there is a beautiful family from arizona who have recently had their entire world turned upside down.
on august 16th, stephanie (nie nie) and her husband christian were traveling in a small plane from new mexico back to their home in mesa, arizona. shortly after take-off in eastern arizona, the plane crashed. there were three people on board: stephanie, christian and his flight instructor, doug kinneard. (stephanie had given christian flight lessons for his birthday because he'd always been interested in flying. they had often taken their kids up since he got his pilots license, but they were not with them at the time of the crash, thank goodness.) stephanie sustained burns on over 80% of her body. christian sustained burns on over 30% of his body. the flight instructor did not survive. the young couple remains in critical condition at maricopa burn center.
since the accident, her sister jane has been keeping us updated. you can see more on her blog here. you can read more on the benefit blog here. you can read more on the accident here. i've also put a link in my sidebar over there ---------> if you would like to donate directly. there is also a nie recovery site if you would like to check it out.