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More Progress

Luke had a good day today.  He continues to show great improvements each day and certainly from one week to the next.  His therapists are excited by his progress and some are actually trying to think of some things for him to do that will be a challenge.  He is really making great strides and is quick to pick things up.  He has adapted incredibly well to wearing the halo.  Again, remember it weighs about 8 pounds, sticks out a good ways from his head, and he cannot rotate his head in any direction.   He sits up, stands up, climbs into bed, eats, gets dressed and ready in the morning, and walks (either with a walker or holding our hand) all this pretty much on his own.  We, of course, are always close for assistance if he needs it, but I am amazed how strong he is becoming.   During PT he is shooting hoops, squatting to get bean bags off low stools, climbing stairs, and riding a three-wheel bike they have here.  They try to make him shoot equally with both hands, but he doesn’t want to because it messes up his perfect form.  And the other night while in his wheel chair he started dribbling a basketball given to him for his birthday.  He’s still got the touch… I love it!  Today in speech, his therapist was again amazed at how much better his memory has gotten over the past week.   These are just a few highlites of the last couple days.

 Once a week Ben and I have a meeting with all the therapists and doctors, they call it a Family Meeting.  During this time, we talk openly about Luke’s progress and goals for him.  We met yesterday at 3:00, and discussed last weeks goals all of which he surpassed and so they came up with some new ones.  I am so happy to say that today he pretty much reached the new set of goals as well.  GO LUKE!  So some great news, we will most likely be bringing Luke home this week sometime.  He is so ready and we are too!  The plan as of now is for Luke to continue some therapy at KCRC as an outpatient a few times a week.  We don’t know how long he will need all the different therapies, and some will not be necessary even next week , but Luke will answer that question as he continues to progress.

Some prayer requests would be:  ~For his vision to continue to heal and improve

~For physical strength and stamina

~Continued improvements for his short-term memory and new learning concepts

~Complete healing of his C-Spine – MRI date is August 28th, halo will come off if it is healed.  If not then 4 more weeks or a possible Fusion (the original surgery he was supposed to have)

~A smooth transition and patience for Luke as he gets back into his normal life

Thank you all so much for standing and fighting for Luke!  We went to church Sunday for the first time since the accident and were overwhelmed by the support of everyone.  God has performed miracle after miracle in Luke’s life – even from the womb when his heart problem was first discovered, and Luke went on to lead an extremely active life with no limitations – and again he was under attack  through this terrible accident. But God has shown himself to be powerful and unshakable!  All of you have joined with us in prayer and have been fired up over the healing, mighty power of God.



August 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Praising the Lord with you! I am so excited to see how God has worked on Luke’s behalf, as well as yours, Ben and Lindsey. We truly serve a faithful and sovereign God! We are still continuing to pray for Luke and for you as a family as many things will be different when Luke does come home. Know that you are being prayed for every single day and that it will continue!

    Luke, I don’t know you, but I am so proud of you and how you have brought honor to the Lord in your dealing with this. You have done better than alot of adults would do in the same circumstances and situation. Keep up the good work and we will keep up our end in praying for you daily.

    God bless you and keep you in His everlasting love and arms!

    Barbara Wing for the Wing family in Nebraska

    Comment by Barbara Wing | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ben, Lindsey and family,
    We have been praying for you and Luke ever since Sheila shared the news with our church. We are thankful that we have a God who performs miracles and who is always available no matter what hour of the day or night we call on Him. It is wonderful to read the progress that Luke has made and how many people have helped out in numerous ways. We will continue to pray that God will continue the healing in Luke and give you all strength, grace, and patience.

    Comment by Jeanie Kauffman | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. What wonderful news that you may be bringing Luke home soon. Thank God for the prayers that he has answered and are still answering. I am glad that your family will be back together at home. God Bless you and your family. My family will continue to pray for Luke and your whole family.

    Comment by Lisa | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. What a boost it must be for all of you to know that Luke may get to go home this week. Our family has been and will continue to pray for complete healing in Luke. Even our 2 year old, when he can’t find his bracelet (as he so often seems to lose thisngs!), says, where’s my Luke? God is good, and will continue his healing works in Luke.

    Comment by Jeremy and Jennifer | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. we rejoice with your family in the faithfulness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ!!
    thank you Jesus

    Comment by David & Heather Shank | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  6. Lindsey,
    This is such an incredible report. I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness in your lives. We have a photo of Luke on the fridge and I “talk to it” every day…We love him and we are so thrilled that he is showing so many signs of beings his “old self” with his humor, spunk and even cool basketball moves. GOD IS GOOD.

