"This is a story that is often untold, and overlooked. A raw adventure of fighting the elements of illness, as a young wife and mother by seeking Jesus first. Start from the beginning, and see how the Lord can take a very broken and ill individual and bring about a truly unique LIFE and LOVE story." - BRYNN (& Jeremey and Tatum).

Monday, April 30, 2012

16 months, and growing way too fast!

The other night, us Wilsons attended a prayer and worship time for our friend Brent Yim and Family (the family I wrote about on my last blogpost.) It was a beautiful time of worship, testimonies and prayer. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and have now begun to pray along with us!

During that time, we left Tatum in the childrens room, with around 20 other kids ranging from 16 months up to about 9 years old. Tatum being the youngest. We were a little hestitant at first, seeing as she was so much smaller and younger than the rest. But we eventually snuck away without her noticing. About an hour and half later we went back, and decided to watch her from the window ... and oh what a pleasure it was. We found her nudged in between a group of kids coloring at a table. She was perched on her own chair as happy as could be.   As we continued to watch, she slowly fell off her chair, to our surprise no tears. She just picked up some spare crayons that had fallen on the ground, handed them to one of the ladies watching her and acted like nothing had happened. We continued to watch her for several minutes, amazed at how independent, helpful, and personable she was. "Is this really our kid?" we thought, since when did she turn into a little adult? When we finally entered the room we thought we would be greeted with hugs and smiles, but instead she kinda just looked at us then ran over to a movie that was being projected on the screen in the corner and just exclaimed "WHOOOAAA" while pointing at it for us to see. Gosh I love that kid.

All that to say, she is growing up fast, and learning so much. I definitely haven't worked with her on her speech as much as I should, but here is a list of some of the little words that she has been saying.). (so I can look back on them later, and for the relatives who care to know.)

gama (grandma)
nigh night
ello (hello)
dat (that)
wa wa (water)
ney ney (milk)
See laya (see ya later)
woof (doggie)
meow (cat)
nouth (mouth)
baaa (sheep)
tanka (thank you)
bye bye
cacker (cracker)
cak cak (quack)

And for your viewing enjoyment! Here are a couple videos of Tatum's newest tricks!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Please be praying for the Yim family!

For my friends and family, and blog readers who do not live down here in California ... I wanted to write a quick blog post about a family friend of ours from here at the bible college. Brent Yim, is a dear friend to us. He was once a teacher here on the campus back when I was a student, and as of the last few years he has been pastoring a church here in Temecula, alongside his beautiful wife Andrea and their two young sons Jaiden and Micah. A little over a year ago Brent was diagnosed with brain cancer and has been battling the illness with incredible strength from the Lord ever since. Just in the last few weeks his symptoms have taken a turn, and is in need of as much prayer as he can possibly get. We know that the Lord knows and controls all things, and we have already seen much fruit and growth in the community around us from the trails that the Yim family have undergone. They are a testimony to ALL of us as to what it looks like to trust the Lord and to not lose faith in the most trying of times. Please be praying for a miraculous healing, as we are informed that the tumor is inoperable, and still growing. Whatever the Lord chooses to do, we pray that their family would have peace, and that the Lord would be glorified.

From my own personal encounters/stories with Brent, I have seen that he is a true man of God, full of a great desire to know and teach the word, and a prayer worrier. Back in 2006 when I was at my very sickest and attending a sunday night chapel that he was teaching at. I very specifically remember nearly passing out in my wheelchair from extreme pain and dizziness. One of my roommates rushed up to the stage and asked Brent for help. Within seconds he had the entire student body surrounding and praying for me. And more recently, just after Brent first found out that he had a brain tumor. I happened to run into him while in the hospital parking lot. Much to my surprise he rushed up to the car, and told me "Brynn, when I was going through all my dizziness and vertigo when I first found out about the tumor, I just kept thinking of you, and praying for you, and wondering how you deal with that dizziness everyday." What a selfless man to care one iota about me, and be praying for me, when he was dealing with so much. Brent you have enriched my life, and SO many others. As for Andrea, there are too many wonderful things to say about her. In the midst of one of the hardest trials she will probably endure, she still stops and asks how I am feeling. WHAT??? She still approaches life with such energy, and fun, and love, and is truly one of the sweetest and most beautiful women I know!

A few months back, my husband put together this quick video for the Yim family. It has more information, and gives a better idea of who Brent and Andrea are, and what type of treatments Brent has undergone. Please check it out!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2 must see videos - You will be blessed!

