Monday, June 4, 2012

Did that just happen?

This weekend has been full of some crazy/unexpected happenings.  None of which were particularly good.  I found myself repeating the verse:

"Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." - Romans 5:3-5

Progressively, each day dad's left arm and leg were losing function.  On Thursday he went for an MRI of his brain and the next morning we got the news back.  They found that he has a tumor in his brain with a few other spots that they did not identify (but that were abnormal).  Along with that, they found that he has 3 bulging disks in his back.  Needless to say, this news hit everyone in the family like a ton of bricks.  The doctors said he needed to start treatment ASAP.  Today, he got his first full-brain radiation done.  Thankfully, the treatments are short and he only has 10 to do.  He'll be doing one treatment a day (not including the weekends).  The doctors said the ramifications of the treatment could vary but that he should play word games in order to keep his brain working.  Only time will tell how he will react to the radiation.  We are praying that he keeps full function of all parts of his brain, his arm and leg function return and the tumor will not only stop growing, but will go away completely! Thank you SO much for all your continued encouragement & prayers!

I was at a grad party the other night in the middle of a huge storm.  With whipping wind, rain, and crazy thunder and lighting, the party was literally getting blown away.  There was a few tents set up that were soon to be gone with the wind so I was helping to take them down.  I grabbed the final pole to tear it down when lightning struck near us.  The lightning went up the pole and shot up my arm.  All I could do was scream and think, "Did that really just happen!?!"  Yep.  I got struck by lighting.  My arm felt SO weird after that.  For about 15 min or so my arm was really tingly and numb feeling.  As the day progressed, my arm got more and more sore.  My shoulder felt pretty messed up for a few days but other than that, I was okay!  Praise GOD!  I'm so thankful it was not worse than that.  But I mean, seriously...who the heck gets struck by lightning!?  Oh yeah, I DO! haha I would love for that to never happen again.

And so, to top off one of the weirdest weekends of my life:
I was driving to the mountains one day and needed to turn right.  A cyclist was in road in front of me so I went around him then stopped my car so I could try to merge into the on-coming traffic.  Next thing I know, the cyclist came up to my passenger side window and pounded on it with his fist.  BANG BANG BANG!  He repeatedly slammed my window as I saw his lips moving in silent screams.  I sat there in shock trying to say, "What the heck did I do!?!" With my window closed I could not hear what he was yelling but it was evident that he was livid.  He then tried to open my car door and once again slammed my window.  At this point, the car behind me started honking their horn and so, like a kid running from a burning building, a sped down the street.  Thankfully, I got away from the psycho before he could get into my car or damage it.  Down the road, the guy that was behind me during this whole incident pulled up next to me.  He motioned for me to roll down my window.  I had no idea what to do, I thought for sure he was just going to yell at me and tell me I almost killed a guy on a bike.  However, he told me he saw the whole thing, I didn't do anything wrong, the guy was an a** hole, and that he told the guy off!  He told me not to worry about it nor let it ruin my day!  *sigh*  There are good people still in the world!  But, for real!?  I get attacked by a psycho cyclist!?  Apparently he did not like that I passed him in my car.  But thank JESUS my window was up and my door was locked!  I don't even want to think of what would have happened if either of those were open.  Praise God for His protection and for random people standing up for me!

So there ya have it.  That was my emotionally traumatizing weekend for you ;)


  1. Oh, Brooke, I'm so sorry for all of this but so encouraged to see you trusting Him and learning the height and depth and width and length of His love in new ways, because I pray that for your family every day.

  2. Brooke! Your devotion to the Lord during all of your encounters, especially your dad's treatments, are such an encouragement to me! He is using your testimonies to show that he is a powerful and redeeming God. The verses that you repeat are seriously a demonstration of the Spirit's ability to give us strength when we are weak :) blows me away!

    Keep them windows rolled up.

  3. Brooke! You are so inspiring and such a testament to God's love. Always praying for you.