Saturday, October 27, 2012

the move

as of a few weeks ago, Brooke has been a resident at TLT for 4 years now. in the past four years she has grown into a beautiful, courageous, determined, brave, strong, and lovely lady. 
this past week, Brooke moved, but just into another group home. the move is going to be good for her. her school opened up a new home to accept 2 new girls. so, Brooke now has new roommates. I've already met one of them. I'm excited for her and her family!

however, you know me, I'm a thinker. for 4 years Brooke has lived with 2 of the greatest ladies. even though I told Brooke she was moving I knew she wouldn't understand it fully until the move occurred. it just made me think though, what if I moved away from someone I was used to seeing everyday for 4 years. (grant it, they will continue to see one another at school/some weekends). I know that that would make me sad. brooke is not one to express emotions much, so I tend to forget, emotionally speaking, what all she goes thru in a day, what she thinks about, who she misses, and all the other stuff girls go thru. 
tonight, as I left Brooke I leaned in and told her like I do every night I see her, "Brooke, Jesus has got you." after I said it, I said out loud again,  "Brooke, Jesus does reeeeaally got you." 

He holds her tears in His bottle, prays for her when she cannot udder a word, walks with her, sings over her, embraces/speaks to her while she sleeps, and provides for her needs without her even knowing them. 

I don't know if Brooke misses her little friends, I know I sure would. but, what I do know is.... Jesus does have her and He quickly desires to fill the void. 

at that moment, The Lord spoke to me and reminded me of that simple truth. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

peace on every side

this past saturday we took brooke back to the group home. it was raining so badly when i drove her to the house. after caring for her while at the hospital and at home my heart only grew stronger and sweeter for brooke. i dreaded the day. the rain outside became the condition of my heart.

after getting her in the house, she went to her room, turned around, and began walking towards the door to go outside. i can't tell you how many times we redirected this so she would settle in on the couch or in her room. i pulled out books or movies to help her settle down, but she was began bitting herself and became verbally  upset saying, "i wanna be with mommy," or, "i wanna see mommy." needless to say, this only made the rain pour harder within my spirit. after signing information and sharing details, i walked out in the pouring rain not caring whether or not my clothes were drenched.

i got in my car and began praying for peace for her. i remembered a passage of scripture in II Chronicles 20:30 "the Lord gave them peace on all sides." i prayed that passage over her and drove away. thankfully we had plans to hang with friends for the day, so, once i got home we left. my heart was heavy throughout the day, but the Lord sustained me.

on sunday, i went to see brooke again at the group home. it was still raining in our area, but it was much more of a sprinkle. when i walked into the door brooke saw me, grabbed my hand, and walked me to the door yet again. i died inside. i wanted just to leave with her, but i knew she needed time to adjust and i needed time too. earlier that day at church, we had heard such an encouraging message about, "be still and know that I am God." he talked about the the word, "still" actually meaning in the Hebrew the idea of your hands being by your side. in the sermon he also mentioned the very passage i had prayed over her in II Chronicles 20. i was amazed, but at the same time i left assured that God indeed would give her "peace on every side." thinking on the message, i left the group home once again but this time...with a peace of mind and my hands by my side....knowing that He was God and He was at work.

Brooke has done really well during her recovery and she continues to improve behaviorally. We have heard she has little to no behaviors throughout her day. was it that she was hurting so badly before her surgery that she was displaying bad behavior as a way to communicate? who knows, really. i do know we are in good place with her, and me peace on every side.

thank you for your constant prayers and love. i once heard, "rich is the one who has a praying friend." Brooke is very rich!

Saturday, June 02, 2012


Brooke got her staples out on Thursday. she did really well sitting there watching her favorite show. afterwards we treated her to a slushy.  apparently, the staples were very bothersome to her because she isn't so insistent on scratching her back.  Brooke has been off pain meds now for 3 days and seems to be ok with no pain. she's been very active, going on walks and pacing in the hallway. bill and I took her to fairhope the other day. she enjoyed the ride and the walk.  she finally slept longer than 4 hours last night. after going to bed around 8 last night so did I. we both slept til 3:00. she drifted a bit after that, but nothing to be excited about. her behaviors started picking up and I believe it kept her up and me.  we are still tackling her behaviors (slapping face). what a beast this is. this behavior is more bothersome for me than any other she has had because it targets the face.  Monday, she'll start going to school for a couple of hours to get her back in the swing of things. June 9, saturday, we will take her back to her group home. this will be a tough day.. prolly more for me than her. all in all, she is a trooper, a tough cookie and an amazing little lady. Thank you all for those that have been praying for us. thank you for the wonderful meals and sweet treats. all have been such perfect timing and a gift from God. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

