Monday, November 3, 2008

On our way to the states tomorrow????

I just got back from visiting Rob. He made it out of surgery great. They did have to take a little more off of each leg but they knew they were going to have to do that sometime in the future anyway. The doctors said it really wasn't much. Some of his thigh muscle in his left leg was also necrotic so they had to take some of that out, too, but they said he still had PLENTY of muscle. That's the good thing about Rob--he's extremely muscular! They also did have to take off the tip of his middle finger on the right hand due to loss of blood supply. They weren't able to pin Rob's hip b/c they didn't want him to lose too much blood with his possible flight back to the states tomorrow. His abdomen still looks really good. No problems with his bowels. His lactic acid levels decreased to 3.5 which is also really good news. We're still fighting the fevers but hopefully those will decrease in time. Rob also had a special visitor today. One of his old ROTC instructors, now LTC Danner, lives in the area and he and his wife came by and saw Rob. Even though Rob was not awake, I really think he felt him there and it will mean a lot to him later on to know that he was there. Also, one of the soldiers Rob was on a MITT team with during OIF 3, Sgt Shakespear, is also in the area and saw Rob yesterday. He recalled stories about Rob that made us laugh. My favorite is he referred to Rob as "Captain America" because he was always so gung ho! I have to say that name fits him well. To have people who Rob has been with during his military career come by and visit will mean the world to him. This evening as I was sitting with him, I busied myself with cleaning his fingers and fingernails and washing out his mouth. Being the clean freak he is, I'm sure he appreciated it. I just had to make myself feel useful! We are on schedule to fly tomorrow pending any problems. Again, Barb, my mom, and myself will all be on the flight with him. I'm anxious for him to get back to the states so we can really get this recovery rolling!!!!! Again, thank you so much for all the comments!


Muriel and Jerry said...

Hope you are back in the states soon. Praying for you.
-Muriel (Nancy's friends)

Trisha said...

Great progress; thanks for keeping us posted. We are with you in spirit.
Randall & Trisha

Heather said...

So good to hear he is doing better. I am forwarding the posts to Anthony who is sharing with others from B troop and there at Bostick! May God be with you and we are all still praying you make it back to the states soon! God Bless you all! And thank you for sharing these updates with us all!
Heather Sanchez

Anonymous said...

Great news Dena! Rob is a fighter and he will see this through. We're praying for you amigo.

Chaotic Mom said...

WOW! I'm so excited to hear this update. We'll be praying for you guys, that everything goes well, safe travels.

Bob said...

Dena, If/when it is appropriate, please let your husband know that we here at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill are going to help take care of his troopers while he recovers. The winter sock/underwear/fleece blanket drive opened this morning and the first five responses have exceeded what I hoped we would be able to do in aggregate. All his guys are going to have several pairs of socks plus additional winter clothing/gear. The second part will kick in just after New Year's with pocket-sized goodies, cold weather beverage mixes, soups, and other things. Here in the shadows of Ft. Bragg (and just down the road a bit from Camp Lejeune), we do not forget those who serve and sacrifice. Please convey our deep respect and appreciation for all his efforts and our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Handle the home front and we will help to look after his men. Our prayers are with all of you.

- Bob Connolly

Household6 said...

YAY!! Hoping you fly tommorow!


The Spencer

Nancy said...

I can't wait to hear that you're confirmed for the flight tomorrow so we can give you all a great big hug. Thank you so much for keeping us all posted with the site- I know that I (and MANY others!) are glued to the screen waiting for the latest updates...

Hope to see you soon!


The Bender's said...

We are praying you get back to the States soon! Yes, I bet Rob was really glad to have you cleaning him up! You are such an awesome wife, mother, and woman! We miss you dearly and are prayers all around!

Safe flight back home!

Love to all,
Karen and Craig

cary said...

Your entire family is in our prayers.

