Hundreds of Bloggers Unite to Help Plane Crash Victims

by Janice

Just two weeks ago, Stephanie Nielson was celebrating her daughters’ return to school with a sumptuous feast.

The meal was fit for princesses, as Stephanie lavished her girls with love right down to the smallest detail.

I can only imagine how proud her girls must have felt as they sat at the elegant table, the recipients of their parents’ adoration.

“I prepared a feast for the family to honor the girls as they got ready to start a new school year.

Baby white roses decorate the dinner table. Honey seared salmon smoked in alder wood (prepared by Mr. Nielson) garden-picked beets, brown jasmine rice, and broccoli rabi along with the 2008-09 family theme.

Crowns were made to honor the girls.
For dessert I made a classic chocolate cake with delicious chocolate butter-cream frosting.
Toasts were made, stories told, goals planned and the girls walked the cat-walk showing off the new school duds in a family fashion show.”

With her eye for photographic drama, Stephanie captured the sweet devotion to her family in this special meal she prepared. Clearly, Stephanie is a mother in love with her family.

As I walked through her blog, a photographic journey of her devotion to her family, I stopped stunned by this post simply titled, I Love My Life. In it she shares photos her friend Wendy Whitacre.

“While in Utah, my cute friend Wendy Whitacre took these photos of us. She did a fabulous job. When I look at these pictures I feel so happy – she really captured how I feel each day with my life, kids, and husband.”

But after a tragic plane crash that left their pilot dead, Stephanie and her husband Christian are in critical condition and battling for their lives.

Stephanie has burns over 80% of her body, and Christian has burns over 20% of his. They both are facing months of agonizing recovery.

Hundreds of bloggers are rallying around the Nielsons, raising money for their medical costs and demonstrating their support.

Gabrielle at Design Mom is organizing a silent auction to raise funds. Over 275 items are being auctioned off in support.

Please click over to NieNie and join the blogosphere in sharing love, prayers and support for this wonderful family in this time of tragedy.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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1 happyathome August 29, 2008 at 7:39 am

Extremely sad situation. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Makes you think about how each day is special, hug your child, make that call and don’t tak anything for granted. We only have one ride on this earth, make it count! Thanks for the post!


2 Beau August 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

Thank you for posting about this effort!

This family is so precious and their need is so great! I just had to be a part of the auction ~ it is still going on at my place and I am sure many others. Come take a peek at the goodies, give your best bid, and send your love to NieNie!


3 Petula August 29, 2008 at 11:01 am

Beautifully written to share this sad and hard time of the family. It’s nice that others are rallying around this family. I wish and pray for their speedy recovery.


4 Doll Clothes Gal August 29, 2008 at 11:48 am

An extremely sad story – our thoughts are with them.


5 Just Jamie August 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Oh no. Many prayers for their recovery.


6 katelin August 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm

such a sad story, but so comforting to know so many people are coming together to help them.


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