Saturday, April 2, 2011

my heart is happy...


“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”
“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home”
“Home is home, be it ever so humble”
“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest”

Get where I am going with this....???
WE ARE GOING HOME TO WA!!!
After 20 MONTHS, of being in a hospital/hotel/one-bedroom/living out of suitcases/boxes...
it is time to go home!!
Plans are being made, flight being scheduled, house being rented, therapies being planned, family (all my family will be about 10 min away from us) and friends getting excited and Ben has begun his count down!! This has been a process to get here and we are so close!
We should be leaving good ole NJ and flying to WA the week of April 18th!! No firm date yet but that should be the week! We will fly back to WA together and Ben will go into an impatient therapy facility at a local hospital until I get the house set up. After the house is set up Ben will do all of his therapies outpatient. The outpatient therapies Ben will recieve is a program called Rehab W/O Walls! They get the patients out of the house and doing things they love. This means they can take Ben to the gym, pool, trails, on his boat (Ben has been talking non-stop about his boat the last few weeks) and so many other things! I am excited to see how Ben is going to respond to our new adventure! It will be so nice to be under one roof and in the same house for once! It has been way to long! I really believe that Ben needed this
impatient therapy time and he has done so well!
This will be all new to us! Once Ben comes home I will be taking care of Ben all by myself. No more nurses to care for him, no leaving at night knowing he is being cared for, no sudden runs to Target or the mall, no more king bed to myself (this I don't mind) and so many other things! It will be ALOT of work and I am already scared, nervous, happy, shakin in my boots and going crazy! You know what??? I don't care because
I will finally after 20 months be in a HOME with my very own MAN!!

So, speaking of houses these are some different options we have been looking at...




what's your pick?? I was really liking the little cottage one wedged
up in between the two other ones!!

More details to come but just wanted to break our big news to you all! Please keep us in your prayers, like you always do, because we will need them!!

**If you were planning on sending things to Ben and I please do not send anything to the hospital address because it might not get to us! I have posted the new address on the side bar where the old one was listed!!**

34 comments:

KLaw said...

What fantastic news! I don't comment much, but I have been following your story and this just brings tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and Ben! Congratulations and welcome HOME!

Lindsay said...

so exciting katie!! i have been following your blog for awhile now and just love you and ben! you both are such an inspiration and i am beyond thrilled that you are able to go back HOME! i will be praying for yall and that your transition goes smoothly. you both have been through so much and deserve the absolute best!

Krista said...

I am a fairly new follower but am still so excited for you both! What wonderful news, you are an inspiration! Congratulations to you both!

Vanessa said...

So happy to hear you guys are going home!
I like the cottage one too! :D

Morgan said...

YAY! I am so happy for you and Ben.

Theresa said...

Praise God! Rejoicing with you :)

Jenni said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness I have been following your story from the beginning and always sending so many wonderful silent thoughts and prayers to Ben. I am so happy for you and cant stop smiling! What a blessing, and amazing reward for all of the love and hard work you two have shown over the last almost 2 years! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

karamurano said...

I have only been following your journey for a few months but I have been so inspired by both of you and your love for God and for each other! I am so excited to hear that you will finally get to go home and live together! Praising Jesus for his faithfulness and power!

Brooke said...

I love the second house too!! So cute :D and congratulations! This is so exciting!

The Boyds said...

SO exciting, Katie! I have a friend who works for Rehab without Walls and she loves it~sounds like it will be a great fit for you guys. My heart is happy and warm for you both too~and I think Ben would like the house shaped like a boat! :)
~Sarah

Caroline said...

This is so great! I'm so glad you'll be so close to friends and family - that support will be so important! But if anyone can do this, it's you. Ben is so lucky. You are so lucky! So glad you guys have each other and are finally headed home, together <3

gracie rae said...

Fantastic news! Yay! Soo happy for you guys! I pray the move & transition goes smoothly. Can't wait to have you guys back in the PNW. BTW, we are in Lacey, WA! :)

"Say What?" said...

