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Vent Tube is Out!!

Doctors just took the vent tube out (Monday approx. 5:30pm) and it went very smoothly.  They ended up doing it at his bedside, but he is breathing fine and we are so thankful to finally have the ventilator removed.  While we understand this is just one step in the recovery process, it feels like such a large step.  Part of this is due to the fact that they can now reduce the sedation further and continue the waking up process, and the other part is just appearance.  He looks so much more comfortable and more like Luke than he has since the accident.  It feels like a foggy dream but this afternoon/evening marks two weeks since the accident. 

Tonight, lets send our praise along with our prayers for what the Lord has done in this time. We have all been priveleged to see his mighty and awesome works through Luke.  Continue to pray for Luke as he moves forward in his recovery.  There are many unknowns until Luke wakes up and can express to us and the doctors what is going on.  We are just continuing to believe that there are many exciting days ahead in Luke’s story!!            Mike






July 20, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. We are praising God with you!

    Comment by John and Karen Barlow | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thank you Jesus!! we do praise you for the progress in Luke. what a big step!:}

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. We are praising God with you! We will continue to pray for a full recovery!!!

    Comment by Eric&Bo | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  4. Oh Praise God! I am so excited for Luke, for you all. What a HUGE answer. I am so encouraged. You all are such awesome people. I’d love to be there to give you all a BIG hug. I will certainly keep on keepin on. I love you guys.

    Comment by Arlene and Jake | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Tears of Joy!!! We will keep praying for a full recovery!!

    Comment by Renee Kershner | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. To the Yoder family,
    We first met Mark & Martha (and family), when they built our home in Willow West about 16 years ago. We have been following Luke’s blog and praying for him since we heard about the accident. Sarah and I are visiting my parents in Florida and wanted to let you know that Luke and your family are in their prayers as well. My experience as an oncology nurse has provided a variety of “miracles” and I truly believe that Luke is another example. God bless!

    Comment by Carroll, Lee, Brooks, & Sarah Ward | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  7. I am so amazed with all of Luke’s progress. This is a miracle….it has to be.

    Comment by Christa Gitchell | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. Praising God with you all. We celebrate this huge milestone and pray for more good reports as the week goes on. He looks so much more like himself now…and I keep thinking how much he looks like our twins. Funny I didn’t notice that sooner. Love you all!

    Comment by Baker Family | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  9. PTL! God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. Mark and Martha it blesses my heart to see how your children take time out of there busy schedule to help Ben and Linsey with this precious little one. I am sure there are many others but I don’t know them. God bless all of you for helping them. Thank you so much for the wrist band,I really wanted one but I couldn’t get my e-mail to go thru to Mike. Carol dropped one off tonight for Taylor and myself.I just thought God came thru again. Love and Prayers

    Comment by Mary Helmuth | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  10. Praise God! You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by heidi yoder | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  11. Praising God! I’m at work right now–and have tears streaming down my face, as I read this and see his beautiful face, being healed–FROM THE INSIDE OUT! Rejoicing!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  12. I am praying for Luke even though you do not know who I am. I am with the Grottoes Rescue Squad and I have been trying to keep up with his recovery, I am so glad to hear that he is doing well and continues to improve. God answers prayers and he sure has been with luke during this time. I will continue to pray for him and his recovery and pray that he will be as strong as he was before the accident. May God Bless you all

    Comment by Alisa Randolph | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  13. We have been praying for you and yours after being notified by the Baker Family. We praise our God for ALL He is doing in and through Luke! Our continued thoughts and prayers will be with you and yours!

    Comment by Petrocelli family | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  14. We’re rejoicing and praising our Abba Father!

    Continued prayers,

    Wendy and family

    Comment by Wendy Watros | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  15. All joy in our souls to see Luke resting easier… We continue to look to the Lord with overflowing hearts of praise that Luke’s Jesus-led journey to wholeness will be nothing short of glorious… And we pray that the Joy of the Lord will continue to be your strength as a family… Amen… again!
    kerry & kim

    Comment by Pastor Kerry | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  16. Praise the Lord!! We are right with you heart to heart and prayer to prayer. Your family is constantly lifted up in prayer in our household. The picture of Luke looks so much better than the other picture of him earlier in the hospital. We are here if you need anything. We will continue to pray and lift our praise to the Lord for what he was done thus far.

