Thursday, August 07, 2008

More to this Life



Good Morning America interviewed Stephen Curtis Chapman yesterday about the death of his daughter. If you didn't see it - you should watch this. It was just as good as I knew it would be. I had to DVR it so I could go to work but yesterday at lunch Scott and I watched it. I don't know if it was just pregnancy hormones - but I was crying so hard I could hardly see the TV. I talked to Laurie at lunch today and I was trying to tell her about it and I had to stop because I was starting to cry all over again.

My favorite part is when talked about going back to adopt Maria after seeing a picture of him with her on one his visits to China and knowing that was a picture of a daugher and a father. Precious!

I'm thankful for their faith. Such an amazing family.

Edit: I'm watching the Chapmans on Larry King Live right now. There is such a difference between this interview and GMA - Robin Roberts is a Christian and you could tell how she understood what they were sharing and how she led the questions and you can tell Larry doesn't get it at all. He has no idea what they are talking about. (He keeps calling her "Mary" even though they've told him 10 times her name was "Maria").

41 comments:

Tamara said...

Well, I can't blame it on pregnancy hormones, but between watching this interview and watching Art Monk's induction speech, I was bawling last night! Oh, and did I mention that we also watched August Rush last night...total tearjerker. Anyway, my favorite part of the Chapman interview was when he said "Will Franklin, your father loves you." Just what that sweet boy needed to hear!

Jenna said...

Simply the BEST. I watched yesterday and cried through the whole thing too. Such an amazing family. And such an amazing God!!!

Mandy said...

They are such amazing people!! That is such a sad, sad story and I don't think anyone can help but getting teary when watching it!

Shannon said...

I'm so glad you posted this because I missed it and wanted to see it. Amazing!

Natasha said...

I also missed it so thank you for posting. What a great family! They are also going to be on Larry King Live tonight. (Thursday night).

Cindy said...

Oh my goodness, you didn't cry just because of pregnancy hormones. This story just breaks my heart. I have a 5 year old little boy and the thought of this is just unbearable. They are truly amazing people.

Julia said...

That was so sweet.

Betsy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this today. I missed it but I have thought about them often during these past few months. They are such a testimony to God's strength and faithfulness.

Sometimes I wonder how I would handle such a devastating event in my life. I pray that I would have the same peace and grace that they have been given!

What a very, very special family!

Jennifer said...

That's amazing!! I'm so glad you posted this. I didn't catch it yesterday morning.

Josh told me this morning that Steven Curtis Champman was going to be on Larry King tonight talking about Maria. I think we are going to try and watch...

Nichele Lynn said...

WOW! "Your Father loves You". Oh my, this brought tears right away! Not only was I thinking about Steven Curtis saying this to his son. But God saying this to us. No matter what we endure here, Our Father Loves Us!

Jilly said...

This tragedy happened on mine and my husband's wedding anniversary, and it made my heart so sad. What a beautiful family!

Meagan said...

Thanks for the tip - I too was at work when it was on, but I went to ABCnews.com to watch it. What an amazing story... certainly brought tears to my eyes!!!

Laci said...

I hadn't seen this. Thank you for sharing. What an amazing family.

Ashley said...

Well, I certainly cried my eyes out when I saw it. And then when I was telling my husband about it. Such incredible honesty, and such incredible love in that family.

The Browns said...

Thanks Kelly for posting this. I had not seen it yet. I watched it as my 2 toddler children ran wild around me and I just bawled. But, it made me second guess my reaction to them driving me crazy and give them big hugs and kisses while crying afterwards (with my 4 year old daughter giving me quite the puzzled expression =)...Thanks!

RachelM said...

I saw that yesterday. What an amazing family! That was the sweetest picture of him and Maria.

Marc and Charity said...

Hey Kelly, well I'm so thankful I got to watch it online yesterday, I was so wanting to see it and thankfully ABC put it up for us to watch later that day. I'm hoping we can watch the LArry King live thing later tomorrow-they do air it the next day here.

Lauren said...

I am in tears too and cannot blame it on pregnancy hormones. I am glad to see that their son Will is doing okay. I have been thinking of him and wondering how he is doing. The Chapmans are such a sweet family and such an example to the rest of us.

Thanks for sharing this video with us.

LovesPINKandPEARLS said...

its definitely not the hormones, i cried up a storm too! what an example of faith.

Jacquie said...

They did a good job on the interview (which, to me, is unusual with the media these days). I think about their family often... and since my boys are older, I think often of how Will Franklin is dealing... it was good to see the support he is receiving and the LOVE that his daddy gave to him. What an example they are to us all.

