Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nie Nie Day...

Hi friends and family,

Many of you have heard the news about Stephanie and Christian Nielson who were injured in a plane crash a few weeks ago. Stephanie is the author of the famous Nie Nie blog (http://www.nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/). Over the years she has shared with us some amazing pictures, a sweet soul and some pretty awesome food! She makes mothering seem just a little bit more special and a lot more adventurous than it seems in my house. Their recovery will be long and expensive. Gabby at Design Mom (http://www.designmom.com/ ) encouraged anyone that has read or known Nie Nie to find something, anything, to auction off on their blog. All proceeds will go to the Nie Nie Recovery Fund. So, Thursday is Nie Nie day and I am doing my part. I only have one small thing to auction off, but if you go to http://www.designmom.com/ you will find a list of all the wonderful things that the blog world has to offer for sale. Everything from homemade crafts to concert tickets. The goal is to open your checkbook and help raise money for their recovery fund. They have four small children that are being cared for by relatives until Stephanie and Christian are well enough to come back home (it will be many, many months before this can happen).

The whole Internet has been alive with news about this wonderful family. The accident happened while we were in Utah and I have not been up to date on this blog about the developments. If you haven't heard of any of this yet (or if you just want to cry big, fat, sloppy tears of happiness and gratitude) visit the blog of her sister at http://www.cjanerun.blogspot.com/ . This is where you will find everything there is to know about the amazing Neilson family. I first met Stephanie when she was only 10 or 11 years old. My best friend married her brother and for the last decade I have had the privilege of watching the Clark family in action. They were remarkable people before, but they are even more remarkable now. I am so proud of all of them as I watch them come together and embrace the needs and changes that are happening. I wish I could do more.



My auction is for this print. It is titled "Waiting". If you have followed Nie Nie's blog (or checked CJane's) you will know that it was a tradition in the Neilson family to let off balloons on special occasions with wishes written on them. Last Saturday, friends and family across the world did this in honor of them. When I saw this print at Sara Jane Studios Etsy shop, I knew that I wanted to get it. Not only does this young girl look like she could BE Stephanie (retro dress and all) but she has the balloon and is looking into the future. It seems very fitting for this auction. I have been a HUGE fan of Sara Jane for a long time and own several of her prints. She is also having a sale at her Etsy shop, so check her out at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5317715 . The following is the description of the item:

--This illustration was drawn with pencil on paper, then digitally colored.
--Image measures 7x9" printed on 8 1/2x 11" paper, leaving a margin perfect for framing.
--Printed myself on gorgeous Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Paper: 350 gsm, Natural White, 100% rag, acid free, no brighteners; printed with archival pigment inks.
--These prints are lovely!All prints are shipped in a cellophane sleeve pieces of with a plastic panel for added support.
--I send my prints off to their happy new home within 1-3 days of payment.
--This print will come signed and dated in the lower right hand corner.

How this silent auction works:
--Please place your bid by leaving a comment with your Bid Amount in the comments section of this post.
--Following the close of the auction, the winner will pay for their item via the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account (access it via CJane's blog--I can't figure out how to put the button on here).
--The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt email to rebeccakbingham@yahoo.com with their mailing address. I will then have Sara Jane send the print directly to you.
--Please bid in increments of one dollar.
--The auction will end at Midnight (Your Time Zone) on Sunday, August 31.
Happy Bidding!!!
Also up for auction...

--My undying gratitude, manifested by my never asking you to babysit my kids.
--Household services (as long as you come to my house to get them and I can do them in between running the littles all over town..and that they don't take longer than 20 minutes. Oh and not ironing, I hate doing that).
--the best birth control money can buy (also known as 4 hours with my kids after a sleepless night--preferably during teething season). Just imagine it now, you can comb out Norah's hair while she screams "MINE" all the live long day (isn't age 2 a treat?), Jacob will tease the girls and hit things with sticks and Lu will be her typically cute, but bossy boots, 8 year old self. (I am not saying that I don't love my kids, I am just saying that after a day with them I can feel my ovaries shrink). Notice that I left Gracie out of this package deal. If I let you have her for any amount of time you would want to run out and have triplets with Down Syndrome. She is THAT yummy).

That print isn't looking so bad any more, eh? ;-)

21 comments:

La Yen said...

I will hit that--$40. Bid it up higher, I dare you!

Bek said...

Awesome Yen... that is GREAT!!!! Come on folks.....

citymama1 said...

I bid $45.

CKW said...

$50

hannah m said...

$55

CKW said...

$60

Kalli Ko said...

love it bek!

Bek said...

Seriously. No one wants to bid on my eternal gratitude? seriously!!

CKW said...

I already have one of those.

AzĂșcar said...

I'll bid $2 for your undying gratitude.

Bek said...

Carnia--you have it at 2$$ (and really, for the promise of NEVER making you watch my kids...it is a steal.... ;-)))

Thanks for the ego boost...

Anonymous said...

Forget it friends...I will always volunteer to babysit the kids!
Grandma Jane

Anonymous said...

hi! remember me? cyndi sent me a link to her blog and we got talking about you, so i thought i'd say hello. can't believe how big jacob is now! he was so tiny when i met him. and i can see there are a few more additions to the family. (o: everyone's looking beautiful. congratulations on the newest arrival too. i can only imagine that it'll be challenging some of the time, but i have no doubt that everything will work out for you. lots of love and take care, belma (obralija@hotmail.com)

Lisa said...

Well, I like babysitting your kids because they're so cute and Owen finally has someone to wrestle with who matches his strength. (The print is so, so sweet. . .)

hannah m said...

$65 for the print

Somehow I missed your other auction items til now...you are too funny. If I weren't experiencing my own teething season over here, I might be tempted...but I'll stick to biffing for the print!

(I'm so inspired by the good of the internet...)

hannah m said...

bidding, not biffing. oh, goodness.

hannah m said...

oooh, oooo - did I win? let me know, officially :-) and if i did i'll do the paypal thing.

hannahp9@yahoo.com

Just be...... said...

Oh My I just found your blog!!! Yes you are honestly amazing!!

I totally have no idea what I said yes to when my kids came in to ask me stuff, but it gave me enough time to read about 3 pages of your blog!

thanks for sharing your "real " life.

Anonymous said...

That's so funny. I bought that print to send to Stephanie in the hospital for those very same reasons!

nie nie said...

Thank you for your support! When you finalize your totals for your auction, can you email the grand total to nienieauction@gmail.com where we are collecting totals for the many auctions that took place. Thanks again!

Maggie May said...

wow that print is perfect, it's great you are contributing.