Friday, October 31, 2008

On our way to Germany

I got called this morning that my mom, mother in law and I will be flying to Germany today.  Our flight leaves at 12:45pm and we will arrive in Germany on Saturday at 7:40am.  I will try to keep you updated while I'm there with Rob's condition.  He will be flying back to the states either Sunday or Tuesday.

81 comments:

The Bender's said...

We are so glad you will be reunited soon! Love to you all, The Bender's

Holli said...

I was made aware of your blog through Paige and I would like you to know I'll be praying for all of you in the coming days and months. I'll also be getting the word out to people I know to include Rob in their prayers. You will need strength and support and I hope I can provide a tiny bit of that with good thoughts and prayers from strangers for you and your family.

Quinn and Melanie said...

Dena, I just talked to you on the phone and you sounded so calm and I was crying. Once again you and Rob and family truly amaze me. God Bless you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Mel, Quinn and girls

weiss family said...

Dena and Rob,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will be checking the blog for updated information often and will also be getting the word out for more prayers and support for you both and your families.

Michael & Hanna Crowder said...

We are praying hard for you guys. We heard about Rob from Craig the other night but couldn't get any information through Rear D at Hood, so I'm thankful that Karen sent the link to this site so we can check it often and get updates on Rob, you, and the girls. Please know that you all are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. If there's anything at all that you need, please let us know.
Michael and Hanna Crowder

Melissa said...

Dena,
I am so happy to hear you are on your way to be with Rob. You guys are truly a very strong family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and I will get everyone I know to say a prayer also. Like you said the power of prayer really does work. Our love is with all of you. Please have safe travels.
Much love,
Melissa, Chris and Conor

Nancy said...

Try to get some sleep during the long flight- you're gonna need it to stay strong and healthy for Rob. We are thinking about you and praying for you around the clock.

xox

Darby said...

Praise the Lord that you will see him soon! I am praying for you! I am friends with Heather Spencer! Thank you for sharing your story!

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Kris said...

Dena,
My prayers are with you, Rob, and your families. May you find the strength within you that you never knew you had. Godspeed on your trip and may God watch over all of you.
Kris (Bethany's Mom from pre-K)

Debbra said...

I was made aware of your story through Holli, who learned about it through Paige. You are in my prayers and I will be passing it along to all the people that I know. You can never have too many prayers on your side....God bless

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

Sending the entire Yllescas family hugs and prayers from VA. We are praying for courage, strength, guidance, resources, support systems any and everything that you may need during this time.

Thank you for creating this site so we can be part of and follow Rob's care and healing.

Keep the Faith. All of you are loved.

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My husband was at Riley and in Iraq wiht Ryan Kules before and at the time of the accident, we have kept an eye on their page and progress and got the note about Rob's incident, I'm not sure if my husband knows Rob i will ask him when he gets home later but my prayers go out to you and the whole family!
The Lindquist Family

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Tami said...

I found your blog thru Nancy and Ryan's. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hope you have safe travels to Germany and back next week.

twoheartsapart said...

Hi Dena and all the Yllescas Family,

I just spoke with you yesterday and here we are now working to get your Mom on flights with you and your Mother-in-Law bringing y'all to Rob's bedside in Germany. You are a courageous young woman who will be critical in your husband's recovery and there are many folks who will try to help along the way.
Please know that I will be praying for Rob, you, your dear little girls and all of those who love and care for your family. There are so many people who are awaiting you and Rob returning to DC to be able to reach out to help and we will be right there to do whatever we can as this long and challenging journey moves along. You are strong and making very difficult, but wise, decisions already and I know Rob will be surrounded by so much love and care once you get here.
Travel safely today as you make your way to Rob,

Christy McGarry said...

Dena,
Hanna sent me the info she got from Karen. You, Rob, and your girls are all in our prayers. We are thinking about you and will check the blog often. I'm glad you're going to be with him soon.
~Christy & Brian McGarry

The Dirt Dude said...

Dena, thank you so much for keeping us informed with this blog. Please know that all our thoughts are with you and Rob and your family. Everyone here in Auburn is shocked at the news, but we are also very glad he has the best medical attention. In the meantime, peace be with you.
Mike and Emma Mulvaney

Liz said...

