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Good Family Time

Fall is here and we enjoyed a fun weekend as a family.  Kelby (my brother), Jill, and Ella came to visit from Florida.  They came up right after the accident and stayed for a week, so they had not seen Luke since his halo first went on.  They could not wait to get up here give Luke a squeeze and spend some time with us! It was good to be together.      Luke was especially excited to play with Ella again.  He loves babies, and says that she is one of his best friends…plus he says he is good at making her smile.  DSC_1743                                                                                             

Luke and Ella

Luke and Ella

On Sunday our family went for a hike at Humpback Rocks.  It was a gorgeous fall day to be outdoors.  Hiking is one of our  favorite activities to do together, and Ben and I were so thankful to be able to take ALL of our kids!  God is so good!!  Luke did awesome, he took a few breaks and Ben gave him a piggy-back ride twice, but he pressed on and was determined to get to the top.  We are so proud of him and really had such a fun day together.  DSC_1751
All of us on top of Humpback Rocks

All of us on top of Humpback Rocks

The guys

The guys

Luke has been back at school for a week now, and is loving it.  (Although, Maleah is missing him at home.) His energy and stamina continue to increase and he says he can’t wait until he can stay for full days.  The school has been wonderful and the kids have been loving and so glad to have him there again.  What a blessing for Luke and our family!  This Friday, we go to UVA for an endocrine appointment.  Luke is currently taking a hormone for his sodium level to remain within the normal limits, he will have a full blood work up done to see if he needs to continue taking his pill.  Since he has been home, it has been normal so we are praying he can stop taking it.  Also, keep praying for his vision to improve (that big appointment is in Dec), and also for his neck and skull fractures to completely heal.  He has a 3-D scan November 6th and that will determine if the brace can come off and Luke can be “turned loose” (docs words).   
Thank you, thank you for the continued support and prayers…we are just so thankful.  Everyday, we are aware of how blessed we are to be all together again, and to have such love surrounding us!  
Bless you all, enjoy this beautiful time of harvest!!! We are!

September 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Such beautiful news!

    Comment by Kelley | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Brother Luke and family, so good to hear of God’s continued work in your lives.
    Also wonderful to see that work first hand yesterday.

    We look forward to visiting with you.

    Comment by David & Heather Shank | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  3. It is so thrilling to continue to see the hand of the Lord
    moving, and working in your family and through you.
    It brought tears of joy to my eyes this morning as I
    read this… Praise the Lord!! We are really excited about
    seeing all of you in a week or so at our family reunion. 🙂

    Comment by Ricardo and Shelby Pedrotti | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  4. Your weekend sounded so wonderful! you all deserve some good quality family time together. It has been long coming! We are so happy for you all and to see Luke doing so well. We hope he continues to show improvements and gets good news at his upcoming appts.

    Mt. Crawford BB

    Comment by Mt. Crawford Baseball League | September 30, 2009 | Reply

  5. Your pictures are beautiful! What a treasure. We had the privilege of meeting Ella when Jolene watched her one day – she is precious! Glad to see you could be together and celebrate! I’m reminded of that day we were in CO and got the news of the accident – we were camping right next to Rich & Jolene – thank God that He answered our prayers! Your family is a blessing! Thanks for sharing – but, hope you don’t feel burdened to share – it’s just so exciting to see the improvements! Our God is awesome!!

    Comment by Joetta | October 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. We are continutally amazed and thankful for Luke’s healing. We are so glad he can be back at school and your family can return to some normalcy. The pictures are great! What a gift that you can do these things together as a family.

    We love you,

    Todd, Rhonda, Christopher, Madison & Paige

    Comment by Todd, Rhonda & Family | October 2, 2009 | Reply

  7. Precious, precious, PRECIOUS! I just enlarged the family photo of you all, w/ the gorgeous view behind you, and just starred-in awe and amazement, ONCE AGAIN, at the GREATNESS of our God!!! Thank you, for continuing to give us glimpses of how incredible God is and how He continues to work and move in your lives….I continue to daily lift ya’ll up in prayers…..give my love to all!

