There are two to wash, two to dry; there are two who argue; two who cry. There are two to kiss, two to hug; and best of all, there are two to love! This statement certainly rings true for twin mom, Brooke Marshall, a woman that is found to be loyal, compassionate, and very driven.
Brooke is married to Todd Marshall, principal of Pleasant Grove High School. Together, they have twin boys, John and Luke Marshall, that are three years old. Born prematurely, only weighing 4.7 pounds and 2.13 pounds, they are now well above the average for their age. The boys enjoy books, flash cards, and playing outside. “When they are outside, you will find them around water and dirt. John never meets a stranger, while Luke is more reserved and takes it all in,” Brooke says. Being a twin mom is not the only thing that consumes Brooke’s time. She is also the Director of Marketing for Texarkana Emergency Center and co-owner of Lindsay Kate Designs. However, the past month has led to a change in Brooke’s daily plans and resulted in finding a new day to day routine. “We’ve really enjoyed spending time outside, playing, and doing arts and crafts. I think it’s good any time you can get extra family time. We miss the routine of going to Williams, but the boys have adapted well to being at home. Todd and I are both still working, so we have worked to be creative in keeping them busy,” she says.
Although Brooke’s twin boys are still very young, she is experiencing many favorite moments as they grow. One of her favorite ongoing moments is to see her twins daily loving and never meeting a stranger. They are, in fact, her world, and one of her top blessings in life. “I am most grateful for the health of my children today, especially because they were born prematurely.” Other blessings Brooke lists include her faith, the loving relationship with her grandparents, and her parent’s active participation in her twin boys’ lives. “My mom has been so selfless in helping to take care of my boys. Regardless of any situation, she is always willing to assist, step in, and help any way she can. This is a big stress relief for a working mom,” she says. “I am also thankful for my health and a job that I enjoy every day and allows me to feel like I am making a difference. I love living in a community that is a great place to raise a family and being a part of #hawknation.” All of these blessings are indeed something to be joyful for, but, deep down, Brooke is most proud of her husband and her children. A devoted wife, a mother full of snuggles and time to play outside with her boys, a woman that is trustworthy, loyal, and compassionate, is the true epitome of a God-fearing woman.
Where does Brooke find her reassurance when less than desirable circumstances surround her? “The Bible. No matter the circumstance, good or bad, the reassurance that God loves me and is directing my steps is always comforting,” Brooke says. She has learned the Serenity Prayer as it has become her favorite throughout life. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” A prayer that crosses many generations, it provides a positive state of mind where you are untroubled by life’s ups and downs. It reminds us to differentiate between things we can and cannot control. It teaches to make the best of what we have, where we are in life, to focus our time and energy on making real, positive changes and to remain humble. All of these qualities can be found in Brooke Marshall as a devoted mother, loving wife, humble friend, and determined employee and business owner.
Words from the amazing kids:
My Mom is: My best friend.
I really love it when my Mom: snuggles with me.
My favorite thing I love to do with my Mom is: play outside.
My mom always tells me: she loves me.
I love my Mom because:
John: She buys me flash cards and skittles.
Luke: She buys me books, toys, and all things related to the ocean.