long day

our day started at 3:00am. Brooke woke up and didn't go back to sleep. she has been very restless and agitated.  come 7:00a.m. I was feeling the effects of just 3 hours of sleep. I knew several friends had been praying, and knowing I needed the encouragement to finish the day and finish well I called on them for help. by 1:00p.m. brooke was less frustrated. however, just over an hour a go... she has been extremely upset! I gave her some loritab thinking she was in back pain. she's very aggressive and verbally upset (yelling). she still has not slept since 3am.. and neither have we.  i just hurt for her...wanting her to be comfortable, at ease, and especially I want her to sleep. she has been thru a lot in the last week but I'm confident the Lord is listening..and in His timing will make all well. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

whatever it takes

recovery with brooke continues to be a constant struggle. between her behaviors hitting her face and her wanting to get to her back (partially because of a rash due to the self-adhesive dressing) it is a constant redirection, or holding her arm temporarily. today,  for example, after waking up at 5am, bill and I were laying in the bed with her consoling her, holding her hands until she drifted off to rest again. she ate some breakfast which consisted of fruit, yogurt, and a slice of pizza. she kept wanting to touch and scratch her back and hit her face. it was challenging. we gave her a shower to make her feel better then, the LT staff came at 10;30 and stayed til 1:00. during this time, I got her lunch together, did laundry, and sat in my hammock for a bit. our afternoon was a bit more in tense for she got more unsettled, so we gave her some medication to calm her down. I made her dinner, she ate well but behaviors have increased again this evening,  I cannot lie, at times, it is extremely stressful and I wonder if we made the right choice of going thru with surgery. you question everything at times like this.  on a brighter note.. she is by my side and I desire to do everything to help her get thru this...and I will do whatever it takes. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012


every now and again I see how helpless brooke is without someone with her at all times. a few years ago our whole family, including brooke, went to Nashville. while visiting, we went to Opryland Hotel. the hotel is my moms favorite, so we enjoyed walking around seeing shops and enjoying each others company. we decided to take the elevator up to another floor and before you know it Brooke had gotten in the elevator and the doors shut!  within seconds my mind raced to what could've happened when the doors opened again on another floor without us.  she wouldn't know where she was. she wouldn't be able to say who she was with or how to find her family. and at the time, she would not have been able to say her name to those trying to help her. helpless. however, we quickly pushed the button and the doors opened before it speed off to another floor. I remember grabbing her, holding her, telling her it was "ok." not only is Brooke helpless, but so am I. today a dear friend said something to me that reminded me of my helplessness. the phrase she said was, "collapse in His arms." being the thinker that I am I looked up the word "collapse." Webster puts it this way, "to fall abruptly, to break down completely,  to cave or fall in, to fall helpless." I couldn't help but see myself, or those that know Christ, fall helplessly in His arms..almost like i was fainting.  I love the idea that Jesus is my all and all. I love the fact that when I fall helpless or when I'm wondering helplessly as Brooke does...that He is there without any hesitation. and, in doing so there's no need for me to speak or utter a sound...He knows.  its then He grabs me, holds me, and tells me, "you are ok."

Saturday, May 26, 2012

thank you

Brooke has done so much better being at home. we are thankful/grateful that some of her support staff are helping out daily. her school, the learning tree, are coming over twice a day for a few hours to sit and help her. someone needs to be watching Brooke, even while sleeping because she still is exhibiting behaviors (hitting face) and wanting to scratch her back. speaking of which, Brooke has developed a rash on her back, either by the adhesive or iodine. it really is irritating to her. yesterday, after putting some cream on her back she hollered out, "thank you!" it was so appropriate and it made me smile and laugh:) I bought some new dressing for her back, so hopefully, coupled w the anti-itch cream she will be doing better.   she slept so well last night. it was the best sleep she has had since Monday. rest can do a lot of good, I've heard:) she woke up briefly, lifted herself up, got out of bed and went to the bathroom. I was shocked! she is still asleep:) today, we will do more waking and sitting, plus, the doctor said she can take a shower!! she's been scratching her head so much...I know she'll feel tons better afterwards.  I didn't really tell you much about the actual surgery. dr. nimits said he was able to correct 80% of her curve with the placement of 2 rods. she did not have to have any blood transfusion.  that was huge! she lost a bit, but they were able to save hers. all in all, the surgery went really, really well! I'm so thankful for skilled surgeons and nurses.  I'm so content caring for my girl. she is the brightest spot in my life and I love her dearly. Im so thankful for the Nelson's, the M's, and Rene and Patrick for taking care of our job responsibilities at the ABCH so we can be with Brooke during her recovery. I love you all. 