    Patiently waititng on the Lord’s return,

    Vickie, Chris, Jacob and Rachel Earman

    Comment by Earman Family | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  17. Praise the Lord! We’re so happy it went well! We continue to lift Luke & the family up, believing for a full recovery.
    Love you guys, Gio & Jenie

    Comment by Gio & Jenie | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  18. He looks so good, just like Luke. This does seem like such a huge step, I can not wait to see all the fast improvements he makes, I know there will be so many. I again just want to say how amazed I am at how strong you all have been I know God has given that to you.
    Psalm 20
    May the Lord answer you when you are in distress: may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May he give you the desires of your heart and make all of your plans succeed. We will SHOUT for JOY when you are VICTORIOUS and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May God grant all your requests. Now I know that the Lord saves his ANNOINTED; he answers him from the holy heavens with the saving power of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD OUR GOD. They are brought to their knees and fall, but WE RISE UP AND STAND FIRM. O LORD, SAVE THE KING! ANSWER US WHEN WE CALL!

    I love this psalm so much and just think it is so true. We have ask the Lord and we have received. Praise the Lord!!! We love you guys very much, and I ask God that tomorrow will be a wonderful day for Luke and you both.
    Love Shea

    Comment by Shea | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  19. We are rejoicing with you over Luke and this big step! He is lifted up to the Lord throughout our day in our home. Also, praying that God will give you times of “refreshment” during these long days and nights. We are thankful that God is faithful and await more miracles in Luke’s recovery.

    “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Ps. 139:14

    In Christ,

    Comment by The Buchanans | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  20. Praise the Lord! Thanks for posting the picture! Before we even read Mike’s post, we were commenting on how much more it looked like Luke! Luke and your entire family remain close in our thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Teresa Barker | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  21. We are praying for Luke and your whole family…praying for continued healing and strength.

    Comment by Jenn Jellum | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  22. Overwhelmed with the goodness of our Lord ! Luke looks sooo good ! Resting and Recovering !! Thank you Jesus for all YOU have done and are continuing to do ! We give you ALL the praise ! GREAT IS THE LORD AND GREATLY TO BE PRAISED !! much love and constant prayers Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  23. Thank you Jesus! You are awesome, you are holy you are our King! I’m so excited and we’ll keep praying with you.

    Comment by Jessica | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  24. Praise be God! Blessings to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your good news with us. We will continue to join you in prayer and thanksgiving.

    Comment by Sheila Keesee | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  25. Prayers answered …so glad Luke was extubated…I’ll keep praying..and praising!

    Comment by lilgyps | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  26. What wonderful news!!! We continue to think about Luke and his entire family. We know it has been a long 2 weeks for everyone. We know that his healing will continue to take awhile and with each day he will continue to show improvements. He is so lucky to have such a supportive family who has been right there by his side the entire time. Please tell him that the league is rooting for him!!

    Mt. Crawford Baseball League

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  27. Luke has sure been in our thoughts and prayers especially today as you anticipated this procedure. We praise God that it went so well. It’s so wonderful to have – the gifts/expertise God has given to the medically trained “angels” who are ministering to you and Luke in this difficult time. Praying for continued peace and absence of fear. God bless you all.
    Jeannie and Steve Smith

    Comment by Jeannie M Smith | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  28. We are rejoicing with you on this good news! We continue to pray for all of you through this process and esp. for Luke!

    Comment by Troy & Lisa Gerber | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  29. We are rejoicing with you! Chris, I want to thank you for the post you had about how every day is different but the same. It really helps to know what you as a family are going through daily. We’ve been praying especially for Luke but we always pray for the rest of you too: your families and your health in this stressful time. We know that the Lord is holding each of you up. You have our love and prayers!


    Comment by Carol Troyer | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  30. Thank you for sharing Luke’s “journey”. I log on several times a day to check his progess and rejoice that God is working miracles. Mark & Martha and Glen and Betty I think of you often throughout the day and know your hearts must be breaking as you stand by your children and grandchildren through this difficult time. God has given you the strength and will continue to give you the strength in the days ahead. God has blessed you with wonderful and supportive families and He will continue to do wonders in Luke’s life as well as in the lives of those who care for him.

    Comment by Verda Beachey | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  31. Luke looks great! It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 weeks, it seems much longer, and I can’t imagine how long it must seem for you all. God’s strength and presence is so evident in you both, hold tight….like so many have said, God is not finished with Luke, and He has amazing things in store for Luke’s future!!! We will continue to pray for Luke’s eyesight and that his whole being will be restored completely!
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful news!

