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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A surprise for Cale!

I can't begin to write about our day, before I say thank you. I love so much that I have somewhere that I can spill everything buzzing through my head, all the emotions running through me, and share about the tears that fall across my cheeks. Not only do I get it all out, but in return, I feel the power of prayer! I had asked on my Facebook yesterday afternoon for everyone to pray for us, then wrote my post last night. I felt so encouraged this morning! Thank you! I always feel like "thank you" is so small compared to how grateful my heart is for everyone that reads this blog, and continues to lift us up. I'm so incredibly thankful! I feel so blessed everyday!!

Just a little while after being at the hospital, I realized that today might be just as hard as yesterday. Cale was already hanging out in the dumps, and it didn't seem like he was going to be pulled out of it. Before I let myself drift into discouragement, I decided to remind myself (and Cale), that this is the day that the Lord has made and we're going to rejoice in it! God is faithful.

It wasn't a super happy or easy going kind of day, but it was better than yesterday! I'm thankful for that! I know Cale is too. There were a couple rough patches, but he's doing really great everyday. I just wish he could see it!

We had Neuro Psych first. Dr. Howe did more questions with Cale and he got an 80 today! For the most part, I think everyone is in agreement that he's out of PTA, but it's just not by the books yet. The part with him being out of PTA, is such a big deal and starts a whole new story line to our journey. It's gonna be rocky ground though...Dr. Howe explained to me after she met with Cale, that for me, I've had almost a year to process everything, and to realize how it's changed our lives. Cale is just starting all of this. She said "It slapped him in the face." He is suddenly realizing that nothing is the same. In fact, when she first came in this morning, and started talking with Cale, she asked him what had changed with him since she had seen him last, Cale said "everything."

One of the blessings today was that Cale ate what was on both trays! For lunch, it was hamburgers (Yes!) and then dinner was stuffed shells. At first it didn't seem like he was going to eat it, but he did! Woohoo! We took a walk to the main hospital and went to the little store it has. We have some Bingo bucks, so we picked out some things that are simple that he will hopefully like when the time comes that he doesn't like his tray. We bought a couple lunchables, cup of noodles, and a Velveeta cup thing. We got a few more snakier things too...just in case ;)

Tonight I was helping Cale get ready for bed. He has been doing really good with sequencing, but sometimes he still gets stuck, especially when he's tired! He looked at me and said "Thank you for helping me. It means a lot." What?! Oh dear. It's been a tearful week...!

Please be praying for Cale and all that he's up against right now. I know it must be so hard. I also know, that He belongs to the Lord and the Lord gives strength like nothing or no one else can offer! Yeh!

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Mark 11:23

For almost a year, we've been praying for miracles. We've been praying for Cale's recovery, and praying for healing. There are people all over the world that have been rooting for Cale on his side, wishing the best for him. I know that because I've seen it everyday, but like Dr. Howe said, Cale is just now entering into this journey, where he's aware of it. I believe that God is doing a mighty work in him. I believe that healing is happening everyday, and I know that God hears every prayer for my beloved.

Will you help me show Cale that he has so many prayer warriors on his side? If you pray for Cale, read this blog, and are rooting for him, will you leave a comment to him? I will wait until the 12th to show him all the comments because I know there are a lot of people that only read every now and then. This will mean so much to him! Thank you in advance! :)


  1. Cale, my wife has kept me up to date about your journey with recovery. We continue to pray for you daily. You have showed so much strength with every hill you climb. Keep your head up and march on. God bless you cale and kathleen.

    Major Steven Quillman and Casey

  2. Cale, I've never met you, but i'm a good friend of your wife's. I know you are a strong man of God and you have fought harder than anyone I know. I am inspired by you as I read each blog. I am inspired by your wife as she is strong while she stands beside you each day. May God bless you both! continue on your journey knowing you are truly impacting lives each day just by living yours!

  3. Tamara L. Host (Mike Ehrsam's aunt)1/4/11, 10:37 PM

    Hi Cale,
    I've never met you either. I have been here for almost a year now reading up on your recovery. Looking back to that night so long ago when they didn't have much hope, we have all witnessed a miracle in you and through you. Every day when I read I am in awe by your progress. I have shed many tears for you and Kathleen because I know that this journey that you are both on has to be very trying. You have shown many people that you are a strong person, never giving up when others might have. I have seen your fight Cale and you have truly amazed me. Way to go CALE...You too Kathleen...You both are truly remarkable...I pray for peace and happiness for both of you this New Year...You have both come a long way on this journey...God Bless you both.

  4. Cale,
    We are so proud of how far you've come. So many miracles already. We now pray that you will be faithful and strong as God continues to unwrap new miracles for you. I know that things are hard. Especially now that you are remembering things. But WOW! What a miracle that you are even remembering things! New blessings await. And Kathleen will be with you every step of the way. What a huge blessing that is. Cheerful thoughts to you.

  5. Cale: God is so good. He is watching you all the time. He is following your thoughts & deeds. I pray for you to astonish all those who are following your progress. God is working in you. I give thanks to God for all he has done for you & for what He will do for you in the future. God bless you Cale. You are God's son!!!

    Pattie Andring,
    Pasco, WA

  6. Cale: God is watching over you and giving you strength to move on beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Keep your hope & faith in God. Give thanks to Him through all good things come. Stay strong knowing you are God's Son!

    God Bless you! Pattie Andring, Pasco, WA

  7. Hi Cale! I have only met you once--the short time you were home in the Tri-Cities before you and Kathleen headed back east, so I don't expect you to remember me. :) My husband and I read your blog every day and we keep our two children updated on how you're doing. We pray as a family every night and you and Kathleen have been in our prayers constantly. We are praying for healing and renewed strength and for mighty, wonderful things to happen in your life. You are a testament to God's power! And He isn't finished yet!! Love, Ryan, Bonnie, Grace and Isaac Bennett.

    2 Corinthians 12:8-10 "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

  8. Caitlin Downs1/5/11, 12:21 AM

    Hi Cale!

    I haven't met you, and I've only met Kathleen once. But, I can tell you that you both have made a significant impact on my life. I read every post that Kathleen makes, and multiple times I have been reduced to tears, praying through sobs for your recovery. It makes me so happy to hear how well you are doing! And, really in a relatively short time!! God is amazing, and he loves you both so much. It's apparent with every word I read. I'm proud of both of you!! You just have to keep trucking through and know that these things take time. I can't imagine the frustration that you're feeling or the sadness. But, God is with you and you'll get through this.

    I want to share my favorite verse with you: 2 Corinthians 5:17
    --"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

    If you think about it, it's almost as though you are a new creation. You have to relearn things, and things have changed so much: the old has gone. But, as Paul says, the new has come! And, that's exciting! Why else would there be an exclamation point at the end of it? :) God knows it's hard, but he is going to be with you through the end. And even beyond.