Friday, May 25, 2012


it's funny to me that the day surgery was originally set is the day we came home. it sure is good to be home.  these past couple days have been a journey. yesterday Brooke went to a room. we were suppose to stay there til Saturday or Sunday; but, don't tell Brooke she'll change it on you. last night she couldn't rest. her behaviors (from being in a different place) were making things very challenging. since we could not use wrist restraints her face, her arms, my arms, hands, and the nurses were getting a beating. it got better once she went to sleep but come "vital rounds" at 2:00am she got heavily upset. this in turn got me upset at the circumstances because she just doesn't understand. by 3:00 she was still going strong. after trying everything to get her comfortable I asked for some pain meds for her. at 4:00 she is still upset and gets another round of medication. by 5:30 I am mentally, physically exhausted. I asked the nurses for a transfer back to ICU. knowing her hands would be restrained and she wouldn't be harmful to herself, most importantly, and to others. they told me it couldn't happen. she was stable enough to be on a regular floor. however, they would get in touch with my doctor and ask for a transfer.  long story short...brookes doctor said "you are free to go! she is medically stable enough to leave."  wow.  we basically pulled everything together and got our orders to leave.  the ride home was good. Brooke walked right in and laid in the bed. her words, "it's ok." (theres much more to share, but later... now we rest)  thanks for your prayers! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

walking day

Brooke had a good day yesterday. with help of a physical therapist she was able to sit on the side of the bed, take 2 steps, and sit in a chair for 30 minutes. we had hardly any behavior problems with her yesterday. go Brooke! she has continued to say, "it's okay" throughout her day; however, yesterday she formed a sentence of "I wanna go". I love those random sentences that are just too far in-between.  yesterday afternoon she took a few bites of solid food. even last night she had a little bit of food.  last night seemed hard for her. she was moaning a great deal so they gave her extra medicine to ease the pain. she didn't sleep really well last night.  this morning they removed the draining tube from her back which made her pain increase. they gave her extra medication. bill was here last night and early this morning.. he told me as we switched out that she kept asking for me. that's just precious.  today is a big day. she'll start walking today. I can't wait. sorta like your one year old learning to walk-for-the-first time-can't-wait. after she walks she'll go into a regular room.  pray that the Lord gives brooke understanding, peace on every side and that we have little to no behaviors as we transition to another floor.  thank you!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

today's goal

today Brooke is doing really well. I think her fear from yesterday has escaped her and she is much more at ease. however, today's plan is to get Brooke sitting up in the bed and possibly taking a couple steps to sit in chair, so this may disturb her some. the PT will come sometime today and encourage this movement.  her doctor wants her to stay in ICU again tonight. then to a regular room some time tomorrow. she will be the hospital, more than likely, til saturday. thank you for your continued prayers. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

tomorrow is coming..

we are now in ICU. after we got in, she started to be rather alert. she kept saying, "it's okay," seemingly to try and convince herself that she was. along with her alertness came moaning and tears. she was given morphine and soon after seemed more comfortable. she has the strength of a horse and, at times, is pulling herself up to sit. with encouragement we are helping her just to relax.  she has gotten sick twice because of medication. each time, having to change linen which upsets her. the language barrier is making me mad at autism. I wish I could jump in her head for a moment. we have her hands tied down because in the past she has pulled out IV's straight out of her arm. this, I think upsets her more, but I'd rather her be safe. my prayer is she stop fighting the pain herself and try and rest. i know she has got to be so tired. we will be in ICU til tomorrow sometime (if she is doing well).  thank you for your continued prayers. I know the Lord has her. she is a trooper and so brave. today has been tough, but tomorrow is coming. 