I found your site through Loon, and I will be mentioning it on my blog tomorrow and on my BlogTalkRadio show on Friday.

Tammy said...

Thats wonderful news, states bound! Still praying here in Fort Worth! I'm sure he'll appreciate those fellas stopping by! And ohh don't you know his mouth thanks you. Hugs from Texas! May you all have safe travels.

Gina, Ken and Matthew Phillips said...
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Gina, Ken and Matthew Phillips said...

I'm a friend of a friend and my husband is stationed here at Fort Riley. Just know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Gina Phillips

Joyce Winfield said...


Our prayer focus now is that you and Rob -- our "Captain America" -- and Bev and Barb will be able to take that flight tomorrow. It was great to see David's comments and I've informed Stig, Ulla and Per, so you have many Swedish prayers coming your way.

Much Love,
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Doug

Becky said...

Becky said,
Dena, We made it back from Branson last night. We have been praying for you and trying to be a support to your dad.
Your blog is good therapy for you and an inspiration to many. Keep your hope and faith and lean on the Lord. We love you all. Becky and Charles

Jaime Pachta said...

Praying that you will be able to make the flight tomorrow. I hope you, Rob, Aunt Bev, and Barb make it back safely. Keep your chin up and smile...God loves you! :-) Take Care, Dan, Jaime, Ashley, Nicolas and Mitchell

the Helgoth Family said...

Dena, That's great that you may be able to return to the U.S. tomorrow. We continue to pray everyday for you guys. Remember to keep the faith. Have a safe trip!!!! Love the Helgoths'

Maggie45 said...

Still praying, and will be 3 times daily from now on....for all of you.

JoAnne Bartek said...

Dena: Your strength never stops amazing me! I truly believe with all the people praying for you and Rob - you will be energized far into the future. I am keeping in touch with Angie and will be taking some things out to Malcolm this week.

I love you,

Aunt Jo

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news!! We will pray for a healing night so you are all able to get home!! Again, thank you for the updates, can't wait for the next one.

Ryan, Nataly (Boruch), and Taylin Sanley

Rosie said...

Fisher House Gang

Paige Tyler said...


Your house is nice and shiny now. Just a few more things to wrap up on another day. Ali with her big new phone that won't fit in her pocket now is sorry she missed your phone call! Be sure to call her back soon if you can. She is totally bummed to have missed it.

Ola and Khaleed want me to tell you that they are very sorry to hear what happened and they are praying for you guys too.

Hope you guys get to the states soon we the phone calls can start like crazy again!!!


Carol Dzurenko said...

Happy to read the good news, that Rob is hanging there and that you may be flying back to the states tomorrow. Prayers still going up from Georgia for you and Rob.

Anonymous said...

You and Rob have no idea who I am, but I’m friends with COL Eric Wesley and it was his sister Amy who introduced and kept us up to date on Ryan & Nancy Kules over the years. It was Nancy who let us know about Rob’s injuries. I should perhaps explain that “us” is a small Bible study group of a half dozen couples who meet here in Monument, Colorado. Though we can’t ease your pain, nor minimize your worry, we can lift you up to God in prayer. Please convey our tremendous respect and deep appreciation for all of Rob’s efforts and sacrifices; and know also that our prayers will always include Rob, you and your family.

May God go …
Before you to lead you,
Beside you to guide you,
Behind you to protect you and
Above you to watch over you.

CDR Dave Moon USN (Ret)

Aunt Nancy said...

WooOOOOOHOOOOOO! Great report! State bound here you come! And, I am sure his mouth and teeth will thank you!!! :))

With those gentlemen visiting him just gives another example of the integrity and the character of the man that Rob is!
Been thinking about you continuously...we will pray that everything keeps progressing as the doctors expect and you will be on your way in a few hours back to the states!
Tell Bev and Barb that I have been thinking about them alot too...and give them BOTH a GREAT BIG HUG from me...and,we will pray for SAFE Travel back to the USA for all of you!!