    I hope what I say helps some, and I will continue praying for both of you. Keep on keeping on!


  9. Dear Cale,
    I don't know you well, but remember you from the church in Watertown when you were stationed at Drum. Sometimes our lives get turned upside down on us, and nothing makes sense, but G-d has a plan, it is better for us than any plan we could ever think of. It might be hard, but in the end, we will be in heaven with Him.
    I am a nurse, and I am also in California after my life got turned upside down. I didn't have an accident, but my life was a wreck. I know what it is like to just want everything to go back to the way it was before, and I get tired of trying when things are hard. You have touched my life, and encouraged me to keep going.
    I read Kathleen's blog almost every day to see how much progress you have made. I am always amazed. You are doing better than I ever thought possible. I pray for you and Kathleen every day. You are so strong, and you are a wonderful husband to Kathleen. I sometimes tell my patients about you when they think that something is too hard, or when there is nothing left for us to do but pray. That you are alive and talking and walking is a miracle.
    Thank you for being an encouragement to me!
    ~ Heather

  10. Hi Cale! Just wanted to say that Joel and I think of you often all the way over here in Vietnam! Keep your head up!!

  11. I'm here blond boy.Here's a little something.
    I was walking down life's highway,a long,long time ago.
    One day I saw a sign that "Heaven's Grocery Store"
    As I god a little closer,that door came open wide
    And when I came to myself,I was standing right inside.
    I saw a host of angels they were standing everywhere one handed me a basket and said,"My child,go shop with care"
    everything a Christian needed was in that grocery store and all you couldn't carry,
    you could come back for more.
    First I got some patience,and love was in that row.Farther down was Understanding,needed everywhere you go.I got a box of Wisdom,a bag or two of faith and I didn't miss the Holy Ghost it was everyplace.I got some strength and Courage, to help me run the race.
    My basket was getting full,but still I added Grace.I didn't forget Salvation,and found that it was free so I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.Then I started to the counter, to pay my grocery bill for I thought that I had everything to do my Master's will.
    On the way I saw some prayer,and had to put lot's in I knew that once I stepped outside,that I'd run into Sin.
    Power and joy were plentiful,sitting on their shelf Songs and praises were hanging near,so I helped myself.
    Then I said to the Angel,"Now,how much do I owe?" He just smiled and said,'Take them everywhere you go.'I looked at him and asked again, 'But what's the price I owe?
    He told me Jesus paid my bill,a long,long time ago.Darrel Dawson GOD BLESS YOU CALE.

  12. Cale,
    I have never met you or your wife, but know the Ehrsam family. Ever since I started reading your blog in September, I have been amazed at all the accomplishments you have come to achieve through God's work in you. Your strength has truly inspired me! I am praying for you, and I know God has an awesome journey for you and Kathleen. Keep going Cale! You are doing an incredible job:)

  13. Dear Cale,

    Each and every morning I "check in" on you and Kathleen to hear and see how things are going.

    I met Kathleen (and Basil) while you all were in Cary and was so amazed by her strength and faith.

    My boys often peer over my shoulder and are amazed (as am I) at the great gains you have made since you left us here in North Carolina.

    Cale you are strong and mighty! Keep working hard! You are doing great!!

    Hold on to the truths and promises in Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    God will get you where you cannot go on your own.

    Blessings and hugs to you both,

  14. Dear Cale,

    I have never met you or anyone in your family. Your blog was forwarded to me by Amy Root's blog. (My brother was in Small Group with the Root family when they were in NC.)

    I read your blog every morning. YOU and your precious wife are absolutely amazing people! Your love for God and how your hope relies in Him is truly inspiring.

    YOU are touching lives...lives whom you have never met and probably never will. YOU are being a witness for Christ. What a job to be blessed with - directly from our Heavenly Father. And to read ALL the miracles and answered prayer - brings chills to my bones. God is with us!

    Thank you for posting your lives for all to read. I think of you and pray for you and your family. God has GREAT and MIGHTY plans for the Darling Family.
    Blessings to you,
    A sister in Christ

  15. Cale,

    I have been reading Kathleen's blogs since Amy Root shared it with me. I have enjoyed seeing how God is leading you to recovery. I am sure it is difficult but stay strong and lean on Him.


  16. Cale,
    I am on the other side of the country but I read this blog every morning. I feel like I have gotten to know you & Kathleen through your experiences. You truly are God's miracle. You are a strong person who has so much "fight" in you. I will continue to pray for you & Kathleen so you have the strength to continue to fight on. I can't wait to see what God has in store for you in the days coming. You have made such leaps and bounds. You have strengthened my faith in God & I thank you.
    God Bless,

  17. Dear Caleb- Mighty man of God and Warrior! The miraculous is being done each day on your behalf! You and Kathleen are side by side warriors in this fight,and wherever it leads you I see you standing firm and as one. As soon as we got the news that you were in need of prayer Jan and I have not stopped praying for you ~ and as I have read this blog daily I see that our prayers and those of many others have been joined together to see a great work being done in you and Kathleen! Do not fear Caleb for your "Mountain" was taken long ago.... When the time is right you will take possession of it - Believing you are all that your name means and so much more!!!!!!! Love to you and Blessings YOU ARE DOING A FINE JOB ! Love Reenie and Jan Bovier (Cape Vincent NY !)

  18. Dear Cale,
    I have never met you, but you are a friend and fellow soldier of my son Kevin Edwards. I have followed your progress and been praying for you and Kathleen since my son got the call that you were in the accident... I have to tell you how amazing you are! I read the blog just about everyday and am so convinced of the mighty work God is working in you that it has reminded me how blessed we can be when we have faith. The first couple of days when I prayed as my son was told there was no chance.. til the miracle of how far you are coming.. Wow what a champion you are!! With God's grace you are triumphing over this adversity and through Kathleen's blog touching the hearts of people all over the world! May God continue to bless you and keep you both,
    Donna Edwards
    Army Mom of SSgt Kevin Edwards

  19. Cale,

    We love you and are praying for you!! God is doing SUCH an incredible work in you, and it is a joy and a blessing to get to see and read all about it every day! He loves you SOOOO much, and we just know that He has BIG plans for you and Kathleen! We are honored to call you our friends, and to have known you two since before you started dating! You are such an inspiration to so many people. Keep working hard and stay strong, but most importantly, TRUST in God's perfect plan for you! He is faithful!! Lots of love and hugs!
    The McLaughlin family
    Rick, Marilyn, Lara, and Nik

  20. Hey Cale!
    I've never met you and I've only met your wife once, but it's been such an encouragement to see God working in both of your lives! I'm praying for you guys and can't wait to see what God will do next in you and through you! :)
    God bless!
    Emma Shelby

  21. I am praying for you both from Chicago! I pray for a 100% full recovery - AND the strength and peace you both need to get through this! You are both awesome - and I have a good feeling that those prayers will be answered! GOD BLESS!