Liz Harrison here. Cpt Joesph Harrison's wife. We were at Riley from 2002-2006. Just wanted you to know our fanily is thinking of you and your family during this time.

~ Uncle Sam's Family, Est. September 1994 ~ said...

Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers!

margaret said...

Dena,

We love you, Rob, Julia and Eva. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you. Call or email if you need ANYTHING!!!!

Love, The Mariani's

Traci said...

Rob, Dena, Julia and Eva
We are praying daily for you and your families and know that God is with you even in this extremely difficult and time.
John, Traci, Haley and Rachel Turner

Dayna said...

Please know there are many people from all over praying for Rob and your family right now. Have a safe trip to Germany and know the Lord is with you every step of the way.

Household6 said...

I'm so glad you will get to see him soon and love all over him.

Keep us posted!

Heather

The Knapps said...

Dena,
You, Rob and the girls are in our prayers. We are so glad you will be back with Rob soon in Germany, and we will check back often for updates. Please let us know if you need anything!
Cris, Eric and family

The Ramos Family said...

We don't know your family but we are praying for your husband and will check back frequently to see his progress. God bless.

DRicci said...

Dena,
Hey, I just wanted to let you know that you, Rob and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers.
Donna

GLN said...

Dear Dena,
I heard of your blog from friends that had been at Walter Reed. I want you to know I will keep you and your husband Rob and your girls in my thoughts. Prayers for a safe trip. God Bless

Jaime Pachta said...

Hi Dena,
I know that we haven't seen eachother in awhile...I just wanted you to know that you, Rob, and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you, Aunt Bev, and Rob's mom arrive in Germany safely. Hang in there, Dan, Jaime, Ashley, Nicolas and Mitchell

Morris family said...

Dena, Aaron has been keeping us updated. Just want to let you know that you and Rob are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. You have a lot of support and that is what will get you through this.
Bill and Allison

Boone Family said...

Thank you CPT Yllescas for your service! We are thinking about you and praying for you, your family and friends.

Best wishes,
The Boones of Bowie, MD

krueth said...

I found your link from the Kules family. I will be praying for Rob and your entire family. Wendy

Alexa said...

Dena,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rob and the girls.

Alexa & Marc

CH, Teresa, and Maygan said...

Just want to let you know the that we are praying for you and are here for ya'll. I am sure CH will write somwthing soon. Love and paryers, CH Bartels, Teresa, and Maygan

CH, Teresa, and Maygan said...

Just want to let you know that we are praying for you and if you need anything we are here. I am sure CH will write soon. Love and prayers, CH Bartels, Teresa, and Maygan

the stagner family said...

Much love and many, many prayers from the Stagner family in KY.

Amy said...

Dena, I am amazed and impressed that you got this blog together. Thank you so much for the updates I've been talking to Jason and Jenny everyday and we've all been comparing what we've heard. He truely is a fighter!!! Our prayers are constantly with you. And those girls aren't going to have to worry about a thing back in NE, you know that!! Julia is ever the sweetheart and sees the light in the dark that's for sure! Have a safe flight and bring our "Hero" home! Amy & Ben

ernee70 said...

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I found this from my sister Christie and she is a Marines wife. I can't wait to hear about Rob playing with his girls.

Jillipede said...

I love you Dena and I will pray for Rob as well as for a safe flight for you and for your kids. Love you, Jill Sedriks

Anonymous said...

Dena,
So sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this, but please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers!
Angela Oder

Erin Cote, Mesa AZ said...

My thoughts and prayers will be with you. I heard about your family from The Kules.

Paige Tyler said...

I miss you already! Jadyn is getting her first letter ready for Julia. I told you she would take Julia getting mail seriously. I also took a different route home so I could drive by your house...I will do it all the time now!
Stay Strong!
XOXO

Cheryl & Monty Jones said...

Dena & Rob - we're keeping you in our prayers. God be with you and all those caring for you as he's treated and you all travel back to the USA. Dena, I pray that God gives you both strength and peace as you face the biggest challenge of your life. I know you can do it. Thanks for keeping the blog so we can see how things are going for you. Love, Cheryl, Monty & Jami Jones of Nebraska

Anonymous said...

