March 15, 2002 ~ I married the most amazing man in the world, Dan Brown. Two weeks prior to our wedding date, my OB/GYN gave me an unexpected report. To further investigate, she recommended surgery once we return from our honeymoon. Since Dan and I planned to start a family quickly, we didn’t want to put off what seemed like an uncertain future.
At the end of May, I had surgery. The news was unfortunate and rather shocking. My doctor had taken care of what she could (she found large-sized fibroid tumors wrapped around my fallopian tubes and an enormous one underneath my uterus). Because she wasn’t able to totally remove the tumors, she felt my chances of conceiving naturally were about 50/50. With that in mind, she referred us to an infertility specialist in a nearby city.
Once examined by him, the news didn’t get much better. Our 50/50 hope dropped to “You would probably win the lottery before you would ever conceive naturally.” Wow! What a kick in the gut! The specialist recommended additional surgery, one in which he felt comfortable he could increase the odds of conceiving; however, he really believed in vitro fertilization was more than likely our only chance of EVER conceiving.
Dan and I took time to pray about what to do. Both of us were in an emotional tailspin and wanted to make sure whatever decision we made was God-directed. After much prayer, we opted for the second surgery which was scheduled for December, 2002.
Prior to Thanksgiving, 2002, I noticed my regular cycle was quite late. Because of previous disappointments I was afraid to once again take a pregnancy test. Finally, after coaxing from a dear friend, I not only took one, but two pregnancy tests. To my unbelievable surprise, both were POSITIVE! The next day I called my OB/GYN and told her the results. She commented on the phone that for me to be pregnant was “impossible”. Either way, she had me come over to the office for a serum (blood) pregnancy test. To HER surprise, it was positive! Needless to say, the surgery was canceled and I became a “case study”.
Case study or not, Dan and I knew exactly who was in control of this situation ~ our Heavenly Father. He took a situation that, according to “experts”, was impossible and made a miracle.
On July 7, 2003, Alex Daniel Brown was physically born ~ 9 lbs, 1 oz, 21 inches in length. He was healthy, active and absolutely adorable.
In addition, I am thrilled to report, that on December 9, 2009, Alex Daniel Brown was “re-born” into the Kingdom of God. Much like you, we have prayed for Alex’s salvation since before he was born and had consistently shared the plan of salvation and what it meant to be saved with him as far back as we can remember. Finally, he heard the Holy Spirit speak to him, wooing him into a relationship with Him. As a result, on our way to school one morning, Alex shared he that was ready to be saved. After asking a couple follow-up questions, I reached my hand to the back seat and asked him to take my hand in his. I lead him in the sinner’s prayer, stressing the prayer must be from his heart to God’s ears. He repeated line after line of the sinner’s prayer and that morning, at the corner of the George Bush Parkway and Jupiter Road, Alex asked Jesus into his heart. Oh my goodness!! What an amazing experience seeing your child go from spiritual death into spiritual awakening!
As soon as we got to school, we called Dan. I wanted Alex to share with him just what happened. How precious are the words “Daddy, I got saved!” I pray I never forget that moment.
Now, our little man is in the second grade at Canyon Creek Christian Academy, Richardson, TX. Below are some photos, some early on others more recent.