Friday, November 14, 2008

A good day

Today was a really good day. Barb took the early morning shift and went and saw Rob. When she got back, she said that Rob was looking at her and tracking her. I was so excited to hear this. I ran over and saw him and I couldn't believe it. He actually LOOKED INTO MY EYES!!!! I could feel that he was actually THERE. His eye movements are still slow. So, if I would move away from him, he didn't track me but he would close his eyes and when he opened them, he'd adjusted them to be looking at me again! He was awake most of the morning. His eyes were also fully open versus only half open yesterday. I could tell that he was tired but he just kept looking at me. I was holding his hand and he'd start falling asleep. I would move my hand to readjust and he would open his eyes and look at me to make sure I was still there. It absolutely melted my heart. I kept telling him how much I love him and that everything is going to be alright. I explained to him that he had a tube in his throat and nose but that was all temporary and not to be afraid. I also explained to him again that all his soldiers are good and nobody else was hurt. I showed him a picture of the girls and he would look at it for a while and then look away. It's hard for me to know how close to hold the picture and I'm not sure if he was able to see it well. He even tried to readjust his head as if trying to make it more comfortable. When I came back after lunch, he was pretty tired and slept most of the afternoon. I just sat in his room, held his hand, and read a book. When he would wake up, I talked to him some more and played the videos of the girls again for him. But he was so tired and was having trouble staying awake. I told him that I would be right here and just sleep. Again, I saw him readjust his head and he even moved his shoulders around. I'm sure his body is also sore from laying in bed so long so I tried to massage his shoulders, arms and fingers. I would scratch lightly on his arms. I gave him goosebumps so I'm sure it felt good to him! :) Then the nurse needed to check his pupils with a pen light. He asked Rob to open his eyes. He didn't. So I said "Rob, can you please open your eyes? The nurse needs to check your pupils." So, he opened them!!! You could tell he absolutely hated the light shining in his eyes and was trying to close his eyelids tight. The nurse said that a few days ago his pupils were pretty sluggish in reacting but that they are reacting great now. He still isn't squeezing my hands on command but in time I feel this will happen. His body and brain have gone through so much and for him to be responding like this, I feel it's pretty positive. I mean yesterday I was so disheartened because he had an empty blank stare and today he's looking into my eyes! I know that this whole experience will bring many rollercoaster days but I'm so glad today was a good one! On another note, his legs are still weaping some but so far they have been able to reinforce them. I just keep praying that they'll hold their own so he won't have to go back to surgery until Monday. Also, I forgot to mention yesterday that they removed most of the rubberbands on his teeth. He still has one on each side of the mouth but from what the nurse told me, these are moveable bands so once he's able, he'll be able to talk with them. Just continue to pray that Rob continues to move in a positive direction. Every little step is a leap into our future!! Again, thanks for all the comments. I read every one of them, sometimes more than once. It is so therapeutic for me and means more than you'll ever know. I look forward to the day when Rob will be reading them himself.


Anonymous said...

Just a quick note....someone else was injured during this incident LT Briley he is a Marine he suffered a head injury so we continue to pray for his recovery as well.....I AM SO GLAD ROB IS RESPONDING....Dena I bet that is the BEST feeling in the world to know HE LOOKED AT YOU.....My hubby is on R/R right now and he reads the updates with me and continues to pray for Rob....He is My hubby's commander and Brian and all Rob's guys think about him and pray for him everyday....Can't wait for another GREAT day for you Dena....Brian Cindy and Taylor McGroarty

Michelle Nelson said...

Dear Dena,

What an exciting day for you! I hope and pray that you continue to have good days. What a wonderful feeling to know that Rob is following you with his eyes. He knows you are there and what a comforting feeling this must be for him. This is evident when he opens his eyes for your voice but not others.
I am thinking of you and Rob often and pray that this healing process continues to go along smoothly!
As always, Thomas sends his best wishes and prayers to his very dear friend Rob.


Anonymous said...

Fantastic news Dena! You have to feel positive about today. I can't even imagine what Rob's body, mind and spirit has been through and how hard he is fighting to get it all back. Prayers are being answered...stay positive. I do appreciate your updates and I agree with your aunts about your writing. You definitely have a nack! Give your little red haired Mom a hug for me.

