Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Because I ask you to pray a lot

This week is national infertility awareness week.

I've been thinking about so many of you lately because mother's day is approaching and that can be the hardest day of the year when it represents something you so desperately want and yet can't seem to get. Last year I was dreading Mother's day with every fiber of my being. I couldn't face that day once again empty handed. And then God did a miracle.
And then He did another one and healed my baby.
And this Mother's day I will get to dedicate that child to Him and I won't take the day lightly.

And I want you to know I will be praying SO HARD that each of you get that same moment of joy on Mother's day soon.

I'm writing this because I have been praying over names on the prayer blog and when I ask you to pray - it's SO important to me that you know when prayers are answered.

In less than 6 months - we have had 43 praises!!!! FORTY-THREE! And each one is special but some are nothing short of a MIRACLE!

UM - COULD WE MAKE THAT FORTY-FIVE PRAISES!!!!!!!!!!!





I posted this on my blog a long time ago but I have a feeling there are a lot of you out there that need to hear this song because it represents how you feel. I know it did for me.

If you are waiting and dreading Mother's day - please don't give up hope. The God that gave Sarah, Elizabeth, Rachel, Rebekah and Hannah (yes - there were a lot of infertile women in the Bible) babies - can do the same for you! (and someone mentioned to not forget adoption - I think adoption is the most wonderful thing in the world and I keep reading amazing story after story of adoptions and I know it is such a blessing. That may be God's reward for many of you!)(Some of those 45 praises are of adoption match ups - not just pregnancies - both are GIFTS!!!)

And P.S. Single Girls - I haven't forgotten you - I'm praying for you so much also and I have a couple of books I'm going to give away soon especially for you!!!! (And I am just now catching up on adding to that list on the prayer blog - we are wanting praises on that list too girls!!! I know that the wait for a husband is EXCRUCIATING and just as painful as waiting on a child. And Mother's Day is equally hard on single girls. I'm praying!)

160 comments:

Seraphim said...

You are so sweet. And thoughtful. I miss your posts! But equally, I hope the "break" is going well. Kisses to Harper. I'll be praying xxx

Gracie Beth said...

Thank you for posting this! I will pray, because I am not currently trying to have a baby but I have a medical condition that might make it difficult in the future so thank you so much for bring attention to this!

Kathryn said...

Kelly, it seems like you have the best timing. We are 16 months into TTC with no luck and have an appointment Thursday to see if we can figure out what's going on. I was just getting sad about Mother's Day earlier today and now I'm so glad I signed on to check out your blog.

You are amazing and so uplifting...thank you!

The Pifer's said...

I love that video, thank you so much for posting about this. I know it's near and dear to you as well!!!!

MelH said...

Dear Kelly,
I am so glad you bring up this subject. I too remember well the pain of Mothers Day during those long 7 years. Church services beautifully dedicated to Mothers were almost too hard to sit through and hold back the tears. I also pray for the couples who are dealing with this today and always reassure them...as hard as it is, its all in God's time. I believe it with ever fiber of my being. And it was no suprise to me when I conceived my last miracle baby that the Dr. looked at me and told me I was due on Mothers Day. I dont believe in luck nor coincidence, however I do believe in Gods plan for my life and the lives of women all over who have that same desire. Praise Him for those 43 Blessings!!!! And praise him for the blessings to come!

Much love and happiness for you, Scott and the little miracle who has stole my heart.

Mel

Kimberly said...

Thanks Kelly. I needed that reminder. I keep repeating something I read on another blog (sorry can't remember where) but it said, Don't put a period where God put a comma. I cling to that statement!

Cathy said...

Thank you, Kelly. My DIL and the DH need to keep the same faith that you had and have and I know their dream will become a reality. Thank you for giving back!

HappyascanB said...

You, Kelly, are such an amazing vessel for our God! This is an amazing song. I'm just beginning the baby wishing; we're not really even trying yet, but I know that I know that I know that I want to be a mother. Badly. What an incredibly beautiful song. I'm going to share it with my friends, too. And I'm always joining you in praying for those precious single ladies praying for a spouse. I was there just a few years ago, and I know that begging and pleading with God. He will provide - In His time! And man alive is it worth the wait!!! God bless you, sweet one.

Jess :) said...

I'm continuing to pray. Praying for those who are TTC; for those who have been blessed with a little one; and for all of those (US) single girls waiting and praying for a Godly Mr. Right. :)

Thank you, Kelly, for being such an incredible woman and friend.

I love you so much!! :)

HUGS to you ALL

Marla Taviano said...

Are you adding people to your single girls list? I'd love you to pray for my cousin Kelly. I'd give anything to find her a godly man. She's so awesome.

Brandy said...

Kelly, I would like to ask you a favor. Could you PLEASE put a little boy Nate on your prayer list. The stories on my blog. Thank You!!

