Friday, December 19, 2008

Details, Details

Heading to see Brian shortly...

He does have pneumonia but thankfully they already have him on antibiotics from the surgery so it is being treated. The, as always, wonderful nurses indicate that these set backs are typical in these situations. You take a few steps forward & then one back, so the cliche (which always annoy me, those cliches, I mean, but I guess they exist for a reason) goes.

In spite of, he did his best to let us know he knew we were there with some great eyebrow gestures (I know you are all grinning right now picturing that trademark feature of his & its power of expression) & even a wave!

We're told we still need to go easy on him (no more iphone light saber battles over his head for now, I fear) but he's still gradually coming off that ventilator.

He had some pastors brought to see him today & lead the family in prayer emphasizing the goodness of God, the glory in His works, & His care over Brian. Your posts of faith & the kindness of these pastors brought by loving friends are exactly the encouragement we need. I'm not going to lie--there's a lot of details that come with a crisis like this & they can be used to weigh you down & take your focus of the blessings that God has been so faithful to provide. We need to be surrounding by believers who help us remember that He spared Brian. I've found such comfort in a couple of verses.

The Bible tells us (Luke 12:22-31): "Do not worry about your is more than food & the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse or barn, & God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?...If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field & tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you?...And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, & your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, & all these things shall be added to you."

So, that's what we do. We seek His kingdom & His glory knowing that he will provide.

We thank so many of you for playing a special part in all the details & for encouraging us to continually lift our hearts & minds to Jehovah Jireh (Genesis 22:14).


  1. Kara, although I was impressed by you lightsaber skills, I did have my doubts about how far the "power of the force" would take him. Thank you again for this blog, you are quite the soldier.

    Keeter, my man, I know you are a fighter, but dude, seriously, let the doctors decide about when tubes and stuff need to move. I don't know if you'll ever realize how your situation has brought people closer together, and brought people to the power of hope, faith, and prayer. My thoughts are with you every moment. I just want to get back to the PS3 butt kickings you always lay on me. I just want to get back to doing The "Keeter" voice that makes you so mad, but always gets hysterical laughs from our friends. Hang in there! I love you, man.

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  3. Brian,
    It was really good to see you today, I miss you already and wish I was still there by your side. I am very thankful for the short time I had with you, your dad and Leah. Hearing about all the people who have reached out to you and your family is amazing and a true blessing. Its so apparent how many lives you have touched and we are all here to support you through every step of your recovery. I can't wait to visit again soon and see all the progress you've made. You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. Brian,

    So glad to hear that things are getting better. Planning on riding with Cornelius to visit on Sunday. I'm thinking about you and hoping you're feeling better. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers every single day (several times a day). You know I love you like a brother. I know you are going to pull through this.


  5. Kara,
    First, thank you for writing this blog - it is encouraging to be able to follow Brian's progress each day through your updates. You probably don't know me, but I worked with the team at State all four years Brian was there and have tried to keep in touch some since we graduated. I have been thinking about Brian and your family constantly since I heard the news on Tuesday morning and I continue to pray for each of you, and especially for Brian, that he maintains faith in himself and gains strength with each day to beat this. He is so blessed to have such a wonderful and caring family. Please give him my best and make sure he knows the entire Wolfpack family is behind him. Don't give up Brian!
    Sara Ficken

    December 19, 2008 8:53 PM