XO Sue Porter

Heather said...

WONDERFUL! so glad to hear today was a good day!
awaiting the next post
Heather S

Melissa said...

Oh Dena Darlin...
I am so happy to hear that you and Rob had a good day!!! Who wouldn't want to look into those beautiful eyes of yours! Sounds like he also has a great team of nurses and doctors. I loved hearing that the night nurse was showing him pictures while he was awake, God Bless her. It will be great to have the girls there for Thanksgiving, something I think you all need! You guys are in our thoughts and I am so relieved to hear good news on todays post. We are praying very very hard for you. Continue to keep your head up!
We love you...
The Hart's

Jackie Fjell said...

Dena & Rob-I KNEW it wouldn't be long until you "saw" Rob in there!! I'm so happy it was today! I, like Aunt Nancy, just felt today was going to be great! Bet you're on cloud nine!!! I hope this is just the beginning of daily giant strides! I'm sure it will be a roller coaster ride (as it has been so far), but God is right beside you, so you'll be fine! We're praying constantly and eagerly look forward to your updates! Hang in! Love & Prayers--Jackie & Joe

Anonymous said...

That is awesome Dena, I know its hard but Rob knows you are there and knowing you are there has to be so comforting for him. We will continue praying for him and you! Stay strong and look forward to better days ahead. We love you and are always thinking of you.
Uncle Wes and Aunt Jean

Lacey said...

Hey there. I felt in my heart that when he looked into your eyes for real, that you would know he is really seeing you. I imagine it felt something like falling in love all over again. I'm so excited for you. It's only a matter of time before he speaks to you. But, I know, one thing at a time. It seems as though he is just a comin along. I'm sure he felt so protected and comforted with you by his side. Can't wait to hear what he does next. Take care.
Lacey Carroll

Kim said...

Dena, that is wonderful news!! I am glad he is doing better and moving forward in his progress. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I know it must be hard for you to stay strong but you truly have alot of strength even though you might not think so.

Dave, Kim (Carlson) Morgan and Makenzie Merrill

Nate Schott said...

Dena I heard through the chain this morning about Rob following you all around the room. That is great. Just continue to be patient as I am sure he is beginning to get frustrated at times also. We will continue praying for him and will include LT Briley in our prayers. Rob had emailed us a few photos with the two of them in there. Take care and know we are here for you.
Tator (Rob's cousin Nate)

Polly said...

Dear Dena - it was so wonderful to share "A Good Day" with you and Barb. I cannot thank you enough for your updates and your positive spirit. My family continue to pray for Rob, you and the family. Hope to meet you soon and look forward to hearing that Rob is continuing to look at you and Barb with recognition you and Barb. Thanks again for the great blog updates. Polly Reyna

Morris family said...

That is such awesome news! I am glad you had such a good day. Eventually, the good days will out number the bad ones. I am excited for you that your girls will be with you on Thanksgiving. You are always in our thoughts in prayers.
Allison, Bill, Trey, Syd, and Will

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Heather Bothern said...

Such great news today! Thank you so much for taking your time to write have enough going on! Please know that we are always thinking of you, Rob, and the girls and you are always in our prayers. If you ever need anything, please let us know. Derek will be deploying in a few weeks, but I will be here in NC!

Heather and Derek Bothern

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Rosie said...

DENA: AWESOME I've been reading everyday and you were A LITTLE LATE in your update on Thursday! SO, I was beginning to worry. WHAT a great day you've had, you keep up the good work and keep talking to Rob, and giving him a shoulder massage, that's a good THING! I am sure you will have ups and downs, but I am praying for more ups than downs. AND remember WHAT I TOLD YOU! Everyday I am praying for all of you, and will continue to do so. Thank you for the updates and all your positive vibs are flowing through to Rob. He will be winking at ya soon!
Love ya

Julie Noonan said...

Dena, Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and so happy to hear your positive notes.
Love ya,

Ardi and Mike said...

Hi Dena!
Hopefully this is just the beginning of all the good days ahead of you. You are doing a great job and I know it must be hard to stay strong and positive. Just know you have hundreds if not thousands of people praying for you both. I know that Brittney and Adam think so much of you and Rob and I can see why.
Take care and know you are loved and have so many people pulling for you.
Ardi and Mike Fletcher (Brittney Jackson's parents)

The Morrow Family said...