I know most people don't have a ton of time on their hands to watch 2 random videos posted on a blog, but I highly reccomend watching these, HIGHLY!

My husband has had the honor and priviledge the last couple of weeks to film and edit two of what I think are some of the most beautiful videos he has done to date. They are beautiful because of the CONTENT (not just because of his filming and editing, which I'm obviously biased towards.) WE are humbled that he was asked to take part in both projects, and are really hoping that all who see them are blessed and encouraged in the work of the Lord.

The first video is of a marriage proposal ... (if you are a female, I dare you to watch it and try not to cry). It was filmed on the roof of a church, during a beautiful dinner and movie candlelit setting. For half of the video Jeremey was hiding behind an air conditioner to film the shots without the future bride knowing. Chandler and Shery really expressed what true love looks like without even hearing a word they said. Praise the Lord for this beautiful couple and the life they will share together.

The second video is one of 3 that Jeremey shot several weeks ago here on campus for a friend of ours, Chelsea Moon. She is a VERY talented and GIFTED singer who specializes in taking old Hymns and revamping them into more modern and folky masterpieces. The Lord is using her in HUGE ways, and if you don't have her CD's, GO out and get them! Her latest one just came out last week! I can't wait to share with all of you the most current video that Jeremey is working on for her ... but it is still in the works. For now check out this video that was shot in our recording studio here on campus. The sound was ALL recorded LIVE. She wasn't lipsyncing to a track, that is how GOOD she and her musicians are!

Monday, April 9, 2012

A time to relax - Our easter break Vacation.

(Wow, I really need to re-do the header on this blog, my child doesn't look like that anymore ... moving on ...)

I haven't blogged in a while, things have been kind of busy around here, but luckily we just got home from a nice long vacation with my parents in Palm Springs (praise the Lord!) and are geared up to take on the rest of this spring season. (By the way, am I the only person who doesn't like spring? I never have. In fact I kind of dread it. It always feels like it drags on and on, and I ALWAYS lose track of what month it is)

But anyways, my parents DROVE down from Oregon, 18 hours, with an SUV full of stuff that I never was able to pack up from my life before I got married. It was a long overdue trip, and such a sacrifice on their part. They blessed us with a whole new bedroom set, and now Jeremey and my bedroom looks more "adult" rather than the unsophisticated college dorm room feel that we previously had. Jeremey and I may both be into "artsy" things, video/editing/music ect, but we do not know how to design a house, thats for sure ...

The rest of my parents visit we spent in Palm Springs relaxing, tanning, eating, and playing ... I think Tatum grew up at least 3 years. She loves the water, she loves to cook and she loves her grandma and grandpa. We couldn't have had a better time. My mom took a million pictures. Therefore Tatum is in every single one, cuz why on earth would she take a picture without her in it? haha. So, sorry if the pictures get reduntant. I personally can't get enough of the kid, but I know that not everyone cares to look at the same child over and over, haha.

... A little run down of our time away ...

(we kicked off the trip with Tatum getting her very first wetsuit as a present from grandpa. O'niel none the less. I have never seen an article of clothing so small and so cute. Pictures can't do it justice, because even though my Tatum may look big, she is still a mere 19 pounds. tiny little thing. My stepdad is a white water rafting guide, so he spends most of his time on the river. He wanted to start Tatum out on the right foot. He couldn't find one in pink, so he went with blue, oh well. She practically didn't take this thing off the whole time we were there.)

Spending time in the lazy river as a family. Most relaxing thing ever.

My mom found a swimming suit of mine from high school, and brought it with her. Jeremey just thought it was the funniest thing ever, especially that Tatum and I matched. So we had to snap a picture.

With grandma, having the time of her life!

Tatum spent A LOT of time in the kitchen with grandpa. She developed an obsession with stirring things ... hence

Momma and her girl!
Another family picture!

Early morning walks with the grandparents.

Tatum and grandpa sharing food as usual.

She also developed a new love for reading. Can't get enough of it.

Always dancing.

My girl ended up getting sick, towards the end of the trip. Spent a lot of time in her grandparents arms getting cuddles.

We celebrated easter early on Saturday because grandma and grandpa were leaving early Sunday morning. When we hid the eggs around the house, we figured Tatum would have no idea what to do. Much to our surprise, she found every single one and stuck them in her basket!

Saying goodbye ... sad
Snuggled in our new bed at home. Thank you Lord for such a wonderful vacation, and especially for dying on the cross for our sins so that we may have everlasting life and rising from the dead! Happy Easter!