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Do. Not. Worry. October 29, 2010

Filed under: Faith — Brooke Hukill @ 4:29 pm

There are a lot of people struggling these days, a lot. Most of us are trying to figure out where we can cut back, how we can make more money or save more money & some of us, just how we can survive this time of recession. Many have become coupon cutters for the first time. Some have taken on extra jobs to earn more money. We know families (we are one of them) that have even gone to one vehicle to save money. Yet in this house we Do. Not. Worry. All right, we are not perfect (hard to believe, I know) and we have had our days of worry, but it’s a choice we make. You can make a choice to give into worry or you can make a choice to believe and trust in God’s word.

The other day as I was leaving the gym I saw a big black ugly, and I mean ugly crow. But the second I laid eyes on this crow I had an overwhelming sense of God’s presence and was immediately reminded of a scripture I’ve known for years, yet always forget to refer back to in the right time.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you no much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26-27

Well, I certainly hope I’m more valuable than that ugly bird! Therefore, I KNOW that God is going to take care of me and my precious family…He has always provided for us and He always will. It wasn’t a day or two later a friend sent me the same scripture! 🙂 Love those little moments, when God is so clear!

Yesterday, I was browning some hamburger meat and saw God arrive again…strange, I know, but hear me out. I was browning a large amount of meat for some dear friends of ours that were having a fundraiser dinner to help support their adoption of two little girls. This is something God called them to do. They are not a wealthy family with the kind of money it takes to adopt siblings from another country but they were obedient and knew God would show up & provide. And He did. Their fundraiser was a huge success and they have been receiving donations for some time now…God is at work & He will provide what they need. For we ARE more valuable than the birds of the air!

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body or what you will wear. Matthew 6:25

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

So have faith, all those who are worried about where this economy is taking us. God will provide!!


Amazing Blessing! August 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Brooke Hukill @ 3:41 pm

I’m so excited I’m crying right now and this news is just too big to tweet in 140 characters! Plus, I never get to blog in the summers…you know with 5 kids and all! 😉

So I’m going about my morning slowly but surely and I get a phone call from my husband who had just left the house. It went something like this…
“I don’t want to alarm you but there is someone snooping around our yard.” (Ryan)
“What!? Do you know what they are doing? Why?” (Brooke)
“Well they are taking pictures of our landscaping.” (Ryan)

Okay, to fill you in our home has massive amounts of landscaping, beautiful landscaping…beautiful when it’s maintained anyways. But this last year has proved itself to be a rough one on many levels. Starting with another surprise pregnancy that ended in bedrest as all of mine do. Followed by depression and too many moments of just being overwhelmed by many of life’s circumstances. I gave up, I did. I just couldn’t keep up during my pregnancy and my amazing warrior was just too busy trying to keep up the business and pick up the slack that our landscaping was let go. I mean REALLY let go. I’ve tried to maintain control of it a few times this year but its overwhelming, I don’t know what I’m doing to be honest. And the amount of time I have had between diaper changes, feedings, doctors appts, and well life has not been much. So it looks awful out there. So bad that last week I received a letter from the homeowners association! This embarrasses me to admit but you have to get a real idea of whats been going on to understand the magnitude of this for me. Okay so back to the conversation with Ryan…

“Are you kidding! That’s awful! I’ll call them and let them know we are working on it.” (Brooke) 😦
(Our amazing lifegroup has offered to come and help us.)
“No, it’s Helen Weis!” (Ryan) In his best smartypants voice that he does oh so well. “She’s taking pictures to use on my blog about curb appeal.”
“Oh! Ok, I’ll go say hi. Talk to you later.” (Brooke)

Helen Weis is the owner of Unique by Design Landscaping & Containers and is going to be Ryan’s Landscaping specialist on his Real Estate blog. So I’m thinking she’s going to show what you DON’T want your yard to look like when you have your house on the market and I go outside to say hello. Then I learn that she’s doing before and after photos! She is going to help us get this mess looking at its best again! This girl is amazing, the best of the best at landscaping! She did Eric & Amy Urbachs yard and if you haven’t seen it yet you’re missing out on a work of art. Ryan hadn’t told me and wanted to surprise me, did he ever! The tears of joy and relief are still flowing from my eyes. I’m just so darn excited!!!

Thank you Ryan for the awesome surprise! And thank you Helen for not running away as fast as you can when you saw how bad it really is! Thank you God for such an amazing blessing today! I love how He surprises us with little gifts like this, just when I needed it the most! God is full of surprises and gifts. Open your eyes today and see yours. Sometimes there big like this but many times they are small little whispers from Him. Don’t miss those small little gifts He gives you, they are what can keep you going when everything around you seems to be too much to handle.

