About Me

DSC_0816 Randi Stump was born and raised into the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. She was always most comfortable on the back of a horse and soon realized a career with these animals was her calling. She received a degree in Equine Science and Management from SUNY Morrisville and soon married the love of her life, Graham.  While serving as Horsemanship Director at the Word of Life Ranch she taught children, teens and young adults the art of horsemanship.

Life took a dramatic turn when on July 3oth, 2010, Graham was involved in a rodeo accident with his horse resulting in a traumatic brain injury. As Graham lay in a coma, Randi took to social media to help deal with the continual devastating news of her husband’s prognosis.

After several months of extensive therapy and a final release to continue on at home, Graham and Randi remain steadfast in their faith and trust in their Lord Jesus Christ. Living with the continual side-effects of a brain injury: the struggle, the humor, the day in and day out grind of dealing with it all is why Randi continues to write and blog. Her faith through the ‘storms’ of this life have proven to not only herself, but all those who follow her: this relationship we have with Jesus is more real than ever!

Graham and Randi reside together in Schroon Lake, New York with their three children, Wyatt, Keith and Fallon. They lead a simple and quiet life in the woods where they enjoy their horses, dogs and all the mountains have to offer.

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16 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Cindy Baker August 14, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    Thank you for creating this website…it is another tool to continue to share the update on Graham. Randi, again I want to let you know how much I appreciate your complete honesty in sharing about what you are feeling; In your humanness you can argue with the Lord but then quickly turn to the Lord knowing that there would be no way you would be able to handle what you are experiencing without Him to lean on, draw comfort and strength from. Praying without ceasing for Graham & you and your families.

  2. Laura Eklund August 14, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    One of my dear friends was with Graham the night of the accident. She was one of the EMT’s that responded from North Warren EMS. All of us here at North Warren EMS pray for Graham’s recovery. Trust in the Lord, He will not fail you no matter what the outcome. Don’t let your faith waiver. The power of prayer works in mysterious ways. We hold you and your family in our prayers. God Bless you.

  3. Laura Eklund August 14, 2010 at 2:58 am #

    Trust in the Lord for He will not fail you. The power of prayer is awesome and works in mysterious ways. Never let your faith waiver no matter what the outcome. God Bless you and your family in your time of need. I will keep Graham in my prayers.

  4. Sharon Faulkner August 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    Dear Randi, I am a mother of a 14 year old TBI daughter, she and her 2 sisters were in a car accident March 26. Hannah spent 10 weeks in the hospital and rehab. She is currently home since Memorial Day weekend. We have nursing help and therapists come to our home.
    I just wanted to encourage you to take care of yourself and to continue to lean on Jesus. This is a long hard journey, but healing will happen.
    Recently I was sitting with Hannah’s Physical therapist looking over her brain scans. It was rather overwhelming and discouraging and then the thought occurred to me BUT then there’s GOD and He knows the outcome of it all. It was such a peaceful thought to me. Don’t get me wrong there are days when I shake my fist and there are days when I cry alot and there are days when I feel like life isn’t fair and I just want my old life. However, then I remember how Sweet Jesus has become to me and I wouldn’t want to trade it for the world. Our theme for Hannah’s healing journey is God is Good. 🙂
    If you wish to view pictures of Hannah and read posts you are welcome to friend us on Face book Jeff-Sharon Faulkner.
    I know of another mother walking a similar path that you are, she just had her 4th child and her husband has a TBI as a result of a motorcycle accident. He is currently in a rehab hospital, She is also a Christian. You can view his page via Face book also Euegeneleidsrecoverey. Her name is Rosie.
    I will continue to pray for you and your family. Don’t give up hope God is all about healing. Hannah didn’t respond for 2 weeks she is currently communicating by tapping out messages on a letter board. She is laughing and crying. She is becoming stronger every day. One day she communicated to her sister that she knows why this happened.. so she can exhault HIM( meaning God) I want to encourage you that even if Graham can’t communicate with you at the moment he IS walking and talking with Jesus. That gave me such comfort when I would stand by Hannah’s bed when she was in pain.
    Oh and about the towel, his temp may not regulate for a very long time Hannah ran high fevers. When the computer(brain) is whacked out all systems get messed up.
    Blessings and Prayers From the Faulkner’s via Sharon
    Ps. I heard about your family via Jessica Hartzler

