Anyone who wants to send some encouragement to Caleb

Caleb's NEW Address:
132 Hillside Dr
Norfolk, NE 68701

Elkhorn Valley Bank
Caleb R. Baber Medical Fund
800 West Benjamin Avenue
P.O. Box 1007
Norfolk, NE 68702-1007
Phone: 402-371-0722

Recovery in full swing

Recovery in full swing

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hey Everyone!

Thought I'd let you all know that I was able to pass all of the requirements for me to be able to drive with absolutely no restrictions! This is a huge blessing and freedom that I hope to put to good use. Thanks for all your prayers!


Sunday, January 25, 2009


Sorry to all of you out there who have continued to come here to hear the news of yours truely (Caleb that is), I am finding it hard to maintain my Facebook and online studies as well as a blog. In any case, I want you all to know I appreciate your thoughts, prayers, calls, cards, and visits. I have found out from all of you and your support of me and my family that I am one of the luckiest guys in the world.

Well I suppose a proper update is in order:

I just got back home from the airport here in Omaha. I went to Arizona with my brother, mom, and step-dad Todd. It is my first experience in commercial flying since being injured. All in all I can say it was a very good experience. I wasn't sure how everything would work out, but everyone working for the airlines helped out above and beyond what I could have asked for. The flight itself was just like all the other times, I didn't find that the altitude affected me at all. The trip itself was very taxing though.

You're probably wondering 'well thats nice but why the heck were you going to Arizona?' Well, a very special lady had a birthday that I wasn't planning on missing. My step- Grandma Dora turned the big 75. I was one of the lucky grandkids that surprised her with our being there. I am very glad that God enabled me to make the trip.

I was also able to spend Saturday evening with a dear friend, Nate Purdum. We spent an hour or so out on this beautiful lake. It was very significant for me because it was the first time I got to be out doors. The view was spectacular, and the conversation even better.

While down in AZ I had a second interview with a newspaper. The Tribune I think for you Arizonians around Dewey and/or Prescott. It was good to get to share my heart for the Dalit people with her more than my journey up this recovery hill.

Speaking of India I am very excited as my mom has already said about the opportunity to go. I ask you to pray to the Great Physician to heal my leg to the extent that my doctors are at ease with sending me as well as His continued protection while in India with all of the bugs I'll run into. A little more info for the trip: I may have the opportunity to spend a few days in Denver at the Dalit Freedom Network's headquarters, I think I'll be getting a 10 year visa for India which will come in handy countless times, I will get to see my boys as my mom said, and now I have experience in commercial travel. I'm most excited to see my boys Bhargav, Sai Kumar, Sai Kiran, and Raju Pulli. I didn't get to meet all of them on my first trip and I miss Bhargav a lot. I was tinking about it and I don't know if I'll have the strength or not but I really would like to have another picture with him on my shoulders. It's overwhelming for me to talk about him sometimes. He represents so many things to me but especially Hope and Courage in my own life and in his. Please pray for this opportunity.

I suppose I can also share that I am having a driving evaluation on Tuesday. We'll figure out to what extent I will need adjustments if any to a vehicle to be able to drive safely. I am very excited about the prospect of driving again with all of its freedom.

I hope you all are able to find nothing more or less than Christ in this post.

Sara Groves - I Saw What I Saw

I saw what I saw and I can't forget it
I heard what I heard and I can't go back
I know what I know and I can't deny it

Something on the road, cut me to the soul

Your pain has changed me
your dream inspires
your face a memory
your hope a fire
your courage asks me what I'm afraid of
and what I know of love

we've done what we've done and we can't erase it
we are what we are and it's more than enough
we have what we have but it's no substitution

Something on the road, cut me to the soul

Your pain has changed me
your dream inspires
your face a memory
your hope a fire
your courage asks me what I'm made of
and what I know of love

I say what I say with no hesitation
I have what I have and I'm giving it up
I do what I do with deep conviction

Something on the road, cut me to the soul

Your pain has changed me
your dreams inspire
your face a memory
your hope a fire
Your pain has changed me
your dream inspires
your face a memory
your hope a fire
your courage asks me what I'm afraid of
your courage asks me what I'm made of
your courage asks me what I'm afraid of
and what I know of love
and what I know of God

Redeemed to what end?
To be like the world,
To accumulate "cheap crap quick"
Things that will be worthless in eternity?
For the Joy that was set before Him did He suffer...
Do we realize what that means?
For Him Joy was to know YOU,
to see YOU living in Redeemed, free to love with no reserve

in some ways this song describes my hearts unyielding passion for the downcast....I saw, heard, and know the pain of this world but know that He suffered so that my life, my heart, my very soul can be free from sin, Justified, and able to enter into His Redemption of my heart and His creation.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another surgery :(

Caleb just called not too long ago & he needs more work done on the left leg. So it's back to surgery next Wed in Lincoln at 7:30 am. I am disappointed. This is surgery #17. I was really hoping that he would be done except for his ostomy surgery. As a coworker so graciously pointed out, at least he's here to have the surgeries.............thanks Jenn.

