August 27, 2008


Ten days ago I went to one of my favorite blogs and discovered that a young LDS mother and father of 4 children had been involved in a serious plane crash. Instead of the usual post by Stephanie (Nie Nie) there was this.

On Saturday, August 16, 2008, Stephanie Nielson was in a 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 and 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%.

I can't get them out of my mind. It has really made me think about how precious life is. Stephanie is a gifted writer and very devoted wife and mother. She is such a shining example of a daughter of God.

She uses her blog to express very eloquently the joys of motherhood and her love and respect for her dear husband. One minute she was getting her children prepared for their first day of school and the next she was lying in a bed in the Intensive Care Unit with 80%of her body burned and her sweet husband nearby fighting for his own life.

That is how fragile life is.

I have been writing so much lately about enjoying each precious day that we have been given. This is just one more reminder of how important it is to do it now.

Don't wait another day to mend a broken relationship, or tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Don't wait to do that ONE thing you have always wanted to do. Don't wait for a better time in your life to finally begin studying the scriptures, or praying on a daily basis, or to really work on your marriage.

We are not promised tomorrow. We need to live each day as if it may be our last.

Many people all over the world have asked the family how they can help and I just want to do my small part to try to support their family during this tragic time. If you go to her sister Courtney's blog you will be amazed at how many people have joined in to support this family. When you get to Jane's site go to the side bar and click on The Nie Recovery banner it says, "are you fundraising?" to see all about what amazing people are doing to help. Go to the top of that page and click on "benefit blog". It is a testimony to the idea that when people come together for a great cause they can do amazing things.

Tomorrow 8-27-08 is NIE NIE day. Women bloggers are holding silent auctions to try to raise funds for the family. Nie Nie is also a yoga instructor and a runner. There are fundraisers going on in both of those communities as well. Please join me tomorrow, Thursday August 28th to support this family. Many talented artist are donating items for the silent auction or hosting their own auctions. This would be a great time to do some early Christmas Shopping and support a wonderful cause at the same time.

If you want to learn more about Nie Nie and her family or how you can help go to her sister Courtney's blog or you can click on the fundraiser button in my sidebar.

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My music

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