  5. Amanda Stoltzfus August 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    I do not know your family, but have been following your story through Facebook. I have been praying for your family during this difficult time. Thank you for the updates. Praying for complete healing for Graham. My heart goes out to you, sweet Randi and all you are going through. Praying for peace and wisdom for you right now. Praying for God’s sweet and perfect love to surround all of you and your precious little boys. Sending love your way from North Carolina. ❤

  6. Daniel Zerber August 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Dear Randi I knew Graham as a teenager and always knew God had something great in store for Graham I know it don’t seem like it but he does my testimony to you is as I was in my late teen years and being rebellious me and my two friends decided to steal a truck don’t know what I was thinking but we did as the cop was chasing us I thought out loud and asked the driver to stop he did not I knew what followed next could not be good all I remember is before the truck went airborne I yelled out Jesus please help us the police said they clocked us at 120 mph plus I remember replaying what happened over and over again in my mind everything seemed to be in slow motion I vowed I would never turn from Jesus again but boy was my bubble bursted everything seemed to be going good I was very active in my church and helping in the youth groups but I had an addiction that led me to jail and a registered sex offender and felon if I could go back and do things differently I would I totally agree with you in why god lets bad things happen to good people I’ve tried committing suicide 7 times for my actions and well I’m still here I know my life will never be the same and if I could take Grahams place I would but I know this is all part of gods master plan I just wish I knew what it was I know it’s to serve him and glorify him more than I want to breathe and then I remember that all things happen to us for gods reasons sometimes to get us back on track and sometimes to get our attention in areas god wants us to be in so Randi don’t loose hart and keep the faith for god has marvelous works ahead in your life Love you guys and will keep praying for you all

  7. Natasha Bunnell August 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Randi and Graham,

    Your courage, strength and mindfulness are inspirational. While I can only imagine how difficult this is for your family, you have touched so many lives and hearts with your experience – my own included – that I can only assume you are both already living the mission Graham spoke of. You are an amazing example to the world of “living in faith and grace.” So often, changing the world happens in unexpected ways right at home; yet the ripples are far reaching and their impact is great.

    Remember how strong you are, remember how strong your individual love is.

    I wish for you the continued mindfulness you live in and MANY more of the small joys you write about here as your days together unfold. You are in my heart and thoughts.

    Blue skies,
    Natasha

  8. Donna Langman August 17, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Hello there. My name is Donna Langman. This facebook page was brought to my attention by Trish Hopper from the WOL life camp in Owen Sound, Ontario. My husband, Steve, was in a serious accident two years ago and suffered a traumatic brain injury as well. He was in a coma for 19 days and hospitalized for 5 months. He has diffuse axonal injury. When I read your entry from the MRI results it was like reading my own story. “He may never wake up…if he does he will have limited functions…may need to decide after 6 months…” Definitely the lowest point of this journey. Please have hope! I wish you could meet Steve and be encouraged. Take the words of the doctors with a bit of sugar because they are very good at telling you the bad news and not so good and pointing out the good news.
    I wrote update letters for the first year of his recovery. If you would like to read them, please, just let me know and I will send them to you. Some of them are on a facebook page called Praying for Steve Langman in the discussion page. They may give you a sense of what comes next in recovery. Everyone is different of course but it sounds like their injuries are very similar. God will never leave you and cries with you too. There is purpose that is hard to know for quite some time. This is a great test of patience for all of you. Laugh every day, I’m serious!!
    Steve is still healing and will for a few more years by my estimate. It is true that Graham will never be the person he once was, but neither will you. Take the change together and keep looking positively at the new and take time to grieve the loss of the old. We have begun to pray for you. Prayer works!
    In His Grace,
    Donna Langman

  9. Jodi Neufeld August 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Dear Randi,Graham & Family – warm Christian greetings!

    While we have never met we are part of the same wonderful family of God! We received an e-mail from a friend who had heard about your story and had asked us to join in prayer! Please know that we are praying and as we have been praying for you this verse kept coming to mind so we wanted to post it here for you!!