  22. My Friend, I am so proud of you. I thank you for your service to our country, for protecting my freedom. I thank you for showing us how you carry on the fight, even though this is a different kind of battle. Father has His hand on you in a special way. He is with you every step of the way. I love you and your sweet wife. I trust Father for you both, Marion

  23. Cale,
    You won't remember me because I met you soon after your accident while you were at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. One of your ministers contacted our church. My husband Brent and I went to the hospital to see how we could help. I fell in love with you and your family. Since I work at the hospital, I would stop by often to make sure that you and Kathleen had everything that you needed. I must say, I fell in love with your wife. She is an amazing person and your biggest fan!!!

    Each morning I now check in on you by looking at your blog. I say a prayer for you and Kathleen every single day! You have come so far since your accident! The last time I saw you, you could not walk, talk, or open your eyes. You had a tube to help you breathe. Cale, you dont realize how much God has blessed you. The doctors here said that you would never be able to do all of the things that you can now do! You are a miracle! You should be so happy! You should be so proud! Cale, you are a fighter! The reason that you are able to do all of the things that you can do is because of your hard work and God's blessings. When the times get rough, remember that God has a plan for you and Kathleen. Don't get discouraged. Continue to fight!We are continuing to pray for you in Greenville, North Carolina.

    Mandy Anderson

  24. Cale,

    You are amazing! You have pushed forward through all the hard stuff, even days you are tired you keep pushing! What an inspiration to me and my kids. We read everyday to see what you have done next, you have COME SO FAR!! I can't wait to meet you, and am honored to help with the next part of your ADVENTURE!! Your wife is pretty awesome too, and CUTE!! September

    Lots of Love,
    September Theriault
    Pasco, WA

  25. Cale, As a member of Salem Baptist, I have been daily following your progress since soon after your acccident. I know that none of this has been easy for your or Kathleen. However, it has been a blessing to watch God answer prayers,to witness Kathleen's faith, and to see his healing hand. I know this is not what you planned for your life or where you want to be. But God is using you and receiving glory which is His purpose in creating us. May you continue to look to God depending on Him for strength for each new day and trusting in His heart when you can't see His hand.
    Praying for you,
    Debbie Whorley

  26. Charlie and Jean1/5/11, 8:41 AM

    My darling Cale,
    In Joshua it says " don't be afraid or discouraged because I am with you always". Well not only is the Lord your God with you always but so is that beautiful wife of yours but friends and family around the world who love you and pray for you more than you know. Some of us you have met and some you have not. ( you have met us.) But you continue to inspire us and encourage us with your warrior spirit and give all of us the hope that we have a fighting chance. So show them doctors and those who doubt that "gun show" and get er done and remember we love you and we are out here praying for you always....
    Love in Christ,

  27. Hey Cale- Jeff, the boys(Josh, Jacob, AJ and of course Caleb) and I have been praying for you guys non-stop. Our God is amazing and He has brought you so far, but as with all of us, HE IS NOT FINISHED YET! "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us" Romans 8:18 Keep your eyes on Jesus always!! Love you guys. Blessings from the Howards

  28. Cale and Kathleen,
    I can't even begin to put into words the pride I have in knowing you. You are a tower of strength Cale you always have been. You have always had initiative to meet your goals. Weather you knew it or not you have once again proved that you are still facing your challenges head on and are doing it first with that Lord and second with that splendid wife. What a team you have on your side.
    Kathleen I have never meet you and one day I hope to. I have to say that you are one of a rare breed of person. We as a people need more in this world like you. Remember to take care of yourself too.

  29. Hi Cale, you don't know me but I have been following your blog since the beginning. I can't possibly express how in awe I am by your strength, courage, and determination. You have already made incredible, miraculous progress and I know you will continue to move forward - you are unstoppable! We all believe in you and know you can do anything - especially with Kathleen by your side. God bless you Cale!

  30. Cale,
    You amaze me!! You are such a strong guy. I have your blog bookmarked on my computer, and blackberry. I read it every morning before I go to school (:
    You and Kathleen are my biggest inspiration.
    One day, I hope to meet the two of you. It would be my dream come true.
    I constantly pray for you!! You can get through this(: I know you can.

    Stay strong,


  31. Thinking of you both and praying for peace in Gods will
    for your lives at this time. Love the Hamiltons in Tri-cities

    Hebrews 4:16. Let us then approach the throne
    of grace with confidence so that we may receive
    mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need!

  32. Hi, You don't know me but I have been following your blog for sometimes. I'm not real sure how I came upon it. I am a BIG fan of the military and go around adopting soldiers...LOL. I also have a chronically ill child. Even though our issues are not the same, we still have some of the same "bad" days...lack of progress, lack of diagnosis, etc. You have been such an inspiration to me. When I saw your "surprise" for Cale, just had to write and let you know we are here cheering both of you on in your journey and I suspect there is a whole "cloud of witnesses" cheering him on as well. Keep the Faith, Cale (and Kathleen) someday you will reach your goal. Remember this: "God's clock keeps perfect time. His train is never late." While we are looking at the "dark" side, the "weaver" is seeing the finished product, a beautiful tapestry of Grace being woven for a testimony to how great of God really is!

    Melanie Reynolds of Lafayette, LA

  33. Cale I love to read your blog because it is a powerful reminder of how miraculous our God is. You and Kathleen are such an inspiration and I can see God doing great things in both of your lives. The courage that the two of you display is inspiring and a perfect example of faith accomplishing great things. I will continue to pray for you and can't wait until you get to make the trip WITH Kathleen to the Tri-Cities to visit.

    Love in Christ,

    p.s. My husband also loves for me to fill him in on what's been happening with you guys on a regular basis. :)

  34. Cale,

    I have not met you or your awesome wife but my life has been richly blessed by seeing the miracles God has poured apon both your lives.
    I can see Gods hand in your life even before the accident. He placed you to together for such a time as this! He has been faithful beyond measure, It shows how precious you both are to him.
    Struggles like this either make or break relationships, breaking didn't even cross your wife's mind. She loves you so much and wants to serve you and is so excited for each day to see your progress. That Cale cannot even compare to how God Loves you! He is always preparing us for more of life's journeys. Together you both will do amazing and great things through Christ who strengthens you! You are a walking, talking, breathing and now running testimony of Gods healing hand. Life may be different than before, but I have found different made my life better and more worth living.
    I had to figure out how to live again but in a different way than you, I lost my baby son when a drink driver hit our car at 95 miles per hour.
    I would have given anything to not have to go through that experience, my life was changed in the blink of an eye. God was so faithful, and I am a better person, stronger in my faith, compassionate, honest in who I am, secure in my eternity. It was a long road, but I am so thankful that God never gave up! He won't give up on you either Cale, remember that when times get rough,you have God and Kathleen on your side and a whole lot of prayers!