Thank you for all your prayers. An update on the left hand. It still is not working. I don't know when/if he should go see a specialist, but please keep that in your prayers too. We really appreciate it!!! LOve, Tami


Well, I can see that my son has not posted an update for quite awhile. KIDS!!!! Let's see if I can remember what I should. On Wednesday after I talked to Caleb he fell outside Border's in Omaha & his leg started to bleed. His step mom took him back to Lincoln for the Dr to look at and evidently all was O.K. I remind myself that there are going to be falls. But I still hate it. Probably more so now than when he was learning to walk the first time. He didn't have as far to fall when he was little!!!

Caleb was invited to go to India at the end of February with Doug Shippee, the President of Dalit Freedom Network. He's checked with all of his Dr's & they have given the O.K. as long as there are no "open" wounds. They are going to see the first graduating class from the school. Caleb is extremely excited about this trip. He wants to see "his boys" again. I am sure this trip will post several challenges for him, but as I've said before, he is a determined young man.

This morning he has another appointment with the burn Dr at 10:30. His aunt Theresa is taking him to this one. I will post more when I hear from Caleb after his appointment.

I stumbled upon another blog that Caleb had started back in Feb. The title amazed me: o, to grace how great a debtor ............I didn't have time to read a lot of it, but one line in particular jumped out at me. "Perhaps one day, I will look back and see a path that God led me down that leads to the place of understanding and wisdom that I am looking for in my present. For now, Jesus must be my guide to understanding Him and me in clarity, honesty, and truth. "

I must get back to work! I will encourage Caleb to keep in touch better!!! Thank you for all your thoughts, & prayers!! I can never say that enough!!! Love, Tami

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Appointment for skingraft

I talked to Caleb earlier. His stepmom Tammy took him to this appointment, which I GREATLY appreciate!!!! The bottom of the skingraft looks GREAT, but the top of the skingraft isn't doing so well. It's probably from the fall at the senior high. I don't know exactly what that means, Caleb was not full of information. They did put something on it & rebandaged it. That's really all I know.

I hope you are managing to keep warm if you are anywhere near this COLD/Frigid NE weather. I also pray that God ministers to all our hearts and that we continue to learn to lean on Him. In Him, Love, Tami

Friday, January 9, 2009

Full time Student

I just wanted to let you know that Caleb is going to be a full-time student again!!! I didn't think he would be able to "sit out" too much. He's a pretty determined young man. He is taking some online & independent classes. They have waived some of the restrictions on things for him because of the medical issues involved, which we are very Thankful for. He was so excited when I came home from work yesterday. I just wanted to share that info with you all!!!!

Have a GREAT weekend!!!
Love, Tami

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I am at work & "While I'm waiting" is playing on my CD player and I wanted to share how God gave me a glimmer today to keep trusting & praying.

Today when Caleb put on his glove to attach his left hand to his crutches, he said "ouch". Then he looked up at me and said "That's weird" I said "No that's GOOD!!!! I will keep praying!!!

He also biffed it for the first time. At the Senior High, (he wanted to go see Miss Henre) they have a really bad/slick floor when you enter the building and Caleb's crutch went right out from under him & he fell. There was no water on the floor, so I was surprised. He seems O.K. but my heart jumped!!!

Gotta get back to work! Thanks!!! Love, Tami

Things went well

I just wanted to let you know that things went well with Caleb's skingraft yesterday. He is in a little more pain because they took donor skin from him, but he's home in Norfolk until the weekend. It was recommended that he forego rehab this week while things heal.

Thank you for your prayers & support. He's doing so well. God has been so good & I am continuing to trust His healing power on Caleb's left hand. I am asking that God restore full mobility in that hand. "You have not because you ask not"

Love, Tami

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I just want everyone to know that for Wednesday through Friday I walked everywhere with my crutches, no wheelchair at all. It is the first time i have felt like I'm making real progress for a while. -caleb

Friday, January 2, 2009

ready for the fight ahead of me. -caleb


Caleb said at the Dr's office that he wanted to post on the blog. I've been waiting for him to update.......... so I will give a brief update. The Dr's said that he is healing extremely well, and quickly & he is a week ahead of schedule on how well the Integra is healing, so he will have a skingraft on Tuesday. After that heals, he will get to begin rehab on the left leg. He is so ready for that....

I have had a great Christmas break so far. THANK YOU so much for your prayers & support. Having Caleb home & with the family has been wonderful. I have decided that I will post periodically, but this is Caleb's Road, and he is in GREAT shape & able to post anytime he feels like it, so, if you don't hear from me, that's why.

Laura Katherine, I have not forgotten & will not forget to pray for your dad. Please keep me updated.
Love, Tami