Saturday, September 11, 2010


Hey friends!
It is September 11.  A day to remember all the sacrifice of our men and women in NYC and also to the military for working so hard for the last 9 years to protect our country.
Thanks for the sweet words of encouragement through text, facebook and my blog. I feel very loved and prayed for. I am sure I could continue to use the encouragement as time goes.
(my hubby thought I was done when I fell asleep, so he published this),
 I was going to give you a real update. :)

I have been in the hospital since Thursday we're at about 48 hours in right now.
I knew coming in that I would have to be patient.
This is a process.
I really prayed that Tricare would NOT approve anything unless it was the Lord's timing.  I prayed that we would not have any affirmation to move forward unless it was the Lord's timing.  I trust that is still true.  So, we will proceed and move forward.  I had almost threeTHREE LITERS of fluid drained from my belly on Thursday via amnio reduction.  At that point, we could have tried to continue for another week or two, but my mdwife will be out of town, and the doctor's and midwives are concerned that with a growing baby and growing fluid, these conditions will only get worse for me and for Briar.

I am praying for a 'normal' delivery as opposed to a c-section, but I am open to that option if I need to go that route.  So far we have not broken my water, we are simply trying to make sure my body is ready for labor first. I am contracting quite a bit and we are waiting for my effacement to be 100%.  Everyone is so patient and wonderful.  It has been wonderful here.  The nurses are amazing. We are just hanging out with some worship music on, walking the halls, and trying to trust in the Lord's timing for this sweet boy.

I would say it's kind of like waiting on a deployment to come.  You NEVER want it to arrive, but you know it is inevitable.  You know the Lord has called your family to the journey, even if you don't love it.  But at some point, you're just ready to start the deployment so you can move forward.  I am just praying for continued patience. 

"Truly my soul silently waits for God; from him comes my salvation; he only is my rock and my salvation;he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved"  Psalm 62:1-2

Thanks for your sweet words as we wait patiently on the Lord, and our sweet little boy.  We are excited to meet him!


  1. praying, praying and more for you! Jesus is your Prince of Peace.

  2. Brooke,

    I just have to tell you that you have SO been on my heart the last few weeks and I've been catching myself up on your blog today ...
    I am praying for you, Brandon and Briar as well as all the doctors and nurses. Your faith and trust in our God is amazing. You are an inspiring woman. Briar is blessed to have you as his Mother.

  3. Brookie!
    Praying for you non-stop on the other side of the world. Sarah B is keeping me updated. Praying that everything would happen exactly according to his timing, that you would not experience any anxiety over what to do when, and that you would experience a supernatural peace that truly passes all understanding.... and of course for the best delivery possible. Your strength is to be admired my friend. You are truly such an inspiration. I love you so much.
    - Hay

  4. Brooke,
    I heard your story through a close friend who went to high school with you. Our family is sending prayers up constantly for you all. Your faith and strength is, and will be, a lesson to us all. I will check here daily to see how you are doing. Stay strong and God bless.
    The Schmidt family

  5. Keeping you in my thoughts - and always in my prayers - my "small group" said a prayer together for you all on Thursday...hope things go smoothly and Briar's arrival is a safe one for both of you! I am so glad to know that you and Brandon are with your whole family and that God is with all of you!! Keep walking...and praying...and try to keep those positive thoughts!
    Love you all!
    (Thanks to Jenny for the updates!)
    Cats win - 62 - 28 Beat Western KY Univ!!!!

  6. Praying so hard. I went to CRU with you my first year at UK, and I never really got a chance to know you. However, I came across your blog, and you are such an amazing woman of faith. I had no idea about little Briar's condition until I saw updates on facebook. Praying so hard for peace for you and your family, and a safe and healthy delivery.

  7. I just came upon your blog from Sarah.. I can't even begin to imagine what you all are going through. Praying for you, Briar, and your sweet family. God has a plan for all.

  8. We are praying for you. You are in my thoughts every day....

  9. I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago, and I just want you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family. Just from what I've read I can tell that you are a strong, inspiring woman, and it sounds like your husband is a great man. Best of wishes to you and best of luck in the days ahead.

  10. Brooke, I've been praying for you and Brandon and Briar. I prayed a lot when I missed you at church yesterday. Christy shared the news this morning and I'm here if you need anything at all. God Bless, Shannon

  11. Brooke, despite the valleys, the dry places, the times that steal our very breath, God is ever faithful, present, strong, and gentle.
    I will pray that God reveals to you and your husband something that is specifcally yours from your sweet little boy. Watch for it, it is there.
    My mothers heart surrounds you and my warriors heart stands guard.

  12. Lord I pray that you give light to the darkness and sorrow of Brooke and Brandon. Lord lift their hearts and let them feel the joy of your presents in there lives.

  13. You have been in my continued prayers. Our ladies group is praying for you as well. May He give you strength and peace during the days ahead.

  14. I have been thinking of you so I know why. Praying for you...asking God to be so near in the midst of all of the questions. You love so well...brave and precious mama.

    Sending love,
    String of Pearls