~This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon, if you make a purchase by clicking a link, we may recive a small amount at the same cost to you, which supports our efforts.~ 😊

Austins trauma recovery

Austin is our eldest son.

Yesterday my husband got the call no one wants to answer.

A firefighter notifying him of a serious accident. He didn’t have much info, but stated that Austin was being airlifted to Knoxville. The only thing he knew was that he for sure had a broken ankle.

When I got the message, time froze and I did too. I just kept saying, “They don’t airlift people for a broken ankle.”

No, they do not.

Austin is in very serious condition. He has way more than a broken leg, although he did manage to have that. He is currently in the trauma ICU fighting for his life.


It all started when he rolled and got pinned under the 4000 pound excavator he was operating.

We are praising God he is alive. We are marveling that someone heard his cries over the noise of the machine. And we are extremely grateful for prompt emergency responders.

He is not out of the woods.

He’s suffering from multiple fractures, has tubes from every conceivable location, and is heavily sedated.

I needed to lay my eyes on my son. Honestly–it was bad. But I had to know. He didn’t know that Greg and I came, but we needed to be there. To pray over him, to tell him we love him, and to hear the news.

It’s very hard to see your son, no matter his age, lying there so bruised and battered. We know God saved him for a purpose.

We have some long days ahead. Austin has some long weeks and months. For now, we are praying him through moment by moment, hour by hour. We will figure out the next steps after that.

If you have a moment, please pray for Austin.

From a mama’s hurting heart,

Thank you!


Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet Your Hosts!

Follow Their Blogs

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)


FEATURED POSTS from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Gluten Free Carrot Cake

1. Gluten Free Carrot Cake from What the Fork

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - How to Make Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

2. How to Make Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs from Hello Sewing

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Grow and Regrow Food from Kitchen Scraps

3. Grow and Regrow Food from Kitchen Scraps from Secret Life of Homesteaders

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…

Homestead Blog Hop Featured Badge

Guidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.


Let the Party Begin!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Join Our Pinterest Board

Follow all your hosts on Pinterest and send me a message that you’d like to be added to our Homestead Blog Hop group board. The only rule is to only add posts that you’ve also added here.

Homestead Blog Hop - Homestead tips, ideas, animal care, and recipes every Wednesday
Ridge Haven Homestead Austin’s Recovery, Blog, Family, Homestead Blog Hop!

16 Replies

  1. Oh my goodness, Laurie, it’s been one trial after another for you this year! My heart hurts for you and I am praying for Austin, you and your family. Sending lots of prayers and Easter love your way.

  2. Laurie,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your sons accident…Sending prayers for his recovery even though it is going to be a long road but thank God he is alive!!! Thanks again for hosting this charming party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! I hope you have a great week!

What is your experience? 💜 I read every comment, and so many times I find that I gain encouragement from what’s shared. ❤️