burned over 80% of her body.[4] She was in a coma for three months and then underwent multiple surgeries, skin grafts, and physical therapy in a painful, ongoing treatment regimen. Her recovery process led to a large increase in publicity including interviews with Oprah Winfrey,[5] TODAY,[6] and a popular YouTube "Mormon Message" video[7] for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

A year after her accident, she hiked the "Y", a rocky path near her parents' house, with her family and dozens of fans to demonstrate how far she had come.[8][9]

Blogging style, fanbase, and appeal[edit]

Nielson is known for her positive approach to life, especially motherhood, influenced in part by her strong religious convictions. Her fans credit her with inspiring them to become better mothers and for "portraying motherhood as a celebration, not a grind" as well as "...'the highest calling on earth: a job full of color and vibrancy and of the utmost importance.'"[3]

As with many other Mormon mommy bloggers, Nielson has attracted attention for her large base of readers who are either not Mormon, not mothers, or both. A recent Salon article entitled "Why I Can't Stop Reading Mormon Housewife Blogs", by Emily Matchar, a self-described "young, feminist atheist who can't bake a cupcake" but is "addicted" to several Mormon housewife blogs, including Nielson's, examined this interesting phenomena.

"So why, exactly, are these blogs so fascinating to women like us -- secular, childless women who may have never so much as baked a cupcake, let alone reupholstered our own ottomans with thrifted fabric and vintage grosgrain ribbon? use a word that makes me cringe, these blogs are weirdly "uplifting." To read Mormon lifestyle blogs is to peer into a strange and fascinating world where the most fraught issues of modern living -- marriage and child rearing -- appear completely unproblematic. This seems practically subversive to someone like me, weaned on an endless media parade of fretful stories about "work-life balance" and soaring divorce rates and the perils of marrying too young/too old/too whatever.".[10]

In response, MMB (Mormon Mommy Blogs) argued that although the article was right that these blogs provided something missing in other people's lives, this missing piece was spiritual.

"We told the producer that it's easy to learn about people through their blogs. You are getting to peek inside their homes, you are getting to see how other people are living. And not only that, but those Mormons, that you've only heard weird myths about, are out there, talking, and you're finding, that they are regular people. These are regular women, who[m] you admire. These are people just. like. you.
Some of them stay at home, some of them work. But they do it all with a grace and greater understanding of their purpose...
When we write about our personal struggles, we do so in a respectful and uplifting way. Yes, we struggle with depression. Yes, we argue with our husbands. Yes, our children even drive us nuts.... But through all of that, the readers of Mormon mommy blogs feel the love...
Mormon Mommy Bloggers are a powerful force for good in this world, and they are spreading that goodness by sharing their lives through their blogs. "[11]

This interpretation would likely be close to Nielson's own, as she noted on a Mormon radio interview, among other places that she felt her readers were reaching the spirit of God through her writings.[12] Blogging is highly popular (and officially encouraged) among Mormons as a way extending the Mormon community and of spreading the divine word, and the resulting community of Mormon blogs has come to be known as the Bloggernacle.

Projects and causes[edit]

Nielson has supported a variety of projects and causes. She promotes the LDS Church and sends a copy of The Book of Mormon to any reader who requests it.[13] Politically, Nielson campaigned for and encouraged her blog readers to support Mitt Romney in the 2012 US presidential election.[14]

In late August 2011, she announced on her blog that she is expecting her fifth child in spring 2012.[citation needed] Nielson published her first book, Heaven is Here, in the spring of 2012.[15]


  1. ^ "Stephanie Nielson: Plane crash survivor regains hope". 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  2. ^ Warner Bros. Online (2009-02-09). "Exclusive: Interview with Stephanie Nielson". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, Alex (6 September 2008). "After Blogger’s Plane Crash, Virtual Becomes Personal". Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via 
  4. ^ "Mommy blogger and burn victim Stephanie Nielson to speak on TODAY - TODAYMoms". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Most Inspirational Oprah Show Guest of 2009 - Stephanie Nielson". 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Readers rally to injured blogger mom - TODAY News -". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Motherhood Series: Stephanie Nielson (NieNie) "My New Life" | Mormon Women - About LDS Life and Belief". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  8. ^ Janice Peterson - Daily Herald (2009-08-15). "Nielson family to mark anniversary of plane crash with hike to Y". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  9. ^ "The Bee’s Nies | Utah Valley Magazine". 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  10. ^ Matchar, Emily (2011-01-15). "Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Mormon Mommy Blogs". Mormon Mommy Blogs. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Learning from Tragedy | Stephanie and Christian Nielson". 2008-02-05. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  13. ^ Aurora, Stephanie (2005-01-01). "nienie: A free gift from Nie to you". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  14. ^ Aurora, Stephanie (2011-05-16). "nienie: Nie for Mitt 2012". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  15. ^ Aurora, Stephanie (2011-05-16). "nienie: A special announcement/Nie asks on Blogher". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

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