Logan and I got the wonderful privilege to spend all day with the birthday boy, and what a great day it was!! We had a few ups and downs and I am sure that it was not the best birthday Britt has ever had but under the circumstances I think it turned out to be a pretty good one.
Britt is having "anxiety attacks". I'm not sure what other way there is
to describe them but they are very frustrating and hard on Britt and on
those of us that are standing around him completely helpless. We hope
that they are just a side effect from his surgery and that
they will pass as the days do. Please pray for him to have comfort.
Britt had a good friend come visit him today. He brought with him some
great words of encouragement from a few of his friends back home. We
want to thank them for loving Britt as we do.
Those of you who know Britt knows he enjoys a good laugh and is SO
much fun to be around. Today was no exception! We got him a small
basketball and hoop for his birthday. He shot and shot that ball
until he got it in the hoop! It was fun to see him "practice" his shot
before he took it and wipe the "sweat" off his brow when he was
We read your comments to Britt and he is so amazed at the
love that you all have for him. We know that he feels your love. We
truly believe that your love and the love of our Father in Heaven and
our Savior Jesus Christ will help Britten get through this tough time. We
thank you for that and for the many words of encouragement and prayers
that have been said in Elder Schenk's behalf. Please keep them coming as
there is still a long road ahead! We love you all- even those of you
whom we have not met and may not ever meet in this life time. We thank
We are so proud of Mom and Dad. Their amazing faith and testimonies are influencing the world! We feel their strength and are so blessed with the comfort that strength brings to us. Every time we talk to them, even though it has been a long day, they are able to recognize the blessings that come with each small (although huge to us) improvement that Britt makes. We are so grateful to them for being there at Britten's side. For holding his hand and for noticing and rejoicing with Britt's every improvement. We know that our Father in Heaven is right there with them and we continually thank him for every small miracle.
We have come to know what an amazing man Britten has become! All of the emails, calls, and visits to his hospital room have taught us so much more of Elder Schenk and of the work that he has done in just two short years. We learn more of his testimony daily and are SO proud of him for his influence on all who have met him. His testimony radiates through him even now without a single word being said. What a brilliant example he is to us! We love him SO deeply as we know that all of you do as well.
There have been moments when the future did not look so bright. There have been so many tears of sadness followed by tears of joy along this journey. We know that this is a long process but we are grateful to have SO much love and support from you all. We love you and thank our Father in Heaven for you.
Britt's Favorite Sister