Dena, what an absolutely wonderful gift God has given you. Rob being able to look at you. This is what everyone has been praying for. God is giving him back to you - maybe in slow degrees but nevertheless he is coming back. Sure there may be some stumbles but he WILL come back. I just know that things will be okay. Hang in there and keep the faith that God is right there beside you and Rob at all times.

Alexa said...

Yeah!!!! Sounds like things are improving. I am sure it was awesome to have him be able to look at you! Will continue to pray that his recovery continues in the right direction!!

Alexa (Fuhr) Maresca

Chaotic Mom said...


Jim can't sign on to read about your progress, but I send him each and every update as Dena posts them. That Dena is an amazing woman, and you are one tough guy.

I hear it's snowing in the AO now. It's hard to imagine that, sitting here in Texas still wearing shorts.

You guys take care. We're all thinking about and praying for you and your Family. God be with you guys!


Anonymous said...

Did you hear the shouts of joy just now? They came all the way from Georgia. How GREAT that Rob is responsive now. What a HUGE step this is! Continuing to send up prayers for continued improvement. Hang in there!

Carol Dzurenko

Anonymous said...

Such great news. Thank the Lord for the great progress. We have been following from the beginning and look often for updates. We don't know you all but thru all this we think we know you!!!! Maybe someone could post a picture of Rob and LT Briley or Rob's men, etc. This is like reading a novel daily and waiting for the movie to come out!!! Ain't God Good!! Christian love to all your family. Another Morrow family

Paige Tyler said...

OMG-- this is the BEST news yet Dena. I can just imagine that you can breath a little bit again after holding your breath for so long. There are going to be so many more good days to come, I am sure of it. I am copying this and sending it to Keith too!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news! I am glad you had a good day. You are such a pillar of strength for Rob. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

Lodmell House said...

I am glad to hear about Rob's progress. It is good to hear that he is moving in the right direction. We are praying.
Lodmell Family

Anonymous said...


That is great news about Rob. Glad to hear that things are improving. You are such a strong wife and mother. We think about you guys everyday. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Looking forward for the next update.

Debbie and Caroline Runquist

Anonymous said...

Sounds like great news today! My pastor called this morning to get a "Rob" update. He's on the prayer list in our Sunday bulletin. I pray for you guys many times a day and night. Every time I think of you all I breathe a prayer. Tell your mom we sure miss her but I know she needs to be where she is now.
In Christ,
Diana Johnbson (Bev's co-worker and friend)

Alayna Sullivan said...

Dena, I am so excited about the update. It sounds like you had a great day! We will keep praying for more positive news. I'm sure you will get to talk to him very soon. I am so excited that the girls get to come visit for Thanksgiving. Tell Aunt Bev hello. Love ya, Alayna

brittneyjackson said...

Oh Dena, what an awesome day for you all!!! Rob is amazing and doing so well! We'll pray for more days like these. Take care of yourself as I know you are taking wonderful care of Rob!!!
Miss you so much,

Trisha said...

Whew! A huge amount of progress today. Keep up the great work- I'm certain it helps that you are there working with him.

Wendell said...

We are so glad you ALL had a good day with many more to come! You are always in our thoughts all day and everyday...Love you lots!
-Uncle Wendell

caring aussie said...

Great news Dena, I'm sure everyone following Rob's fight felt their heart lift with the positive news. The blank stare must have been very hard, but today the reward you deserve came when he looked into your eyes, so happy for you. Who knows, maybe he'll be able to give you small yes/no signals soon! Thank you for the update, your strength and commitment is truly inspiring.
Thoughts and prayers continuing every day.

Anonymous said...

I am here on L&D and just reading and catching up on your blog. Dena we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. I remember the small steps forward and then the rollbacks when my husband had openheart surgery. But at this time the steps seem to be going forward a bit at a time.
Dena your strength is amazing and Rob has to be feeling it.
Best to all of you Sally

Leta said...

I'm just a puddle of joyful tears right now. You are an amazing woman Dena and Rob is an amazing man.

Prayers will continue as long as needed and then some.

B-Mama said...

