10/17/15 (Elijah) 

Hello everyone!

Grace, Elijah’s younger sister, has been working so, so hard to prepare this post. When I got to see the finished product today, I was struck by what an incredible gift it is that Elijah’s sitting here next to us, watching it too. So much prayer, and waiting, and hoping, and the pure faithfulness of God.

Here’s an update from Brenna, with a very special video at the end: a visual glimpse into the road Elijah’s traveled, sustained by the Hand of the God who never slumbers or sleeps!

|| Haley

“We have enjoyed being home as a family since September 23. The adjustment was the easiest of all of our transitions. Not to say we didn’t have our share of bumps in the road, but the road is more familiar here. We have already been home close to 4 weeks this Wednesday the 21st. Praise God that we still see evidences of healing and progress. Elijah has already changed and improved so much in the weeks at home.

Just to recap: 30 days in ICU in Cheyenne; 36 days at Northern Colorado Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Loveland; 83 days at Craig Hospital in Englewood Colorado for a grand total of 149 days between the accident on May 8th, and Sept. 23, when Elijah walked through our front door!! All in all he was low on the Glasgow Coma scale for 66 days.

Grace has painstakingly combed through hundreds of pictures and videos to create a wonderful recovery video. Five stars Grace! We could have used three songs to include all of the memories since May! The picture of the truck clearly shows that there was no room for Elijah to fit on the drivers side of the truck; the steering wheel was firmly pressed against the seat. Unfortunately, the ICU nurses didn’t allow us to take pictures the first few days after the accident. The pictures start about May 11th and were quietly snapped on a cell phone when our nurses weren’t looking.

Elijah had multiple lacerations and contusions, red/pink (blood-stained) hair and external frames on his legs. His feet were almost always bandaged for the whole 30 ICU days. He looks swollen and large, because he was. He topped the scales at 215 pounds – 50 pounds of fluid. The story goes that they were pumping him with fluids to protect his internal organs. He had a ventilator for one full week and then a tracheotomy on May 15. Slowly he began to look more and more like himself aside from his posture. He tracked with his eyes at the LTAC and laughed on June 22 but mainly spent 23.5 hours in bed each day until Craig.

Reflecting on our journey as we watch this video and re-read all of the cards and letters we say. . .

Never once did we ever walk alone,
Never once did You leave us on our own.
You are Faithful, Oh, God you are Faithful.


17 thoughts on “10/17/15 (Elijah) 

  1. As I watched the video I had tears streaming down my face, remembering our son’s similar journey twenty years ago. I was profoundly reminded of the magnitude of our God. Though the road is long, and you often grow weary, KEEP ON , PERSERVERE, BE STRONG IN THE LORD! I look forward to the post that has you fully restored.

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  2. Lord Jesus, we (the Brumbaughs) are overwhelmed by Your Goodness to Elijah and his beautiful family…
    I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

    O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

    I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

    They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

    This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

    The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

    O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

    Psalm 34:1-8

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  3. I have prayed for Elijah and Autumn since the beginning. I am so thankful to God for what He has done. Elijah God is not finished with you yet. Keep fighting and standing strong.

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  4. Thank you for sharing this update on Elijah and your family. What an amazing journey, God’s faithfulness and provision are truly amazing. I’m so blessed and encouraged by your testimony. I continue to pray for Elijah’s recovery.

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  5. Oh, how beautiful it is to read your sweet words and to feel the flood of peace coming through! We’re so grateful to God for allowing us to witness His mercy and grace ! You continue to be in our prayers.

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  6. BEAUTIFUL video!!!! What an amazing journey! Just seeing what God has done in you all and THROUGH you all, I’m confident that more amazingness is yet to come! I, too, have been praying from Alabama for Elijah and Autumn since the accident. So many brothers and sisters in Christ praying from all over the world for a FULL RECOVERY. So many of us whom you will never meet, but know that we are standing in the gap. We are lifting you up. I sat here watching this video with tears streaming down my face remembering the progress reports and praying for specific requests all summer. But getting to SEE that progress… WOW! Thank you so much for updating the posts. Thank you especially for the pictures and video!
    To God be the glory, great things He has done! <

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  7. Thanks for not giving up and for God providing the skilled medical team and equipment to help in His healing. It reminded me of my accident 11 years ago eating with a curved spoon velcroed on to my hand and not being able to identify the difference between a paperclip, screw or ball in a brown paper bag. Tears of thanks.

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