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.

Saturday, March 06, 2010


Daddy spent almost a whole day this week trying to get a trailer hitch put on the new van. There is zero room inside for any stuff. Yes, there is a lot of room but if we put anything there then mommy can't get in our out with the wheelchair. When they did the modifications to the van they re-routed the exhaust and it blocked where the trailer hitch had to go so daddy bought the hitch at U-Haul and then went to Midas to see if they could do something. God bless Jesse Elston at the Hillsboro, Oregon Midas who not only re-designed the system but also helped daddy install the hitch while it was up in the air and they were working on it. If you are so inclined let them know how great they were: or 146 SE Oak St., Hillsboro, Oregon 97123.

Now that we have the hitch installed Uncle Mark and Aunt TT have graciously loaned us a small utility trailer (like 4x5 enclosed) that will be perfect to tow behind the van and hold enough stuff for us to actually be able to make the trip. THANK YOU TT AND MARK!

With the hitch done and the trailer available, it was time to decide if we can really do this? Mommy and daddy had a talk this morning about it. Mommy is very afraid about our ability to be able to go this week. Where we are going has a flight of steps. At this point she thinks it will be doable with lots of help and time - but very difficult. When daddy suggested that maybe we shouldn't go we both broke down crying. This home has become a very very VERY special retreat for us. We first went there when Rebekah was well enough in her cancer treatment to actually leave the area for a few days. We have gone back several times a year since. There are no words that can express how much it means to the girls and to us. And, well, the reality is that this is likely the last time that we will ever get to go there with mommy and we don't want to pass that up.

What do you want to do before you die? Do it, please. NOW! You very well may not ever be able to again and we can just about guarantee that whatever the reason that you are not doing it now is not something that you will look back on and say "that was more important."

4 Shared:

At Saturday, March 06, 2010 1:40:00 PM, Anonymous Leanne from Pa. Left a thought...

You are in my prayers daily and I am so glad you were able to get the "hook" on your new van and that you are taking advantage of the time you have together making memories. God Bless and enjoy.

At Saturday, March 06, 2010 4:27:00 PM, Blogger JRKMZ Left a thought...

Every day I try to remind myself to EMBRACE it. Mike Durham once told me that the goal in life should be to "live in joy." That's what I try to do...even when the kids are screaming, I try to LOVE the experience.

You have been in our prayers for will continue to be.

At Sunday, March 07, 2010 8:48:00 PM, Blogger Debbie Dunham Left a thought...

Do you have help lined up to get up the stairs or shall I put out a call in the community?

At Wednesday, March 10, 2010 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Art and Sew Forth Left a thought...

He shall lead His flock like a shepherd. He shall gather the lambs in His arms and carry them in His bosom.
I will pray for you often. As the mother of 7, I cannot even imagine. May God's presence always go with you. Thank you for sharing, even in sorrow, to help enrich our lives. May His joy be yours.


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