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We spoke to Christopher Clark, brother of injured mom blogger Stephanie Nielson, about how their family is progressing.

We've been keeping you posted on the progress of mom of four Stephanie Nielson and her husband Christian's horrific plane crash last month -- which burned more than 80% of Stephanie's body and more than 30% of Christian's. Since then, Stephanie, author of the Nie Nie Dialogues blog, and her husband have received national attention from bloggers who want to help pull them through this difficult time.

They are both still hospitalized, and their four children are being cared for by Stephanie's sisters. We spoke to Stephanie's older brother Christopher about how this beautiful family is coping.

Christopher Nielson family portrait

How is your family reacting to the outpouring of support from the blog community?
This response is more than we ever expected. When something like this happens, you figure you'll just deal with it as a family, but we are amazed every day at how much love we receive from people around the world. People truly want to help Stephanie, Christian, and their kids. There is so much cynicism about people who blog, but this accident has reaffirmed how much good there is in the world.

How are Stephanie's kids doing?
The children are OK. They are young -- Claire is 7, Jane is 6, Oliver is 3, and Nicholas is 2 -- and they're getting lots of attention right now. Every day is like Christmas to them. They don't know exactly what happened, but we've said their parents have been in an accident and are going to be hospitalized for a few months. We don't give them the gory details, but we do update them on the various procedures. My sisters Courtney and Lucy are trying to give them schedules and boundaries. We want to make this transition as seamless as possible. For the most part, they're doing fine, but we do hear them say, "I miss Mommy and Daddy."


Check out her blog yourself. Share a Nie Nie-inspired moment with your own kids, then send us a picture. Pay it forward ... for Nie Nie.

For updates on Stephanie's progress, click here. To donate, send contributions to the Christian & Stephanie Nielson Rehab Fund, P.O. Box 8850, Mesa, AZ 85214


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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
April September 15, 2008, 2:17 PM

I am really upset over this story. I just keep praying she will survive. Why do bad things happen to good people? It couldn’t be a rapist that was in a plane crash, or a child molestor, it had to be HER? WHY?

Valerie September 16, 2008, 10:02 AM

Whats the point in questioning Gods work? Of course it should’ve been someone who deserves it, but then again who are we to decide. I look at it this way; evrybody goes through struggle. Theres not one person out there who hasnt had to experience the death of a loved one or heartache or some other form of hurt. The ones who go through the most,in my opinion, will be the ones sitting at the right hand of God. Listen up people, he doesnt put us through these things for no reason. He has a plan for them, just like all of us.Lets not worry about what we can do to prevent bad things happening to good people, lets find a way to really help them. How is letting them know how bad we feel for them helping them in any way? Its not. Blogging about how horrible it is is pointless and only causes more stress. Instead, lets rejoice that those children still do have a mommy and that she still has her life. Burned or not, living is living. Letting them know that theyre not alone and that we are willing to help, is the best thing we can do.

ddb September 26, 2008, 2:18 PM

I am still praying for each and every one of you, I believe God can move in a mighty big way and is still performing miracles today.

deeb September 26, 2008, 2:22 PM

I believe God still performs miracles and I am still praying for one to be performed here for Stephanie ad Chris. I continue to pray for the children and family. May God Bless and continue to give you strength.

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viv November 13, 2008, 9:43 AM

God bless you Stephanie and your family.


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