    “And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27

    Our dear Lord will not waste one ounce of your suffering and will bring beauty out of the ashes of your situation!! He will use it all for good!! Keep trusting dear ones!! He will not fail nor forsake thee!! We are excited to see what the Lord will do!!

    In Christ’s Love
    Jodi & Kevin Neufeld (Calgary, Canada)

  10. A. Hoff August 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Hello Randi and Graham. I just received your amazing story through my parents, and my family is surely praying for you daily. This is another hurdle that you are both strong enough to overcome, and I know that Graham will get through this. I don’t know if you remember me Randi, but I was a friend of your family growing up. I often think of the closeness of your immediate family and the strength that you always possessed, likely unknowingly. To me, that translates to future success for Graham. If any family can handle this it is all of the amazing pieces that make up those around you. I have learned a lot over the years, and I know today that faith, family, and friends can and will get you through anything. You obviously have all three, and you will get through this successfully. Hang in there, everything will work out…
    ~Sincerely
    Andrew, Jeanne, Jacob, and Lilly…

  11. Melissa Lawyer August 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know that the Christian body of Valley Bible Baptist Church is praying for the whole Stump Family. Being a young family we are hurting for you and continue to keep you all in out prays. God is good & He is still on the Throne! He still gives miracles & with all the people praying, your going to get one!
    Melissa

  12. Laura Dailey (maiden name: Angstadt) January 8, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Dear Randi and Graham,

    You guys don’t even know who I am, but I went to Heritage Christian School back in the early 1990’s. I was in the middle of all the Stump Clan, and I ran track with Sarah in Jr. High. I always thought the Stump’s were so cool, and I looked up to Sarah a lot. When I heard about Graham’s accident, I immediatly said a prayer. I have said prayers for you guys from time to time, and was stoked to see the pic of you guys with Graham in the wheelchair smiling and your quote, “A walking, talking miricle.” Your posts have made me cry numerous times, now all for joy:):) Your faith, Randi, has been the most incredible thing to read about. What a rock solid wife you are:):) Graham is truly blessed to have you, and I will continue to pray for you guys.

    Much Love,

    Laura

  13. Judy Miller January 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Graham & Randi,

    Just wanted to let you know that we are still praying for you!

    We pray for you at our IMMI in-house employee Bible study…..Gary Stump speaks here. Gary gave an update at our Bible study in December. God has brought you such a long way, and we are thankful to see (& read about) your progress.

    My prayer partner and I have been faithfully praying for you since your accident in July.

    We wish you God’s best in 2011!!!

    Blessings
    Judy Miller
    & your friends at IMMI

  14. Lynn Lawrence August 31, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    Dear Randy,
    While on family vacation at ‘Camp Of The Woods’ in Speculator, NY, I purchased your book at the camp bookstore. When I sat down a little later to read, opened the book and saw your name and Graham’s on the first page, I was taken back. I immediately remembered…several years before my daughter had asked us to be in prayer for you, Graham, and your families. You see, my daughter went to college with your brother-in-law, Gabe’s, sister. Therefore word came through Gabe’s sister, to my daughter, and then to us, of Graham’s accident and the need for prayer.
    What a blessing it was to read your story and to hear of how God answered our prayers and those of thousands of others! As you know, we don’t always know how God answers, and sometimes we do. This time it was 4 years later and God so graciously allowed me the opportunity to read of how He so wonderfully answered prayer in this situation!
    Not only was I so awed by answers to prayer but I got to enjoy your writing as well! You have a wonderful gift! Your ability to so vividly and beautifully describe things had me captivated. I couldn’t put the book down!
    God bless you as you and Graham continue to work through the struggles of TBI AND a young growing family. I know He will use your story, your writing, and the testimony of your lives to further His kingdom. Thank-you for allowing yourselves to be instruments in the Master’s Hands.
    Sincerely,
    Lynn L.

  15. annarosemeeds February 13, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    Wow, your blog and life are amazing! I am so glad that I found this site. 🙂

  16. annarosemeeds April 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    Thank you for this amazing blog! I nominated it for an award here: https://annarosemeeds.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/an-array-of-awards/

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