    In His Care and Our Prayers!
    Josh & Susan Crilow

    Comment by Susan Crilow | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  32. Our every breath is from the Lord and we praise Him that Luke is no longer dependent on machines to help him breathe. I just can’t imagine how happy you are, Ben and Lindsey, to gaze into his beautiful face!

    Comment by Linda Overholt | July 20, 2009 | Reply

  33. (We are in SS class in FL with Glenn & Betty.) I’ve been reading the progress and am impressed by the support Luke has. I was especially touched by Ben’s entry early on. Prayers are being lifted up for your family and especially Luke. Praise the Lord for the hurdles he has conquered. May God’s love sustain you through all you’re going through.

    Comment by Kim Snyder | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  34. Praise God! He is faithful! His Word says that “by his stripes we are healed” and that “the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up”. God’s not done performing miracles yet! Can’t wait to see what he has in store for your family when this is over!

    Love and prayers,

    Comment by Cory Woomert | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  35. All praise to the King of Glory – Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, He is the King of glory!!
    Praise be to the Lord our Redeemer!!
    Father, wake look up with joy in his heart knowing that You are his Life. Thank you, loving Father, for bringing Luke to this point in the life you have set for him. May he glorify You in all things.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank and family | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  36. Awesome news!!!! We are thanking God with you…:)

    Comment by Darv and Tammy Beckler | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  37. We have been following Luke’s progress thru your blog and want you all to know we are thinking of each of you. We recently found out we live just over the hill from you all in Mt. Sidney…we can’t wait to meet dear Luke one day soon as well as the rest of your little ones. We will continue to send good thoughts and well wishes your way!
    Gretchen (Simmons) Mickley and family

    Comment by Chris and Gretchen (Simmons) Mickley | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  38. Now I pray that when Luke opens his eyes he will see the world as he saw it before. He looks so good and we pray for healing of every little detail. Your family I know is excited to see the progress and hopefulness of a healed and whole Luke.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  39. Here at Dr. Steller’s office, we are thinking of Luke every day, and are sure he will eventually, and hopefully quickly make a full recovery, we love you Luke,
    Love, Dr. Steller, Vicki, Devon, & Tamara

    Comment by Devon Mitchell | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  40. Praise God! May His miracles continue in Luke.

    Comment by Jalane Reed | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  41. We are praising God with you!! We’re are continuing to pray for more miracles–esp his eyes

    Comment by Richard and Kris Whetzel and family | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  42. It is good to be back in the Valley! We are praying continually. I rejoice in God’s goodness and provisions! May He continut to meet Luke’s and your every need!



    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 21, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  44. Dear Ben and Lindsey, Mark and Martha, Sheila, Mike, Jeff, Shea, Chris, Faith, Jill, Phil, Glen and Betty, and all the other family members; your love and attentiveness to Luke and your faith in God and His healing powers is just so awesome. You all are a blessing to the entire community and beyond – just to hear your outpourings of faith and praise is like beautiful music to my soul. I have logged on every day to hear answers to prayers and to follow Luke’s progress. Thank you for sharing your joy, your faith, and also your soul wrenching agony with us. You are a very special godly family and an inspiration to us all.

    Bonnie Smith, neighbor

    Comment by Bonnie Smith | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  45. We rejoice with you in each step of recovery and healing for Luke. We continue to lift Luke and all your family to the throne of grace where Christ Jesus Himself is interceding for you. Continue to press close to Him!

    Comment by Fred and Lila Kanagy | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  46. Thank you Jesus

    Comment by Mike, Pam & Erica Estes | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  47. He looks beautiful!! What an AWESOME God we have who loves you guys abundantly! Chris brought the bands and I have one now. Thank you for sharing your hearts and your journey. It has been amazing to see God’s power through ya’lls lives and testimony. What an encouragement! We are continuing to pray and believe!

    Comment by Carmen Eaton | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  48. That is such WONDERFUL news!! Continuing to lift you all, and little Luke up in prayer

    Comment by Ricardo and Shelby Pedrotti | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  49. Praise to an AWESOME GOD. I haven’t been able to check in for a day or so but the prayers were continual.

    Comment by cathy Anderson | July 21, 2009 | Reply

  50. We are so happy for the continued uplifting news about Luke. Our hearts will continue to plead for more continued recovery in his small body. “Those who wait upon the Lord …shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31” You have done that, Ben and Lindsey. God’s Presence has truly been evident. Praise God.

    Blessings…Joe and Esther

    Comment by Esther Byler | July 21, 2009 | Reply

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