Visit Rebekah's Page to get updates, read messages and send messages to Rebekah and her family through comments. This is a public "diary" of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 our house burned down. And in September 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (a genetic form of ALS) that took her to Heaven in July, 2011, leaving Daddy and two young girls to make it on their own. Over several years of ups and downs, you will get into our hearts, minds and souls as we share joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read. We hope it is also uplifting. Please find joy in what you read here.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

RJ and Other Updates

THANK YOU ALL for the ongoing prayers and thoughts for RJ. Received this late last night:
I talked to his wife last nite and she said he went through the surgery very well and might be able to come home today . He will need alittle quiet time for a couple of days and then guys bombard him on the ol board, as I am sure he will be at the computer trying to catch up. RJ is just too tough to hold down.

Around home things continue to be up and down with cold/flu like symptoms. This crud just won't go away. Of late Rebekah is clearly not feeling well and will not eat much of anything. She uses any excuse she can to get away from the table and then she won't come back, saying "all done, all done eat."

Sarah, at 2 1/2, is often speaking in complete sentences and is definately way beyond Rebekah when it comes to verbal ability. This is a bit difficult on mommy and daddy to watch but also clearly difficult on Rebekah. If Rebekah tries to answer something and Sarah comes up with a "better" answer, Rebekah just shuts down and puts her hands over her eyes. We are working very hard to continue to encourage Rebekah as her frustration is very evident.

Daddy has been on one of his more emotional swings lately. Rebekah is so special to him that he just wants to hold on to her and get his "daddy loves" as much as possible. Unfortunately the girls are both growing up and are not happy to just be held by anyone for any period of time. I guess it is part of growing up but I don't know how you parents of teens do it when your kids won't even talk to you!

All in all we continue to be very blessed and are looking forward to our Make-A-Wish trip to Ohio in May. Very much hoping to meet as many of you as possible.

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At Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:50:00 AM, Anonymous Pamela Earley Left a thought...

haven't left a comment in a while - but still check in constantly.

i have 2 daughters, ages 9 and 13. My teenager is actually more huggy than my 9 year old. However, they never want to be hugged on for as long or as hard as I want to hug them. So, I will sometimes go into their room when they sleep and just lay there next to them and snuggle up with them for a while. I have not been beyond bartering for hugs either. :-) I'll sometimes 'charge' a squeezy-hug in exchange for a favor that they need.

hope you all get to feeling better soon.

At Thursday, March 08, 2007 5:36:00 PM, Blogger JodiTucker Left a thought...

Hope and pray Rebekah gets to feeling better very soon......As for teenagers that don't want to talk or hug, I do the same thing as when they were little....PRAY.....the prayers are just differently worded, but still from the heart. Now at 22 and almost 20, the older two realize we have a brain and a heart and they are up for hugs, back rubs and good conversation. We're still waiting on all that for Miss 18 year old.

At Thursday, March 08, 2007 7:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

wings and roots - that is how we get thru the independent stage - as parents we are supposed to raise them to have strong roots and to have strong wings to fly - so , just try and remember that their independece means you are doing your job well.

At Thursday, March 08, 2007 7:16:00 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom Left a thought...

Oh, the teenager years doesn't just bring challenges, they also bring much joy. The "stages" they go through during teenage years are very similar as the stages in the toddler years - they are trying to become separate, yet they want to be close. I just have an "open arm" policy in my house - I never, ever refuse a hug, and they girls are not supposed to refuse them, either. For the most part, it works.

May is coming up rather quickly - so, we'll need to do some more talking about your journey to Ohio really soon.


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