We LOVE YOU to PIECES x0x0x0x Aunt Nancy and Uncle Steve

Quinn and Melanie said...

You are so strong Dena and if you don't feel that way at times, please pull from all of us that will be strong for you. Your updates are so good to read. We hope you are on your way to the states tomorrow. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mel, Quinn, Lauren and Meghan

Scott said...

So glad to hear you have friends in the area that can be with you, Rob, and the family. We are praying that you are able to fly soon. I know you have lots of friends in the States who are eager to be with you.
Continued prayers
Scott and Kelsey Hayes (Nancy's friends)

Anonymous said...

Dena--you are one awesome daughter! I don't know how you can do all this--I'm not so sure I could. I'm so very proud of Rob. He is like a son to me as you well know.He is my hero. He always told me before each of his deployments that he loves America and this is his way of helping make it a safer and better place for you, the girls and all our families. God bless you Dena and I hope that I can soon be with Rob, you and mom. Love you--Dad

Cindy said...

Dena-We are praying for you in Colorado!

Mom sent me a link to your blog after they got back from Branson. We will be praying for a safe flight tomorrow, Rob's recovery, and for your strength and endurance for the long road ahead.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because He cares for you.

-Cindy (Hays) Klepper

Anonymous said...

Dena... you are such an inspiration to all of us... Rob will thrive and heal fully because of the power of your incredible Love and Faith in God that is so evident in all of your posts... blessings upon you as you continue on your journey as wife and mother, upon Rob and upon your children and family today and always...

Carla said...

Rob and your family will be in my prayers. Be blessed and stay planted in your faith, God will see you through.

Carla Davenport

Jenn of the Jungle said...

All my thoughts and best wishes to a successful recovery.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story. I am so amazed by your faith and strength. You are all in our prayers.
Allison (Nancy's friend)

Anonymous said...

God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Please know that you are on the Hyde Park Baptist Church Prayer Ministry list in Austin, Texas and you have so many people praying for you and lifting your family up. Your husband is a true hero!

Anonymous said...

We wish you a safe and speedy trip back to the sates! God is good.
~Angela and Bryant Hunt

J.R. Salzman said...

The fevers will subside after a few days at Walter Reed. Make sure he has an ipod or something for the flight back to the states. It is a long and miserable flight marked only by periods of additional pain killers. When you get to Walter Reed visit the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) on the third floor to get things in order. Make a "do not disturb" sign for his room on Ward 57, otherwise people will be pounding on his door every 30 minutes to stop and thank him for his service. He will be grouchy and miserable for a few days and needs his rest. Try to get an application into the Fischer House early, there is usually a waiting list, especially for rooms on the first floor. Its much better for a family than the Mologne House. Make friends at Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT). You will be seeing a lot of them over the next few months. Settle in for the long haul. This will not be over in a day, a week, or a month. Your lives have been changed more than you realize.

Chuck said...

Carren and I would like to come visit with you and Rob on the 6th or 7th, if that's okay with you.

I am a former inmate of WRAMC, and Carren "enjoyed" a stay of over 4 months waiting for me to be healthy enough to return to Fort Riley in 2005.

As far as Rob is concerned, I am very relieved to hear he is doing better; I understand many of the emotional and physical struggles he's going to face over the next few months. Notably, his command is not where he is, and he'll miss his troopers dearly, and that will weigh on him unbearably.

Anyway, I'll prattle on for pages and pages if I keep this up, If you want me to visit, or not visit, or if you aren't in DC by the 6th, or just need to talk to someone who has been EXACTLY where Rob is, or EXACTLY where you are (emotionally/mentally/physically) please don't hesitate to drop me a note at or

SoldiersAngels knows how to get ahold of me too, if that's easier.

Chuck Ziegenfuss

Anonymous said...

I want you to know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers and I am thankful for my freedom even more. I will pray for you every day and I thank your husband for fighting for us!