    Thank you for sharing this Journey I know God is going to do great things through both of you....he already has.

    Rena Sherrill
    From Washington

  35. Hi,
    Cale, I just want you to know that I have been following this blog almost daily from the beginnin. I also pray for the two of you every time I pull this up. You two have climbed every mountain place before you. You have come through all the valleys. You both have shown such courage and strength to go through this . Just keep letting God guide you each and every day, and keep up the Faith that He will be there with you each and every day from now on. He will not let you go.
    I will continue to pray for you both.

  36. Caleb,
    Do not be discouraged as The Lord is your Strength and Protector. God has special plans for you! I read your blog daily before I go to sleep and exault in all that you have worked hard to accomplish. I am so very proud of all that you have done, and you have helped me put things in perspective in my own daily life. I look forward to reading of your continued progress.
    Just remember that with God all things are possible.
    Love to you and Kathleen.

  37. Jennifer Fisher1/5/11, 10:43 AM

    Hi Cale,
    You and your wife are the embodiment of being servants of God. Accepting the tests He has given you and trusting in His faithfulness to not burden you with more than you can bear. The road ahead of you will not be easy, but you have already come so far by the grace of God. Keep going! One step at a time. You and your wife are an inspiration. We will keep praying for you and keep witnessing the power of the Almighty through your progress in recovery.
    All the best,

  38. Hey Cale, aka #1 Red Wings Fan,
    You are such an encouragement to Philip and I. As a soldier we watched your amazing strength and commitment to our country. As a husband now, we have seen and continue to see your amazing love for your wife, and as a man of God, you have truly been through the fire and have continued to come out brave, full of courage and determination and ready to continue to fight. You have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, but FEAR NO EVIL, for HE is with you...

    We are all on a journey, may the Holy Spirit bring you comfort like no one else can...we love you, and may the blood of Jesus continue to heal you, as HE has promised.

    p.s. we love you too, Kathleen!

    love, Bit and Philip

  39. Hi Cale,

    Like so many others, you do not know me, but I have been following your story since about the time my own husband was injured with a brain injury in July 2010. He crashed on his horse while participating in a rodeo and like you had a severe injury to his head and brain. He was in a coma for weeks and even when he started to kind of wake up he wouldn't remember much. Like you, we have had several thousand people pray for him and like you, the Lord IS healing him. This is what I want you to know. Just like my husband Graham, you are on the most difficult road you will find yourself on and many will not understand all that you have gone through. What you are going through and dealing with, my own husband is either going through it too or has gone through it. The feelings of "everything is different now", "I'm not the same"..."what's going on?" "Lord why did you do this to me?" are all questions that Graham has had to deal with among many others. The sadness, the confusion, the just not feeling the same anymore are all very real! Please understand that the only one who will ever truly know what you are going through is your Savior but He is there always for you to grasp and cling to. You have an amazing wife who loves you very much, but even she will not get all of what you are going through.

    If you EVER need someone to talk to who has maybe been in your shoes, please don't ever hesitate to let my husband know. We would love to meet you and Kathleen someday, and will continue to pray for you each day. You ARE doing so well, don't let anyone tell you differently and just try to hold onto your faith and love for Jesus....He WILL see the two of you through this. Much love and prayers.

    Most Sincerely, Randi Stump

  40. OK Cale, I can only imagine what you will see on the 12th when Kathleen brings this list to you....It's long already and it's only the first day:) We know you are going to finish this race well. We know you have the fortitude to keep at it and not give up. And we know that Jesus is right there by your side all the way. There are so many people that are watching your life and rooting for you and holding you up before the throne of grace. I pray right now that you enter into that throne room every day, espcially on those days that seem a bit tough and you can't seem to see the sun shining. We are all here for you and pulling for you every day. Keep on, keeping on. I hope you can print out these responsed and keep them close by so you can read them whenever you need a bit of perking up.

    Love you guy! Keep up the good work!!!
    Love the Hoppel's from New York

  41. Cale and Kathleen~
    All I can say is... "WOW". What an amazing story the two of you have and in the future be able to look back and talk about together. I have never met either of you, though wonder if perhaps I ever met you in passing when you lived in the Tri-Cities at CBC?

    Kathleen- You are one amazing woman and almost every time I read your blog I am brought to tears as you show your love and faithfulness to our God and your husband. I often think about your situation and cant help but imagine it was my husband and I in you and Cale's shoes. Your devotion to your husband is so admirable, there are many people who could learn from you! It is obvious that God has great plans in your life!

    Cale- I was heart broken when I first read the story in the newspaper about your accident. First, I would like to thank you for your service to our country and willing to make so many sacrifices to do so. You are a very brave and determined man and am so thankful for your willingness to fight each and every day to live and improve. Last year when I read posts I never imagined you would be where you are today. Keep fighting! God will give you just enough strength you need for each and every day.

    You two are incredible and God is shining through all that you do!


  42. Dear Cale:I do not know either of you but feel as though I do. Am amazed at how God has protected and healed you. Am encouraged by your faith and the faith and love of your dear wife. I will continue to pray for you both.
    A daily reader in Richland WA

  43. Cale, there are so many that are praying for you every day and I am one of them. I am so proud of you and thankful that God chose to keep you here with us, to be a daily encouragement to so many. Keep up the hard work and you will be home in Kennewick with us before you know it. Love from the Old Lady!

  44. Cale, no words can express how I feel. Kathleen is such a wonderful wife to you and you can see the love you have for her. God has already done so many miracles with you and will continue to keep doing more. I pray constantly for you and thank God every day for sparing your life. I am so proud of you for everything you have accomplished so far. I love you and miss you and will keep praying daily. Mom

  45. Dear Cale,
    Tony and I have been praying for you for many months now and you have improved so much and are still improving every day. You may not realize it but we on the outside looking in can see it and are so thankful to God and all his mercies he has bestowed on you. You are now just beginning your journey back to full recovery and trust me, you are doing so well. With God, we have to be patient and listen to His voice and give thanks to him daily. He is in control and has done such wondrous miracles for you and Kathleen already. Stay strong and keep the faith and one day you will come out of this fog that you have been in. You will get frustrated on your road back to normal but hang in there; you are coming back to all of us. We will always be here for you to encourage you and pray for you.

    Your wife is one of the sweetest people in the world but you know that already. She has stayed close to the Lord and He has honored her for this by his miracles. Yes you are a miracle and you and Kathleen have a mission in life. The mission is to share your story and love with everyone you meet and to show them that yes, our Lord is still alive and watching over His people. Those that know him will know his voice and will listen.
    Much love to you and Kathleen from us

    Tony and Karen Norman
    Bowie, Texas

  46. Dear Cale,
    I want you to know that I pray every night for your complete recovery, before I fall asleep. I also pray for Kathleen's strenght.