I can’t wait!!!! Stay tuned for pictures! 🙂


Taylor’s Tweet-up June 7, 2010

Filed under: Athletics,Special Needs,Taylor — Brooke Hukill @ 4:35 pm

I can’t thank you all enough for all of the support, encouragement and kind words we have received since posting the big news about Taylor’s opportunity to throw the first pitch this Friday at the Redhawks game. We have truly been blessed with some amazing friends and family!

Some of our friends have suggested a Tweet-up for the occasion and we think that would thrill Taylor to send him out on the field with some last minute support and encouragement. If you know him, I know he would love to see you there! If you don’t, he would LOVE to meet you! Taylor knows no stranger. 😉

Here are the details…
The game is this Friday, June 11th at 7pm. Taylor will be meeting the Redhawks staff at the FanZone at 6:30 to take him out to the field. The FanZone is a big red tent behind home plate in the concourse. The plan is to meet there at 6 to send him off in style and then we can hang out and chat more throughout the game. You can purchase your Redhawks tickets online or at the gate. They range in pricing from $7-22.

We hope to see you there!!!


Big News! June 4, 2010

Filed under: Athletics,Special Needs,Taylor — Brooke Hukill @ 7:57 pm
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Well this wasn’t exactly how I had envisioned my first post on my new blog but it’s news to big to share in 140 characters on Twitter or Facebook. Bear with my writing as we have a sick 4 month old and I’m running on little sleep and not enough coffee. Not as if that’s any different than any other time.!/pages/Oklahoma-City-RedHawks/62564620853A few days ago we received a phone call with some pretty big news for one of our kiddos. Taylor (8) has been asked to throw the first pitch at the OKC Redhawks game next week! Cool, huh? For those of you who don’t know Taylor or his story, here is a summary.

Taylor was born with Spina Bifida. He is “paralyzed” from the waist down. I put paralyzed in quotations because if you’ve ever been around him for more than 5 minutes you know he’s not really “paralyzed.” He just doesn’t have the same control or movement most of us do. But that does not slow him down! He is in a wheelchair and we deal with a lot of other little medical issues that are connected to Spina Bifida. We have always tried to minimize his disability and focus on his abilities. I’ve been called a mean mom among other things for my parenting style with him because I don’t treat him any differently than any of our other children. Some people believe I should give him special accommodations, exceptions and extra help, but I’ve never understood this. My role as his mother is the same with him as it is with any of my kids; to raise him to function and bloom in this world. This world is not a nice accommodating world full of people willing to give you tons of extra help and allow exceptions, so as far as I’m concerned I’d be a huge failure as a mother if I allowed those things to fly under my roof. Therefore, he is required to do his chores, dress himself and yes, even push his own wheelchair up hills. Awful, I know!

He’s a blessing all the same as the other kids. I do feel a little special myself though. Afterall, God did personally pick me to be a Mom to such a cool kid ya know! 😉 (Secretly I do question his judgement sometimes but what do I know?). We have tried very hard to allow him the same opportunities as our other children. In some areas this has proven to be a little difficult but we are finding our way. All of our children are athletes. Our oldest son plays baseball, our daughter plays softball and our 3yr old will be starting T-ball next week. Taylor has grown up at the ball park and a few years ago he started asking us when (not if) he could start playing baseball too. This has proven to be a little bit difficult as the only baseball program in our area is a Miracle League with a wide range of abilities and, well, Taylor’s a VERY competitive kid after watching his brother and sister play competitive sports all these years. It’s just in his blood I guess. So we started finding what sports would be adaptable for him. You would be blown away and amazed at what is out there in the form of disability sports and disabled athletes. He has been competing for three years now with GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) on the OKC Blaze Team. It is a group of kids and teens with disabilities that compete all over the world in various team and individual sports. We even sent two of the teens on our team to Worlds last year!

Check out the UCO Endeavor Games' Facebook PageTaylor has competed in Field for 3 years and this will be his first year to compete in Wheelchair Track. He is also starting Wheelchair Basketball in the fall. Every year, he and hundreds of athletes from all over the US compete in the UCO Endeavor Games. This year’s opening ceremony will be held at the Redhawks game next Friday and they wanted an athlete to throw the first pitch. I knew it was a long shot to be chosen out of all the amazing athletes, including teens and adults, but we thought it couldn’t hurt to try. I was stunned and speechless to receive the phone call earlier this week that he had been chosen! Taylor has been going to Redhawks games his entire life and could possibly be one of their biggest fans so he is just beside himself at the honor. His big brother is a pitcher so he thinks he’s now just as cool! I can’t even begin to tell you how much joy I felt telling him. Heck, I’m tearing up again just typing about it; such an awesome moment for him and I just can’t wait for next Friday to get here!

I know he would love to have your support at the game so if you are free please come out and enjoy this moment with us. Leave us a comment if you will be coming and we will try to meet up during the game.