surgery update

Brooke has done remarkably well this morning..laughing, smiling, giggling.  she went back around 7:30 to put her to sleep. an ENT doc has already reported that she did not have anything lodged in her nose. he removed large amounts of wax from both ears.  they just called and said the surgery has already started and will report back in 1 hour. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

may 22, surgery set

update: surgery set for Brooke, Tuesday May 22. we will be at womans/children's in our area. arrival is 6am with a 4 hour surgical procedure.  the MRI shown she was able to go on with the surgery. it Also showed that the majority of the scoliosis is lumbar area (mid to lower). therefore, the rod will not go all the way up towards the neck. this will give her some mobility issues. we will know more about that during her recovery. after surgery she will be in ICU then to a regular floor if there are no complications.  we are confident the Lords hand was in the move of the surgery to tuesday and confident she will do fine.  I will be blogging throughout the day tomorrow.  thank you for your prayers, love, and concern!! 

Friday, May 18, 2012

hard day

Brooke's MRI went well. once the IV was in she drifted quickly. the procedure lasted about an hour. then, following, she had another small procedure done. they will use this scan as a guide/tool for the surgery on Friday.  apart from today's test, Brooke's behaviors have increased dramatically since yesterday. it's very odd behavior as I saw and as I heard her staff report.  for several months now she has been hitting her face pretty significantly. her staff implemented a helmet procedure to protect herself. however, yesterday she poked at her face so badly her nose started to bleed. what made it strange was her "giddy" behavior. today I even noticed she was extremely happy throughout each behavior displayed. typically, her facial expressions/emotions are complete opposite of what we have seen in the last 2 days.  this, and other circumstances, are going on that are making me question and seek answers in order to help her.  today was hard for her.  today was hard for me. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

it's the little things.

it is the little things in life.  a few weeks ago, bill, the boys and I went to gulf shores on our off time/spring break. it was nice to be away from our area and spend it focusing on the boys and of course...the beach.  one afternoon, ethan wanted me to sit in the hot tub with him. I went...but what you don't know about me is that I really don't like "public" hot tubs.  after getting in, a couple of girls got in as well. we sat quietly. one of the girls commented on Ethan's "Jesus" shirt. I then started listening to their conversation. I'm such an ease dropper. haha.. they spoke of many things... missions, boys, beach, and etc.. Then, one of the girls said, "could you fix my tape?" that was weird... I thought to myself. I watched her get out of the hot tub and noticed she had a long piece of surgical tape down her spine.  before she walked off, I blurted out, "hey, did you just have back surgery, like scoliosis?" she responded, "yes ma'am I did in January." I couldn't believe it. the chances of meeting someone like that was slim. well, there's more. I asked her lots of questions, and she was sweet to answer and share her experience. I told her of brooke and the reason of my inquiring mind. I told her to have fun and she left. moments later, she walked back in the pool area and asked, "I don't mean to seem weird, but can I ask your daughters name so I can pray for her?" wow! really! are you an angel? she then told me .. can you tell her that ... "she'll be just fine." "yes!" I said, "I'll tell her." before she left I asked her age.. "15", the same age as Brooke.  her name was Lindsey... but that day she was God's little messenger of peace.  lindsey, wherever you are... thank you!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

mother's day & MRI

had a great mother's day with brooke. she came over for a little visit and had dinner with me and 9 boys. whew! we made it brooke. :)
(in the pictures above she was enjoying her new ipad and a ice cream bar.)

on friday, may 18th, brooke will have an MRI at the hospital. they will put her to sleep for this procedure. we will get the results on the following monday when we go in for pre-surgical appointment. i'm confident it will all go well. please pray for brooke, as next week, we will be letting her know of her surgery thru the use of a story board. thank you!

