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Slow progress

Not a lot to report…Today my dad underwent a tracheotomy, and they also inserted a feeding tube directly into his stomach. He looks much more comfortable now without all the tubes in his mouth.

Yesterday they gave him a diuretic, and he lost 14.8 pounds of fluids. He looks much less swollen now, which is nice.

When Melissa and I were talking to him yesterday, we saw his eyelids/eyes move. (His eyes were still closed.) It was exciting to see a new sign of movement. I hope he can hear us talking to him, telling him we love him and encouraging him to wake up. He didn’t seem quite as active today, but he was also sedated during his surgery, so that makes a difference.

He’s going to have quite a scar on his head from the neurosurgery. The staples start in front of his right ear, stretch all the way to the back of his head, and then all the way up the middle of his head toward his forehead. It’s crazy. I think it’ll be a good way to scare the boys off when they start wanting to date Alonna. : – )

I wish I could report a quick recovery, but that hasn’t happened yet. We are still praying for a full, complete recovery, but it seems to be taking longer than we’d hoped. So, pray for patience for us!

Melissa is still scheduled to have her baby (Emma Jean Webster) this coming Tuesday, and then Luke and I and the kids plan to go home on Wednesday sometime. I really hope I can see my dad awake before then. It would be wonderful.

Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers and support. I’m amazed at God’s provision, and at the generosity and love of all of our friends and family! I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it! Amidst all of the craziness and hard times, I will still say GOD IS GOOD!


Praise the Lord, again!

He opened his eyes! Both eyes were opened on command today, though just for a second. We have really been waiting for this step.

Tomorrow they will take off his intracranial pressure monitor, and they want the family to begin speaking to him more. To date, the doctors have wanted the family to stay quiet to keep the pressure in his brain down.

Another tidbit about AAR; they are paying to put Lacey’s mom up in The Manor House, a low-cost boarding option on the hospital grounds!

Woo-hoo! Keep praying – we know that God is working.

Luke and Lacey

Quick Dad Liabenow Update

Dad Liabenow is still in a comatose state, though the doctors have been trying to wake him periodically, and even left the sedatives off today for most of the day. He is moving his arms and legs around, but still cannot obey voice commands (he did try to open one eye when asked to, but was unable to – this is a big improvement over the last couple of days).


  1. Pray that he will come out of his coma, and begin the long process of rehabilitation
  2. Pray that his aspiratory pneumonia would be controlled / eliminated by the antibiotics
  3. Pray that the family would remain strong / at peace
  4. Praise the Lord for his company, AAR, and his co-workers there (AAR is letting him use his sick days, then is paying the 20% of his salary that disability does not cover, and his co-workers are taking up a collection for him!)

That’s all for now…we are praying and hoping for good news soon. Thanks for your prayers and concern,

Luke and Lacey

A Beautiful, Heartbreaking Weekend

Emily’s wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and went SO well. She was a beautiful bride, and I had so much fun doing all the flowers and being a bridesmaid. I love my Rumley (and now Stauch) sisters!

We planned to return to GR after the wedding on Saturday so we could be at our church on Sunday. We were so exhausted when we got home around midnight and couldn’t wait to sleep in our own beds. But as soon as we opened the door, the phone rang. It was bad news.

This may be something that only deer hunters (or their children) can relate to, but my dad had been wanting to hunt from a certain spot on my grandparents’ property (across the street from my parents’ house). The only problem was that the trees there wouldn’t support a tree stand. So, on Saturday evening he and Karl (my brother-in-law) were working on setting a 35-foot telephone pole (in a hole in the ground), so he could mount a tree stand on that. My dad was on the tractor, and Karl was on the ground. Something happened, and the 300ish-pound telephone pole cracked in half and fell on my dad’s head. I am heartbroken that Karl had to experience that, but I praise God that Karl was there. He pulled my dad off the tractor and ran until he could get a signal on his cell phone to call 911.

My dad was taken to Mercy Hospital in Cadillac, and the ER doctor knew what needed to happen, but they didn’t have the equipment/facilities to do it. It was up in the air as to whether he’d even stay alive on the 20-minute helicopter flight from Cadillac to Traverse City. He did live, and they did immediate brain surgery because he had developed a massive hematoma (blood clot) that was pushing aside his brain and affecting his brain stem. Praise the Lord – the doctor pulled back his scalp and was able to just lift out a fragment of his skull and scoop out the hematoma, which was much quicker/easier than having to drill/cut to get in there.

Still, the phone calls we received told us to hurry up to Traverse City, because they didn’t think he’d make it. (Most patients with injuries this severe do not live, and if they do, it’s in a vegetative state.) So, we packed back up and left, thinking we’d be attending my dad’s funeral this week. It was devastating.

We were able to see him after we arrived at the hospital around 3:30am. He looks pretty bad. But this morning they did a CT scan, and were happy to find that he did not suffer a stroke like they feared. Also, his brain stem is back in place, his brain is working on getting back in place, and the swelling is going down. They tried to wake him, but he did not open his eyes (which is typical of head trauma patients). However, he did respond voluntarily to the doctors a little bit, which is incredibly promising.

It was so hard to be in the room and watch the doctor yell, “David, your family is here. David, open your eyes. Open your eyes, David.” And he didn’t. All I wanted in the world at that moment was for him to open his eyes, but he didn’t.

We are encouraged by his progress, and so blessed by the many people (family, friends, and people we don’t even know) who are praying for him. Praise the Lord for the progress we’ve seen. Please continue to keep him in your prayers, and pray for my mom and Karl (and the rest of us). I will be up in Manton/Traverse City this week, and Luke is coming back to GR. We’ll try to keep updating so you know how to pray.

Thank you!


Our cuties

Caleb is such a big boy! He’s sitting up in his crib, playing with his alphabet ball. We have a picture of Grace that’s very similar to this one, and look at her now! He’ll be all grown up before we know it!

Here he is, sitting up again, chewing on Grace’s rubber ducky. Did I mention that he’s teething? Oh, yeah, we can’t feel them yet, but we can see his two bottom front teeth getting ready to come out. Ouch!

Just because she’s pretty! Her 2nd birthday is two months from Thursday! Wow!

The countdown is on for Melissa, Karl, Kade, and Emma/Hailey (I’m not sure which name they’ve chosen for sure yet). The doctor will induce her on Tuesday, September 26 if she hasn’t gone into labor by then. And then I will have my first neice! How exciting!

Speaking of countdowns, only 4 days left until your first “sleepover,” Emily and Dan! SO excited for you!


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