    Cale, I also have TBI. You can recover from this injury. You may not be able to accomplish tasks the way you used to before your injury, but you can relearn how to do them.
    It is hard work. Sometimes I felt mad/ashamed that I could not do something I use to be able to do. I turned that "mad" feeling into determination! I kept trying until I could do my tasks! It may take me longer, and sometimes I forget things, but I have gotten ALOT better and so will you!
    Do not get mad at yourself! Just keep trying, keep practicing! You WILL GET BETTER!

    All my LOVE,
    Lorri C.

  47. Dear Cale and Kathleen,

    I have never met either of you but my son is stationed at Ft Drum and has attended your church a couple of times. His wife was the one who told me about the accident. I live in just an hour away from both of the hospitals you were in while here in NC. My mom and I read the blog daily. Kathleen, you are such a beautiful example of a Godly, loving wife. Cale is so blessed to have you.

    Cale please know that we pray for you daily, we rejoice in your progress. I can't tell you how many times I walk away from my computer with tears in my eyes thankful that we have a God who is bigger than all of us.

    God bless you both. You both are a testament of God's love and power for all of us!

    A daily reader in NC.

  48. Cale,
    I met you, Kathleen, and while you were in Cary. I read your blog almost every day, looking to see the things you are doing and how God is working in your lives. With his help, you are doing AMAZING things!! I cannot believe how well you are walking, singing, tying your shoes, etc. One of my new year's resolutions is to lose weight. The video of you running for a minute totally inspired me. I know you must have been worn out by the end of that minute, because your body is doing things it has not done in a while. My body is going to feel the same way! But, I hope I can stick with it with the determination that you have had!! You inspire me to work hard and give it my best!!!
    Also, I don't know if Kathleen has told you about us, but my 1st son's name is Caleb as well. And, my second son's name is Isaiah. I hope you guys will have an Isaiah some day too!!
    THANK YOU for allowing the Lord to empower you, and for being a great example for me!

  49. So many things I would love to say to the awesomest couple ever (Cale and Kathleen). I pray for you often and try so hard to keep up with the blog. I know God has better things in store for the both of you and I believe that Gods extravagant love will never depart from your side. I love you both. =)

  50. Cale,
    I have never met either of you but have become a daily reader of your blog. I am so amazed at the progress you have made and how God is working in your life. Both you and Kathleen are a great testament to how great our God is and how he cares and provides for us. I pray for you both daily and am so encouraged by your faith.

    Apex, NC

  51. Hannah Hayner1/5/11, 8:23 PM

    Caleb, keep persevering, keep living life to the fullest! you and Kathleen are both amazing, and you have so many people behind you, rooting for you along the way. you are NEVER alone! and even when you get tired sometimes, it's ok because God never gets tired and can hold you up!

    "ave you not known? Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable."

    - Isaiah 40:28

    We are all so proud of you and can't wait to see you walk up to us to give us a high five or a hug.
    you're doing great!
    We love you!
    Tony, Hannah and Jaxon

    a few verses from
    2 Chron. 20:
    This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”

  52. Dear Cal,

    We are big fans of you! We, our church and families are praying for you. Stay encouraged as your progress has been great. Your life and Kathleen's life this past year have inspired people through their difficult times and to have faith in God. You two are so cute together. This is the best love story I have ever read. Lean on Him Love, Dave and Barb Breen

  53. Cale, I have been praying for you every since the accident last year. We love you and it is truly a miracle that you have made the progress you have. God has something great for your future and for Kathleen.I know you want to come home soon, but you have a job to do for now. That is to work hard on your therapies, so you will be equiped for the next chapter in your life. We are taking good care of Basil for you until you can take care of him yourself. We love you.

  54. I am been praying and thinking about you and Kathleen. I hope that you continue to improve and I am praying that your surgery will be a success. Cale you are such an inspiration to everyone. Thank you for serving our country and it is amazing to see how much you are improving everyday. The Lord has He hand on your life and He is going to see you through this journey that you and Kathleen are going through. Keep your faith and your love for God. God is going to see you through this difficult time in your life.
    In Christ,
    Jennifer Williams
    Greenville, NC

  55. Cale,

    Our family is, has been, and will continue to pray for you in this journey. In a day when young godly men are so few, you are truly a blessing for our boys: First an example of a godly man fighting for his country, and then a testimony for them of a strong warrior showing them that anything can be accomplished if they remain in Christ. We love you so much and are so thankful for you and your wife showing us, our boys, and all we share your story with how faithful our King is when we persevere in Him. Thank you for blessing us with your strength each day. It is clear to us by what He has done in you that there is no god but the One we serve. Through you He has shown His healing power. We look forward to the day that you can come back here and worship with us at KBC. Stay strong and never forget that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."


    Chad, K.C., Bryant, Samuel, Ian, Levi, and William Pettijohn

  56. Cale, my husband Brian and I are praying for you and your beautiful wife! You both are an incredible testimony, and we are so grateful for your service to our country and for the way God is using you to touch the hearts of many people. May God abundantly bless you with encouragement, strength, perseverance, and hope. God is faithful to complete the work he has begun!
    Love Maegan and Brian

  57. Cale, I don't know you or Kathleen but we have been following your journey since we heard about it on facebook. We are still praying for you and enjoy reading all the updates about your progress! God bless you both! ~mandy~

  58. Caleb - Our family has been praying for you since we first heard of the accident. Bill, my husband, dreamed that Caleb spoke words and the next day we heard that he had! Bill shed tears of joy. We first learned of the accident through the Brennans, and Maegan Kleist has kept us up to date when we miss the latest on your blog.
    You have come so FAR! We give thanks to our Father in heaven for the miracles. We are inspired by your faith and persistence in the face of a huge trial that many would crumble under. Kathleen's faith is a constant encouragement, too!
    In Christ, Linda & Bill Kleist

  59. Dear Cale,
    I have been following your journey for several months and am just amazed to see the wonderful work God is doing in you! I know it's tough and frustrating at times, just as I'm sure your military training and deployments could be. But be strong in the Lord! He has so many blessings stored up for you and Kathleen. Take those negative thoughts captive and keep fighting! You have so many people cheering for you.
    In Him,

  60. Cale,
    Praying for you and thinking about you and your wonderful wife! You have come so far and I know you will go so much farther. From your Friend in Hermiston, Oregon


  61. Hello Cale and Kathleen,
    I am yet another person who you have so richly blessed wth your blog. I have never met you, but have come to admire you both for your strength and strength of faith.
    I have read since the beginning and I have to check in on how your day was before I go to bed myself.
    Cale God ahs done such amazing things in your life in the past year. You have made such tremendous progress and stillwill in the days to come!
    It is a joy to see how hard you work, and the perserverance you display. And it is paying off!
    My kids and husband enjoy having me update them when they see me reading the blog.
    You have so many folks near and far praying for you and Kathleen and even Basil!
    You are an inspiration to me and I thank you so much! Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading about your progress!

