Long-Said Prayers Starting To Be Answered

Caleb's Dad ~ 23rd May 2012

 Hey everyone. I wanted to take some time tonight to write and update everyone on how things are going with Caleb and the rest of the family. I pray that this note finds all of you well. I am amazed at how far Caleb has come in the last 2 years. Hard to believe our little Caleb is now 4 years old! Some of you may remember one of the most recent prayer requests that we’ve had for him (a prayer request that we have kept going for over a year now) has revolved around Caleb’s speech and cognitive abilities. For the longest it seemed Caleb was only able to string together about 2 and 3 words at a time. Every now and then he would be able to say maybe a 4 word sentence, but that was about it. And as far as his cognitive abilities were concerned, I will never forget sitting with Metro Schools after they evaluated him and them saying that Caleb registered the lowest on the scale for mental capabilities. They told us then that we had about 3 good years to get his scores up or he would be deemed “mentally challenged,” as far as scoring was concerned, which of course would affect his future education possibilities. That was a year ago.

Today? Today we have seen Caleb improve by leaps and bounds. For starters his speech has REALLY improved dramatically. Gone are the days of 2 and 3 words sentences. Now it is a regular occurrence for Caleb to actually express himself to us, coming to us and saying things like, “My tummy hurts mommy,” “I love you daddy,” “I want to go outside,” “No, I don’t like it. I don’t want it,” and my favorite, which he said just the other day, “I want to go take a bath!” He expresses like and dislike very well, and his speech therapists have been more than enthusiastic about Caleb’s recent strides in recovery. He also talks about things around him. Just tonight while at church, after singing a song, Caleb blurted out, “Good singing!” to everyone’s amusement. When we came home he noticed it was dark in the living room. He pointed upward and said “Very dark!” Just the other day, Gilbert, our cat had been on the bed with me and Caleb and proceeded to jump down on the floor and run out of the rum. Caleb got on his hands and knees and looked over the edge of the bed and said, “Gibert! Where are you?”

Caleb’s strides in speech have also been indicative of another success that we have seen in his recovery, and that is his cognitive abilities have improved. His speech has simply shown us that he is more aware of his surroundings, more understanding of norms around him, and more able to properly express himself in his social context. He has gone to a special ed preschool this last year, and his teachers there have all said that being in the classroom has really helped Caleb to mature socially. We’ve seen it too. It’s really hard to explain it, but he just seems to understand more. He responds to certain things, actions, and circumstances more appropriately than he ever used to. No doubt this latter news has really made Tiffany and I very excited, for this has been the very thing that we have prayed for, for so long. We have a long way to go in this area, but some news is very very good news.

As far as Caleb’s physical therapy is concerned, we actually completed it a couple of months ago. Vanderbilt therapists came to us and said that he was essentially age appropriate at this point, and that the only thing we needed to continue to reinforce at this time would be continued balance, something we always work with him on with his therapy routine at home. Having one less therapy a week has been a great relief as well. As for vision, Caleb continues to improve. His vision is dramatically better and every time we go back for more checkups, the reports are always good. Oh, and I almost forgot to report, that list of IEP goals that Caleb was to have for the next 3 years? He has accomplished nearly half of them already and soon we will be reevaluating them to make updates.

So for now, Caleb still goes to speech therapy once per week, as well as occupational therapy. Tiffany and I still work with him nightly reinforcing his various therapies and IEP goals. He loves school, and actually had his final day of school today. He will be returning next year to repeat his special pre k class, in hopes that by the time kindergarten rolls around, he might be able to enter a regular classroom.
For our other children, Colby is now 6 and has just completed kindergarten. We had the joy of being able to see him walk the aisle to get his diploma. He has struggled this year in school, showing signs at times of anxiety and stress. After many talks with teachers and other professionals we will soon be doing some family counseling with him. We have long wondered if the trauma of what he experienced at Fall Creek Falls contributed in some way to the struggles that he’s had in school this last year.
Till this day he still brings it up periodically and expresses fear over it. So along with other testing, we feel that this will be a good step, not only for him, but for all of us to perhaps lay some things to rest. Other than his struggles, we have learned that Colby is extremely intelligent. When he is taught one on one, much like when we work with him at home, he picks up on things really fast. I have to say as a daddy I am sad about one thing—gone are the days of rolling choos choos along and watching Cars. He is now full on into Transformers, Iron Man, and Spiderman. That’s ok though. Now I get to run around the house as a superhero, fighting all the bad guys who apparently fill our home. Now Caleb and Connor love to join me on the floor with the choo choos.Connor, who is now 2 1/2, has become quite the spunky little guy. He looks almost like Caleb’s identical twin, when he was 2 ½. He loves to play and cuddle, and is absolutely a momma’s boy right now. It’s fun watching Connor and Caleb interact with each other. They have become two peas in a pod, instigating mischief at any chance they get.