Dena, we are continuing to pray for Rob, you, and your whole family. You are such a rock for him right now--way to go!! You are going through so many ups and downs and handling it all so beautifully. As I'm sure you are, don't forget to unload on The Man Upstairs, who has His mighty arms wrapped around you!

We'll keep praying for more awesome days like today!
In Christ,
The Gasperini Family (friends of the Andrew Family)

Long-time RN said...

Great news about Rob's progress. A good day indeed! Thanks for updating. Continued prayers for progress and healing.

The Briley Bunch said...

Yes, my husband was also injured in the attack. He is doing just fine. All if the prayers are very much appreciated. Dena, all of our prayers are with you and I would love to talk to you one on one. I know Chris and Rob have become dear friends and he is worried for you as well as Rob. Our prayers are with you and we are so relieved that Rob is doing so much better. Please e-mail me,
Dena Briley

Anonymous said...

Such good news on a Friday! Keep the faith and know there are prayers in abundance from so many who care about you & Rob, the girls, and your extended family!


Jaime Pachta said...

AWESOME news!!! We pray that he continues to open his eyes more and respond to you so he will be able to see his babies on Thanksgiving.
I know you have seen this before, but it is something I could read over and over again...
One night a man dreamed he was walking along a beach with The Lord. As scenes from his life flashed before him, he looked at the path of footprints and noticed that during the saddest and harded times of his life, there was only one set of footprints in the sand. Troubled, he asked, "Lord, why did you leave me when I needed you most?" The Lord replied, "During your times of trial, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."
So remember, the Lord is with you every step of the way, and so are we along with countless others lifting you up in prayer. Keep those good days a comin'!!!!!!! :-)
Love, Dan, Jaime, Ashley, Nicolas, & Mitchell

Anonymous said...

Dena, What a wonderful day! I am in tears. Terri Haire

Anonymous said...

I know you don't know me, but I am Lisa Cripps cousin. My husband is currently in Iraq and I hope that if anything should happen to him (praying really hard it won't)that I am as strong as you are Dena. We are praying for you guys everyday. It was great to hear his progress today. Remember the saying........good things come to those who wait..good things will come to your family and Rob will be home with you soon. Take care of yourself and God Bless
Jeff, Kristy, Kylee and Brody Skarin

Anonymous said...

Oh, Thank the Lord for this good news. I pray for more like it tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day . . .

Julie McGahey

Kim Decker said...

Whoo-hooo! Did you hear the shouts all the way from Kansas?! Dena, I think this is the breakthough you have been waiting for. It would be unreasonable to expect that he would just pop his eyes open, roll back the covers and tell you to go get the boat, he's ready to go wakeboard. You both have a long road ahead, but today's great news should give you some hope and better expectations for teh future. I am very encouraged by your news and look forward to reading more great news about Rob's progress and talking to you more and more about his continued recovery. Tell Rob to keep his eye on the prize...his boat awaits him.

Dena, here is what I recommend. Save today's post somewhere. Wait two weeks and then look at it again. I am sure that you will be amazed at how far he has come during two weeks time period. It is sometimes hard to see the progress when you look at him from day to day, but I hope that you will be encouraged by the bigger picture over the course of time. If I could fast-forward your life right now, believe me I would. Right now all I can do is continue to pray and let you know I am thinking of you both!

I am also ver encouraged to hear the good news report on Lt Briley. Thanks Dena (Briley) for posting that.

The Joneses said...

Dena and Rob - Hooray! So glad you're having such a good day. What a blessing for you both to look into each others' eyes! What love and devotion you share. Thanks for the reports, and know that much love and prayers continue to go your way!
Love, Cheryl & Monty

brat said...

{{{{{{{Dena and Rob}}}}}}}}}}}}

I believe!

Prayers with much love and faith from Bratville (aka Canada)

Theresa O. said...

Dena, Rob, Bev, and everyone,

What an awesome day it has been.. It's just had a special feel to it and now I know why. It's so thrilling to hear of his progress today.. I can only imagine the feelings your experiencing looking into the eyes of the one you love. Continued prayers and good vibrations sent your way... God bless all of you..

Theresa O.

The Davidsons said...

This is such great news! We continue to pray for all of your family. Take care and may many more "great" days be coming your way!!

The Davidsons

The Gisslers said...