Lauren said...

Thank you for all you do, Kelly. I think this Mothers Day will be tough for me without my babies, but I have hope and pray that we will be blessed with more children.

The Stairs Family said...

Wow that was an amazing video. My situation is a little different in that before we were married, I was told I had polycystic ovarian syndrome and would not be able to concieve without significant fertility help. My fiance and I were absolutely devestated, we wanted a family so bad and our dreams were shattered when we heard the news. After multiple ultrasounds and more tests, they kept telling me diagnosis was worse off than before. However, our God is an awesome God, and after getting married in May 2005, 4 short months later we discovered we were pregnant. I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and when he was 11 months old, I found out I was again pregnant with my 2nd son. The doctors can't explain how this happened...but I can! God is amazing and through him, all things are possible. It wasn't a miracle, it was simply God. I know the yearning these women feel for a baby and to be told that it won't happen is the worst feeling in the world. I am living proof that God delivers and is abundant in blessings. I will be praying for all you mommy's trying to conceieve!

Kristi said...

Thanks for the reminder. I struggled with infertility as well. It really hits home when you were one of those last year. 43 praises in 6 months just shows who is in control.

Courtney said...

Thanks so much for today's post. I appreciate you thinking about the single ladies. I am struggling with the search to find a wonderful Christian man and sometimes it is hard to keep believing.

Mama Notes said...

That song is beautiful, it made me cry. I have a baby and I've never had problems getting pregnant and it just makes me remember how blessed I am and thankful I am for my baby boy. I'll be praying for all those mother's out there.. thanks for posting this.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

You are one of the sweetest gals I've never met! But I've gotta tell you...this doesn't really seem like a true blog break. Not that I am complaining as I love reading. Thank you for your prayers and sharing stories of those who need prayer!!

Tricia Thompson said...

Kelly,
Thank you for remember all of us on Mother's Day. I am single, 45 years old, never married, and no children. I am in the process of adopting an infant girl from China and that is a praise God thing. In May 2007, China decided that single women would no longer be good mother's for their orphaned children. However, since I was already logged into China, I was grandfathered in. As another blogger says (Linny) YIPPEE JESUS!!!! I have been waiting since December 05 for my daughter and this is just another sad and lonely Mother's Day. However, I will celebrate my mom and pray for my daughter whether she is born or not. Thank you for all your posts. And a very happy Mother's Day to you. Harper is very lucky. Have fun...

harmonysong said...

I got all teary when I saw the woman who adopted a child with AIDS. Praise the Lord for her!

Beautiful post. Will pray for everyone struggling with this! Thank you for the reminder!

Holly said...

Beautiful song and video! I prayed for my girls for 4 years. God heard our cry and blessed our IVF efforts in 2004... twin angels... Ella and Emma. Thank you for the reminder that others are still praying! It's a hurt like NO other!

Staci said...

Wow you really know how to bring on the tears. Through our infertiliy journey I learned so much and met so many women who were strugleling just like me. We were blessed with twins but not after a long painful process. For all the ladies going through this please know you are not alone.

Lisa said...

Hi Kelly, your blog has been instrumental in bringing me back to Christ.

I am a girl who has no problems with fertility and one beautiful 4 year old boy. But, I would like another child, and it's not possible. I have a husband who won't allow me to get pregnant.

There are millions of us, perfectly able, but wondering if we need to divorce to finally make our dream of a baby a reality.

I love you and the blog. Best wishes to you and Harper.

Susan said...

Thank you for posting that video. We are currently trying and having a very rough time.

"Adair Flair" said...

WOW- you are a woman after God's own heart...I can't even begin to express what this post just meant to me. My husband and I decided last Friday to give it up...God just must not mean for this to happen right now...and we still are of that thought...but are desperately wanting that baby. THANK you for praying for me. I am on your prayer list and feel honored to be there. I too am praying for each and every lady on that list and the many more out there that need our prayers desperately. Thank you for your ministry. I pray for YOU and YOUR family daily as well.

Vickie said...

Kelly,
I love that video! I lost four babies and had eight years of infertility and doctors saying we would never have children. Monthly pregnancy tests always caused such sorrow shortly thereafter. However 21 years ago the most beautiful baby boy was born early due to my pre-eclampsia. Since that time I went through a very painful divorce following the loss of yet another child. My husband walked out a month to the day after I lost that sweet baby.

God does restore what the Locust have eaten!! His promises hold true! Nearly ten years after that I met a wonderful man that was widowed with three young children. God provided for me in that desire to have more children. While these children did not come from my own flesh...I love them as if they did. He made beauty from ashes and melded together a family that only He could design.

I love your blog and have followed it now since before Harper was born. God is using you and your circumstances to touch other lives.

