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.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


We spent most of the day today around the campground. We slept in a little bit and had pancakes and bacon and eggs for breakfast. The girls watched a few cartoons that mommy burned to disc for them long ago. I don't think they know mommy did those cartoons for them, but I do.

I spent a few hours this morning working.

We walked around the campground and walked out along the beach. The tide was low and we could walk out to some "islands" that we could see from our campsite. Sarah was afraid of walking on seaweed that had washed up on the shore. Rebekah had a hard time walking on the gravel. We spent most of the time today outside the club house. We never went in, but we played some shuffle board this morning and there was a great big grass hill out in front of it. Rebekah rode all around on her quad:

And Sarah spent the morning going up and down and up and down learning to balance her bike:
Youtube Link To Sarah Balancing

She had gotten so good at balancing that she didn't want to get off her bike at all. I had to force her back to the trailer to make some lunch. After lunch we put her pedals back on the bike and headed back to the hill. Things went down hill (pun intended) a bit and pedaling was a bit more difficult for her to master. There were a few crashes and A LOT of tears but we made it through. This evening we went for a walk after dinner and after some coaxing she brought her bike. She can ride if she wants to. Sometimes 10 feet. Sometimes 50-100 feet. Then she looses her confidence and stops. She may not be totally fluent at it but she is riding on two wheels!!!!

The girls both have the coarse cough that we have been passing around the house for a few months. "Day Time" cough medicine didn't do it last night so we made a quick trip to the closest grocery store and picked up at small $7.00 bottle of kiddo night time cough medicine. Compared to fighting with them to go to sleep last night, that $7.00 was money WELL spent. They both went out like lights tonight.

Yesterday we went down to Coupeville to see some family as well as some friends. When departing on this trip I wasn't sure we would want to spend too much time with others but we really wanted to see these folks. The girls found it to be a good divergence from just being with daddy.

God has a way of using others. I haven't been feeling very good about my abilities as a sole father. It was easy to be an okay daddy when mommy was there to pick up the slack and protect the kids from my failures. Now I'm scared. I told you the other day about the lady at the Teddy Bear Store saying something to me. Today I had a retired school teacher who we kept seeing around camp out of the blue say what a wonderful daddy I was - and thank me for it. And another lady we bumped into on the beach made a similar comment. All of these out of the blue with no reason to them at all. I mean who goes around telling a complete stranger that? But I guess God knew I needed to hear it.

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At Wednesday, August 03, 2011 10:02:00 PM, Blogger Trwaldo1 Left a thought...

Believe it or not Scott, you are a good Daddy! You need to believe! Love ya!

At Wednesday, August 03, 2011 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Debbie Dunham Left a thought...

I always try to say something positive to parents who I think are doing a good job. I've had people say nice things to me and it is SO uplifting to hear and, yes, it often comes at just the time when I need to hear something good.

At Thursday, August 04, 2011 2:43:00 AM, Blogger Avozinha Left a thought...

I, another retired teacher, say this to you: what a lovely wonderful father you are! Thank God!

At Thursday, August 04, 2011 5:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a thought...

Please keep posting.

At Thursday, August 04, 2011 3:50:00 PM, Blogger M&M Left a thought...


You're a great dad, always have been and given your efforts, always will be. If you could step outside yourself and watch, the observer-you would tell the doubting-you to go take a hike.


At Thursday, August 04, 2011 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Eva Left a thought...

We all tell you what an amazing daddy you are, but I know it means something different when you hear it in these spontaneous ways from strangers. :) Believe it. You are. Your girls are blessed.


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