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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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Monday, February 23, 2009
Here's a slice of life that has become our lives. We are sleeping on Coleman blow-up mattresses. Some of the kids who are scared of spiders are sleeping in zip-up tents, thinking that will keep them out. It's going to be a long spring in Arizona.

But one of the things Andrea has said over the past few weeks is, "If we can just get a couch where everyone can sit, we'll be in a better place." On Saturday we went looking for a couch, with instructions not to have it "treated" with any of those sprays they use. We found a furniture store, found a nice 4 piece set, complete with a recliner for dad at a reasonable price. We purchased it and they actually delivered it that afternoon.

Early in the morning, Shannon, who is sleeping on a blow-up mattress in the living room, woke up in repiratory distress, which means she couldn't breathe. She moved into one of the bedrooms and was fine. Upon inspection, this was not the actual couch we had bought, but another from another location where they sprayed the bad stuff on the cushions.

Well, I couldn't leave the thing in the house and there were no deliveries on Sunday, so I rented a U-Haul and got Ryan to help me load it. Then I drove back to the store. But wait. This is where it starts to really get good. They wouldn't accept returns at that store. I had to drive to the other store in order to return it. More miles on the U-Haul. So I took it over and was assured I'd be given "all" my money back because of their "mistake." Except they couldn't refund my money because I didn't have the credit card my wife used and they didn't have access to the other store's records.

I tried to keep my cool through the process, and I think I did a pretty good job, but there were several times when I just wanted to ram that U-Haul into something. I guess we all feel that way at times.

On the way back, however, I saw the White Sox or Rockies or some baseball team practicing. I guess there is a silver lining in every U-Haul, couch return story.

6 comments:

Robert Moyers said...

God said, seek first the Kingdom Of God and God's righteousness, and you food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and health needs will be met. Obviously God did not say "coach potato". Have a terrific Tuesday. - Mr. Happy

Donnamo said...

As my husband would say,"if it wasn't for bad luck, you'd have no luck at all"

Of course, we know it isn't about luck....but I sure wish God would end this trial/test you are on and say "okay enough....restore to them everything they've lost...health, money, home, health!" Are you reading this God? Please say and do the above!

august589 said...

Must have been the Rockies, Chris; the White Sox moved to Glendale to share Spring Training with the Dodgers. Rumors in Tucson are that the Rocks and D'backs will move their Spring Training to the Phoenix area within the next few years, too.

FreeCellPenguin said...

In the movie of your life, you can write the script so that Tom Hanks bangs up the U-Haul a bit...

James Alex Stevens said...

We think of you often. Especially as we try to fight off more illness here. Just as you start to think things are getting better or at least stable something else happens. Do you ever feel like Job?

Praying for you all constantly.

Andrew and Stephanie Stevens

Freeborng said...

Go Rockies! Just kidding Chris. I can't wait to see the movie. That's for real. Chris your live experiences give my family and I plenty to pray about. Can you feel the love? We love you and hope that you are knowing God's embrace through all this. Ciao.