Welcome to the new home of the Mackall Family Journey! If you are new to the family of followers, we welcome you to our story. For those of you who have been with us since January, we appreciate you visiting us here, as well as Caring Bridge.
Our journey began like any other journey - with a beginning. A family, living the fast paced life of two working parents, on opposite shifts, three children with multiple activities and sports, and a spousal relationship built on a foundation of text messages and quick phone calls. Add to that mix that one of those parents is a police officer, with an ever changing schedule, trainings, and court dates, and it leads to a family often managed by one parent.
On January 2, 2012, Officer Frank Mackall was on duty, driving to assist his partner on a call. His car hit a patch of black ice, spun out of control, and slammed into a tree. Another one of his partners was quickly at the scene, and after Frank was airlifted to the hospital, we were notified about Frank's accident.
What followed was an unprecedented outpouring of support, prayer, love and guidance. For us, it was our first true experience with the thin blue line of law enforcement family membership. For those around us, it was an opportunity to see law enforcement at its best, surrounding a family at it's lowest point.
Many changes have occurred since that night so many months ago - Frank is home, and continues to recover from his injuries. Our family is learning to live with a different Frank, one focused on recovery, and driven forward by his strength and determination to return to his work family. A Frank that gets frustrated by his every changing cognitive abilities, and by what he views as weakness from parts of his body that he has always been able to depend on in the past.
We welcome you to our world - a world that has survived an intense trauma, brought us moments of pure terror, and countless memories of joy, hope and honor driven compassion.