Monday, May 07, 2012

whats to come

watching her sleep and knowing what's to come in the days ahead are a bit overwhelming to me.  while she rest, her face twitches, she moans, her eyes close harder, her body shakes a bit and her hands stay clasped together on her chest.  before she fell asleep I sang "Jesus loves me" to her. each time I paused to say "yes, Jesus loves Brooke", she chimed in to say her name. beautiful.  there are some things I'm dreading. one that I'm not, being able to sing to her and watch her sleep nightly.  and in confidence i know that Jesus will be doing everything else. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

surgery set

Brooke's scoliosis surgery is set for May 25. during the month of May she will have many appointments in preparation. I'm excited to share that after the hospital stay she will stay with us for several days. her school will be helping out with 8 hours daily. I couldn't be more thankful! Her school is also working on a storyboard that will help her understand about her surgery.  recently, we got an iPad for Brooke. we are in the process of learning how to use apps to help her communicate, understand feelings/emotions, and allow her to play games as well. I've heard some encouraging news on how the iPad is encouraging communication for those that have autism. I'm excited to see how Brooke will gain new insights.  please be in prayer. many changes are going to be transpiring in the next few weeks as we prepare for her surgery and recovery. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

personal encounter/surgery

In October, 2011, Ethan (youngest son), went to a birthday party at a nearby church. Months before this, I had painted a picture of Jesus (see at this church and they had it out still for the congregation to see. this past January, i got a phone call from a woman who attended that birthday party that Ethan went to. She had seen the painting and wondered if i still painted for groups. to make a long story short, i did a palm painting for her church this past week. it was a wonderful experience sharing at her church. i must say, even months prior to this event, God ordained that i run into her and we have a conversation that would give me hope, insight, and the confidence i needed for Brooke. a few days before i painted at her church, we met (for the first time) and went over the events of the day. before leaving her that evening, in the parking lot, we talked about our families, our lives, and what the Lord was doing in each of our worlds. i shared with her about Brooke and the news concerning her scoliosis, the surgery she needed, and my fears of it all. she asked me, "dani, who is her doctor?" i said, "Dr. Nimits." She responded with, "i work for Dr. Nimits!" what?!! are you kidding me?! the timing was impeccable. God alone was capable of ordaining this meeting, a God who reaches into the depths of our souls, hears our cries, and meets our needs. This is my God...setting up a very personal encounter.
i walked away that day with more confidence than i did when i drove up to that church that night. i know that the Lord is not only personal to me, but, as brooke's mom, He is a compassionate Father who gives direction and peace to me so i can help/care for Brooke when she is not able to do so for herself.
we met with her GP yesterday, looking at the X-ray showing the curvature and observing Brooke, and know that we need to go ahead with the surgery. from my understanding, the surgery (although complex involving screws/rods) is fairly common. Surgery is about 4-5 hours long and she will stay in the hospital 4-7 days (depending on how her body responds). i do know that post-surgery she will be out of it for the most part, but after that she will be able to sit up in bed, and walk by the time she leaves. my concern is, of course, brooke's pain tolerance. she is not able to express when she is hurting or if she needs anything. however, i think the Lord gives us moms a discerning spirit and i'll be trusting that He will give me the insight i need to take care of her.
If we do not do the surgery, we are certain that the curvature will continue to increase and will impede her health in several possible ways. scoliosis can cause several problems involving the heart, digestion, breathing, and her walking ability.
the surgery date is tentative at the moment but may be as soon as May 25. up until then, i'll be posting updates on her health and of course other "raw moments" between daughter and mother and autism.
i am thankful for your prayers.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

health update:the Instrument

"there are some things that are too numerous to me right now, " i wrote in my book a few years ago...and this week i could have penned in that same line.

If you read previously, Brooke's coordination has been causing falls, stumbling into things, etc.. and we have been seeking to find out the meaning behind this. this past Thursday was her orthopedic appointment and after her X-Ray it showed the scoliosis in her back had increased 13% in less than a year to 43%. the doctor firmly and clearly stated, "surgery is needed." WOW. just like that i was picturing that day for brooke...asking questions in my head repetitively like a auctioneer.

leaving the doctor's office brooke had no idea we had tentively set surgery for her, she had no idea of the whys/whats/hows. watching her, i wondered if she was in pain and if she could say anything at all....i wanted her to tell me. something. that moment.

as i watched the doctor measure the % of her curve on the X-Ray, i couldn't help but remember a story i had heard several months prior. we have a dear friend, John Pack, USCG (retired) that was our Sunday School teacher while at WMBC in our area. As a pilot, John would go on rescue missions after rescue missions....and as our teacher, he would come in and share some of his experiences. One day he shared a story that has obviously left a mark on me. He shared as he flew into bad weather...seeing nothing in front of him, having not to trust in his emotions, feelings, or even gut but to trust in the plane he was flying. (a bit freaky to me). however, he said this, "in that moment, you have to trust your instruments." those instruments don't lie..and in the midst of a crazy moment when you can't see the hand in front of your've gotta trust in the instruments. The Instrument (God). wow.

