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Friday, September 17, 2010

Airport Surprise!

What a day! Busy and wonderful :) As far as therapy's, Cale didn't have the best day, but that's okay! Some days will be better than others. The great thing is, they all help him progress!

Today they had a military ceremony with color guard at the hospital at 2pm, but Cale and I were going to be out of the hospital so we got to meet them this morning. It was really cool! Cale got excited when he saw all the men in their uniform :)

So...Tuesday I had written that something really exciting happened and I wanted to surprise Kathy so I couldn't say anything. To start from the beginning, here is what I wrote Tuesday night that I couldn't share!

On Friday the plan has been to get approved to take Cale to the airport (just the two of us) and surprise Kathy. While Rachel was here, the three of us were able to leave and get ice cream, but they allowed it because there would be a third person. Over the last week, details and all the steps that have needed to be taken have been dealt with and plans were in motion for the surprise! This afternoon, I needed to run a couple errands, but Cale didn't want me to go. I knew I needed to either go today or tomorrow, and I knew either way he wasn't going to want me to leave him. I finally got him to settle down, and asked if he wanted to lay in bed or stay in his chair. All Cale kept doing over and over was point at himself, then to me, then out the door! "Do you wanna go to the store with me?", "yes!" Cale replied loud and clear. "You can't go with me!" , "why?" he asked. "Hmm...good question. Let me see what I can do!" and so I asked the doctor. For Cale to leave the hospital, a pass has to be put in the computer and approved by the doctor before anything can happen. Well, I had to get the passes for this weekend, so at the end of our chat, I added "What's the chance that I can get a pass, now?" and we got it! It was so amazing! I feel like a gitty girl (Oh wait...I am one! hehe!) that can't stop smiling! God is so good! This is another one of those big mountains in this recovery and I'm so grateful we made it! This changes so much of how things are going to be. I remember the very first day I was able to take Cale outside with me! I felt like I was on top of the world...and now this. We ran errands, music played, we danced like silly kids, and it was absolutely amazing. A day I will never forget. Cale did awesome too! We went to two stores and he even read my list and helped pick out part of his birthday gift. Me is a happy girl! :)

It was so great and SO incredibly hard not to share with everyone! I didn't want Kathy to know that I was cleared to take him out though!

Here is a picture of us at the airport waiting to surprise her!

I really wanted to get the surprise on video, so I went to the information desk and asked the two women if they were allowed to video for me. One of them was very sweet and willing to do the job! She did great too! Kathy was so surprised! I'm not sure if you can see her face all the way, but at first, she just smiled at me and then suddenly her mouth dropped! She said she couldn't get down the escalator fast enough and almost lost her bag! haha! It was fantastic!

Here's the video! Do you see how happy Cale looks?! Beautiful.

When I was getting Cale ready to leave for the airport, he was trying to put his sock on his foot and was struggling a little. After a minute, he took the sock and pretended to put it on his head! He was being silly! We both laughed so hard! He cracked himself up :) It was the best! I love that I have my silly man back!

Tonight was the Friday night Family Dinner. Revellie sponsored tonight and brought ice cream for Cale! He had a big bowl and they sang Happy Birthday to him! At the end of the song he clapped! :) He was also given his first birthday gift by one of the patients and his mom. It was so sweet! He showed it off nicely :)

Tomorrow Cale is the birthday boy! I'm so excited for him! There is a huge stack of cards and packages from all of you! I can't express enough how thankful I am for everyone that has sent something! It's going to take him more than just a day to get through it all! :) You've blessed us so much!

Tonight when we prayed, Cale said he was thankful for himself, me, and his mom :)

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

*To view the video, highlight the link, copy and paste into the web browser :) I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong for it to show on my page, but this works for now! :)


  1. Kathleen-The blog is so cheery with all this color!

    Love it!!

    Cale-Happy Birthday!


  2. WOW Kathleen, I haven't read your blog in awhile! Cale has really come a long way. I know this is a difficult road for both of you, but God has brought you both through so much already. Keep strong, each day is a new beginning!
    Myra Kerscher

  3. This was totally amazing! How cool he can run errands now with you also....wooohooo!!!!! That will help alot of the process go faster I bet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CALE!!!!!! I am so proud of you and all your progress! Keep up the awsome job!!.............Andrea Alvarado

  4. Oh that video was awesome Leena! Made me cry..I can only imagine what Kathy was feeling. :D ~Kathleen D.

  5. Loved the video, so happy, sitting here crying. I'm so sorry we never got a card out. I'm still unable to got to any stores and Zach has been swamped. The kids were supposed to make a card...but if I don't keep on top of them they forget things.:) I have been wanting to get some more cards for awhile now so I could write you. Hopefully soon. I think about you both all the time and am praying for you guys. Can't wait to hear from Tej how Cale's birthday went. So excited about all the progress. Hope you are getting sleep, you look great:) Love ya!

  6. Happy Birthday Cale from a total stranger! I am so amazed at your progress. I have tears in my eyes. With the Grace of God shining on you, you are going to make it. I know your journey is not easy but you are a true soldier, and I am so proud to have someone of your caliber serving our country!
    Diane in Washington

  7. Dear Kathleen,
    The video was fantastic! What a wonderful surprise for Cale's Mom! You are so thoughtful to plan this surprise for her and then to share it with all of us! THANK YOU!
    Cale looks so good! He has come so far and it really shows when we get to see him in a video.
    What a handsome man! : D

    THANK YOU!!!

    All my love,
    Lorri C.

  8. Hi Kathleen! Such a beautiful video - truly. I'm crying and showing everyone in my family. You and Cale are so incredible. I'm just so happy for all of you.

    Lisa Brennan

  9. Kathleen and Cale, wow, tears, smiles and much joy watching this video. I can't even express, my heart is bursting with such happiness. He has come so far in these past few weeks. I can't help but praise Jesus for His love for you guys!!

    Love, Greg & Julie

  10. I cried too! When I saw your husband standing, smiling, hugging his mom, beaming and saying "I love you," I thought, "Wow. Our God is faithful." Look what HE has done! Tears are still flowing! So glad his birthday was wonderful!! Love you, girl!

  11. OMG! I have been out of town and just read everything to get caugh up to date. The airport surprise was amazing! Wow! What a special moment.
    Mandy Anderson

  12. I cried for his mom, what a wonderful surprise!



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