Dena, That is such awesome news. We are so happy that today was a great day for Rob.

Thanks for all of the updates. Keep staying strong and let Rob know that we are all praying for him and thinking about him continually.

We love you!!
Shelly, Aaron and Megs

Anonymous said...

Hey there Rob! It's great to hear you're making progress man! Every day is one step closer to your recovery and to getting on with your life. Stay strong buddy.

Anonymous said...

Oh Dena!! What a good day! I was thinking about you guys and praying for a good day. I am so glad to hear he made steps in the right direction. Your story of love is amazing and I am so happy that you are sharing it with us through the blogs. I hope tomorrow is good too. I will keep praying!!

Carol said...

Great news. It is good to a good postive day for Rob. We all are so proud of him and your sprit Dena. I continue to pray that God brings back your man. Love Carol

ncchristian said...

I'm sooooooo happy to hear this! My husband and I read this blog every night and we both cheered when we read it tonight! All of the prayers are working! I know that when I see Janet and Rose next we'll be cheering together!


The Bender's said...

Oh, Dena! Today is a beautiful momentous day! Today marks the first of many days of YOUR Rob returning to you and your girls! Of course he has always been with you, but today you got to see him see you!!! Praise God and keep up the hard work on the ground there Yllescas and Gissler families!! And many friends - keep the prayer chain going strong. There are many more firsts to come!

Praying constantly,
Karen and Craig

Rolf said...


keep up your strength and courage, you are doing great!
Give Rob his time.....he will be fine....he is a fighter!!

Abrazo fuerte a todo la familia!!

Rolf Moser, San Felipe, Guatemala

Michelle said...

I am ecstatic for both of you right now. Can you imagine how comforting it is to your husband to wake up, and the person he wants to see most in this world is right there looking at him!

I just knew this day would come and I am so relieved to know he is definately making his way back to you and your girls. I hope he is well enough by Thanksgiving so his girls can see him. I know hearing their voices will do miracles for his spirit.

Dena your posts are awe inspiring. How you can pull yourself together and write so beautifully is beyond words. We are still praying every day for your entire family.

The Kleppers said...


What a fabulous post. We will continue praying for Rob and his recovery. Also for you, for rest and strength and patience for the long road ahead. Just lean on the Lord and He will see you through.

Isaiah 40:28-31 says:
"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."


Joyce Winfield said...


Praise God! My focused prayer today was answered. Rob looking at you wasn't with blank stares. Sweet dreams tonight, Dena.

Much love,
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Doug

Andrea e Isabella said...

Dane, I keep " pendiente" about Rob´s condition with your updates and talking to natalie, and let me tell you again its so nice to hear you , you´re voice is full of hope. God Bless you Dane, Its so good for Rob to have you as a wife. Me and my family keep praying for Rob, and for all of you. Its so good to hear Rob is responding to stimulus ... As well as you said day a day.. and im so happy today was a good one. God Bless YOU!!! i told you i was going to send you here some " citas biblicas" i apologize i havent look for them but i promiss i will send it to you on sunday. they will give you strength. because I used to read them when i have hard days and it make me feel lot better.
I keep praying and reading updates.

Anonymous said...

I am sincerely happy for the improvements that Rob has been making. Eash day is a slow step forward. But it is a step forward. Good luck to you, we're praying for you.

the cummings family

Anonymous said...

What terrific news! Will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

Toby, Jeanne, and Ethan said...

I know I'm a bit late with this, but I just got caught up and about fell over when I saw you with the President! I had to call my Dad so he could see it too. We all thought you guys looked great. Like you said, I'm sure it was all bittersweet....

We're sure glad to hear about the progress Rob is making. Although it seems slow in coming, any step forward is a huge step in the right direction. We'll keep you guys in our thoughts and prayers.


Toby, Jeanne, and Ethan Osborn

Anonymous said...

Praise heart jumped to hear Rob's progress........I am so happy for you both...I know it is a long road, but with each step you get one step closer to home.......This army wife is behind you and praying for you both...........

Marianna said...

I had chills reading this post! Congratulations on such a HUGE baby step!


Sherley's said...

