Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Finally Home!

First, THANK YOU FOR PRAYING!!!
We made it...finally! :) Yesterday was another long day, but we're now at our new home. It feels good.

When they came to pick us up yesterday, they took us to the Scott Air Force Base for a couple hours before the flight. When it was time to board the bus to head for the plane, I gathered everything, and the soldiers loaded Cale. After sitting for a few minutes, I was told the flight was going to be delayed, so everyone was unloaded from the plane and we waited...again. Eventually, we did make it to the plane, where we then flew to Travis Air Force Base and stayed for the night. The trip was long, in fact it felt like several days, rather than just 2 1/2, but it really wasn't that bad. They (the military) took such good care of us! I was spoiled so much, especially on the flight. The flight team did so great with Cale. He can be a lot of work (with his busy hands), and not for a second did they make it seem like he was a hassle. They may have felt it though! It's so awesome to see how even with the bumps in the trip, how God's hand carried us all the way. I didn't have to worry about anything the whole trip. They took care of all the luggage, making sure I had food, taking care of anything Cale needed, AND they let me lay down on one of the bed things that weren't being used...it was such a blessing.

When we arrived at Travis last night, I was dead. All I wanted was to close my eyes and sleep, for a very long time. I ended up getting 4 hours, but that was better than the night before! When I woke up this morning, I opened the room door and there were people everywhere. I got a nurse to look at me, and asked if I could use the shower, of course every one looked at me when they heard my voice-bed head and all. :) After getting towels from her and getting all situated, I had to open the door again, this time asking if there was a special button to turn the shower on? With a confused look, she walked back in the room (again everyone turned to look), right away, she turns the knob and water comes out...hmm. As she walks out again, with a smile, she says, "you just need muscles". I'm blaming my lack of muscles on the fact that I haven't lifted weights since the trip started...or since the accident...ever?-ouch.

It was an ambulance trip today instead of another flight! Again, God is so awesome how He works everything out. The EMT that road in the back with Cale and I, shared how her daughter had TBI. We were able to talk a lot about things that I've been doing with Cale, questions I have, things she remembers, and ideas of things to try. A special moment was when she called her daughter and Cale held the phone to his ear and listened while the daughter, now 23, encouraged him, and talked with him about working hard and pushing himself. How amazing!

Arriving at the facility was fantastic! I was going crazy the last little bit of the ride, I was ready to just be there. Dennis and Kathy were there to meet us. It was so great! Cale knew who they were too. Big hugs all around! It's been a busy day; lots of information and meetings. This is right where Cale needs to be. I can already see that lots more big things are going to happen (hopefully voice!). To start, the doctor came in to do his assessment and everything he asked Cale to do, he did it! They're all so impressed already. Exciting stuff!

Sorry if I haven't answered texts or calls. I've kind of been going nonstop today, so taking the time to answer everyone is a little challenging right now, but please know, it means a lot to get them. Every text, email, comment, call, and letter; they all mean so much to me.

Cale did so great with the trip and transfer to this new facility. So far there are no signs of him being set back. I would actually say, even today he's made more progress! So many good things going on! Once again I found myself overwhelmed with how thankful I am of EVERYTHING the Lord is doing. Some may think it's just how things work, and we're just "lucky", but I know it's God and Him hearing the cries of all of our hearts.

This song has been running through my mind over and over the last week...
"Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
Every creature unique in the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
None can fathom

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are amazing God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are amazing God
You are amazing God

Here are a few pictures...


My husband doesn't just get me a limo, he gets me a ride in this!

6 comments:

  1. Two and a half days is a LOOOOONG trip, girl! Even a seven-hour layover feels long! It's so exciting to read how God's hand is upon you guys. What a cool story about the EMT's daughter! 23 is young, too! Thank you for being faithful to blog and keep us updated. God bless you!!!

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  2. We're very happy Cale has made such progress, and we're pleased to have made your acquaintance. Great blessings on the days to come. Thanks for brightening our little place in the world for a time.

    Sam Loveall
    Cary Christian Church

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  3. The Bensons7/22/10, 7:49 AM

    YAY!!! So glad that you are now safely "home". And didn't we already know that Cale was going to do great? He has you by his side the whole time and God is for you who can be against you? Thank you for the update!!! We are so thrilled for all the new things to come for both of you.
    We love you,
    Jean and Charlie

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  4. So Happy to hear your both there safely.Take a good time to rest, Tell Cale were thinking of you both, & for him to get better soon, so you can come for a visit to N.C.Sincerely, Michele L. Siemasko siemaskoa@gmail.com

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  5. Dear Kathleen,
    Greatful you both made it to CA safely! : D
    Sounds like it was very challenging, but you are an expert dealing with all the challenges by now!
    These are days you will never forget, and once again, I THANK YOU for taking the time to share with all of us!
    Take care of yourself and give Cale an BIG HUG from all of us who read your posts!
    All my LOVE,
    Lorri C.

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  6. Kathleen this brought tears to my eyes, just thinking of how good our Faithful Father is and how he took such good care of the two of you on your LONG trip. He is truly and Awesome God.

    God bless you.

    Greg and Julie

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