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First, thank you for your prayers!

They have transferred Chance by ambulance to a hospital in Ft. Walton Beach. His parents have driven down {from our neck of the woods} to be with them and Chance’s brother Bayn is also with them. When I last spoke with Erika they were preparing to transfer him to ICU and they were still waiting for a consult from the Neurologist. At this point they are still hoping to have him transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola but for now they are waiting to make that final call based on what the Neurosurgeon says about the scan.

Bayn, Chance’s brother drove Erika to the next hospital. DaddyBoy was on the first flight out of Chicago and will get into P’cola at 5pm.

Again, we covet your prayers. These head injuries are nothing to be messing around with. Chance is awake and aware of what is going on. He’s on morephine and still says he didn’t hit his head…. obviously the large bump and CT scan show that he did. We figure he was running into work in a downpour and didn’t lift the garage door {at his office bldg} high enough and hit his head above his eye… which then may have caused him to pass out and fall backwards and hit the back of his head on the concrete floor. If you don’t know him… that’s a long fall backwards if you’re over 6 feet tall. He wasn’t acting right at work and one of his coworkers suggested he go home. No one knew what was wrong with him… nor did he. He called Erika and told her he didn’t feel good and so she told him to come on home and she’d make him some breakfast. When he got home she realized he really wasn’t acting right and saw that he had leaves and debris on the back of his shirt and a black eye. She quickly realized he wasn’t “right” and then felt the knot on the back of his head. She decided that she needed to get him to the ER asap. I’m just so thankful she didn’t tell him to go get in bed.
So that is where we stand now. Please keep praying.

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  • Katie
    April 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    thanks for the update, darby. i am a long time blog reader. know that we are all praying for your family.

  • Jill Pope
    April 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Thank you so much for the update! We will be praying for your family, Erika, and especially Chance. Keep us posted!

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Praying for you all in Texas!!

  • Merryheart
    April 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Darby, I am praying to the Lord for Chance in faith that the Lord is mighty to heal and restore. I am praying for the doctors to have wisdom to know how to treat his injury. May the Lord give Erika and all you His peace in this frightening situation.
    Remember that God has Chance in His hands!

  • Dave and Mandi
    April 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Erika is a smart girl! I’ll keep praying for healing, answers, and traveling mercies for the rest of the family.

  • the sweet life with olives
    April 2, 2009 at 11:40 am

    praying praying praying. goodness darby i’m so sorry for erika, chance and your whole family. he will remain constantly in our heart and prayers. stay strong. love, erin

  • heather
    April 2, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Erika’s a smart cookie and thank goodness she reacted so quickly to get him the medical attention that he needs. Good news it that he’s awake and alert.

    Keep us posted.

  • KBroome
    April 2, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Praying for them and you guys!

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

    praying in N. AL

  • Allie
    April 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Thank you for the update. Still lots of prayers and thoughts coming from New Jersey.

  • Jessica Ranjbari
    April 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    thanks for the update! Still praying for them both…. head injuries are scary! So glad the Lord is in control. Please update again if you hear anything else!

  • Beck
    April 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Praying from Dallas – please keep us posted, Darby!

  • MaryBeth
    April 2, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Darby, thank you so much for the update, even though I don’t know you or Erika, I feel as if you are both long distant friends. Prayers are still coming for your family and Chance. MB

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I’ve never left a message but enjoy your blog as well as Erika’s. Praying that all is well with Chance. Thanks for the update

  • Ashley
    April 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Al and I have been on skype ALL day as i listen to her phone ring with updates. I know it’s a hard day for you too-not being able to be there with them! It’s so crazy and neat to see all these people praying for Erika and Chance! I’m praying too! love you, d!

  • Nancy Williams
    April 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Hi Darby, My name is Nancy and I am Ginny Williams Grimes mom. I read both your’s and Erika’s blog from Gin’s. I am praying for your sweet family and that GOD will heal Chance and comfort Erika. Thanks for keeping all of us updated….

  • Michele
    April 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Thank you Darby for the request. I am praying in Charlottesville,VA!!

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    We are praying in Eufaula!!

  • christy
    April 2, 2009 at 11:50 am

    Prayers & good thoughts on the way. I wish Chance & Erika all of the best.