    Libby Von Bargen
    West Richland Wa

  62. Hi Cale,
    I have been reading about your life for almost a year now, and I look forward to hearing about all the things you are achieving. Take heart. God has called you to be a warrior during this time. Inside you is the man God has called you to be. I know you are fighting for yourself and for Kathleen. I am in awe of your hard work and how you keep trying. There are so many people praying for you. I know God can give you more than you imagine. God can do what he says he can do. Much love

  63. Hello My Little Brother Cale,
    My Name is Mona. I go to Kennewick Baptist Church and I've been reading Kathleen's blog and praying for you everyday for almost a year. God is doing Amazing things in your life. I know he has Great things planned for you both! Kathleen said she needed prayer warriors to join her...well...I'm in the battle right there with you and there are many, many others. We are praying for you and following you every step! Keep fighting Soldier! Love and many Blessings to you both, Mona

  64. Cale,
    When I think of all you have gone thru on this journey it amazes me. People prayed you would live: you did. People prayed you would walk: you did. People prayed you would talk: you did. Everytime someone prays something fabulous happens, so even when you get angry or frustrated remember someone prayed for you. You & Leena Beans journey isn't over yet so we will continue to pray for you!!
    Always praying, Big Sis Carla

  65. Cale and Kathleen,

    you are more of an encouragment than you could imagine.I look up to both of you in more than 100 ways. you have taught me NOT to loose my faith,love or thankfulness to see,feel,hear or just smell another day. It might sound strange but YOU HAVE GIVEN ME STRENGTH after my husband got injured in iraq...we are on the same road to recover - and even though we dont know each other WE ARE RIGHT HERE WITH YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY - we know the feelings you go through, you are NOT alone out there, you will do awesome - dont be scared - there is so much GOD IS WAITING for you to show you what he has in store,

    many blessing to you guys, you can be so proud of each other, you are my inspiration

    THANK YOU !!!!

  66. 1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
    he who created you, Jacob,
    he who formed you, Israel:
    “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    2 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
    Isaiah 43:1-2

    Don't give up Cale! Even when things are so hard, God is in control, He loves you more than you could ever imagine, and He is working all things together for your good!

  67. So proud of you and all of the progress you have made since leaving WakeMed!

  68. Dear Cale,
    We love you and Kathleen so much and are praying for you everyday. Can't wait till you come home to Kennewick at last. Keep up the hard work. You are doing a great job. God just continues to work in you.
    Dan, Janis, Emily, and Carly

  69. Hi Cale,

    You don't know me but I found your blog from Ben & Katie's blog. My husband hasn't had a brain injury, but he has a very aggressive case of multiple sclerosis. At times he struggles just as if he has had a traumatic brain injury so I can relate to Kathleen and he can relate to your situation. I just saw your blog for the first time a couple of weeks ago, but I will continue to pray for you both and keep up with your blog. May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you.

    "Lord, heal Cale and he will be healed; save him and he will be saved, for You are the One he praises!" from Jeremiah 17:14

    With love in Christ,

    Denise R. from Texas

  70. Dear Cale,
    I am also one of the people who has gotten to "meet" you and Kathleen through your sweet wife's blog. It has been encouraging to watch your journey. I am amazed by how far God has brought you since the accident. I look forward to the rest of this story, knowing that God isn't finished with all He has in His plans for you and Kathleen. One of my favorite scriptures is found in Psalms.

    "I trust in, rely on and am confident in you, O Lord; I say, You are my God. MY TIMES ARE IN YOUR HANDS."
    Psalms 31: 14-15
    Kathleen, thank you for sharing your lives with us. You are an amazing young woman and inspire me as you walk this journey beside your husband. God bless you, Caleb and Basil.

    Tonda Coyne
    friend of David and Cheri Hayner

  71. Cale,

    I stumbled across your wife's blog through a video. I am in Physical Therapy school and to see your progress through updates inspires me to do my best in school to help others in similar situations. Your faith (and your wife's faith) blows me away. Praying for you both!


  72. Cale,

    I've never met you or Kathleen, but I found this blog through Rachel and have been following since the very beginning. I love you both dearly and I pray for you often!


  73. I forgot to say this when I wrote the other day, and I'm ashamed because I'm a Gilchrist/Berthet, but......GOOOOOO WINGS!!!!! :) :)

  74. Cale...
    You are an amazing man of God who not only has has strong spirit but a strong body! You are fighting the good fight! Jesus is eqipping you with the tools you need to continue on and fight this brain injury! Like Ben says often, "brain injuries suck"...I ask him if he is going to let it beat him and he says NO! Don't let this beat you! Continue forward and trust Jesus for your healing, answers, strength and will! You can do it!!
    We love you!
    Ben and Katie Rye

  75. Dear Cale and Kathleen
    I have never met you but I am Crystal's grandmother and have been following your progress since the beginning. The first thing I do in the morning is check your blog to check on your progress. You and Kathleen are such an inspiration to me. Cale I don't know if you realize it but Kathleen is a special angel that God sent to you to help you through the battles. Her love and the prayers of her and many good people have brought you this far. I know that God has a great purpose for you and Kathleen. The Bible says that faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain so KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. KEEP THE FAITH AND GOD WILL HEAL YOU COMPLETELY. I have a prayer in my heart for you both at all times.
    Georgia Hudler
    Kinston NC

  76. Cale,

    I'm so proud of the progress that you've made since feb 10th. not sure if you will ever understand exactly how big of a miracle that is in itself. when the doctor that operated on you that night at pitt memorial told me that the hemotoma on your brian needed to be operated on, or else, it wasnt hard for me to make that decision and sign the release forms for her to do it. I knew just by the way kathleen loved you what needed to be done. youve continued to prove all the doctors and nurses wrong and pitt memorial and wake-med wrong about just how far you'd come in your recovery, and im sure you'll continue to do so. i also want you to know there are far more people that keep up with your progress and are praying for you than what you read here. my fb page is full of updates to your blog, and have several comments or people clicking like on them. you are amazingly strong inside, so keep up the great work and God will answer our prayers.

    Love you,

  77. Cale,

    You're amazing! What else is there to say? We know Kathleen and not you, but have followed your blog for months (almost the whole time). We are constantly amazed at the healing, changes and blessings that come to you and Kathleen both. We have seen you struggle to get out of bed, struggle to stand, struggle to talk, struggle to bend over -- man, the healing just keeps coming! What an amazing blessing and honor it is to have this place that we can eagerly await new news and pray for current needs! You both have blessed so many of us during this process, do not feel like you're not making progress. All good come from the Lord, just wait and be patient, for He has the perfect timing. Meanwhile, we'll continue to pray and to be blessed by you both!

