Brock Rocks

December 5, 2011

Dec 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 9:28 pm

I had lunch with a friend today and she asked why I don’t write anymore. We talked about it and came to a few conclusions…

1. Because I don’t have time. (It’s the truth but it’s not a good enough reason to not write.)

2. I’m not a writer. I love to read and I especially love to read things that are well-written. I read posts by some of my favorite bloggers and I LOVE the way they write and I read their words and think “Do they just sit down and those thing naturally come pouring out or do they have to work at it?” I’m pretty sure it’s the former. I would have to work at it. A lot. Writing things like that doesn’t come naturally to me. And if I can’t write (or more generally, do) something perfectly then I tend to just not do it at all. {Now I COULD sit around and work calculus problems for you all day long but I doubt anyone would be interested in that.}

So my friend reminded me of something. People don’t come here because they love the way I write. They come here because they’ve come to love Brock. They’ve been there for some of the hardest things we’ve had to deal with and they’re invested in our family. And they keep coming back because they care and they want to know how he’s doing.

That’s just so…overwhelming to me. I can’t say thank you enough.

So enough with my excuses and perfectionism. I’ll keep you updated more. Promise.


He’s doing good. Really good. He started speech and physical therapy at the public school last week. It’s…different. Night and day different from what we’re used to. We LOVE the therapists that have been coming to our home for the last 2 years so this will take some getting used to. The therapists at the school are great and I’m sure he’ll grow to the love them too….I think it’s the school setting that will take him longer to adjust to.

He has a clinic appointment on Wednesday to get chemo and recheck the fungal lab. We’re praying that it’s even lower than last time.

Y’all…do you realize we haven’t been in the hospital since August?? (knocking on every piece of wood within arms reach) I really think that’s the longest stretch we’ve ever been at home in the last 2+ years.

Please pray that he continues to stay healthy throughout December and especially January when we’ll go on his Wish Trip to Disney World.

Lastly, a story that I told my friend today. She sais I should tell all of you as well.

This morning Brock was asking for some chocolate milk so Jay was teasing him and saying…
“Do you love chocolate milk or Daddy?”
“Chocolate milk!!!”
“Do you love chocolate milk or Mommy ?”
“Chocolate milk!!!”
“Do you love chocolate milk or Baby Reese?”
“Baby Reese!!!”
“Do you love chocolate milk or Jaycie?”
“Baby Reese!!!”

🙂  So yeah. He loves Baby Reese.


  1. You are a far better writer than you give yourself credit being. So glad Brock is doing so well!

    Comment by mrs.darling — December 5, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    • thanks, but you know how writing gives me anxiety!

      Comment by Vanessa — December 5, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  2. I love your posts and I love hearing how wonderful your sweet family is …:-) PICU nursing is hard… Hem/onc nursing is hard. Your story, strength, and love is what keeps us going! Xoxo

    Comment by Amy Kensey — December 5, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  3. So, no, good writing does not just pour out of anyone–it is work. But as you have already been told–we’re here because we LOVE the BrockStar! Thank you so much for continuing to share, just getting posts done is a job–and your writing is just fine, actually you do a great job, we can always understand even complex things as well as is needed and your spirit shines through. A wonderful, joyful blessing these beautiful posts are–it’s not anyone’s writing that brings such a joy, but the story–in this case the difficult, beautiful story of this precious child. All of your children now bless so many–Jaycie with her beaming, radiant smile, Brock with his ‘I’m just glad to be here happy grin’ (and BOY are we with you on that one, Buddy!), and Baby Reese just with her being here–thank you for sharing them with us. Such a great return on our prayers, because it is a great God we serve. Thank you, God for these little ones!

    Comment by Cindi Cartwright — December 5, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

  4. You are better at writing than you think you are. I love hearing of how Brock is doing and seeing a miracle with each and every post. Thank you for sharing Brock and his story.

    Comment by Susan — December 6, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  5. Thank you Vanessa…your friend is very wise and I’m thankful for the updates. What a privilege its been to pray and journey with you through all of this. It’s amazing to me how God can bring someone into your life to care about and cheer for when we’ve never even met – how awesome is that?? You’ll probably never know until you reach Heaven’s side how many, many lives you’ve touched by writing. Remember, God uses what we think our weakest points are to give Him the most glory! Praying blessings over your sweet family!

    Comment by Brenda Bracklein — December 6, 2011 @ 8:09 am

  6. Congrats! I Love the name “Reese” We miss all of you!

    Comment by Reese Wilmoth — December 6, 2011 @ 9:05 am

  7. Good morning sweet precious Brock, you are just soooo adorable especially holding your baby Reese!! Trusting the Lord to keep you going strong in His loving protective hands.

    Btw, tell mommy, she does a terrific job at writing!!! ❤

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    Comment by Caterina Grove — December 6, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  8. That last little bit is the cutest thing ever.

    Comment by peggy — December 6, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  9. Vanessa, your friend is absolutely right! I know I have and so many people I talk to say that we so honor and respect you and Jay for the way you have used this horrible disease that came into your family to witness – really across the world. We loved you even more because of those times that you shared when you were pretty fed up and just wanted to do whatever. I loved and admired you and Jay from the time Jaycie was in our infant preschool room at PCBC. As preschoolers are my great love, I am constantly watching parents and yes, sometimes judging them on how they love and appreciate their babies. Shame on me –
    I can’t wait to meet precious Reese, bring her to PCBC one of these days so we can all see her.

    I will be praying for Brock’s trip – There should be something really special for the Harts out of all this. It certainly is not just Brock’s journey but a true family affair.
    You are loved and appreciated.

    Oh, yea, even if you don’t get to write often – please don’t do calculus because that would make some of us feel so dumb!

    Comment by Suzanne Walker Horne — December 6, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  10. Dear Vanessa, Thank you for your wonderful words and the miracles and joy they convey. May you have a blessed Advent season!
    Love to all. Aunt Connie

    Comment by Connie Huffmon — December 7, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

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