Dena & Rob,
I am so glad things are going better. Your whole family is in my prayers. My husband is fixing to get his R/R and i will show him the blog when he gets here. Rob is his commander and i know my husband looks up to him. I hope for another great day for your family. God Bless. Jane Sherley

Aunt Nancy said...

I am so glad that today was just the first of MANY GREAT DAYS to come Dena!!
Also...It's so smart that you, Barb and Bev take some "shifts"! It is "healthy" for all of you, to get away for a few minutes here and there! Dena, You are being a pillar of strength and a testomony for others to follow!
I cannot wait to hear tomorrow...another "step forward" in Robs healing process. We will just KEEP PRAYING that every day is a day FORWARD in his recovery
Good night... sleep tight!! xoxoxAunt Nancy

Corey Gese said...

My husband, SGT Gese, joined Rob's troop from HHT right before the deployment. I never got a chance to meet Rob or any of the troops or their families. My husbands speaks very highly of Rob and the whole troop he has been tasked to, which, makes me feel better knowing he is with a great troop and good soldiers! Your blogs totally have be bawling right now! I always pray for our troops and continue to pray for the safe recovery of Rob! Your family is in my prayers! Corey Gese

amy jessup said...

Dena, What a blessing you have received today. There are many ladies in the Temple/Belton area praying for you and Rob. I can't wait to pass on this news. Keep it coming. Amy Jessup

Krista said...

I've been reading your blog since reading about it in the Omaha World Herald. I haven't commented because I just didn't know what to say. To say I can even come close to understanding what you are all going through is absurd. To say that my heart swelled with happiness for you today and has broken for you on others is very true. God will only give us what we can handle at a day's time, but sometimes there are great tests. My prayers are with you and your family in this test. God bless you, Rob and your family.

the knapps said...

That is such wonderful news! Everyday I pray that Rob comes back to you, and it sounds like he is slowly doing that. It is so exciting! You are so strong for him...there all the time constantly encouraging him. That has to give Rob so much comfort. You are an amazing person! I've spread the word here at Incirlik to pray for you guys, so you truly have prayers coming worldwide. We will stay glued to your blog for the latest!

Aunt Jeanne' said...

Wow! what great news. It can only keep getting better. We always are anxious to hear your updates. Stay strong, and rested. We will continue to pray for all of you.
God Bless You. Love Aunt Jeanne' and Uncle Doug.

Love from MN said...

Continue the faith that baby steps are great. We will pray for the week-end of moments moving forward and know surgery is a nessary part of the healing process. Rob will continue working hard to return to his family, it will take time. He is making remarkable progress.....keep the patience and faith. All our love and support is with Rob and you and the family in Maryland!!

Love Aunt Julie(Schott)Davidson

lori said...

We love to hear such uplifting news about Rob's healing. We realize not every day can be a step forward but we should cherish
the good days and hope for many more. We pray he has a good weekend with his wife and parents by his side!

Love, Mark, Lori, Macy and Anna Schott

Anonymous said...

We are so glad to hear the good news. Continue to stay strong and Thank God for each little step toward the day he will be able to tell you he LOVES you again!!!!!!
The Gilbert Family

Stacy said...

What wonderful news!! Each day I read your blogs to see how Rob is recovering. I know that today must have been like lifting a huge weight off your shoulders.
I am so proud of you Dena for being such a strong woman, wife and mother. You continue to stay strong and keep your head held high.
I continue to pray.
Stacy Hughes

Jenn said...

What a wonderful day for you Dena....God is so good!! To know that Rob, the love of your life, is once again knowing who you are must bring so much joy! Your family continues to be in our prayers. Take care of yourself and thank you for keeping us posted on Rob's progress. God Bless you,
Jenn in Michigan

Liz said...

More tears of joy from here. I am so happy to hear about a good day :). You all keep it up. You are both doing great!! Always in our prayers.

Paul said...

Great news Dena, so happy to hear Robs progress and continue to pray for him and you. Keep up the hope and strength.

Christy and Brian McGarry said...

That's wonderful! I'm so glad he's responding and looking at you! What a blessing. More prayers, thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Dena and Rob,

I've been reading about you for days now since an acquaintance showed me the blog. I really really am looking forward to the day you two can hold each other again. I can't imagine going through this with my fiancee.

K said...


Anonymous said...

