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, December 13, 2007


We received this picture basically showing what the firefighters saw on their arrival. Here they are "waiting for water."

SO many things have been happening this week and we are sorry to not have more updates. That said, almost nothing has happened inside th house. BUT, there has been lots of planning, meeting with insurance representatives, contractors, realtors, etc. Today we met with the Salvage Contractor and his construction contractor as well as the new insurance adjuster. We have an adjuster from the company's "major loss" divsion. Compared to what he is used to (he just got back from the fires in California where million dollar houses were burnt to the ground) we are a smaller loss. And for that we are grateful and our hearts go out for those that are much worse off that us.

Speaking of those that are much worse off than us, in our area there are 100's or 1000's of families that have completely lost their homes to flooding in the last few weeks. There was one 18 hour period that you could not get to our house through the water, but our house was spared the flooding, only to be taken by another force. Please be in thoughtful prayer for those that have lost houses and have nothing to salvage.

It looks like the trailer in the driveway will remain a "home base" for daddy to do some work and for mommy and daddy to manage the salvage, overhaul and rebuilding of the house. But starting tomorrow (Friday) we should be back together as a family in a rental home that the insurance company has solidified for us. Thank you to Allan and Heidi (the home's owners) for helping to make this possible for us; you are a blessing to us. Tomorrow the new beds should be delivred and tomorrow night our first night in the new place. Daddy has not been with the girls (excepting a few minutes/hours here or there) since the fire and we all miss being together.

Today the school bus dropped Rebekah off at the house and again she expressed a very stong feeling that she wanted nothing to do with the house. She kept repeating "boo boo" and using her hands to say "I don't like" which is a sign (for her) like she is pushing something away. And she was backing up away from it. Apparently we are going to have some work to do with her on this.

We especially want to thank all of you at your extremely generous gifts and donations. Our hearts are so comforted with the toys, the clothes, the furniture and the paypal donations and gift card. You all have managed to help allow us to meet the emergency needs of "right now." We expect that the real needs will hit us as things start to get settled down and we figure out what we really loss, what will be covered, and what will not. It seems the insurance company initially will give us what they think is the "current value" of each item (afer it is all estimated which will be weeks or months. Then, when we replace items they will pay the difference in their "current value" and actual replacement value. That pretty much means we will have to buy stuff to get paid back for it. And then of course their "value" will be different than real value. We will have to see how that all plays out but we have been trying very hard not to ask for or take something that the insurance company has an obligation to repair/replace.

Please be in prayer for complete agreement by all the parties and what need to be done to make things right and totally cleansed and restored, especially in light of the radiation damage to Rebekah' respiratory system. And be in prayer for mommy's visit with the doctor tomorrow to talk about scan results. This will be the first time daddy has not been able to be at this meeting and that bothers him a lot.

And finally, please pray for a nameless family who is on our hearts and also in need.

3 Shared:

At Friday, December 14, 2007 9:18:00 PM, Anonymous The Roscoe Family Left a thought...

Our family is praying for you during this time.

At Friday, December 14, 2007 10:51:00 PM, Blogger Deb Left a thought...

still praying as our hearts break for you...

....believing that God will be glorified in all of this...knowing that He is faithful.

sending a hug from Pennsylvania

At Saturday, December 15, 2007 7:36:00 AM, Anonymous Shari G, St. Helens Left a thought...

Besides our good wishes, I have some thoughts on the insurance policy. We went through the loss of a house many years ago (we'd just bought it - literally - and had no personal belongings in it yet), but we did have replacement cost coverage on it. We used a company that specialized in fire restoration (Cooper Construction, though I know there is at least one more in the PDX area.) They sealed the fireplace bricks with Thompson Water Seal to keep the smoke smell from "leaking" out. They used machinery paint on the ceiling and rafters of the basement. There was no smoke smell at all by the time they were done. My father-in-law, a retired insurance adjustor, was very impressed with the job that was done. Have hope that your house can be restored. Ours ended up better than when we started.

As for Rebekah, please know that in the end she will come out stronger emotionally because you are demonstrating the power of a loving family to her.


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