CH Jeff Bartels said...

Praying for a safe and speedy return to the states. Also, for all those who will welcome and support you upon arrival. May all those providering various levels of care be a layer of the strength you desire and need.

Am very glad as well that folks who knew him back in the day could stop by, thanks SFC Shakespeare - Dakota Spirit!

Continuing in prayer,

Long-time RN said...

Holding you all in thoughts and prayers from Wisconsin.

Anonymous said...

Dena and Rob-

Glad to hear that you all may be flying back to the states sometime in the near future. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

-Ryan Kort

Shelly said...

Dena, it sounds like Rob is making strides in the right direction. We will continue to pray that he heals quickly and that God gives everyone comfort and strength. Again, if you need anything I hope you know Aaron and I are more than willing to help - just let us know.

It sounds like Julia had a good day at school with Peyton. Barb said that Eva was excellent at her house as well. Megan said she shared her pillow with Eva.

Shelly, Aaron and Megan

Kim Decker said...

I am so glad to hear that Rob is making progress. Take each day one step at a time and try to remember that each day that he fights like he is fighting right now is a step closer to recovery. I am glad to hear that some of his friends and fellow Soldiers were able to visit him. Hopefully that was a good opportunity for you to get some extra support. I will be praying for Rob's safe return home (hopefully) tomorrow. I can't wait to hear from you soon!

Jackie Fjell said...

Dena & Rob-We're so sorry to hear of Rob's injuries, but we also know it is all in God's plan and there's a very special place in His plan for all of you! We are praying for you constantly--I find you on my mind many times during the day! The road ahead will be long and hard, but I can tell by what I've read in your blogs so far that you are armed with the love of the Lord and you know He will see you through! It's awesome to see firsthand what a wonderful faith bound young woman you have become since I knew you at Osceola High School! Your family is lucky to have you, and I'm sure they realize that more every day!! I'm praying for a safe flight for all of you tomorrow--Dena & Rob are so blessed to have their Moms to be there for them--it means so much! We lift you all up in our prayers! Thanks so much for the updates--I eagerly await more news! Love and prayers to all of you. Jackie & Joe Fjell

Karen said...

We're sooooo thankful that Rob's lactic acid levels are coming down. We've been praying very hard for all of you. Yes, you have a marathon of recovery ahead. But we are all here, cheering you on! (Wow, look how many THOUSANDS of times people have checked your blog!)
The Marshalls

TheBronze said...

Mrs. Yllescas,
I just found out about Rob. He and the rest of your family are in my prayers now. God will take care of everything.

Connie Maas said...

I just heard Bob and Lee Woodruff speak on his injuries and recovery in Iraq. Your story is so similar, the waiting, the tears, etc. Do not stop talking to your husband, caressing him , any comfort possible. Keep up your strength, remember God cares even more than you can imagine. I will be praying for you and your husband and your family. Connie Maas

Bruce Carroll said...

Dena, our prayers and thoughts are with you, Rob and your family. We are proud of you. Bruce Carroll Madison, WI

Sarahbeth said...


My name is Jess Curry and my wife and I are friends with the Spencers, Wesleys and Bartels from our time at Fort Riley. I am unsure if I crossed paths with Rob but our prayers are absolutely with you guys. I know the next few months will be especially challenging but hopefully knowing that God is both soveriegn and faithful. You'll continue to have our prayers behind you, but if there is ever anything else we can do, please don't hesitate to ask (even though you probably haven't the slightest idea who we are).

Also, I going to send an email to a very close friend of mine who works at Walter Reid and ask her to check in on you when Rob gets there. MAJ Rachel Park normally works with the guys who are just arriving from Germany and I'm pretty certain she'll work with Rob. She is a wonderful, Christian lady who has a heart for the wounded guys coming back.
May God bless and strengthen you!

MAJ Jess Curry

Despina said...

Dena, thinking of you and your family.