My husband and I both went to UNL with Rob. Tony and Rob were in the same class. We have been reading the updates whenever they get posted and are so glad to hear the progress that Rob is making. We have family and friends in our home towns and here at Ft Riley praying for your family. I think about you often and think that you are one of the bravest women I can think of. I don't know how I would handle Tony being injured and being away from our girls but I think that the strength and optimism you have shown is helping Rob to recover. I'm very excited for you to finally get to be interacting with him. What a wonderful feeling that must be.
Tony and I send our thoughts and prayers....Karen Timanus

Trish said...

Oh, Dena - I LOVE these positive reports - I just Know Rob is headed in the right direction, and I truly admire your patience and love for him..........keep up the great work - with your love and help, he will fully heal - I just Know it in my heart - God bless you as you go through each and every moment of his recovery - Love and Hugs to you all!!

Trish Benefield

Donna said...

Hang in there buddy. You are making great strides. We are confident that you will pull through this. We will continue to pray for you. Dena, your amazing strength is an inspiration. You are truly the role model of a military spouse. We will keep praying.
Donna W

Jane Peterson said...

Dena, So good to hear the great news. I have been following your blog daily and it was wonderful to hear such possitive news. Our prayers are continuing to go up for you and Rob.

Jane Peterson

Julie. Soldiers Angels said...

{{{{{Rob and Dena}}}}}
When I saw the email update in my inbox I just had a good feeling that a little more progress had been made...and so it has! I'm rejoicing with you Dena. I know Rob looking into your eyes and following you was an important milestone for you both. He's coming back slowly but surely. I'm sure knowing you are there is such a comfort to him as he awakens. When i come to the update, I always read everyone's comments and just is such an overwhelming positive, love that people are sending your way. You and Rob are so loved and have so many praying. Keep the faith as I know you will. Lt. Briley will also be in my prayers. Soldiers' Angels across the world are praying for you and Rob everyday. God Bless.

Julie morelli
Soldiers' Angels

Tammy said...

Dena and Rob, Praise the Lord, I'm so happy to read your update that Rob had a good day and is progressing in the right direction! Hang in there, its slow going, but it will all be ok in the end I can just feel it! Prayers and big hugs from Fort Worth!

Anonymous said...

Dena and Rob, What wonderful news that Rob was able to look at you. It brought tears to think how hard he is working to recover.
I was so pleased to read the girls will be coming for Thanksgiving! The two of them will certainly be an uplifting time. We hope Rob will be able to see them also, but if not this time, he will next time for sure.
Stay strong Dena, your strength is remarkable. We keep each of you in our prayers.
Larry and Karen Wieseman

fpatlan said...

Hi Dena and Rob...
Dena, you don't know me but I went to school with Rob in Guatemala and our mom's were really great friends while we were growing up. I just want you all to know that I have been praying for you and Rob during this time and I was so happy to hear the great news this morning. You are such a strong woman and Rob is blessed to have you in his life...I hope to maybe meet you one day. There are so many people out there as you know that are thinking of Rob and praying for him so that he can make a quick recovery. Please keep the updates coming. and if you think of it, please tell Barb I said hello...and that the Boggs family is praying for all of you.

God Bless and Thank you to Rob for his sacrifices for our country.

Felis Boggs - Patlan

Chris said...

What a great day! Rob is in there and he will come back to you!! Wishing and praying for many more days like today!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news! Yeah!
The Soutter Family

Jodi Lilly said...


My mom gave me this address and tried to fill me in on what you have been going through. My heart is aching for you and your family. I love that you are keeping everyone up to date. I cannot imagine what you are going through. You sound like such a rock! I will check in often to keep up on Rob's progress. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family.

Jodi (Seifert) Lilly
formerly of Stromsburg

Anonymous said...

I am overjoyed to hear that Rob is making progress. They may be only baby steps but they are steps in the right direction.
My prayers continue to hold Rob, you and your daughters in them.
Proud Army Mom
Proud Soldiers Angel

About The Caddo Tribe said...

Such good news! I'm so happy to hear this. We will continue to pray for Rob's healing. Thanks for the update.

Shani and Mike Ginani

cassie in tennessee said...