    We have moved forward with plans for the night of worship benefit on Saturday, September 19 at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazerene. We will print flyers soon and begin getting the word out. We want to exalt the Lord together and thank Him for all His goodness to you. We also want to BLESS YOU with an offering. Any of us could one day find ourselves in a situation like yours and we would need support. We are called to care for each other, thank you for allowing the Body to hold you up during this time.


    Comment by Baker Family | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  7. Awesome news Lindsey,Our God is an awesome God!!! we continue to pray for a COMPLETE healing and we are seeing this happen. We’re so happy that he will be coming home soon and will pray that goes smoothly. Lindsey, we were babysitting Caleb and at dinner and bed time he says “my want to pray ” and his prayers are short and sweet and he always says I pray for Luke’s boo boo and he get better! 🙂 amen for little prayers also. we love you all, and pray for continue strength in all.

    Comment by Bob & Fern Mullet | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. I have been keeping up with this blog/story and I am so happy to read that you may be bringing your baby home soon! What a true blessing. You have a special little boy!!!

    Comment by Kelley | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. Such a wonderful report! The day that halo comes off, Luke is going to feel light as a feather 🙂 May God speed that day!

    Comment by Amy Wenger | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. Lindsay, we have thought about Luke every day here in our office.We have also thought about you, Ben and the kids, and how much encouragement you have given Luke to have the strength to overcome this huge obstacle. While I admire you saying how strong Luke is, It is God, You, Ben and the rest of the family who instilled that will to recover. My hats off to all of you. Welcome back to Rockingham county this week Luke!!
    Love, Devon

    Comment by Devon Mitchell | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  11. We put a prayer request in our Church bulletin this week for Luke. Part of it reads “he so badly wants to return to his home and younger siblings”. It was so exciting to read that this may become a reality this week. No doubt God will use this normalcy of home life to bring healing to all of you! Yes, God is at work in all of us through Luke.

    Comment by Linda Overholt | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  12. “You’re powerful! You’re unshakable! You shake me, you break me, you make me whole again. Your nature, unchanging…all fails, but you remain. You’re powerful! You’re unshakable!”

    Comment by Beth and Bob Richardson | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  13. I just explained Luke’s progress to my children, who have never met Luke, but know Mark and have been praying for Luke throughout, and my daughter said, “when he feels better, can he come over and play?” So, we look forward to setting up that playdate soon!

    Comment by Beth and Bob Richardson | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  14. We have never met…but we have a son named Luke who is eight. He has faithfully been praying for your Luke since the Sunday we heard about his accident. Cecil Wright told our congregation – Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren. As our Luke played baseball over the past month, I prayed for you and your Luke in the hospital. In addition, we were at the UVa hospital the day of his accident. My Luke was admiring the helicopter as it landed at the emergency room. I commented to him that it was cool, but it also meant that someone was hurt so we prayed a little prayer for whoever was in the helicopter. We don’t know if it was your Luke but we feel such a connection to your little boy. We are so thankful that he is progressing so miraculously…praise God! Our Luke got an armband at the yard sale on Saturday….we will continue to pray. May our Lord contiue to sustain you all ~Suanne Scrogham

    Comment by Suanne Scrogham | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  15. Awesome, awesome news, so happy to hear that Luke is well on the mend! He has come so far, so fast. God is truly at work here. We will continue to pray for a speedy and full recovery for Luke. How exciting that home maybe just a few days away for you all!

    Comment by Heidi Rhodes | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  16. What great news to report and what a blessing that he will be coming home! Truly an awesome miracle to watch from afar. We continue to lift your family up each day.

    Comment by Richard and Heidi King | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  17. That is wonderful news!! We know that you all are ready to come home and live under the same roof with your other children too. We are so happy for all of you!! We all will continue to pray for his healing and hope that he gets good news on the 28th. We have faith that it will all work out for the best and Luke will get a clean bill of health.

    Mt. Crawford Baseball League

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  18. Praising God for this wonderful report!

    Comment by Gwynne Carpenter | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  19. I am rejoicing with you!


    Comment by Steve | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  20. Oh, how exciting!! Brant will jump for joy. As another post reads, Brant don’t know Luke but from the moment he heard me talking to Sharon about the accident he was so concerned and told me…”Mom he WILL be ok, I just know it.” And every night asks me how Luke is and we pray for him and your family. It is so wonderful for children to SEE God does answer prayer and all we have to do is “…be still and KNOW that I am God!” Sometimes my child does that better then I do! We are so happy for you all!!!

    Comment by Karla & Brant | August 12, 2009 | Reply


    Comment by Gail Smith | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  22. Lindsey: This is so wonderful. I know you are all very anxious to get into your own home. We are very happy to hear all the good news.