Looking at the X-Ray in the moment, i knew something was obviously wrong...and trusting in the doctor and the x-ray at the time seemed pre-mature for my questioning and wondering mind.

at the moment, we would appreciate your prayers, as yes, we look into this. we still need to talk to her Rett specialist and her GP. it is a bit unnerving wondering how brooke (non-verbal) will do post-operation. i understand that this is a big surgery for her, but will improve her quality of life.

we are trusting in the instrument Himself, Jesus and His lead us and guide us as we care for Brooke.

(For those that don't know brooke has Rett Syndrome and most children do suffer from scoliosis. Most of the falling/stumbling is caused by this neurological disorder.)

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

brooke's day

brooke turned "15" yesterday. it was a beautiful day...the weather was perfect, sunny, slight wind, and after picking up brooke at the school, it was all smiles. previously, i had picked up cupcakes at a local bakery, made lasagna (her personal fav), had gotten 15 colorful balloons for her to release into the sky, and had gotten her a few gifts i knew she would enjoy. it was going to be a wonderful day! i was determined!
i had to take her back early because she was exhibiting behaviors too much for the boys at the children's home to observe. it was a difficult choice, but nevertheless, it had to happen. upon leaving the house to her group home, we also left the lasagna cooking in the oven, her gifts still waiting for her to see, and a box of cupcakes ready to attacked. right before she left we did manage for her to release the balloons. (the pics are on facebook if interested in seeing).
to be honest, i was disappointed. once a year we celebrate someones birthday, the day they were created by the Almighty God...and i had wanted this day to be special for her. i had wanted each moment to be all smiles, to express to her we loved her and that she was indeed special and precious.
i got home from that drop-off just thinking about my day with her, and even 15 years ago, what my day was like with her. then....ever had one of those moments when someone says something to you in a moment when you need it the most? well, i that moment this is what my dear friend said...."you KNOW that this is why we celebrate birthdays on odd days, and holidays on the day after, etc...because we have to. AND BECAUSE WE CAN. we are accepting enough to know that it's about the love all year long-not just on the designated day. tomorrow is another day. cupcakes are always around somewhere. and so is your love."
after i read this, i wept...and thought several things..

she was correct. life itself is a gift and we should celebrate it daily...for we do not know when that life will be taken from us. on another note, autism is crazy...the things you have planned for just one day MAY NOT happen at all because the circumstances surrounding are JUST NOT in our control. birthdays are great and i love celebrating in them, but it made me reconsider that TODAY is a moment to celebrate the lives that are around us. i may have looked at this a bit to serious (i do "think" a lot though)....but i do like the perspective i have now. Today, i'm looking around to see who i need to celebrate. For, tomorrow, i may not get that chance.

in taking brooke back to her group home....over and over and over again she repeated something i've heard for a really long time. she said, "it's ok." each time she said it i was reminding myself that, yeah, brooke, it is ok. then, there was a long pause in the speech. when she spoke again, she said, "I'M ok." now, i've never heard her say that...but it was as if she was reassuring me that she was ok. She didn't know it was birthday, per say, but what i think she did know is that i love her dearly, and i'd do anything in the world for her. what i think she knew is that she was in the midst of an Almighty God that formed and made her and loved her......and she was OK.

Sunday, March 04, 2012


when she walks into a room you know it. she can make you smile...just like that.
her laughter can ignite a downward soul. her words are few but real. her eyes can read you like a book. her tears will drive you to seek answers. she can make you dream, dare, discern the truth. if you'll watch carefully she can allure you to her Maker. if you listen...she'll tell you things only God Himself would whisper in your ear. she craves for dependence on her God...You can see His protection...hear the angel wings whisk by her side. if you risk getting to know...just for a moment...she'll allow you to see things in yourself you would dare to change...and in turn, you'll be blessed.
i know...i'm one.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

health update: addition

Brooke went to her seizure doctor today. it could be her stumbling/falling is due to her seizure medication so they are switching to another kind.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

health update

here's the latest health update on Brooke:

first, I appreciate your prayers concerning her appointment in Birmingham several weeks ago.