  • Susan
    April 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Thinking of you and praying for you and your family!

  • kdurec
    April 2, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Praying here in Louisville!

  • Beth G.
    April 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for the update… continue to pray

  • Teale
    April 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I am praying for your family- thank you for the update. I know it must be so scary, especially for Erika. Tell her to hang in there.

  • AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage
    April 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the update. I’m still sending prayers your way.

  • Through the Looking Glass
    April 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • The Nebrigs
    April 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

    thanks for the update, still praying. what a blessing erika was quick thinking.

  • Kat
    April 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the update. Erika did everything right. Still praying in ATL!

  • Britt
    April 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I read both yours & Erika's blog and love them… Praying in Auburn, AL. Thanks for the updates.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Lifting him up and ya’ll too…
    Caroline F.

  • praying in Iowa
    April 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    We’ll be praying for Chance and for all your family.

    Thanks for the updates.

  • Kaysha Patel
    April 2, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for the update…I will continue to pray…

  • The Gunters
    April 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Praying for you all!!

  • fric and frac
    April 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I am a big fan of both of your blogs and your charming families. I am wishing Chance well all day. I am glad Erika has a sister like you for support and love.

  • The Kidds
    April 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I will be praying for Chance and Erika- thanks for keeping us updated on the status.

  • Lucy
    April 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    thanks for the update. I am praying!!

  • andi
    April 2, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I am praying….

  • J
    April 2, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    wow. praying…

  • the brown's
    April 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    dylan and i have just said a prayer for chance, erika, the dr’s who are overseeing his case, and all involved.

    we pray for complete healing in the very near future!

  • Sarah
    April 2, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Praying in Michigan!!!!!!!! keep the updates coming!

  • Pouring it out there...
    April 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    still praying hard for you in Virginia!! may your family find safe travels and good news!

  • Kristen
    April 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I am praying!!!

  • Jessica
    April 2, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you so much for your update. Your entire family is still in my prayers.

  • Heather H
    April 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    prayers for your family! please keep us updated. i know we are all checking hourly.


  • simply seleta
    April 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Nonstop prayer here.

  • Molly
    April 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I just prayed for your sister and your brother-in-law! Praying for God’s healing hands and for the wisdom of the doctors to take the appropriate steps for him to ultimately be healed and better from whatever happened. And also praying that the Lord would get him to the hospital that He knows is best…whether Pensacoloa or another one.

  • The Hams
    April 2, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Darby, I am praying!!! For Chance, Erika, and your entire family. Thank you for the update and I am also praying that the severe weather clears so that it’s one less obstacle to deal with for Chance’s hospital transfer and for your father- and anyone else- that is traveling. It is so wonderful that you have a “family” of blog readers that will offer prayers and support in times like this!

  • Devon
    April 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    D, I’m praying and thinking of all of you (Erika and Chance especially). If there is absolutely anything, at all, that I can do…please email me.

  • Joel and Lee-Anne
    April 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Darby – I happened to check your blog in the middle of the day which I normally am not able to do..praying specifically for Chance to be able to transfer to the other hospital or the weather to calm and allow the trip, for the doc on call to be on his toes and KNOW what’s going on, and for sweet Erika as she is by his side providing love and strength. Your family is so grounded on the Lord, and times like these prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. Rest on HIS promises that He IS!!!

  • Amy
    April 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I have admired both your and Erica’s blogs for sometime now. I am SO sorry that your family is dealing with such a frightening experience. Erica did the right thing by getting him to the hospital…I will pray that the doctors and God can heal Chance quickly.

    Sending my prayers from Seattle, WA.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Praying in Texas for Chance, Erika, and the whole family.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    praying, praying, praying. I’m so sorry this is happening.

  • emily
    April 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Praying for your family.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Sweet Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is still on His throne. We’re still praying away in Mobile!

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I will be praying for your family! I follow both of your blogs and feel like a long lost friend. This is so upsetting to hear about and I wish you all the best. Thanks for the updates and keep them coming!

  • Joanna
    April 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    hi darby –

    i’m a recent lurker on your blog and wanted you to know that i am praying for your family. i too am in AL and will continue to pray for your family until Chance is better!!!

