Last year, I worked with a really great family. Josh and Rebecca Chrestman moved to Springfield, MO, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, because they wanted a better environment to raise their children. Josh worked in the automobile industry, and Rebecca had just received her Doctorate in Acupuncture.
They came to me to buy a home in May of 2010. After months of searching, I had gotten to know them and their two children, Caleb and Maddie, very well. It didn't take long to see that Josh was a very proud, incredibly hard-working man, often working late, long hours, to provide for his family. Josh took his role as head of the household very, very seriously. They closed on their new home in February of this year.
During their home search, Josh's parents, Mike&Chris, flew in from Albuquerque a couple of times. After watching the market, Mike and Chris decided to go ahead and purchase a home now, while home prices were low. Mike Chrestman was a man's man, full of wisdom, and always in perfect control. His strength was powerful, and his love for his family was equally as strong.
And finally, Rebecca's mother, Jane, decided she, too, would move from Albuquerque to Springfield. Jane was divorced, and very nervous at the idea of leaving behind her life and home to move to an area where she didn't know anyone except her children. But her love for her grandchildren was stronger than her fears. During the contract on her home, I received a call from Mike Chrestman. Jane was not a Chrestman by name, but Mike made it very clear that she was a part of their family....and the Chrestman men always take care of their family.
By the end of March, all 3 had closed on their homes, and I had gained new friends. When I think of the Chrestman family, the word "client" no longer comes to mind. The word "friend" does. And I love each one of them dearly.
On September 11, 2011, Josh went to Kansas City for a work-related event. After checking into the hotel, Josh decided to check out the pool. Josh dove into the pool and sustained a traumatic spinal cord injury, crushing his C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae, and damaging both main arteries that run to his brain. He has undergone several surgeries, and has a few more to go. The initial prognosis was that Josh would never use his arms or legs again.
The Chrestmans believe Josh is strong physically, mentally, and full of heart, which will help him make a full recovery from this tragic accident, On Friday, Josh was taken off the ventilator, all equipment was removed from his face, and when they sat him up, Josh was able to hold himself up for 10 seconds on his own. He even managed a wink and a smile. I think the doctors are going to learn what the rest of us have....NEVER underestimate a Chrestman!
In the meantime, Jane is staying at Josh and Rebecca's home and taking care of their two children. Bills are piling up, house payments need to be made, the yard needs to be mowed, and the children will be needing new winter clothes. Because Josh and Rebecca are unable to work at this time, the financial burden is one more hardship they are having to endure.
If you would like to help contribute, please make your contribution through the instructions on Josh's Facebook Support page. There is no amount too small, and any help would be greatly appreciated.