    Comment by cindy hochstetler | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  23. PRAISE GOD AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! That is awesome news. I’m sure you guys are beyond excited. I love it when a plan comes together:) I’ll bet my mom who is in heaven has heard the angels talking about Luke, and all God is doing for him. She is probably singing praises right now because she loved to sing. I am so happy for you Luke, and the whole family. We plan to see Mark and Mart sometime in Oct. AND we want to see all of you too,especially Lufe. May God continue to bless you abundantly. We love you lots

    Comment by Arlene and Jake | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  24. So glad to hear that great news! He is still in our thoughts and prayers!

    Comment by Ceci Gray | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  25. This song comes to mind as we read of Luke’s continued good progress of healing and the expectation of going home this week.
    “Praise to the Lord! the Almighty, the King of Creation!
    O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near,
    Join me in glad adoration!”
    Rejoicing with you. Fred and Lila

    Comment by Fred and Lila Kanagy | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  26. Praise the Lord!

    Comment by Dwayne & Joy Yoder | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  27. Yea God! And Yea Luke! I have been following along and praying for Luke. I love to watch God work his miracles. I love to watch non-believers watch his miracles.:-) Praying for a similar type healing with a friend. Her name is Janae if you want to lift her up. Pray that God completely heals and restores her heart- 36 years old skinny and healthy- virus attacked heart.

    I am so excited to watch Luke continue to progress. I am so glad you blogged about it. You will be glad too!

    April- in Ohio

    Comment by April Isaacs | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  28. It’s humbling to really try to grasp just what a mighty big God we do serve!!

    Comment by Grottoes International Pentecostal Church of Christ | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  29. We are overjoyed for Luke and your family! He is heading home! What a miracle he is! We will continue to pray.

    Comment by Scott, Julie, and Kaylee | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  30. Thanks for the update Lindsey! We are so thrilled to hear all of the good news. We will pray for continued healing and that Luke will not have to undergo the fusion surgery. We know God will heal him in every way! We are dying to see you all again! Our computer died so we feel disconnected at times, luckily we have good friends who let us borrow their computers. Can’t wait for the time when we can love on Luke! Ella wants to give him kisses (she told me).


    Comment by Jill | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  31. Amazing and awesome!!!!!!!it was so nice to meet you and Ben last Sunday at church. We have been praying for Luke and you two as well as his parents. As a Mom, I can’t imagine how it has been for you, God is truley carrying the load for you and keeping you strong! You both are awesome parents!!! God Bless you two! We look forward to getting to meet Luke soon, so happy to hear he is coming home! God is SO good!

    Comment by stacey bowles | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  32. What an awesome God we serve! We have been praying for all of you and will continue to do so. I think it’s so neat that you post Luke’s progress and we can all join together in prayer for specific requests. It’s just amazing the work God has done is Luke’s life so far! We rejoice with you and will continue to pray!
    Nelson, Renee, Ryan, Nicole, Rachel

    Comment by Nelson and Renee Miller | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  33. Finally back to my computer… what a great report from the “family meeting” .. I have to say Bill and I were soo blessed to be able to visit with you all, and to see for ourselves how great Luke is doing… WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE ! Remember, what I said about ALL the people that have been touched by this journey you are on, the stories will continue and so will our prayers… GO LUKE you are on your way home!!! and a great big atta boy for the rest of the family too ! love you guys, Bill and Debbie

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  34. To go back to July 6th when we heard of the accident and to read today that Luke may be going home this week is a clear example that God does still perform miracles.
    We will continue to pray for each little department that needs healing, believing for it to happen. Luke keep fighting little man, as we fight with you.

    Comment by Bev Scaggs | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  35. I look forward to going to this website every morning and reading how God is healing Luke!!! It is such an inspiration to me! We are praying and rejoicing with you!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tonya Brost | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  36. We are continuing to pray for all of you. Not even knowing you, we have been checking daily the progress that Luke has made! We look forward to meeting you all one day! Our neice, Kristen, is on the Bridgwater Rescue Sqaud & wanted Luke & family to know that they are also praying for you! God is good! Blessings to all of you…Glenn & Peggy Coffey (Blue Ridge Church of Christ)

    Comment by Peggy & Glenn Coffey | August 13, 2009 | Reply

  37. Dear Lindsey and Ben,

    When Amy told me of Luke’s accident, I immediately called our church and held Luke in prayer and have been following Luke’s progress through this blog (even when Mark and I were on a vacation out WEST!). Luke’s recovery and your strength is nothing short of miraculous. I am so happy to hear that Luke will be home and “routine” can begin to set in as it will bring comfort for you.
    I am also praying that your family is able to adopt one of the Southeastern Guide Dogs as a companion for Luke.
    I see your parents must be home now..I will stop by to see them this week. How blessed they are to have YOU as their daughter. Mark sends his best also.
    Lauren and Mark Johnson, Sarasota

    Comment by Lauren Johnson | August 16, 2009 | Reply

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