One of the amazing things about blogging and reading blogs is how you get to know people, or feel like you know people, that you've never met. News of their lives, their families, their work, their problems and their successes leak into the blog posts.
I find myself thinking about people that I've never met, sometimes worrying about them.
Lately my thoughts have been with Stephanie Nielson, of Nie Nie Dialogues. She and her husband were critically injured in crash of a private plane earlier this month in Arizona. The flight instructor died in the crash and Stephanie and Christian were badly burned.
They have four young children and the extent that family and friends have rallied around them has been inspirational, as you can read through Stephanie's sister's blog.
I have to say, I had never run across Stephanie's blog before this happened. But I do read Design Mom, and learned about the family through her blog. And now they are on my mind... that's just how this works.
I wanted to pass this family's story along to you in case you haven't already heard it both because the faith and strength that the couple's relatives and friends are exhibiting is amazing, and because there are many efforts underway to raise money for Stephanie and Christian, whose recovery will be extensive.
Design Mom has organized Nie Nie Day, with more than 300 bloggers auctioning off items to raise money. While they started yesterday, many of the auctions continue through Sunday. If you'd like to participate by buying something, Design Mom has a list of the auctions here.
I'm off to shop. See you on Sunday.