Despi Gallardo

Brandy Sacco said...

I just found out about your husband!! I'm so so sorry. I am glad to hear he is doing better!!

Lots of Love and prayers,

Mrs. Brandy Sacco

Anonymous said...

You and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.  You both are truely amazing people.  Take care of yourself as Rob is going to need your strength. God bless you and safe travels. Kari Baumert (Flodman)

Dimond's said...

Dena and Bev,
Richard and I hope and pray that each day you will see more improvement in Rob. I know it will be a long time of recovery. Dena, I went on your other site and saw your lovely girls. They are so precious and cute. I know you must miss them terribly! I understand they are in good hands.
All our love,
Linda and Richard

Maj Max said...

We are praying for you all and passing the word around Lincoln. This is Maj. Gary Maixner I was one of Rob's ROTC instructors and Rob was the Goldbar recruiter with me after he graduated. Rob was the person who told me about the towers getting blown up while I was changing after PT. I know Rob is incredibly strong in mind, body, and spirit and absolutely loves his girls. Please let me know if there is any help you need in the Lincoln area. Stay strong, you are all loved by a lot of people!!!!

Annaka and Aaron said...

Hi Dena,
I was glad to see that everything went good today. USA here you come!!! We will keep the prayers rolling as Rob makes a full recovery. Take care of yourself too.
Love ya,
Annaka, Aaron, Aizlynn and Amarae

carol said...

Hi Dena,Im so happy that Rob is doing better.It will be nice to know that you guys will be back here in the states. Take care and tell Bev that your Colo family are praying for all of you. Love Carol

Anonymous said...

I don't know you, but I want you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. May God Bless you, Rob and your whole family for the sacrifices you make for our great country. -Ohio

Suzette Valenta said...

Wow, What a great way to communicate!!!

Dena, We are friends of one of Robs superiors and his sister. I know them from California. This is passed on to us because she knows we pray for him and his men every day. Please know that you and Rob are also in our prayers.

I feel very blessed to live in a country where GREAT men like your husband go and freely fight for this country, the people and our freedoms. When he comes home, please tell him we said "Thank You" for the huge sacrifice he has made. I know this is little consolation for the loss he has experienced, but he has to know there are people he has never met that are grateful for heros like him.

Forever grateful and you are in our prayers.
Suzette Valenta

Anonymous said...

I thank God that he is doing as well as he is and pray that he continues to improve. Thank you so much for being the strong woman and wife that you are.

My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and anyone that holds Rob dear.

Anonymous said...

This is Angela's mom, Paula, from Odessa, TX. I just want you to know that I have added you on a prayer chain here. If there's a time that comes along that things seem a little overwhelming, just draw from God's mighty strength and remember that He gives you just what you need for the moment. You are an amazing woman as evidenced by your love for the Lord and by the love for your husband and children. May God bless your travel back to the states! Isaiah: 40:31 "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.

Deborah said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are heading back to the states! Every little bit of progress is wonderful news. Remember to take good care of yourself as you continue to take care of Rob! You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you and keep you safe and in his care.
Love, Mrs. Anderson

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & hoping you are back in the states soon
Michele (friend of the Bender's)

Wendell said...

Dena, first of many blessings...Stay strong, and know we all are here for you!!!
Uncle Wendell and Aunt Jonell

Jack said...

Checking in, thought about you all day, glad to hear the positive prognosis. All the best and prayers. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Anonymous said...

It is true we never know what is in store for us, but it is clear to see you are on an unimaginable journey and facing each day with true faith. Dena, you give all of us hope with your courage. Have a safe trip back to the USA that we all treasure because of heros like Rob. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Steve and Sheila Tonniges

Paula said...

Recieved this link from my niece who got it from a friend. Just wanted to let you know we are praying for you here in Houston.

Bender bunch said...

WOW I love the support that everyone is pouring out here. Keep it coming, I'm sure it helps Dena to stay strong.