bill went with her and staff from the school. her trip to and from went really well. she was calm and had low anxiety. dr. percy was able to evaluate her fully. this was an extreme praise because every year this has been a difficult task.
dr. percy expressed she is NOT going into stage 4 of Rett's. this again a huge praise! however, he suggested she get her eyes checked [vision as of 2 weeks ago good, but if she drives a car, she'll need glasses. haha!!! for her sweet "16" I'll be giving her a car... so we better get to practicing her wearing glasses. just kidding]. her vision is not causing her falling, stumbling into things. he also suggested she be seen by an orthopedic because it seemed obvious to him her hip was a bit out if place causing coordination skills. she'll have an appointment on march 9. he recommended physical therapy along with that appointment.

for those that are not aware, after moving to this school Brooke was hit by a car and broke her left leg. dr. percy thought the falling/stumbling was due to the stress of this accident.

thank you for your continued prayer and support for her.
she is a courageous and an amazing young lady that allures me to the feet of Jesus.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


there are things I don't understand autism. I guess I'm not suppose to. most days are a guessing game of why/how.
today was a day of guessing:

why does she smile looking at the window one moment and then smacks it repetitively the next.

what causes her to come up behind me to hug me with passion and the next moment slap the glasses off my face.

what makes her laugh and run thru the house playing "boo" and chase and then in the next moment hit a lamp off the table.

I could guess and watch behavior all day long but it's still autism. basically, it's still something that steals from our family and possibly yours.

don't get me wrong, I'm a pretty optimistic gal. however, in all my guessing I know one thing is certain...of all the things the Lord has brought me thru I'm confident of His plan.
confident the Lord holds her, heals her, loves her, nurtures her, gives her peace, restores her, Fathers her, embraces her, holds her tears in a bottle, has her name inscribed in His hand.

He is not one bit surprised at her smiles, laughter, tears, disability or the frustrations she experiences...because He made her.

even though there are days I may guess, wonder, and am driven with passion to help her...I know He never makes one mistake and NEVER guesses.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


this Thursday, Jan. 26, we will be headed to Birmingham to see Dr. Percy, Rett's Specialist. if you think of us, could you please pray for this trip for several reasons...

in a recent meeting, we were informed that brooke has been falling alot; she's falling getting out of vehicles and falling on flat services. i was a bit alarmed by this. her gait has always been a bit awkward and "off"...running into things when she walks. however, i've never known her to just fall out of the blue. this of course, has raised concern for the Rett's Syndrome she carries. there are 4 stages to Rett's (part of the autism spectrum). For more information about Rett's you can go here: we are hoping she isn't leaping into stage 4.

the trip itself has always proven to be draining. driving 4 hours there/4 hours back and brooke not understanding the whys, whens, and hows of the day. i am praying the Lord will give her peace so that Dr. Percy can accurately examine her legs/walk/gait so we can give her the help she needs.

also, this past week brooke was diagnosed with a yeast infection. i'm sure this is uncomfortable for her. your prayers would be appreciated.

"the eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms." deut. 33.27

Friday, January 06, 2012


this past year was a basket full of...

joy, love, pain, recovery, freedom,

loss, gains, a step back and a leap forward, forgivness,

a journey of grace, mercy, passion, regrets, small victories,

and the courage of a child to push thru another year.

during this past year, one word has rung solid in my ear.

i dream of it, live for it, imagine it, and one day i'll embrace it....


Jan. 2011, the Lord gave me a promise thru a series of unusual events that led me to this word...this mystical, powerful event found in Lev. 25. in this passage you'll discover every 7 yrs is a year of jubilee. to be a bit more specific verse 10 says, "liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family." now, i won't go into the details of how, when, where the Lord showed this passage to me...however, i will say it is a promise He led me to that i'm holding fast to. i do know that His way is perfect, He is good, He is a faithful Father to brooke and to our family, and one day....He will return family to family.

i don't know how that looks like...i've thought almost everyday how that would come doesn't make sense to me. as we say, "it doesn't work on paper." i've even thought, this year could be it because brooke is 14 and she has been in a facility since she was 7. but, i can't go, needless to say, the Father's thoughts are higher than mine, My Father's ways are higher than mine. with confidence i rest in just knowing that one day it will happen.

so, i wait, i will wait for our jubilee.