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Luke Looks Great!

This is Jolene, Lindsey’s aunt from Florida.  Rich and I arrived in Virginia last night and we got to go with Glenn, Betty, Andrew and Maleah to see Luke today.  It was great to finally be able to give Ben and Lindsey a hug in person and let them know how much we have been thinking about them.  Luke was sleeping when we got there so we visited with Ben and Lindsey until he woke up.  Lindsey spent the night with Luke and said he had a restless night and woke up quite often so he was tired today. 

When Luke woke up, Lindsey went in and told him that we were there to see him and asked him if he wanted to see us.  We got two thumbs up and a smile and then I got a hug from Luke.  WOW did that make me feel good!  His smile is something to see and will make your day.  He is communicating very good with a thumbs up and thumbs down for yes and no.  I also noticed that he really seemed to know when somone would come into his room or even walk by his room.  He would try and follow them with his eyes. 

It was neat to see how Andrew and Maleah talk to him and how much they love him.  Maleah hugged his legs and called him “her precious Luke”.  You can tell that they really miss him and can’t wait for him to get home.  He is such a sweet little guy and you just want to pick him up and hold him tight.  I remember taking care of him when he was just a little guy and how he liked to do things for himself.  I think that independent spirit and determination will really help him with his rehabilitation. 

Uncle Jeff, Aunt Shea, Carson and Savannah also came to see him today.  This was Carson’s first time to see Luke and show him the cast on his leg.  He got to sit on the bed and talk to Luke.  They gave him an early birthday present (his 8th birthday is tomorrow) and he opened the card and gift by himself.  The card was a musical card and he liked that.

Luke has a stuffed monkey that lays beside him on his bed.  Shea asked him if the monkey looked like her or Uncle Jeff and he pointed to Jeff and got a big grin on his face.  His sense of humor is there and he likes to tease even now.  Shea also sang his favorite song from Bible School and Luke did the motions to the song.  When Ben got back from lunch he put the CD in and he did the motions again while the song was playing.  He is worshipping and praising God from his hospital bed!!  They are able to  put Luke in a wheelchair now and take him outside.  Ben did that and he was outside for awhile with the group.  Rich and I gave him a Virginia youth sized basketball today after lunch and he threw it several times to Rich.  Rich then bounced it on the cement and asked Luke if he wanted to bounce it.  Luke put it in his hand and tried to bounce it just like Rich had done. 

It was so good to see Luke and how good he is doing.  I know we came in after some really tough days for Luke and the family.  Ben and Lindsey are so calm and good with him.  You can see how much they love and adore their son and that they will do everything they can to help him.  Keep praying for them that they will continue to have strength to make it thru the days ahead.  Also, pray for Luke as his days are going to be busy and tiring with lots of different types of therapy.  We are looking forward to spending a few more days here and being with Luke again tomorrow for his 8th birthday!  Please pray that Luke has a great birthday and that he will soon be able to speak!

Jolene Shue (Lindsey’s aunt)


July 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. thank you so much for sharing Jolene – so glad that you and Rich can be there and spend some time with Luke. He is a precious boy and a miracle. I remember when we were in Colorado and I was praying – it was like I saw spots of colors when I closed my eyes – I had to think, maybe it’s balloons they are going to have when they celebrate that Luke gets to come home! God is good… we are praying…

    Comment by Joetta | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. What great news!!! It sounds like he is making progress in the right direction. He has been through so much in a short amount of time. Please do not be discouraged. This will take some time and patience. We continue to pray for Luke and his family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE!!!

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. Jo, thanks for sharing!Please wish Luke a Happy Birthday from all the Hochstetler great aunts and uncles and give him a hug for us! Ben and Lindsey you are all a special part of our family and our love and prayers are with you. Woody

    Comment by Woody Hochstetler | July 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Once again I am up wayyy past my bedtime reading about Luke whom I keep thinking about as David. He has faced many Goliaths and with God’s help, he has taken down giant, after giant, after giant. What a courageous, brave boy! God is so proud of him and so, so pleased with you, his parents, his family for the way you love him. Keep fighting Luke! Keep praying people! Keep loving him family! God’s arm is not too short to save. HE is good and HE hears. HE inhabits the praises of His people and we praise him for Luke; for the Yoder family!

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 27, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. Jolene,

    It is great to hear you and Rich are getting to spend some time with Luke. Give everyone a hug for us and wish Luke a “Happy Birthday”! Wish we could be there with you.

    Todd, Rhonda, Christopher, Madison & Paige

    Comment by Rhonda Smucker | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. Luke is on a healing track….. keep brining his brother and sister over and his friends when allowed…. this may encourage him to want to talk more….

    You are a strong christian family and God will answer your prayers as he has already.

    We have been through the exact same thing you are doing now. It will be tiring and challenging BUT the rewards will be great.
    We are thankful for the gains Luke is making and pray for a full recovery.
    Vivian and Randy Burkholder

    Comment by VIvian Burkholder | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  8. Happy Bithday Luke!!
    I love you and can’t wait to see you in a couple days 🙂

    Comment by Hannah Yoder | July 27, 2009 | Reply


    we are still praying for you, and for the whole family.~strength, peace,and courage to face the days ahead

    Comment by alvin Brubaker family | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  10. happy birthday Luke from your florida aunts and uncles and cousins …. and from great grandma mullet … she is so happy that you are doing so good! we sing a different birthday song at our house lucky for you i’m not singing but here are the words a happy birthday to you, a happy birthday to you, may you feel Jesus near every day of the year, a happy birthday to you a happy birthday to you and the best year you’ve ever had !!! love and prayers to you all Bill & Deb

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  11. Happy Birthday, Luke! You don’t know me, but I’m so happy that you are making progress! I look forward to reading your update every day. Lots of people you know and those you don’t have you on their minds and hearts every day! Best wishes for this special day!

