The first of many transitions

Today marks fifteen days into our long journey toward recovery.

To the many friends, family, and yet-to-be-met acquaintances who have been walking alongside us in this journey, thank you so much for the prayers, notes, and continued hope for Angie. In the last two weeks, we’ve been wading through many unknowns as we’ve witnessed the immediacy of Angie’s condition and questioned the many different paths the future may hold.

Through this time we’ve so appreciated the space you’ve given us and the respect for our somewhat vague and brief updates on Angie’s condition. With so many initial questions and our emotional rawness, that margin to sort through everything was really beneficial in getting to where we are today. In conjunction with the doctor’s evaluations, we feel that Angie is entering a transitional stage of her recovery and we’d like to divulge a few more details of the situation.

In the accident, the trauma was largely isolated to Angie’s brain. She has a few fractures in her skull (which amazingly allowed the brain to swell as needed for its healing process to begin), a broken shoulder bone, and a few stitches on her ear, but avoided any other major bodily injuries.

We’re so encouraged at Angie’s increased responsiveness and awareness. It is evident that she recognizes family (Ryne and Amanda in particular) and responds with smiles when they are near. Angie has also been communicating through squeezing hands and nods – which is so encouraging for us to see her express her feelings in this way and be increasingly able to connect with us.

Angie has been participating in regular physical therapy during which she’s been able to move her arms and legs and is able to stand with some support. She’ll be continuing to work on these exercises daily.

For the last two weeks Angie has been in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Sparrow Hospital and, having passed a number of benchmarks with physical therapy and being cleared of any infection, was moved to Step Down ICU earlier this week, which is indicative of her needing less constant monitoring. This is also the stage between ICU and entering rehabilitation. With her current trajectory of improvement, and infection again ruled out, the doctors gave Angie the go ahead to move into rehab today!

Angie is now staying in Mary Free Bed at Sparrow which offers inpatient rehabilitation care. She’ll be partaking in at least three hours of therapy a day while she continues to regain mobility and strength. Angie will be here for a few weeks, after which we’ll be deciding on the next best location for her continued recovery.

While all of these are little steps in and of themselves, collectively they’ve shown us how far Angie has come and how fervently she is fighting her physical trials. We continue to thank God for the graces He’s shown us through all of this, and continue to trust in His sovereignty.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24


Opportunities to support us

In just these two weeks, we’ve experienced so many of you reach out to us in selfless ways and continue to offer support and help in this time. We currently have three tangible opportunities for you to partner with us in the journey to recovery. Please pass along these links and opportunities to anyone you believe may be interested in helping out as well.

Pray

God calls us to lift up our prayers to Him. Acknowledging who He is, surrendering our fears, and presenting our requests, there is power in coming to Him in prayer. Please continue to pray for Angie’s complete recovery, and click here for our most recent prayer requests.

Financial Support

We’re entering the long haul of recovery and along the way there will be many expenses both expected and unexpected. If you’d like to contribute financially toward this journey, the best way is by donating to our GoFundMe Recovery Fund. Thank you for the already amazing generosity you’ve shown us in this area

Meal Gift Cards

Getting food can be difficult and happen at odd hours for us, and gift cards are a really practical way for us to ensure we’re eating. If you’d like to send us a meal gift card, these are our preferred restaurants: Jimmy Johns, Qdoba, Starbucks, Chik-fil-A, and Domino’s Pizza. Please send any gift cards (and only gift cards) to:

Riverview Church
c/o Ryne Weber
3585 Willoughby Rd
Holt, MI 48842

We’re humbled by your partnership with us in this journey and the continued love, care, and support we’re receiving.

Holding onto hope and resting in God’s sovereignty as we take this next step.

Join us in prayer

We’re encouraging friends and family to take a few minutes each day at 8:00pm to lift up Angie in prayer. In addition to that, each Tuesday at 8:00pm we’re gathering together in the first floor cafe of Sparrow Hospital to pray with each other. If you can make it out, we’d love to have you join us, but either way, we’re incredibly thankful for the vast number of friends and family who are praying over Angie!

In addition to our previously posted prayer requests, here are a few specifics you can be praying for today:

  • For no additional medical complications as Angie continues to heal
  • For rest for the family
  • For wisdom for Ryne in working through and deciding on next steps of recovery
  • For Angie to be restored

Do not be anxious about tomorrow

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:25-34

A long week and little moments

The last eleven days have shown us how hope, fear, pain, and love can all sit so hand-in-hand over a moment. We’ve awoken to mornings of cautious optimism from Angie’s doctors and sat together through times of anxious fear over what the future may hold. When the pain and heartache hits in such an acute way, we’re just as firmly met with the overwhelming love of God, each other, and all of you.

We are so incredibly thankful for all of you who have reached out and shown us intentionality, love, and care over the last week and a half. Both in the words and acts we’ve seen, and the prayers and conversations we can’t see, it is so comforting knowing we have such a family of support prayerfully walking alongside all of us in this. And not just walking in the pain, but walking in hope of a complete recovery of our sister, wife, daughter, and friend.

In this blur of a week and a half it’s been the little moments of hope that keep us strong.

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31


A Tenacious Fighter

In the last week, Angie has really shown us how strong she is, and even now, how there’s a tenacious fighter inside of her (as we all know is so true of our Angie). Since our last post, we have so much to be thankful for:

  • Her breathing tube was removed and she is again breathing on her own
  • She is becoming more responsive
  • She is becoming increasingly aware of the presence of Ryne and family
  • Angie has begun smiling as we stand near her
  • She participated in an hour of physical therapy on Thursday
  • Angie is showing her true spirit as she so boldly fights this battle!

Seeing Angie gently rub Amanda’s hand with her thumb and watching her countenance ease when Ryne is by her side reminds us to find joy and hope in these little moments. All the notes you’ve sent in sharing stories of Angie’s love for you reminds us of the impact our girl has had on the world around her. Thank you for staying hopeful in this time and encouraging us with your stories. We pray and look forward to the future stories of Angie loving and caring for everyone around her. Please continue to share your stories with us.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

We continue to find strength in the Word and are clinging to who God is as we walk forward in hope. It’s the hope in the little moments that help us get through the long days.

Hide not Your face

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
Psalm 27:5-9

Glorified with Him

A few weeks back Angie mentioned to Ryne that this Romans passage is one that she would like to commit to memory.

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Romans 8:15-17


Though we currently walk through trials, we can rest knowing that our position is secured in Christ. We have been adopted into God’s family and are heirs with Christ of coming glory.