Dena, hang in there girl. You said you were cleaning Rob up to make yourself feel useful, but I'm sure just being there means SO MUCH to Rob that you could never even know.

I went to dinner tonight with Tim Decker, and its funny SFC Shake said the CPT America comment cause Tim and I were saying about how Rob is one of the hardest charging fighters we've EVER met, in or out of the Army.

Stay strong Robby, the Lord will pull you through this.

Craig and the Bender Bunch

Anonymous said...

I notice that since Thursday, you have almost 6,000 visitors. That's got to be a lot of prayers for Rob and Family...
Let me add mine. I haven't prayed in a long long time. I am no longer religious. But I believe in Love.
And I send my Love, and pray that the power of Love surrounds and flows through all of you, today and forever, and especially through your darkest days.
Uncle Jefe

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

Cannot wait to read The Eagle has Landed!!!

Mark / Cindy said...

Dear Yllescas family,

You don't know our family, but we adopted SSG Kris Carroll and the 1st Platoon Scouts with prayers, letters & packages a few months ago. On the 30th, SSG Carroll e-mailed me with an urgent prayer request but could not give any details. After reading your blog, we now have a name to go with the soldier we've been upholding in prayer. Dena, we have a mighty God and nothing is impossible for Him. Our family, friends and church family will continue to pray for Rob, you and your family. Keep looking up!
Mark and Cindy Adams
Lebanon, Oregon

Liz Machado said...


I am a wife of a friend of Ryan and Nancy's. My prayers are with you and your family as you all travel this road to recovery. I hope the trip back to the States is soon!


J. said...

I heard about you from Mrs. Greyhawk over at Mudville Gazette, and am praying for your whole family. May God be with you as you make the return trip to the states, and lots of prayers also for Rob's doctors and nurses. Thank you, Dena, for sharing your story. I wish you peace and grace as you continue on this journey.

Jenifer Fadness
Ruthton, MN

Ken said...

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Joe & Judy Sunday said...

We are so happy with all of the progress Rob is making. All of the prayers and good wishes are working. God does see us through everything. We appreciate you keeping us up to date with the updates on this blog. We are praying for your whole family.

Anonymous said...


It is great to hear that you are getting better. Everyone here at Camp Keating asks about your wellbeing daily. Anayatullah, and Malook send their best to you and your family. Today, I was talking with Jan Mohammed and Ahmad Shah. They mentioned of all the Commanders that have been here, there was not one like you. I have to say I agree... There will be no one like you to fill your place... Sir, you are one of a kind and we miss you. Get well soon.

1LT Tucker

The Bender's said...

Praying today is the day we get you all back safely to our beloved USA! There are many praying and ready to encourage, love, heal, and offer anything they can to help your families on this difficult journey. It is wonderful to see just how many realize the sacrificies you have all made and will continue to make. God Speed back to the States!
We love you,
Karen, Craig, Logan, and Zach

Bonnie said...

You are amazing! Your posts are amazing. I admit to keeping my dictionary open to see what your words mean! We love you, Rob, and the girls. Hug your mom for me! I am praying against any infection, and with others here commenting, we are speaking life to that finger. Life to every cell in his body, for them to operate and heal as God designed them to. Rob is a Warrior and you are too, girl.
Thanks to Nancy? and others that helped start this blog.

Faith Jordan said...

Bev and Barb,
You, also are in my prayers, I cannot imagine the stress and emotion, watching your grown children go through the toughest time in their lives. I pray you all have the strength to hold each other up.
Hug Dena for me and shower Rob with the blessings he is being sent from everywhere!
From one mother to the other
Donna Mentink

Liz said...

Oh I hope you all can come back tomorrow. Praying!!!

Christy and Brian McGarry said...

That sounds like good news! Prayers for safe travel and continued improvements!

Stacy said...