MiMi said...

I also posted this video on my blog because it was such a touching interview with the Chapmans. They are such an example to all of us of faith and hope.

I would encourage everyone to take the time to watch the interview. Such an inspiration!
Emilie

Caroline said...

I watched this the onther morning and just cried. i have watched it 2 more times since then and my heart pulls out of my chest for a little chinese baby of my own...i can hardly contain it. Such a beautiful family.

Fran said...

I cried like a baby when Mary Beth said..I just want my daughter back.
Thats real. Thats it. But, thankfully through our faith, we hold on.

Just love that family. Didn't see Larry King but may try to catch it online. I think he's always that way with interviews. But, regardless, someone will "get it."
Lives are changed. Others will come to Christ.

Hugs to the SCC family. Pray for you daily.
Fran

Anita said...

I'm so glad you shared this interview. It brought lots of tears to my eyes...they are a family of true inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I watched both interviews too, and I was so annoyed with Larry King...he was so cold, I thought. And it bothered my that he kept calling Maria "Mary".....I know he didn't mean to, but I just felt he wasn't into them at all, and he showed no real emotion.

They did a fantastic job on both shows. I was praying for them as they spoke! I pray people who don't know Christ will be deeply moved and accept Him.
Kelly in Michigan

Cabana Maam said...

I watched both interviews too...amazing! Didn't you feel so defensive for precious Will? I hated the way LK asked about the details of the accident. But all that was overshadowed as the character of Christ was proclaimed again and again. I think Mary Beth's comment about when they hit the lowest they could go, the foundation was/is firm--those words will pierce some hearts for the Lord!

Christy said...

I was just trying to watch the video and Mackenzie was so sad for the family she asked me to stop it. I'll have to watch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing, what an inspiring family.

Laura said...

Wow!

Emily Strittmatter said...

As a pediatric ER nurse, I have seen first-hand the devestation and grief that an accident like Maria's can cause. What amazing faith to forgive and heal as they are doing...

While the Chapman's did not address this issue directly, I am sure they wanted their story to be a lesson learned by other families, and I cannot help but reiterate it: Know where your children are...literally. Do not back out of your driveway unless you are sure they are inside, Do not pull into your driveway unless you are sure of where your children are.

The most difficult part of my job is the pain of the parent. And, I would wish that grief on no one, especially a 17 year-old boy...

I know that the Chapman family's ability to speak about this accident will help so many people grow in their faith!

Scrapper Mom said...

What a precious, precious family. I hadn't seen that so I am really glad you posted this. One thing that really stood out to me was Stephen saying that he would dance with his Cinderella again. So very true, and what a wonderful testimony.

Jenny said...

I truly admire the Chapman family. What a beautiful testimony they are of God's love, grace, and mercy.

Billie said...

This was a wonderful interview. My favorite part was what he yelled back to his son...and then didn't even remember that he did it! That was GOD!

Mommy said...

It was a wonderful testimony to their faith. I cried so hard when Mary Beth talked about the heart of a Mother is to have her daughter back. So sad and yet so their faith is so inspirational.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the interview. It was a real tribute to Maria and her remarkable family's faith.
I did see Larry King last night and was terribly disappointed in the show. Such a terrific format, but a "host" way past his prime.
RosieJo

Honea Household said...

Yeah, I watched the GMA interview. And I have the Larry King interview on DVR and will watch it this afternoon. On SCC's manager's blog, it said the interview process with LK was very difficult, but the strength he saw was amazing.

Becca said...

nope, not pregnancy hormones b/c I was bawling away. Thanks for posting it, I didn' tknow he was going to be on the show.

LeeAnn said...

Oh, I watched it also. I am still thinking about it. Wow. So personal.
I cried for most of it. Especially when hearing about Maria writing the word SEE! I told my husband about that and I couldn't help but cry while telling it. (and no, I am not pregnant!)

Linda said...

I meant to watch this and forgot. I was so glad to see it posted here. I cried through the whole thing.
Blessings,
Linda

Welcome to Our Lives... said...

Oh, Girl! I cried through the whole interview! I am so thankful that God is healing them and they continue to have faith. To God be the glory...

SAS said...

Thank you for sharing that! Definitely don't blame your hormones, because I am bawling! Have a great weekend!

magnoliabelle said...

Thanks for sharing! Everytime I hear Cinderella I think about their family and it breaks my heart. And it's not pregnancy hormones, I was choking up watching too!