Brock Rocks

January 29, 2014

this long

Filed under: Uncategorized — Vanessa @ 10:47 pm

Brock goes to Pre-K at our church. A program that I love with a teacher that I love where he learns the alphabet and about community helpers and that God loves him. He loves it there too. When I went to parent teacher conferences last fall his teacher kept saying “He has LOTS of friends.” He’s happy. He’s healthy.

When Brock was a baby I shopped at a huge consignment sale in the area. He was six months old and I bought clothes for the following fall – size 12-18 months. He never wore those clothes. Instead he spent the 11th month of his life in the stem cell transplant unit at Children’s. The 12 month was spent in the pediatric intensive care unit. No one wears clothes there. Well, the patients don’t. Everyone else is clothed. Thankfully. He spent the 13th and 14th months of his life back in the stem cell transplant unit. He wore t shirts and socks. When we finally came home his body was so disfigured – his legs were twigs and his belly was enormous – that none of those clothes I bought fit. I felt silly for buying those clothes so far in advance. In hindsight it felt foolishly presumptuous to assume that my baby would still be alive in 6 months. I swore I would never do that again.

Brock’s Pre-K teacher is a brave woman. She’s painting with them next week. On t-shirts. Plain white t-shirts. We don’t have one so I found myself (blissfully alone) at Target tonight. I searched and searched the little boy section but couldn’t find one. I walked across the aisle to the big boy section – you know, sizes 5-12. Big boys. And as I grabbed the white shirt off the rack I couldn’t help but think “I never thought I’d be able to shop in the big boy section for Brock.” I never thought we’d make it this far. I never thought he’d live this long.


  1. Woot for Brock, for you and Jay, for anticipation, for reality that surpasses expectation. God is good.

    Comment by Denise Springer — January 29, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

  2. Oh Vanessa! I just cried as I read your post this morning. You have been such a strong young woman through all this and I am inspired by your faith. I have followed Brock since his diagnosis when a friend sent a request for prayer; don’t remember the connection to a friend of hers, but the photo of Brock just melted my heart. Brock is a month older than our twin granddaughters! (we have eight grandchildren and another on the way!) As I have watched the girls grow, I’ve thought of Brock many times. I’ve prayed for him, cried when things weren’t going so well, cried when he had victories and always thanked God for him and his amazing family. I don’t know if we will ever meet in this lifetime, but I know we will in eternity! I pray that God continues to richly bless you and your family. Please give Brock a hug from one of the thousands of Grammies out there who pray for him and love him. Thank you for sharing Brock with us!

    Comment by Judy Cannon — January 30, 2014 @ 5:13 am

  3. This is a beautiful testament of a wonderful Mother!! Brock is an amazing little boy who has blessed us all! He has thought us all to pray more,love more and be thankful for our children! God is so good and I am so glad he blessed us with your wonderful family! Love to you all!

    Comment by Mitzi Wright — January 30, 2014 @ 7:17 am

  4. So glad to read your post about Brock. He is such a blessed miracle. Someone from our church was just asking about him yesterday.

    Comment by Susan Crabtreee — January 30, 2014 @ 7:33 am

  5. Bless you sweet friend and that sweet boy!! You go ahead and plan for the future and don’t feel foolish!! God has his hand on him and your family!! Love you all 🙂

    Comment by Denise — January 30, 2014 @ 8:38 am

  6. It is SOO AWEsome that Brock is a SURVIVOR!! He has come SOOO far!!! How magnificent!!!

    Love ya!!
    C.O.L.E.’s Foundation
    (Caring Openly, Loving Eternally)
    Sandy Daron

    Comment by Sandy Daron — January 30, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

  7. Vanessa, Jay and family,
    We praise the Lord for what He has done in Brock’s life! Totally amazing!
    Love, Terrell & Nelda

    Comment by Terrell Giddens — January 31, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

  8. The Lord has blessed Brock with such wonderful – strong- Christian – loving parents. I am so proud of all of you. Go Brock Go!!! Bless all 5 of you.

    Comment by Pam Jackson — February 1, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

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