I, too, think on Mother's Day of all those that endure pain and longing for a child. I remember those times so vividly. May those of us that have walked that road never forget those feelings so that we can minister to others that are now on that journey.

God bless you and your sweet family!

Bailey's Leaf said...

My beautiful daughter is a product of adoption. Please remember that though I know that you said that it was not your hearts calling for adoption, there are so many children out there that need homes. Our daughter did not ask to be in her birth situation, but we feel with our hearts that she was God's gift to us. Our prayers on our journey to becoming parents weren't answered through my womb, but rather through the womb of another.

Ladies, don't forget that! I know how it aches to want to give birth! We lost our first daughter due to severe preeclampsia that would most certainly rear its ugly head again. When we got our daughter (a domestic county adoption) it felt so right. She was ours. She's always been ours. That was God's plan for us.

Please don't forget adoption!

Ryan's Mommy and Daddy said...

Thank you for this post, Kelly.

My husband and I tried for two years before going through IVF. Through God's grace and miracles we now have our precious boy, Ryan. We are now trying again for another miracle. We know that it may take a while trying on our own, and we may have to do IVF again, but God, I know, will bless us again.

Paige said...

Thank you as a sister in Christ for your commitment to pray for those of us who are single. In today's world, we are often overlooked and not remembered because we are not a wife or a mom! I have dreamed and wished my whole life to be a wife and mom, and sometimes it is a struggle to understand why it hasn't happened yet. I am thankful for my faith, and that in all things, God works for the good of his people! It is such an encouragement to know that there are others who are facing the same struggle and that there are people who are praying for us! Thank you Kelly... from the bottom of my heart for sharing your journey, and encouraging us single gals!

Table for Four said...

Thank you Kelly! That video is beautiful! Afer a stressful day of "mommying" my two miracles, I needed to be reminded of how badly I wanted this and how sad I was before my miracles came along. It's amazing how quickly God can turn "sorrow into dancing" after years of sorrow. Thanks again!

Kodi said...

I had never heard that song before. Thank you for reminding me why I should never take this happiness for granted.

Michelle said...

Oh Kelly, such a beautiful video!

I can totally relate to what you are saying about Mother's Day. Mother's Day 2001 was a very sad day for me. My 6 day old son had died 7 weeks prior. I was dreading the day. A group of ladies from church were so kind and understood how sad I was. They surprised me with a huge basket filled with girlie things. That in it self made me cry. It was so kind of them. Since 2001 I have been blessed with 3 healthy children. I thank Jesus every day for my blessings.

~Michelle

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

Thank you so much for you willingness to pray for those of us who are still struggling with infertility. I know that going through all of these test, interventions, and 3 IVF's- one day will be worth it all. Until then, we continually HOPE and pray for the chance to be mom's!

Aunt Rhody said...

Thank you for this post. It has been a long time for me, but I can relate. My 4 daughters are each miracles and they are now 34,31,29, and 24 years old. Two of them have two miracles each of their own! Father's Day can be a hard day for couples challenged by infertility as well. Pray for those couples where husbands feel that burden too.

Faith said...

Thank you for praying Kelly. I'm not looking forward to Mother's Day this year and I pray that God would give me the strength to make it through and keep my eyes on Him.

I know this will be a joyous day for you this year. Praise the Lord for that!

Natasha Vaughn, Cake Designer said...

Infertility is one of the hardest things to go through. We tried for 8 years and several rounds of IUI. The Good Lord waited until his perfect time. Our absolutely final IUI they told us there was no hope and I finally accepted that and gave it to HIM.

2 1/2 weeks later I found out I was pregnant with my now 4 year old.

I am praying for all those suffering with infertility. God is always faithful and though we can't understand the reasons for his timing it is alway the best for us.

Kristine said...

That was a lovely post. You're so awesome. :) Thank you for doing your bit in helping others.

I'm praying!

Stephanie said...

What a powerful song and video! I can't imagine what it is like to experience infertility but the pain that you all go through touches me deeply. I'll be praying for all of the women out there.

KrisPT said...

Thanks for not being one of those people who gets her miracle and then forgets the "rest of us." The video was beautiful. Perhaps this Mother's Day won't be so bad knowing others who have walked this road and emerged on the other side.

Kayla & Brien said...

Thank you so much for introducing me to NIAW! I am now a member and am going to attend a conference to see if there is more information that Brien and I could learn about trying to concieve. You and Harper have been a wealth of inspiration and hope, and I can't thank you enough. I hope Harper is doing well, Gorgeous as always!

Thanks so much!

Kayla

Scott and Agata said...