So, So happy for you and Ben! I can only imagine how happy you are to be back home.

Anonymous said...

I like the squished one, too. I sorta like the one over the water...if I knew how to swim, that is AND if it were about twice the size. I am blessed you will be home. Your family is thrilled, I know. Ben will march on, Ranger style, with his healing. Hugs, Marion

Morgan said...

I am so happy for Ben and you! I know all of Washington will be glad you are here. We are stationed at Ft. Lewis and know how great it will be to be back home with family and your husband!

Congratulations for making it through this trial!

Also when my brother are allowed to go home and continue with out patient therapy he improved monumentally! I have no doubts that Ben will do the same!

zkgormley said...

I'm excited to read all about this new adventure :)
-Kim

Freedomtrain Ministries said...

PTL - Home is where the heart is. We are excited for you and Ben and will continue to keep praying for both of you. I know your family and friends will be so happy to have you here in WA!

Anonymous said...

I knew this announcement was coming. How exciting. I love the little house jammed between the two big ones.
You are going to have so much fun making your own home again with your precious husband.

Praising God with you.
Lois

Leanne said...

Well, we will just need to add "glorious summer weather" to the list of prayers so Ben can enjoy a lot of time on the boat!!! Excited for you both, Katie, a new chapter about to begin...

Jen said...

Amazing! God is so good!

Sailor's Sweetheart said...

WOW! that is amazing news! I started following your blog a few months ago and I absolutely LOVE your positive spirit and attitude. You guys are a beautiful couple! congrats on the big move!!!

Lindsey said...

Wonderful news!! God is so amazing!!

Tiffany said...

That is so wonderful!! God is good!
So glad yall will finally be under ONE roof! What an exciting time!

♥ Nadine ♥ said...

That are wonderful news! I'm happy for you!! It's sooo well deserved that you can go back home finally!! :)

I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything goes on that well. You two are in my prayers!!

XO.

Joyful*Tears said...

Praise God!! =) So excited for you both, to begin your life again outside of the confined walls of the hospitals! You both are going to be even more blessed spending each day side by side, in your own home, with family/friends, and doing things you enjoy! NJ will miss you guys! But.... So excited to hear more =) God bless you two!

Anonymous said...

So very happy and thankful for you and Ben that you are going home. Praise The Lord for He is Good!

Amy Lachney said...

So happy yall get to come home! Let me know when you're all settled and we can get together!!

Melody Cook said...

That's incredible news! I know that Washington is a place where you and Ben both find peace, rest, and beauty. You are such a great nurse - I know you will do a fab job taking care of him on your own. I love you guys and let Ben know that I'm looking forward to going on his boat again!

Vicky Scott said...

Fantastic!

Kathleen said...

Katie, SO excited for you guys! I was a little nervous too, but man, it's amazing. Beyond amazing! Cale is doing so good!! He loves being home and unlike Ben, he still doesn't understand he has TBI, but home seems to help everything fall into place. Ben and you are going to do so great and I know your family is going to help a ton! Love you girlie!!! Can't wait to come visit! Yay!!!

Alyson said...

:) Gooo Ben! I've missed the treadmill sessions since I've been back in NH. I don't get my "workout by Ben" every other day anymore. But that is amazing news. He is going to love that type of outpatient therapy. I am so excited for you two. I can't wait to read more!

Ashley Slater said...

I just found your blog and after reading through a lot of it, I am just in tears and in awe of your faith. Amazing couple. You are in my prayers... God is faithful and your story is such a testament to that.

-ashley
Adventures of Newlyweds

Rachel Schuman said...

So excited for you two! It has been a long time coming. I cant wait to see where this journey takes you from here. Sending prayers and thoughts your way! Congratulations!

AV5848 said...

That's great news Katie!! I'm so happy for you and Ben! You've waited soooo long to go and it's finally here! Being surrounded by family and friends will only help in the healing process!! Yeah to WA!!