A Mom’s Heart

Brewer & Cassidy

William Brewer Bradshaw was clearly ordained by God to be our firstborn! Growing up, he was the quintessential big brother to Thomas and Collins, always looking out for them. Even today, he continues to seek their greater good. Brewer graduated from Clemson University where he was a member of the Men’s Golf Team from 2008-2012. He also made President’s list his first year at Clemson and was named Academic All ACC three out of the four years. Brewer graduated from Clemson in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in sociology. He now works for our family business, Thrift Brothers Inc., working property management, commercial development and grading. In January 2017, after one month of debilitating headaches, Brewer suffered a stroke due to a blood clot on the brain at just 27 years old. After 12 days in the neuro trauma ICU, we learned that he had a blood clotting disorder called Leiden Factor V. Through God’s grace and mercy, Brewer walked out of the hospital with little to no complications. We celebrated his 28th birthday August of 2017 and had the joy of watching him marry Cassidy, my new daughter-in-love, September 30th, 2017. Cassidy has brought such joy to Brewer and to our family. She displayed her love and commitment to Brewer in sickness and in health way sooner than expected. If it weren’t for Cassidy, Brewer would not be with us. They now reside in Seneca, South Carolina, with their two yellow Labrador retrievers’, Sadie & Daisy.

 

Thomas & Jamie Keith

Thomas Samuel Bradshaw is one of the most disciplined people I’ve ever known. He’s also one of the most compassionate; in part because he’s learned firsthand that life isn’t fair. When Thomas was 5, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Despite the challenges this has created in his life, Thomas has allowed God to use it for good, to mature him and give him a tender heart for others in need. I have never seen Thomas question God about why he was stricken with this disease. Instead, he has accepted it and has chosen to depend on God to sustain him as he strives for excellence in all that he does. This disease has given our entire family a sensitivity to people that I don’t think we would otherwise have. Thomas really enjoys reaching out to kids so he can encourage them. Without question, I am humbled and honored to be his mom, and so thankful for what God is accomplishing in his life. Thomas graduated in 2014 from Clemson University where he also played on the Men’s Golf Team from 2010-2014 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing with a minor in sociology. Thomas is currently pursuing his lifelong dream of being a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Thomas is quick to give God the glory for his talent and successes. He looks forward to what God has planned for him because he has placed all his trust in the God Who created him, saying, “God has blessed me so much and I am so thankful.” Turning 26 in January of 2018, Thomas now resides in Columbia, South Carolina and is set to marry my soon-to-be daughter-in-love, Jamie Keith Caswell, April 21, 2018. I have had the pleasure of watching Jamie Keith grow up, as her mom and late father are some of the best friends Bill and I have. Jamie Keith is a compassionate and caring young woman and we are so blessed to have her in our family.

Collins & Michael

Marcia Collins Bradshaw Cromie is named for my mother (Collins) and sister (Marcia) even though those who know her declare she’s a “Mini-Me”. She has a profound sense of humor like my sister and loves to laugh and enjoy life. She is also very much like my mom, the Rock, as she is affectionately known because Collins is strong and resolute. Collins graduated in 2015 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies where she was also a member of the Women’s Golf Team from 2011-2013. Collins has endured her fair share of adversity when it comes to friends, coaches, and bosses. Collins married the love of her life, Michael Cromie, on September 17, 2016, after dating him for seven years. Collins, 24, works as an Inside Sales Representative for SAS Institute. Michael, 26, is currently pursuing his lifelong dream of being a professional golfer on the PGA Tour. Collins and my son-in-love now reside in Raleigh, North Carolina with their yellow lab, Belle. Watching their Christ-centered relationship blossom has been one of life’s greatest blessings. Although we long to live closer, Collins and I talk numerous times a day, without fail. There is no doubt in my mind that Collins will make her mark in this world! With her powerful sense of self and close relationship with Christ, it will be an absolute joy to watch and see how God uses her.