Dena and Rob- Praying for your safe arrival back in the states. I am so happy to hear that he is on the road to recovery. I will come by and see you at Walter Reed. My prayers are with you and your family.

Stacy Hughes

Valerie said...

Dear Deana and Rob and Barb,
We are praying everyday for you.....and I know that God hears all these prayers. I just want to thank Rob too for fighting for our country and not hesitating to make sacrifices for our safety. He is a hero to so many people. We are praying that all of you will be on that plane tomorrow. Dena, I know this is such a special and hard time for you.....even though it is such a hard time there is probably no time when you have felt so close to God and his angels.....His loving arms around you and Rob and your girls and each of your family.

We are also lifting you up in prayer.....did you know that your little boy would go on to do such great things for his country?
love from Xela,
Valerie and family

Rigsby said...


Hang in there. If you ever want to chat about what you can do with a set of prosthetics then let me know.

All the best,

Scott Rigsby
"1st double amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon"

Anonymous said...

Your strength and courage are an inspiration to all of us waiting and praying for Rob.

Anonymous said...

God Bless You. Our prayers to you and your family. We are eternally grateful for your sacrifice. I thank Jesus that this country can produce men and women of your caliber.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you and your family to have a safe return to the states. May God bless you and Rob during this journey through life.

Our prayers are with you each and every day.

Ronnie & Tina Carlson & family

T.J. said...

Dear Dena.

I'm amazed by your strength and very proud of you. Keep up the spirit. You're all in my thoughts.

All the best
Torbjörn Ekman aka T.J.

Carmen Givens said...

Praying for your family. We are so thankful for your husbands service and your strength. I pray God comforts you and gives your strength and healing. I pray for a safe trip home and I know from the comments I have read so far, an army of angels is clearing the way. You are an awesome woman to share this journey with us. Hugs and prayers for your family
Carmen Givens
Newton NC

Noel Engels said...

Rob- You are a strong, effective and well respected leader and it was a pleasure to work with you and your men at Keating. My family, friends and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and yours. I know you will have a strong and quick recovery because of the man that you are. Your Friend- Noel Engels

jennifer james said...

you and your family are in my prayers god will keep working his majic with rob just keep beleivein he will be better soon.. god bless

brittneyjackson said...

We look forward to you guys being back in the states!! Thank you so much for the updates; you are doing an amazing job and don't forget what a strong woman you are! Love you, Brittney J.

Anonymous said...


Our prayers are with you and Rob. My wife went through very similar circumstances when I was injured in Iraq in 2004. Stay strong, keep your faith in God and your love for your husband.
Rob & Shannon Taber (friends of the Kules from WRAMC)

Anonymous said...

Dena - I've been thinking of you and praying for you and Rob since the moment I heard about the accident. Thank you for posting entries on your blog. You are such a strong, amazing woman. Your faith inspires me. God will take care of you and your family. Tell Rob how much I apprecaite his service to the United States of America. The world needs heroes like him. I will keep you and Rob in my thoughts and prayers and ask God to give you each the strength you need through this journey.
Jenny (Mentink) Forbes

Anonymous said...

Dena - I've been thinking of you and praying for you and Rob since the moment I heard about the accident. Thank you for posting entries on your blog. You are such a strong, amazing woman. Your faith inspires me. God will take care of you and your family. Tell Rob how much I apprecaite his service to the United States of America. The world needs heroes like him. I will keep you and Rob in my thoughts and prayers and ask God to give you each the strength you need through this journey.
Jenny (Mentink) Forbes

Anonymous said...

Found this blog through National Review - best wishes for a full and swift recovery from a Jewish mom in Maryland.

Thank you for serving our country and G-d bless Rob, Dena, their girls, and all the family and friends who support them.

I'll keep you in my prayers.

Andy Boston said...

Thank you for the update. Good news about his progress!

Andy Boston

Anonymous said...

Know that the folks at Inter-American School are praying for you and watching your progress.

Bob said...