I have never seen such love. I am in EL Paso Tx at Fort Bliss and I have heard about your story through someone who knew someone who knew you. I am praying for you and your family so that "the peace of God that passess all under standing will guard you hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." As you trust Him completely I just want you to know that there are many praying for you.

CPT Shannon Stokes said...

Dena, my name is Shannon Stokes and I graduated with Rob through ROTC at Nebraska back in 2001. Just got an email today from Kris at the ROTC Department there about the injuries. Just want you to know that my wife and I are praying for Rob and your family. Will keep checking in to the site here to hear what I know will be good news in the future. Be safe and take care.

Amanda Kapci said...

I just wanted to let you know that my family and I are praying for you and your family as you go through this very difficult time. God will give you the strength and endurance to run this race!
We are good friends with Nancy and Ryan Kules, she passed along your story to us and we will keep praying for all of you!
May God continue to bless you all,
Amanda and Ryan Kapci
Phoenix, Arizona

Sylvia Burch said...

Our thoughts and prayers are winging your way - sounds like Rob is a fighter, and doing as well as can be expected. Wish I were still at Walter Reed so I could care for Rob, as I did for Ryan (and Nancy!) but know he'll get good care there, too.

Blessings -
Sylvia Burch (former Army Reserve Nurse CPT)

JoAnne Bartek said...

Dena and Rob: You and the girls are in our daily prayers. Dena, your love for Rob and your faith in God are so strong and that is such a blessing as your family deals with this tragedy.

Aunt Jo

The Klanderman Family said...

Prayer from Guatemala...God grant your promised mercy & grace on this family of yours. At His feet, The Klandermans

Dot said...

Dena,
Thank you for the blog. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that you continue to be given the strength you need to get through this challenge so your girls can 'wrestle' with daddy and life gets back to a 'normal' routine. It sounds like you all are keeping the positive things in front. Find time for yourself so you can continue to be strong. Know that all of us in Nebraska are sending waves of love and support your way.
Dot

Faith Jordan said...

Dena and family,
We are praying full force here for Rob and for safe travel for all of you. And of course for Julia and Eva. Jenny, Amy, Lisa and I have been back and forth with love and prayers sent your way. It is great that you have this blog -- we will check it daily and we will keep the love and prayers coming from your roots here in Osceola.
Love to you
Donna Mentink

Laura said...

I found you through Christie via Paige. I work for the Montgomery County Police, just north of where you'll be in DC and if you need anything at all while you're here, feel free to give me a shout. Never mind that we're total strangers..say the word and it's yours. I have a few connections at WR, too, so don't hesitate to pick up the phone.
Laura Fitzgerald
240.543.9342.

Anonymous said...

I found out about your blog through Christie as well...our prayers are with your family!

The Soutter Family said...

Dena and Rob,
Words can not express how much we appreciate your blog, and the effort it takes to maintain such a thing in this time of crisis. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you always. If you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to call on us. We wish you a safe journey both to and from Germany, and we wish much love and strength for you every day.

Anonymous said...

My son is under Rob's command. I am praying for you and your girls and for Rob's recovery. Stay strong.

Bonnie Lacy said...

Dena Lou,

Just want you to know that we love you and are praying for God's tender mercy to come down on you all. His tender healing touch. Thanks for the blog. You are truly blessed with all of these precious people praying. God keep you all. Ps 121.

Rich and Bonnie

Becky said...

I am a good friend of the Nancy and Ryan's, and heard about your family through their page. Just wanted to let you know that I am sending positive thoughts and prayers your family's way.

Nicolas said...

We have been thinking of all of you during this time. We will continue to pray for Rob's status to continue to improve and for his recovery to go well. We'll also pray for you, Dena, and all of your family and Rob's family to have the strength that you'll need in order to be a stronghold for Rob. ~ Chris & Trisha Nicolas

Michelle said...

Dear Dena & Family,

I am so sorry that this happened to your family! My family will be praying for you non-stop. I have asked Unity to also pray for Rob and your family. I hope you know how grateful we are for the sacrifices your husband and all service men and women have made so my family can live in peace and freedom.

Our son and Ryan Kules went to elementary school together, so of course we followed his and Nancy's journey through his injury. I am so grateful that they can be there for you, the way you were there for them.

I know that God can see you through this with the help of your family and friends.

Even though I don't know you personally, I hope you can feel the care and concern I am sending your way.

