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, February 18, 2010

Daddy Has To Become Mommy

On a daily basis we are coming across things that mommy has always done and that daddy has to now. This evening was no different, except that it was on a much larger scale.

Daddy, who is not feeling well himself and cannot tolerate smells at all, was sitting on the couch with Rebekah when all of a sudden Rebekah began to throw up. And not just a little spit up but quarts and quarts over and over again. Like usual, daddy instantly shouted out "Mommy, come quick!" and then it hit him - she can't. And sometime all too soon she won't be able to come at all.

Daddy told Rebekah to sit still and ran and got towels, dozens of them it seemed. Mommy did make it over and cleaned and cleaned with the supplies that daddy was able to get for her. And then, at mommy's direction, daddy headed off to the bathtub to start drawing a bath. During the soaking of Rebekah it hit him that he cannot remember ever giving her a bath before as that has always been a mommy/girls kind of thing and lately mommy has been teaching them to shower.

Of course all the mommies out there are laughing out loud at daddy, but from his point of view its very scary.

2 Shared:

At Friday, February 19, 2010 8:42:00 AM, Blogger Debbie Dunham Left a thought...

You will do fine and you have a lot of Mommies out here willing to help. I know that doesn't help much on a day-to-day basis, but we are here.

At Saturday, February 20, 2010 9:46:00 AM, Blogger Robyn Left a thought...

I was raised by my daddy since the time I was about Rebekah's age. Our life wasn't 'normal', but it was fun, though sometimes backwards without mommy around... but we all survived! My fondest thoughts of my dad are knowing that he stepped up in my mom's absence and did his best with what he had.

The other thing to keep in mind is that Rebekah and Sarah are both natural 'little' mothers and are at an age where they are increasingly independant.

You will be amazed at how much mothering they will do for each other, and for you. It won't be easy, but your family will undoubtedly handle whatever life brings with grace, in the strength your Heavenly Father provides. He is faithful and good.


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