    The Watson Family
    Pasco, WA

  78. Cale,
    I have never met you or your wife, but my brother (Clay Thomas) and his wife (Amanda Thomas) shared your story and website with me and I have been following your journey through your blog. I read your blog almost every day! I wanted to let you know that I, along with a lot of our family has been praying for you all along the way! I am so proud of how you have persevered and stayed strong through all of this! I am amazed at how strong you are and how determined you are through all of your therapy! Keep it up and don't let anything get you down! I will continue to pray for you and Kathleen!
    ~Betsy Thomas (Auburn, Alabama)

  79. I worked with a guy who had a stroke on the left side of his brain. He wasn't able to speak or move his right side when I met him. His sister told me that his heart had stopped in ICU-he had essentially died. He was able to tell his sister about what he saw on the other side. He told her that an angel took his hand and led him around the hospital room. He saw people who were circled in bright white light. He asked the angel what the light was, the angel replied that the light was the prayers being prayed for those patients. All of this was told to me by the sister-my guy still couldn't speak. After she finished, he turned to me and spoke the only words he ever spoke to me in the two months I worked with him. He told me, "now I know the truth about angels." Just remember you and Cale are always surrounded by rings of white light, supporting you and sustaining you.

  80. Cale,
    I just wanted to take a moment to let you know you are loved! Not only by our amazing Father, Jesus Christ, and not only by your wonderful and strong wife, Kathleen. Not even just your blood family and friends, Cale, but by so many people you may barely know. You are a true testament to Gods power and love. Faith will bring us through! I cant wait to see you again and get to know you even more. (and love on that wonderful wifey of yours...she's kinda cute huh?) :-) Continuing to pray for healing and Gods will in every aspect of your life.

    Much love,
    Dana in Kennewick, WA

  81. Cale! You and Kathleen are such amazing followers of God. Your guys' experience has lead me to draw nearer and nearer to God everyday because of the miracle that's happening through you two! I'll be praying for full and quick recovery for your surgery. Stay strong you guys, even on the hard days the Lord still knows what He's doing.

    Love you both!
    Victoria Huey-Washington =]

  82. Hi there, I am a friend of your Mom's We have been praying for you and Kathleen and sending nothing but the best of wishes for you. I know it has been a very long road but the future is bright and you are doing so wonderful, you should be so proud of yourself. Keep up the good work and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.

    Sandy Price

  83. You and your beautiful wife inspire me, you with your amazing recovery and your wife with her dedication to you and your marriage. I love that you have proven modern medicine wrong every step of the way and that God is smarter and more powerful than our doctors.


  84. Cale,
    You and Kathleen are such an inspiration. God is working in the 2 of you in such a massive way. We are praying for your recovery Cale. You are God's son, a warrior like no other. You are showing others the true power of God. You keep pushing through Cale... we look forward to a game against you and Kathleen on the Wii! We'll be ready for ya! :-) God bless you and Kathleen!
    Jennifer & Bernard

  85. Cale, You been such a huge blessing to us!!!! Keep up the good fight!!!
    Love, The Lees (Sgt.Joshua Lee)

  86. Cale,

    So many of us are praying for you. You are making fantastic progress! You'll recover from this surgery as well. So go forward Mighty Soldier!! God is with you every step and you have thousands cheering you on in your balcony!!

    Salem Baptist
    Apex, NC

  87. Debbie Stevens cale my prayers are with you and i will pray for the both of you . from all of my family to yours we love yu so much.

  88. Cale, you've never met me...but you and your wife have had such an impact on my life and walk with God! Your strength and courage are nothing short of inspiring. Even in your difficulties, God is using you and your amazing spirit to reach out to people everywhere. You continue to be in my prayers...I thank God for everything he will do in your life!


  89. Cale,
    I scanned through ALL the comments people have left on this blog post and I can't say that I am surprised. We knew that God is doing a mighty work through you and Kathleen and that people would be blessed and drawn closer to Him through you. I wasn't surprised to see all the encouragement but I was touched. I feel like I am part of a huge family of people, most of whom have never or will never meet, and all of whom are holding hands in prayer and watching in amazement as God walks you through this journey and prooves what an Awsome God He is! You have come SO SO SO far, Cale, and all your hard work is bringing you closer and closer to a full recovery. You are such a fighter. KEEP FIGHTING and keep your head up. Remember that every time it feels too hard and you just want to stop, someone is out there reading this blog and going through a hard time. They see you fight and they see your strength and they are encouraged to keep fighting and moving forward. Through God, you are changing lives, Cale.

    FIGHT! and keep fighting.
    PRAY and keep praying.
    TRUST and keep trusting in Him, that He is holding you and Kathleen in the palm of His Hand and is using you to accomplish a mighty work!

    We love you and are so proud of you every day! Can't wait until we all live closer together again so we can give you hugs and you can teach the boys to play XBox :-)
    Love you both bunches and bunches!

    Ty and Nikki and Hunter and Caleb

  90. Dear Cale,
    You and Kathleen don't know me, but you both are among the most beloved of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Through the incredible gift of this blog, Kathleen has given so many of us the great privilege of living out what it means to be Christ's Church. We have the joy of praying for you and participating in that way in the mighty work that God is accomplishing every moment in your recovery. We have the immeasurable blessing of hearing your ongoing testimony of God's faithfulness and then seeing Him grow our our own faith as a result. We have your example ever before us as a man and woman of God who are fighting the good fight in the strength and power of the One who hold you both in His hands. Thank you for the blessing you are to us.

    Cale, you are not alone. God has rallied His Church around you in ways you can't even imagine. We, the Body of Christ, scattered all over the world, love you and pray for you constantly. We rejoice at every great victory, both small and large. We increase our prayers with every struggle and difficulty. We eagerly await word each day to see how God continues to unfold His plan in His perfect timing as He works in your life. We are on the sidelines, cheering you on as you persevere....always working so hard. And along with you, we praise our Mighty God Who brings beauty from ashes, and will be faithful to complete the good work He began in you!

    I pray God's richest blessings for you, my brother in Christ.

    Raleigh, NC

  91. Cale and Kathleen,
    I've never met either one of you. I know your brother and sister-in-law (Ty and Nikki). I read the blog every chance i get and I must say the two of you are the epitome of LOVE.
    Cale you have come so far and we all know you will keep making progress every single day. Cathleen you are such an inspiration to wives everywhere.
    I pray for you guys constantly and will continue to keep you in my prayers!