Dena what amazing news! That gave me goosebumps reading your post! I'm so thrilled you have something to hold on to and remember like this when you have rough days ahead. Like someone else mentioned, save this post to go back and read in a few weeks. He will have come so far by then.

I am amazed at the volume of people who check for updates, and the sheer number of prayers going up for your family must have set a record by now! lol! So many people love you all so much even if you have not met them, and I hope you can feel that love and support. Thank you as always for writing from your heart. It shows, and Rob and the girls will be so glad you are making a record to go back and read about this season in your long life with them you have yet to experience.


much love,
Cassie & family in Tennessee

Anonymous said...

Bendiciones muchas bendiciones, que cada dia este llena de esperanzas. Dios a esta familia.

Nancy said...

Dena- I had goose bumps when I talked to you yesterday, and more goose bumps now as I read this entry (for the third time!) ;)

I'm praying that the progress and good news keep coming!


Anonymous said...

Dena my family's heart and prayers are with you.
I work with Layne and say a quick prayer for you and check your blog every day! God's grace and love be with you.

Maggie45 said...

Dena, you are such a courageous woman. I can hardly see to type this comment after reading your latest post. Your joy that Rob is really looking into your eyes comes through loud and clear. The power of prayer is enormous, and you have many, many praying for you and Rob and your girls, and your entire family.

Maggie Goff
Bisbee, Az

Dimond's said...

I am so glad that Rob is opening his eyes and tracking you. That is so great! He is improving everyday. Keep your faith and don't let the babysteps back defeat you. Tell Bev hi for me. We are praying for you all.
Linda and Richard Dimond

Kris said...


I'm so happy to hear that Rob's progress is growing, day by day. Hang in there. My prayers are with you all.

Kris Mahurin

The Winterbauer Family said...

Praise the Lord!!!

I'm sitting here in tears. Sergai walked in and thought something bad had happened. I told him no, just tears of absolute joy.

We'll continue to pray.

Love ya,


Anonymous said...

what a great day. hold on to that feeling! It will sustain you through the ups and downs....praying for mostly ups!!
Ginny Lee

Anonymous said...


Keep the faith. Your husband will prosper and will get stonger. It takes time but it will happen. Your husband and your family are in my prayers.

Heather said...

What wonderful news to hear that he is tracking! I am sure it is helping Rob so much to know that you are there with him, Dena. I will continue to pray for good news on a daily basis and for you and Rob. Hang in there!
Heather from Helena, MT

Anonymous said...

Rob and Dena,

Wishing you the best! Good news that Rob is opening your eyes! Continued best wishes.

Ryan Kort

Anonymous said...

Fabulous news! It made me cry with happiness. God is working through your love together. It is so obvious the connection you two have. I am so thrilled for you, with every milestone he reaches!

Mike from Topeka, KS said...

Praise the Lord!!
Dena, that is such good news.
God is letting Rob come back to you a little at a time.
You are doing such a great job being there with him and talking to him.
I'm praising God for His faithfulness to you and Rob.
I'm continuing to pray for complete healing.
It is obvious that God has a plan here;look at how many people are praying for you and Rob.
All who read the comments, see Jesus healing power and your love and trust in him.
You are truly blessed.
Mike from Topeka, KS

Judi said...

Dena & Family,
Hi! Please know that Mrs. Roach's 4th Graders from Sidney, Nebraska are sending Rob and your family many warms thoughts and wishes for a full recovery. We read about
all of you in the Omaha World Herald. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Best of Luck for the surgery on Monday.
Know that people who don't know you personally are sending many good wishes your way.
Judi Roach
Central Elementary
Sidney, Nebraska

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear today was one of those days that you really felt like you were takinga step into the right direction. Always remember days like today and they will help you to get through the tuffer ones.
God Bless you and your entire family.

Philip Davis

Kathy & Chris Catalanotto said...

Hello Rob,
So glad to hear that your doing better. "One day at a time", "little by little".
Praise God!
Keep getting better and stronger and you and your family are in our daily prayers.
God Bless You all.

With our love, thoughts & prayers,
Kathy & Chris Catalanotto

Anonymous said...

Dena: Stay strong. Rob can feel your presence and strength and is drawing hope from you. Lord willing he will be telling you that himself soon.

Prayers, Love and Peace-

(Nancy's Dad)