Chloe, who is now almost 7 months old, is now starting to get into the crawling position and starting to rock back and forth. Yep, you know what will be next. We’ve had struggles with her health over the last few months, most recently a string of UTI infections. We actually just found out today that she tested positive for a condition that has to do with urine travelling into the her kidneys. It is a potentially dangerous condition, but not with antibiotics. The doctor prescribed Chloe to be on antibiotics for the next year in hopes that her body will change and develop and the condition will work itself out. A year is a long time to wait for something like that, but we are confident that everything will be ok and that she will not need any further treatment.

Tiffany is absolutely the best mom I’ve ever seen. She works hard to provide for the kids as a stay at home mom, and has most recently taken back up her interest in developing a hobby around photography. Her days are filled with chasing the kids around the house, cooking, cleaning, and teaching the kids. I couldn’t ask for a more loving and precious wife. Her faith amazes me at every turn and ever since the accident, I have seen her love for Christ deepen in ways that I have seen in very few others.  One of the things that came as an after effect of all that happened through our son’s accident, is it afforded us the opportunity to really think deeply about the quality of not only our relationship with God, but also with each other.  When you nearly lose one of your children, life has a way of making you put all things under a microscope.  Call it God’s Sovereignty or what have you,  the result has been that we’ve progressively become more aware of the things that God has been doing in our lives.  This, like any process of change, has been difficult.  But the fruit on the other side as we’ve both grown into the things God has led us into has been beautiful.  God has done nothing but shown his love toward us, as he has Sovereignly brought us through so much these past 2 years, and closer to one other.

As for me, I am still putting the finishing touches on the book. It went to the editor for Thomas Nelson and it was sent back to us for some minor revisions, mainly formatting issues, and tense issues. We also need to shave a little more off the word count, which to my surprise has not been that hard to do. My editor joked the other day that writing a book for the first time is like giving birth to a baby. Can’t say I’ve had the experience, but the process sure has been a hard one. Where it stands now is, once I get it back from my grammar and content editor, I will do a final read-through, and then it will go off to Thomas Nelson for their full review. I expect all that to happen within the next month. There is already talk of another book that may come after this one, one I would write…how’s this for a title…A Faith That Moves Mountains?

I continue to do graphic design and web design from home, as well as build my mobile marketing business. Things have been tough financially for us recently and as such, we are in the process of making lots of decisions. One decision may have me going back into the healthcare industry while I continue to work on my business. My heart of course is in ministry, and I pray daily that a door will open for me to serve in that capacity. I continue to speak as a guest speaker at times, in different congregations. I created a “tent making ministry” of sorts, called Fellowship Mobile, a spin off business from my mobile marketing company. It’s a text and mobile website application that churches can use to send out mass alerts, updates, prayer requests, etc. and use as a way to reach out to the community. My idea was to get at least 50 clients (churches) to sign up, which would create enough income for me to be able to serve a congregation for free—kind of a play on Paul’s philosophy in the New Testament–and a personal dream I’ve always had. Still debating on trying this idea.

All that aside, as a family we continue to grow and learn the many lessons that God continues to unfold in front of us. We have learned so much and continue to learn on a daily basis. We’ve been blessed with wonderful family and friends and a wonderful community of believers that we have now become a part of at the Smith Springs Church of Christ. We’re also blessed to continue to be surrounded by so many wonderful Facebook friends, who even to this day still ask and check up on Caleb. Your love and prayers are nothing short of awesome.

So as is custom, I would like to ask for a prayer request. First for all the little boys and girls who’s requests we post on Caleb’s Facebook often, and also finally for Caleb’s continued progress in Speech and his cognitive abilities.

Thank you all.

