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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008
I didn't do Chris Fabry Live today. For the first time since May 5, other than holidays, I had Collin Lambert fill in for me. My unbroken string was snapped because of several events that made the perfect storm.

My wife, Andrea, took two of our sons, Colin and Reagan, to see a doctor in Arizona to see if he can help us with their recovery from problems stemming from a toxic mold exposure. She was supposed to return Wednesday, but because of extra testing, had to change the flight to Thursday.

Brandon, who is in the second grade, was counting on his mother to be in the audience for this performance of King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. It's an award-winning book for children about a King who won't get out of the bathtub and the people of the kingdom try to figure out how to get him out. Music goes along with the telling of the story. (Don't worry, I won't spoil the ending.)

It was just the 2nd grade class and a few parents in the music room. It only lasted about 15 minutes or so. It wasn't really a big deal.

Except to Brandon.

And part of what we've been trying to do with the kids since we've moved out of our house is keep things "normal." So today, on the 2 month anniversary of the day we left our home, I decided not to ask one of his older siblings to sit in for one of us, I decided that I'm the one who needed to be there and watch him perform.

And it was a big deal.

To me.

Because I got to see him do something he just loved doing. I got to enter his world for a few minutes and listen to his music teacher--who is fantastic, by the way. And I was able to stop all the important stuff, all the things that I think are special, and do something that will really last. A memory of the king in the bathtub, the courtiers who wanted him to come out, and a little boy playing a cymbal and smiling at his dad.

So if you were wondering where I was today, that's the story. In a sense, I was in the bathtub with the king and my son. It was a good day.

4 comments:

Kelsi Cruse said...

Hi! My name is Kelsi and I've listened every day since coming across your program here in Coeur d'Alene, ID on my first day back to work after the last 5 years of cancer treatments and hospital beds. I am writing simply to say this. Today, you were missed. Don't get me wrong, Collin was truly wonderful! You don't realize how much you get used to and find comfort in a familiar voice til it's gone. In the same note, I'm GLAD you were gone today. Kudo's to you pops! You were precisely where you should have been and I'm glad your son got you today instead of me!! :) Thank you for everything you bring to this program.
I mean this as 100% compliment when I say it's so nice to hear someone I can very much relate to with the best intentions and a huge heart stumble over their tongue and words from time to time as you just try and get the thoughts and words to come out - lol. I would take that any day over the most perfectly articulate voice on the radio. It makes you human - and me feel like I'm not the only one out there!

Sincerely,
Kelsi Cruse, 26

Anonymous said...

Hey, you forgot the exclamation point in "Chris Fabry Live!", after all those reminders to us listeners not to forget it! But we have to agree (and no offense to Mr. Lambert, of course)--Chris Fabry Live! without the Chris Fabry just doesn't merit an exclamation point! (Hey, new slogan idea: Chris Fabry puts the exclamation point in Chris Fabry Live!) :)

Seriously, thanks for the great example of priority-setting--you are an awesome dad! We listeners will gladly take a back seat to your family whenever necessary--but we missed you, and we're looking forward to having you back with us today!

FreeCellPenguin said...

Good job, Chris! From a mom's point of view, I can imagine Andrea feeling pulled in opposite directions, knowing she needed to stay and spend more time with the doctor, but having those "but I promised my son" thoughts... I'm sure it was an extra-special treat for him to have his dad there in the classroom!

It sounds like you had a great time... much better than my last visit to school. I got to go in and help dissect cow's eyes! At least it gets better in two weeks, when I get to go in and make cookies. It's been 8 years since I had a child in this teacher's class, but she remembered the cookies I made with the class and asked if I could come back and make them again!

James Alex Stevens said...

Hi Chris,

This is Stephanie Stevens (Andrew Stevens' wife). I wanted to send you a quick email about your post. As you know, we have many challenges with our son and God always provides. I went to a Christmas party with our daughter this weekend and we were blessed with some clothes and shoes from other people the exact size we needed but we were also blessed with some books and tapes. I opened the box and there on top was King Bidgood's in the Bathtub. I had read your post a few days prior and could not stop thinking about the "coinsidence". Well, we had appointments this week with the doctors and talked about mold and they suggested we get our house tested. Andrew's made a phone call and now we are just waiting for the conditions to be right for testing. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and urging us to get our house tested.

Stephanie