Crafty Mom Nie Nie Recovery Fund

I cannot remember how I first came across this story, but it was a few days ago and I have been reading and re-reading her blog and her sister's blog over and over again. It is a story that will make you laugh and cry in the same breath. It has been on my mind and I know you will want to add this family to your prayer list too. Many bloggers, including Design Mom, are already on board and auctioning off amazing things to benefit this couple's recovery and four children.

If you choose to read Stephanie's blog (Nie Nie) or her sister's blog, you will find a young, happy mom who loves her husband, her four kids, crafts, beauty, decorating, yoga, her friends and her family. Her husband, Christian, is a certified pilot and loves to fly almost as much as he loves his wife and his family.

On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Stephanie Nielson was in a serious plane crash with her husband, Christian Nielson, and his flight instructor, Doug Kinnear, near St. Johns, Arizona. Doug Kinnear passed away soon after arriving at the Maricopa County Hospital.

Christian & Stephanie remain in critical condition at Maricopa Burn Center. Christian has sustained burns on over 30% of his body. His wife Stephanie’s body was burned over 80%.

For the past four years, Stephanie has welcomed us into her charming abode through the NieNie Dialogues. Far from being a product of creative editing, the Nielson’s don’t just shine through the selective lens of a blog. They are ingenuous examples of family devotion, eternal romance, and Christ centered faith. The Nie Nie Recovery site is dedicated to their welfare & recovery.

As you read her blog, you will see beautiful examples of how she cared for her family. Through simple crafts or elaborate princess crowns for her girls or model airport runways (with Christmas lights!) for her sons. This is one amazing mom, and I know she would give anything to be hugging her kids right now. Please remember this family as you go through your busy days. I have never met her and she has already taught me so much. If you feel inclined to create an Etsy listing to donate to their recovery or to make a direct donation via PayPal (click the Donate button at the top of the page), I thank you.

I am happy to post links to your silent auctions or Etsy listings on behalf of this recovery effort, please send information to me at

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