Michelle

Kelly said...

I came across your story thru Ryan Kules page. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your service to our country and for your many sacrifices!
Kelly in Nebraska

Mark & Marisa's Family Journey said...

You are in our prayers and we are sending your blog link along to family and friends so they can unite in prayer. God's Blessings to you, Rob, your girls and all of your family~ The Hanson's

Lashana Howell said...

Dena,

I just heard from Karin about Rob, and I was so distraught. You and your family are in my daily thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family.

Lashana Howell
Former 6-4 CAV FRSA

Jason Pape said...

When I checked your blog before work this morning there had been 30 visitors. There have now been over 1,100...Dena & Rob, you have a lot of people who love you and who are supporting you in spirit tonight!

The Papes

Nano said...

I came across your story thru Nancy / Ryan Kules. You and your family are in our thoughts. We'll be hoping for the best.

The Lathrop's

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you, God Bless you, Rob and your family. May God heal Rob, strengthen and comfort you.
Love and hugs from Washington State
Patti

Kim Decker said...

Dena,

You are very much in my thoughts and prayers. I wanted to let you know before you left that I would be thinking of you and praying for you during your long flight (which, by the way, I think deserves a first class seat).

Words cannot describe how grateful that Tim and I are for friends like you and Rob. We will do anything in the world we can to help you through all of this. I am so incredibly proud of you, Dena, and the way that you have handled oall of this. I know there is a rough road ahead, but you are showing Rob (and all of us) that the power of love can give strenth that we never knew we had. Above all else, I think Rob will be proud of you.

Take care of yourself Dena, and try to get some rest. Hang in there!

Helgoth said...

Rob, Dena, Julia and Eva,
Just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. You are a strong family and you said it best when you said that God never gives you more than you can handle. Keep the faith and all will turn out OK. Ryan, Pam, Nolan, Mason, Logan and Keyan Helgoth

Tammy said...

Valerie Sanders told me about your blog. Prayers are going up from Guatemala on your behalf!

The Boernsen's said...

Our prayers are with you....

Love,
Corey and Kelly Boernsen

Bodell said...

Dena,
I am a friend of Nancy's and I just want you to know you are thought of and prayed for. I know Nancy and her family went through so much when Ryan was injured... but everything has turned out okay. I pray that the same will happen for you and that you will have YOUR Rob to talk with again soon. Be patient and strong. Let others help you, so that you can help Rob. Remember you are a strong woman and mother and nothing is impossible with faith and love. Turn to the Lord when it is too much to carry, He will strengthen you and guide you. I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this, but everything we experience can teach us and help us grow if we stay positive. If I can offer a piece of advice I would say to write. Get a little journal and record what's happening, and your thoughts. Some of the most difficult times in life are also the times we learn the most. Stay close to the spirit.
Lindsey

Peter G said...

I just learned about this and will be praying you Rob and your family.

dfp21 said...

I might like some of those bionic legs. But I don't want to go through the roadside bomb thing. So my decaying knees (49 years old) will have to do, I guess.

Your strength through this will stengthen the kids.

Anonymous said...

My family praying for you in Dublin, Ohio.

DUTCH in Atlanta said...

There must be a problem with the Comments page. Many have gone missing, including one I posted yesterday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon!

DUTCH in Atlanta
(Army Dad & Navy Dad)

The Morrow Family said...

Dena and Yllescas family our prayers are with you at this time. My son Spc. Lawrence Otwell is serving with your husband's troop in Afghanistan and is proud to be there. Our prayers are that God is with you and guiding you through these difficult days. Your strength will give Rob strength. May God bless you all!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to read that your husband has been severly injured by an IED. My son is deployed to Iraq. His job is to go out looking for IED's and either blow them up or dismantle them so no one will get hurt. I wish someone would have found the one that hit Rob before it blew.
My prayers are with you, your little girls and most of all, Rob.
Donna Zehner
Proud Army Mom
Proud Soldiers Angel
donnawings_2000@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you are getting well taken care off. Corey and I alway watch for your post. Thank you for all the information. You mom sounds alot like my mom. She would be cooking or cleaning to stay busy. Just wanted to drop a line and let you know we are still praying for your family. God bless. Kelly and Corey Boernsen