  • GraceK
    April 2, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I’m a devotee of both your and your sister’s blog. I was shocked to hear about Chance and am praying hard for him, Erika and their little one, too. Keep us posted and know our prayers are with you all during this time. My mother always says “Pray and don’t worry, for He is in control”. I hope that you all feel peace in knowing that so many prayers are with you.

  • Kim
    April 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Praying for safety and God’s guidance and wisdom to the medical staff. Also, praying for safe travels for DaddyBoy and other travelling members. Thanks for keeping us updated.

  • The Pughs
    April 2, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    i don’t know any of you but feel so distrout over this. please know that we are praying for comfort for erika and the baby and the lord’s healing for chance.

    Holly Pugh – Troy

  • Caroline
    April 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    i just checked the blog after early this morning. i am praying now and hope that you have gotten some good news. prayers for erika too to get her through this confusing and scary time.

  • Lauren
    April 2, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    We are praying for you! My husband’s family lives in Pensacola not far from Sacred Heart Hospital so please let me know if there is anything that we could do to help. I have never met you or your family but I really enjoy reading your blog and your sister’s. Please know that we are thinking about your family!

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Praying for Chance in Tarboro, NC. Please keep us posted.

  • Paloma {La Dolce Vita}
    April 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I’m praying for Chance and your family. I hope everything is okay. Please keep us updated.

  • Ford Family
    April 2, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    praying in opelika…

  • Ashley
    April 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Yes, Darby – I am so sorry! I will definitely be praying for Chance this evening. Remember, the Lord is our healer – Jehovah Rophi. I am so thankful that he is in good care and that family is around. We’ll also pray for Erika – that she stays well and good, considering her fragile state. Keep us updated…

  • Louisa
    April 2, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Thanks for the update. Erika is so smart to have taken Chance to the ER right away. I’m thinking of you all!
    Take care!

  • Dianne
    April 2, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    My prayers are with Erika and Chance and the whole family. Please continue the updates.

  • Megan Shropshire
    April 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Wow Darby! I just got a chance to check my reader…I’m so sorry to hear about what’s happened! Please know that you are all in my prayers…especially Erika and Chance! Thanks for the update. Take care!

  • Megan
    April 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    PLEASE let me know if there’s anything I can do. My parents haved lived in Fort Walton Beach for 30 years and know LOTS of people. I don’t know how that would help, but that’s all I’ve got along with all the prayers I’ve said today.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Praying in Birmingham!!

  • Carly Winborne
    April 2, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    gracious. i just read both entries and am stunned. speechless. but praying. i will continue to. thanks for allowing me to do so.

    carly winborne

  • Iman
    April 2, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    long time reader/lurker of your blog as well as Erica’s.
    My prayers are with you and yours, and that God blesses you all with his mercy and gives you the patience to get through this.

  • Becky Brodbeck
    April 2, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    I am definitely praying! Much love and prayers for Chance, Erika and the rest of the family!!

  • Laura
    April 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    What a crazy accident! Another blog I read had a very similar experience, except a week or so after the MRI determined it was a mild seizure and that was why she did not know what or how it happened. I assume they have checked into that, right. Email if you want me to link you to her post.

  • Laura
    April 2, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Oh and my prayers are certainly with you and your family!

  • Lindsay Willman
    April 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Any more updates?

    Your family is in my prayers.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I am praying for Chance and family in Opelika, Al.

  • Katie
    April 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Praying in Millbrook, AL!

    Katie Snow

  • Susie
    April 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Thoughts and prayers coming your family’s way…

  • Linkis Family Love
    April 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the update. It is a roadmap for our prayers to know what's going on. Regardless, we pray that God has Chance in His merciful and healing hands. How is Erika doing? That is terrific that "DaddyBoy" is on the first flight…you all have quite an inspirational family!
    Continued prayers from the St. Louis area…<><<

  • lindsay
    April 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Praying now please keep us updated!!!!

  • Lindsey
    April 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea this had happened! Jeremy just talked to Bayn the other day (obviously before this happened) and I know Jeremy will want to call him! Thanks for posting.

  • Kristin F.
    April 2, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Praying for you and your family!