Linked in here from Blackfive. Wishing and hoping the best for him and your whole family. Stay strong and know that there are lots of people pulling for him.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that he is doing better. Frank and I have kept you guys in our thoughts and prayers daily. Please do not hesitate to ask if there is anything that we can do.

-Maria Hooker (A Troop)

JanieL said...

Just wanted to let you and Rob know that you are in our hearts and prayers. Hope you are able to get him on that flight tomorrow--one step closer to home.

Janie Lockhart

WoundedWarriorWifeMS said...

Hello there! Sounds like the captain is doing well. Are you guys at Walter Reed? You may benefit from my book "A SOLDIER'S COURAGE" as I wrote about my injured husband. He was to have surgery #20 on October 28th, the same day you got the call. God has blessed us. Surgery has been postponed. You will need to know what to expect and how to make the Army work for YOU! DON'T SIGN ANYTHING! Don't spend your money. Get what you need from the Red Cross in Bldg. 2. Meal tickets for the dining hall are available from the FAC in bldg 2 or the chapel. You should be able to go over to finance (bldg 11) and get an advance on your per diem money. Call Norris (601) 604-2727 and he can help show you around. He is at WRAMC in the barracks of bldg 11. Also, Check out my book here: we'll put Captain Rob on our prayer list. Best wishes and good luck. Janis Galatas
wife of wounded warrior SFC Norris Galatas, wounded in Iraq by an IED April 19, 2005. Author of A SOLDIER'S COURAGE. Meridian, Mississippi

Anonymous said...

Dear Dena,
Thank you for all of your heart filled words. I pray our loving God will be with you giving you patience for your future and I pray He will help Rob heal every day. Rob is our ‘Miracle Man’!
Rob and your family are on prayer chains in various churches in Omaha. Thanks to so many military families for their dedication.
My nephew is scheduled to go to Iraq to help rebuild next year.
Bless Rob and every patient in that hospital,
Donna in Omaha

Christophe said...

You're in my thoughts, I hope all goes well. A supporter from Belgium.

Doing God's work in Guatemala said...

Hi Dena:

Our prayers are with you guys.!! I am survivor myself and as one I know that in order to go on your strength has to be put on Jesus. Blessings. Alfonso Arroyave (Otto's friend)

The Sullivan's said...

Dena, I am so happy to hear that Rob is on his way back to the states. That's awesome. Sounds like he is doing much better. Stay strong. Love you. Alayna

Trápaga said...

It's great news to know that Rob is getting better every day!
We are all praying for the best for you and your family.

May God bless all of you!

Antonio Trápaga (Quetzaltenango)

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 11/04/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

tjdecker said...

Rob & Dena,
This is Timmy's Mom & Dad. We have been praying for Rob, Dena, the girls and the family since Timmy called. I think it is encouraging that you are traveling back to the US today. Our thoughts & prayers will be with you for the travel and a safe return to US soil. Our prayers will continue for your strength during this journey back to health. We know that your faith, your family and friends, and your love for each other, will carry you through the days ahead.
Love and prayers to all, Jan & Tim

Ginny Lee said...

Dena, Kim Decker has been keeping us updated re you and the baby, and she just gave me the news about Rob. You are in our prayers...hope everything goes smoothly with the flight. I am in Korea now working at the 121 but still keep in touch with the folks at Ft. Riley. I subscribed to the blog so I can stay current....we will be thinking of you guys Ginny Lee, CNM

ardi said...

Hey Dena this is Brittney's mom, Ardi. I just wanted you to know we are praying for Rob and your family daily. I just left our Bible Study and everyone asked about you and Rob and wanted an update. They are all praying for you and our hearts go out to you. Hang in there and know that you are loved and being thought of continually.
Thank you so much for the updates.
Take care, we love you and your beautiful family.

Anonymous said...

You and your family remain in our hearts and prayers.
Dr. Ayesha & Mansoor