Blessings,

Tim Brown

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7 Comments

  1. Linda

    May 24th, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for the update. It is such good news to hear of Caleb’s progress. It is so hard to believe it has been that long! Your little girl is beautiful! I can not wait for your book! Continued prayers to you and your family and all the other children. May God continue to bless you!

  2. May 24th, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Blessed by this blog, we are Grandparents of 8, we are frequent visitors to FCF State Park and we blessed to met you all at Spring Creek Baptist at East Ridge. With a strong believe in the power of prayer we lift your request to God. as His blessings come down we return our praise to Him.

  3. Karri Tucker

    May 24th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I Have been praying for you and your family, I have several connections…Matt Sears is a Mutual friend and My husband Is from Chatta. his parents worship at Central Church of Christ and I was at Fall Creek Falls the weekend of the accident , actually based on your reporting we must have just left the area…(my daughter passed away just a little over 2 years ago and I was there at FCF with a mother daughter group of her dearest friends) I had just talked to a Vandy nurse and Dr..(she had a VU shirt on) And she remembered my daughter… 22 years in the VU system you meet ALOT and Grow close to Alot of people) Anyway have put off posting , I enjoy reading the updates but wanted to post and suggest something …If Chloe is going to be on long-term Antibiotic Therapy you might want to inquire about probiotics …with CF antibiotic therapies are what kept her alive that being said she killed all her GOOD bacteria and developed C-diff…NOT Good…..Just a suggestion to not add any more complications to your already challenging Life….May God Continue to Bless you and Your sweet Family !!!

  4. jill childs

    May 24th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I don’t think I have ever prayed harder for anything than I did for your sweet Caleb. I am thanking God now, for answered prayers! It is so good to see that he is well on his way to a full recovery… not that I ever doubted he would be. Caleb will always hold a special place in my heart. Your family is precious!

  5. Kelly Young

    June 26th, 2012 at 9:43 am

    So glad to hear a great update on Caleb. He has forever touched my heart. I continue to pray for him, and your family. As for Colby and Chloe, I pray that God touches each of them, that Colby’s anxieties and fears will disappear, and that he will accelerate above and beyond in school. That God will calm all of his fears, and that the tragedy that happened in his young life, will one day turn into a ministry for him, that He will tell of all that God has brought him through and done in his life. I believe God will use this test as a testimony in all of your children’s life. God is awesome. And I pray that God will completely heal Chloe, He can do all things. I pray that she doesn’t have to be on those antibiotics for a year, and that she receives a complete healing in her body, in the name of Jesus, we receive it and believe it. I continue to believe in a complete recovery for Caleb, with no signs of any trauma and that he will be able to go to school in a normal environment, and will excel above and beyond any limits that people have said he will never be able to do. I believe God will do it. I have told you often, that I do not believe that God has brought him this far, to let him be mentally challenged. I believe that God is going to heal him COMPLETELY! as for you and your work, I pray that God blesses you financially, and that you are able to do the work you WANT to work in. I believe that if you want to work in the ministry for Him, that He will provide. And I love the idea for the mobile app. for the church. That would be something I would want on my phone. I think it would be a great too for churches to have. I pray that you and your family will be greatly blessed and I love the title for the book, can’t wait to get it. Be blessed, and keep pressing on. God Bless you and yours…Always in my prayers…

  6. Brandon

    July 31st, 2012 at 10:18 am

    My prayers continue for little Caleb. I have been thinking of him lately and was curious how he has been doing since his injury. His story has really touched me and I hope he continues to make improvements. May God continue to bless your family.

  7. December 4th, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Amazing! To God be the glory! I am very touched and grateful to God for the miracles He performs. “The prayers of the righteous availeth much.”

    In 1991, my family and I were involved in a tragic car accident that killed my father (a pastor) and grandfather (a deacon) and left my older sister in a coma for about a month. She had tubes in her head. The doctors said that she would be a “vegetable,” that’s if she even recovered. I know that it was nothing but prayer that she is highly functioning for one to have a brain injury. She writes inspirational writings and shares it with others on a daily basis. She lives by herself with very limited professional support. I know that little Caleb is a walking miracle and testimony to God, like my sister. “[His healing] is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight.”

    I pray that God will bless the Brown family in every area of their life and for you to continue to see improvement in Caleb’s cognitive development. “Is there anything too hard for [our] God?” Be encouraged. Our prayers are with you.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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