    Comment by Jessi Cooper-Bowditch | October 2, 2009 | Reply

  8. My heart is full reading your blog tonight … God is so good… so happpy for your time together with Kelby Jill and sweet Ella, and for your family time together hiking. We stand in awe and amazement at what the Lord has done… love you all, Bill and Debbie

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  9. oh yea i forgot …. hey Luke the woodpecker picture you drew for us was awesome thanks… hope you are seeing lots of birds at your feeder … 🙂 ❤

    Comment by Bill & Debbie Mullet | October 3, 2009 | Reply

  10. As Luke’s health has improved my prayers for him and your family may have changed in intensity and frequency, but not in the measure of compassion and devotion I have for you. I still long to see our Mighty God perform a miracle with Luke’s eyes and to strengthen his neck muscles/ligaments. I stand on HIS Word and on HIS Name as being worthy and believable. He has been so good and so amazing to you and it moves me. Still~your story moves me. Count on me to still cheer you on and pray. I’m still here and I’m eagerly awaiting to see what HE has in store. Your family is a blessing and GOD is to be praised! You have been vessels and I know it has been excruciating at times, but WOW! Look what HE has done because of your story. Lives have been touched I just know it. I’ve talked too much! Again!! 🙂

    Comment by Dawn Mast | October 4, 2009 | Reply

  11. Continuing to praise the Lord with you as Luke progresses both physically and spiritually. Heard through Barlows that Luke will be in full days of school, will be praying still for his strength.

    Blessings to all!

    Comment by Barbara Wing | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  12. Wow, there are tears in my eyes as I look at these photos. WHO would have thought, just two or three months ago, that Luke would be taking a hike with his whole family. I cannot say it enough…GOD IS SO GOOD. “He has shown His awesome power, He has triumphed mightily, He’s the victor over darkness and the grave!” AMEN and AMEN!!

    Comment by The Baker Family | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  13. So good to hear the continued progress and that you could all enjoy a nice hike together. What a great way to enjoy God’s wonderful creations in nature and a family full of love.

    We continue to pray for all of you.

    The Underwoods

    Comment by Dondra Underwood | October 6, 2009 | Reply

  14. God is SOoooooo Good!!!!
    Luke , you look great!

    Comment by Kris Whetzel | October 7, 2009 | Reply

  15. Thank you Jesus for this beautiful miracle!!!!! Luke you are “powerful”, you look so good buddy, Lindsey your whole family is so beautiful, I love and miss seeing you guys at church!!!! We’ll continue to pray!

    Comment by Shana Pettit | October 7, 2009 | Reply

  16. As I continue to read on the updates and the goodness that has been showered on Luke, I stand amazed at the love that God has for us lowly people. This song “God will make a way, when there seems there is no way. He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way, Hw will make a way.” He certainly has and I rejoice with you. I pray for Luke and will continue to. Last Sunday, I gazed at this beautiful display of beauty of a rainbow during a rain and sunshine together. I stopped to snap a picture and the radio had a song playing…”Lift your eyes and you will see My glory….To God be the glory.” God truly is good.
    Tell Luke we are so very happy for the recovery and are excied to hear more good things in the future.

    Joe and Esther Byler

    Comment by Esther Byler | October 9, 2009 | Reply

  17. It’s been a few weeks since i’ve checked Lukes blog as i have been in ICU at RMH for a few weeks. It’s good to see him doing so well and healing more everyday. GOD IS GOOD!!

    Comment by jimmy wood | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  18. We are part of your church family. Sunday the 25th we enjoyed meeting Luke and seeing him do so well. We have been praying hard for you all and will continue to do so! Your story is so inspiring and you should be proud of the steps of life that have led you to these days. We are blessed by having you all! Chuck,Colleen and Bryce Dennison

    Comment by The Dennison Family | October 27, 2009 | Reply

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