    Comment by Karen Baer | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  12. Happy Birthday Luke! Know that lots of people are thinking about you on this special day and keeping you in their prayers.

    Comment by Jeremy and Jennifer Mongold | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  13. Happy Birthday dear Luke! You are loved by so many, some you know well and others you may never meet. You have won the hearts of so many. I thank God for your life and for every breath He has given to you. I thank Him for saving you and keeping you here on the earth to fulfull your destiny. He has big plans for you and we will watch in amazement as those plans unfold.

    We’ll sing for your today…really LOUD! Hope you can hear us! Our boys are cheering you on to the next victory!


    Comment by Baker Family | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE! I just saw on Mrs. Barlow’s post on facebook that you have a birthday today and wanted to tell you that you are being prayed for every single day all the way from Nebraska! May God bless you as you continue to recover and and you praise Him from your hospital bed! I wear your bracelet all of the time and it reminds me to pray for you often.

    Loving the Lord together,
    Barb Wing

    Comment by Barbara Wing | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  15. Happy birthday, Luke!! We continue to pray for you and your entire family daily. May this next year of your life be filled with many blessings!!
    Mark, Julie & Chandler Byers
    Mt. Crawford Braves

    Comment by Mark, Julie & Chandler Byers | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE. 8 yrs. old is a very special special age. We have grandchildren almost the same age as you and they bring much joy to us. We know you bring joy to your grandparents as well. Hope your day is as special as you are. Enjoy the love of God, family and friends.
    Steve and Jeannie Smith

    Comment by Jeannie M Smith | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  17. Happy Birthday Luke, we’re to thankful for all the little and big praise reports we are getting. I pray for a very good day today and can’t wait to hear abouts the things you are doing. Jesus has a very special plan for you and we can’t wait to see it.! 🙂 you are a strong little boy and you have a wonderful family to help you . we love you all and can’t wait until you are all better. love Bob & Fern

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  18. Happy birthday, Luke!!! I’m still praying for you and your family.

    Many thanks to all the family members for such frequent reports!

    Comment by Davene | July 27, 2009 | Reply


    We are so happy to see how well you are doing and know your progress will continue!

    We continue to pray for you all!

    God Bless!

    The Battons

    Comment by Jeanette Batton | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  20. We continue to keep you in our prayers. Our God is a mighty God!!!!

    Comment by Jarvis and Ruby Hochstedler | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  21. Awesome report!! Tony and I look forward in checking your progress Luke daily. It sounds like you are improving by the hour. We hope to get over to see you soon.


    In prayer,
    Tony and Melissa

    Comment by Melissa | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  22. Happy Birthday Luke! We are sending lots of love from FL! Hope you got our card on time. We can’t wait to hear the next update of more progress. We love you so much and can’t wait to get back to see you!

    Kelby, Jill and Ella

    Comment by Jill | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  23. Happy Birthday Luke! Sounds like the family would make a great bunch of therapists, it’s exciting to hear of his progress and we are praying for more to come!

    Comment by Danelle Hostetler | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  24. Happy Birthday, Luke!

    Comment by Taylor Anne, Hannah, & Olivia Baugher | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  25. Happy Birthday Luke!!!

    I am one of Hannah and Sarah’s teachers and we are all still in prayer for Luke and the entire family. I really appreciate the blog so that I can keep up with how wonderfully God is working.

    Comment by Eric Bowen | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  26. Ben and Lindsey, we have been praying for you and Luke since Travis heard the news from Ryan S. the afternoon of the accident. We did not want to let Luke’s birthday pass without expressing to you how much we enjoyed teaching Luke in Sunday School when he and our Nathaniel were in Kindergarten. We both remember Luke as one of the most gifted and spirited children we had ever taught. His knowledge of Bible stories was quite impressive… but Luke also understood their applications for the heart! We also remember how much he did love singing and being with friends!

    Everyday we pray that Luke will be fully restored and that you as parents will have the strength that only God can give… as you care for Luke and wait on the Lord.

    We pray that one day Luke will have the privilege of reading the story recorded by his loving family in the entries of this blog. For we believe that God is writing Luke’s testimony day by day and that it is going to be incredible. We are blessed by the opportunity of watching it unfold as we eagerly read the updates. We know that Luke will one day be overwhelmed by God’s protection and love for him and that he will give Him all the glory.

    We hope that Luke’s 8th birthday has been a day of happy memories and continued hope.

    Celia and Travis Layman

    Comment by Celia Layman | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  27. Happy Birthday Luke!!! I hope you had a wonderful day!! You are such a special boy with such a bright future! We love you lots and look forward to updates on how great you are doing. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily!
    Tim,LaShay,and Caleb Rumble

    Comment by LaShay Rumble | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  28. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Luke, Happy Birthday to you! Since I can’t be there to sing this to you, I’ll just put it in words.

    Comment by Linda Overholt | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  29. Happy birthday Luke! You are a special, precious boy who has touched our hearts and we love you and pray for you every day! May God bless this next year of life and may He soon give you a voice so you can tell others about His goodness to you. You have an amazing and marvelous witness.

    Comment by Dawn Mast | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  30. Happy Birthday Luke! I am crying tears of joy as I read the report this morning. We had special prayer for you here in Canada yesterday. I will give a report today and we will keep praying! Love you all. I need a hug!


    Comment by Steve and Barb | July 28, 2009 | Reply

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