    Fayetteville, NC

  92. Cale,

    Every time I read this blog I get choked up over how good the Lord is. Your family has been such a blessing to watch and such an encouragement to me in my own personal walk with God. The Bible says that God uses all things for the good to His glory and that is certainly what He has done!!! I can't imagine the innumerable amount of people who have been encouraged by your journey or even brought closer to the Lord because of your journey. I love reading this blog and I am always praying for you and your continued healing. Kathleen - I look up to you so much, what an incredible example of a godly wife you are. I'm a facebook friend of Nicole... so I don't really know you, but I feel like I know you. Love you guys and am continuing to pray for you two.
    Love, Tori (Fayetteville, NC)

  93. Kathy Beckett1/11/11, 9:05 AM

    Hello Cale! My name is Kathy and I met Kathleen when you were in the hospital in Cary, NC. I have been praying for you and following your progress since that time. It has been amazing to see all the things you have been able to do since you arrived in California! I pray that you recover quickly from the sinus surgery and that you feel God's mighty presence with you as you continue to work so hard to get better. Love to you and Kathleen!

  94. Cale Darling, man of God,

    God has used you to show his glory to thousands of people; not only your friends and those who read the blog, but those who work or stay in hospitals, those who know your friends, and others who hear in many places have seen the daily miracles God has done in your life.

    I have been praying for more than 6 months that when your recovery might slow, God would use this surgery not to your harm, but to again increase the rate of your healing. God can do anything.

    You are blessed with Kathleen, a woman of great faith and love!

    Don't be afraid. Sleep in faith and trust during the surgery.

    Kathleen H.

  95. Cale,
    We just want to join in and remind you how much we love you and are praying for you. This past year has been long and hard, but God has given you strength and you have persevered. Keep it up! Romans 5: 3 says “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” We have seen both you and Kathleen rejoice in your sufferings, and God has been building character in both of you and giving you soooo much HOPE for the future!! I know you don’t remember this Cale, but there was a time that we didn’t know if you would ever wake up, or ever talk again, or eat again, or walk. So we prayed, and trusted God with you in His hands. And now look at you!! You’re doing all those things and far more! Wow!!!

    We are continuing to pray for your surgery on Friday. Don’t be scared. God’s brought you through way worse this year.  It’ll be over before you know it and those therapists will be back making you get out of bed and walk! Thanks for continuing to allow God to use you for his glory even in these tough times. And thanks for continuing to be a wonderful, caring, loving husband to Kathleen.  Love you both, Rachel and Mike.

  96. Hey Cale this is Clay Thomas. Though we have only hung out a few times, I am glad to call you a friend. My wife Amanda and I enjoyed eating with you at Wing Stop and at Dennys while you were in the Tri-Cities visiting in October (I think) of 2009. We do not live in Kennewick anymore. We moved to Alabama and I am the student pastor at a great church in Madison, AL. Also I remember us chatting on Facebook a lot while you were in Afghanistan. You worked the night shift so you would often chat with me when you were bored at 3 in the We are praying for you and we are so proud of you for how hard you are working. God has great plans for you and we can't wait to see what great things God is going to do in the future for you and Kathleen. We hope to come visit you guys soon once we can save up some money!

    -Clay Thomas
    Madison, AL

  97. Amanda Thomas1/11/11, 6:19 PM


    You are doing so awesome!!! It has been amazing to watch all that the Lord is doing in your life! Praying hard for you and your surgery!!!

  98. Hey there Cale,

    I've always admired the way you find the joy in life no matter what the situation.You used to keep me smiling at youth group with your crazy antics.Memories from youth group, random hang out times, mission trips and youth camp flood my mind when I think about you.You inspire me!

    Over this last year your endurance and spirit of perseverance has been a ray of light in my life.When I think of struggles that I have in my life, I think about the way that God continues to bring you through recovery; and through that I have hope.

    O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people.Blessed be God!
    Psalm 68:35

    May you continue to trust God who is the Great Physician in all things!I'm praying for you Cale, and have been for months now.God has truly blessed you with a wife who loves you as much as Kathleen does.God loves you and Kathleen unconditionally and will never leave your side.I pray that your surgery goes smoothly and that you continue successfully on your road to recovery.

    Love you lots!With hope in Christ, Zita
    Kennewick, WA

  99. CALE!!! You are doing AWESOME!! I know you're tired and you just want to go home. Try to keep reminding yourself that you will get there soon! We're always praying for you!

  100. Hey Cale, I met Kathleen when you were in the hospital in Cary, NC. I have prayed for you lots. I have rejoiced with Kathleen(and many others) in your amazing progress as what has seemed like insurmontable tasks become routine for you. It is very exciting! You have worked very hard. Your sweet wife is a jewel and the Lord is with you and the "battle" you are fighting is His!! Hugs and Prayers, Raylene Bullock

  101. hey buddy. I get to be comment number 100! I miss you a bunch. I pray for you often and am greatly looking forward to you being back here where i can see you everyday, not to much longer now. I cant wait to go boarding with you. I also need a jogging buddy. I hear your actually jogging faster than i am right now. We'll have to go running when you get here. Take it easy cale and i'll see you pretty soon.


  102. Barbara McKeon1/12/11, 8:35 AM

    Dear Cale, we share relatives. Your brother is my grandson-in-law, married to Nicole. We have kept track of your progress, and it has been nothing short of miraculous. We will still pray for you, even though you can pray for yourself now, but the prayers of many God hears. We will pray for your comprehension and understanding, and that your entire brain will be whole and in working order SOON!

  103. Hi Cale!
    We love you and Kathleen and pray for you both daily. We are expecting your complete healing-including liking vegetables ;-) In all seriousness, we are confident in God's restoration of you body and mind!

    Sarah(and Ryan too)White

  104. You two are the picture of true love. It inspires me to see you both fighting this TBI and putting faith in the Lord.

    Cale, you are doing an amazing job. Keep up the good work. It has amazed me to see the improvements you have made.

    I'm a friend of Nikki's. We served in the Army together.

    God Bless you both.
    (I follow your blog religiously)

  105. Hi Cale,
    This is Carolyn - Pastor Kirk's wife, in Northern New York. I am praying for you and believe that God is doing awesome things in your heart during this time of healing. It has been amazing to hear about all of your progress. I know that you will keep trusting God and moving forward. You are strong and very courageous!
    Much love,

  106. Cale, I have been following your story since last summer and amazed at the work God is going in your body - bringing you to recovery - and even more amazed at the work he is doing in Kathleen as she cares for you. What a wonderful gift God has given you! I love your spirit and determination and trust. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    Kathy - Winston-Salem, NC

  107. Cale, you and Kathleen are such a blessing. I read your blog and pray for you nearly every morning. It's amazing to see how God has done so much that was seemingly impossible. Yes, nothing is impossible with God! I believe He's taking you to a full recovery. I'm looking forward to the day you walk into church in Kennewick and we can all celebrate God's victory with you!!
    In His love,

  108. Awe darn I missed my chance! Well, I just wanted to tell you Cale that you give us all hope in miracles again! You truly are inspiring, keep up the great work!!!!


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