Monday, August 25, 2008

Stephanie -- "Nie Nie"

I am not sure how many of you have heard about the story of Stephanie and Christian in Arizona. My sister in law put a link to them on her blog with a call for fasting a prayers on their behalves. I took special note because we share the same name. Knowing all too well the power of fasting and prayers by the masses, I went to her site and read about their tragic airplane crash. You can read about it HERE.

This lovely couple have four children, another thing with which I identified. They are severely injured with burns over much of their bodies. Their family is caring for their young children during the long recovery ahead of them. My heart goes out to them. You can read about their road to recovery HERE. 

I am posting this now because the family is encouraging people who want to help to hold silent auctions on their websites and then donate the money to help cover the medical costs. We have been getting a few bills for Camille's medical attention and I know first hand how quickly deductibles and co pays can add up. 

I have been incredibly touched by the generosity of so many of you during this difficult time for us and I hope you will consider bidding on the silent auction my sister Lesli and I are doing for this couple. 

My sister will guest post the auction tonight for a beautiful Kazuri Bead necklace that she strung. It is made with beads hand painted by single mothers in Kenya. We both visited the factory where these are made and met some of the women. This company is designed to specifically help women in need. I love the story behind the beads and I LOVE the beads themselves. I am sure my sister will write more about them.

Thank you all for your love and support of me and I hope you will read more about this other Stephanie who needs all the prayers, and support she and her family can get right now.


Mrs. Morty said...

I have been so caught up in Stephanie and Christian's story, just as I have been with yours. Something about the human spirit makes us reach out to those in need. Truly morning with those who morn and comforting those who stand in need of comfort. It also causes us to pause and be truly grateful for the little things we take for granted each day. Thank you again for sharing with us and thank you for sharing Nie's story with others.

Heidi said...

I just heard about this on someone else's blog last night. What a tragic story. I pray they will continue to recover. They look like a wonderful family.

Marleen said...

My heart has been going out to them since I read about this tragedy. Prayers have gone out from our family and we hope their little family will feel the love of the Savior at this time.

Julie said...

Do you know how weird it is that my two favorite blogs become one!

MelancholySmile said...

So many people have been on my mind and in my prayers of late, especially NieNie, Christian, and her children. You can see the video my husband made here of our balloon release event. I know that we are here on earth to learn to turn to the Lord to help us through our trials, not relieve us of our trials. I pray he helps the Nielson family {and yours} through such heavy trials at this time. said...

I can't believe this. So awful. I cannot imagine.

I have posted a silent auction for a gorgeous bracelet over on my site. i am about to send an email out to my subscribers about it.