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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Another Day Past

As we wake up this morning we keep hoping that this nightmare will be over. Obviously it will not be. But as each hour goes by, and as each trip into the house happens, we are able to "deal with it" more and more.

We miss all being together. The girls and mommy have been staying with Grandma A in town. And much like the days of Rebekah's cancer treatments, daddy has been staying in the camping trailer; instead if in the hospital parking lot he is in the driveway at the house. This has been difficult as it has been into the 20's every night and the camping trailer is not exactly made for winter environments. We miss being with each other very much.

Mommy brought Rebekah to school yesterday and Grandma M stayed home to take care of Sarah. In the afternoon we let the bus bring Rebekah, its not really a home any the house so she could have her bus ride. Grandma A met her here in the driveway. As Rebekah got off the bus daddy held her tight (he has only seen her a few hours since they left in a hurry as the house was burning) and asked her if she wanted to go see the house? She again said "not my house, boo boo" and would not look towards the house, going straight back to grandma's car. Daddy tried to explain to her that we were going to be finding a new house for a while and she seemed quite upset over that.

Mommy has been working hard with the insurance company on so many fronts. One of those things is getting temporary housing and it sounds like we might have a house available to us by Rebekah's school in town about 5 miles away. It sounds like it will be 4-5 months as people give initial estimates. We met with the insurance investigators, an intial claims adjuster and more salvage people too yesterday. People started taking things out of the house (clothes and electronics) to work on trying to recover. Many things are going to be recoverable, many more not. The decision was made that the girls toys are not going to be recoverable and that was difficult. As mommy and daddy were taking one last walk through the house last night we moved a pile of "stuff" and right there was the book that "Dora and Boots" signed and gave Rebekah during her Make-A-Wish trip; we both broke into tears in each others arms.

Here are a few more pictures of the playroom. We don't have a lot of pictures of the rest of the house yet but the photographer from daddy's fire department took a lot and is going to bring us some that we can put up for you and give you a better picture.

For now the video that she put together is about the best that we can do and we'll try and attach or link it here too. Mindy Hughes created this video as a special momento for us privately and the link got out so we started sharing and it has been received wonderfully all over the world. Thank you Mindy.

We can't link it directly here, but you can see more of Mindy's pictures of the fire at her website by Going to Her Site, then clicking on Gallery, and then Banks Fire District 13, and then Firefighter Adams' House Burns.

The initial outpouring of support from all over the country (and even across the oceans) has been wonderful. After Rebekah's cancer treatments and the help you all provided then we thought, we hoped that we would be over ever having to take help from anyone again and had actually had a year where we were able to start helping others. Its amazing how one day can turn your whole life around, again.

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At Tuesday, December 11, 2007 8:36:00 AM, Blogger Stephanie Left a thought...

Francis and Scott....

I was SO saddened to hear about the fire! I am glad everyone is safe. I am also glad to see you have support in your community!!I will be keeping you guys in my prayers as you muddle thru yet another challenge. Hand in there!

XO Nurse Stephanie

At Tuesday, December 11, 2007 11:13:00 AM, Anonymous Aunt Annie Left a thought...

Dear Scott & Frances - My heart is just breaking for you right now. I'm so sorry this happened to you, but I'm glad to know that you are all safe and that your trust is in our Great God. Know that you are in my thoughts & prayers. AA

At Wednesday, December 12, 2007 12:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

Scott and Frances,

I just found out about the fire. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know. In the meantime, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Roxanne Meeuwsen

At Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:52:00 AM, Blogger Jess Left a thought...

I am so sorry about the fire! I was going to donate all my daughter's toys that she no longer plays with, but when I read your news we all want to send the toys to the girls. Can you email me at and let me know an address where I can send the boxes of toys to?

At Saturday, December 15, 2007 9:06:00 PM, Blogger Donetta Left a thought...

Standing with you! Eph 6


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