Hi Kelly!
We all missed you!I read your blog everyday and it always brings smile on my face. I can't wait for more posts :) Always love the pictures of little Miss Harper!!!!
I hope you had a nice family time :))
I am actually on your prayer blog and want to say thank you to all of you who pray for me:) We have been trying to conceive for past 7 months. I have a heart condition and if we get pregnant it will be risky but we really want a baby. Just waiting for the right timing to be blessed.
I just love that song! It is awesome!
Take care! Miss you!
Agata from IL

Lynn said...

Continuing to pray!
1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Prayer BearsMy email address

The Oklahoma Guerra's said...

Such an amazing video!! I thank God for my kids everyday! He is amazing!He can do the impossible!

Staci said...

Thank you Kelly for your committment to prayer! I agree with what one of the above ladies said about single girls sometime getting forgotten. Just like some women know they were meant to be a mom, I know am meant to be a wife! And a good one, too!

But I have lately felt such discouragement as yet, one more guy rejects me. It's incredibly difficult to stay strong and cling to the Lord when, with each rejection, you feel like you're just not good enough.

Don't get me wrong. I KNOW in my head that I'm a child of God...it's just sometimes hard to know that in your heart.

Thanks for the continued prayers!

CinderellaMommy said...

Two beautiful kids later, I still remember the pain and sorrow of infertility . . . this true to life song made me cry, in fact! To all of you who are still struggling, keep on hoping, keep on praying, GOD WORKS MIRACLES!

Kelley said...

What an amazing video. Thank you for being such a faithful prayer warrior!

Jessica said...

This video brought tears to my eyes. So real, so powerful and oh so true! Thank you for posting!!

Ethansmom08 said...

Kelly, that video was beautiful! As someone who had no difficulty getting pregnant with our now 1 year old son, it touched my heart! I am praying for all of those who struggling with infertility and pray they are blessed with a child as I was!

Love,
Sara

Sugar's Mommy said...

Thank you for this post. This will be my first Mother's Day as a Mommy. I know the dread of Mother's Day approaching. I haven't even been able to attend church on Mother's Day for about 8 years. It was just too much to bear. We tried for years to have a child, found out we couldn't have children, then waited for many years for the child we believed God would give us through adoption. Ten years later, here we are with a BEAUTIFUL baby girl. She is without a doubt a gift from God. And she is most definitely the child God created to call us Mommy and Daddy. I'd never heard this song before. I'm still crying. Thank you for praying for the other women out there who are praying, crying, hoping, longing to hear someone call them Mommy. I pray God blesses you for your faithfulness and for your servant's heart.

Amanda said...

I'm looking forward to these books that you've mentioned :) And I am also looking forward to you coming back from your blog vacation! I love reading your thoughts.

Kelli said...

Sweet Kelly, thank you for your prayers.

Megan said...

I am joining your prayer team and am keeping all of the prayer requests in my thoughts & prayers! I was the same way when I was single & then God brought my Mr. Right into my life through the internet and we've known each other for 7 years now and have been married for 4! God is amazing & keep faith girls because He will provide! We don't have any kids yet, but I know that is in His hands too! ~Megan

Laura said...

Kelly, lots of other girls have already said this -- but thanks for remembering us single gals! I read LOTS of Christian mom blogs and no one really ever mentions how hard it is for single women to be a part of our Christian subculture without being a wife or mother. I've made a pledge in my heart to *always* be sensitive to this, whether the Lord grants these desires of my heart or not! :) Thanks for being a sweetheart. I love your blog, and I'm so grateful to God for blessing you and Scott with precious Harper!
Love,
Laura

Heather said...

I just love you, Kelly. I have been thinking a lot about infertility awareness week, too. I love to pray through all the names on the prayer blog and am so thankful, blessed, honored, and excited to be on the praise list. It thrills me to see 43 PRAISES! He is working! One by one...He is answering. I know Mother's Day will be so emotional for you this year...me, too.
Thanks for praying for me, for all of the waiting girls, and just for being such a godly encouragement to others. God uses you in so many ways...and I have a feeling you don't know the half of them! :) (It's okay....you'll see them in heaven!)
Enjoy the rest of your week!

John & Michelle said...

Thank You for having me on your prayer list. I am really thankful for that and for all the folks that are praying for me through your blog.

Last year, May 7th, our birthmom changed her mind and decided to keep her baby girl. No one know except my mom and dear husband. I don't even have words to tell you how I dread Mother's Day this year. I know that God's timing is perfect but it hurts so bad.

Thanks for being there for me.
Michelle

Allisyn said...

That is a very sweet song.. my son and his wife so far have not been able to get pregnant it breaks my heart. I so want for them to have a child, to hold and love and to hear the words I love you. Thank you once again for a wonderful post.

Kelly Taylor said...

Thank you so much for posting this. You always post such great encouraging words, but today was just the best for me to hear at this time. Tomorrow marks one year since we found out we'd lost our baby. I've never heard that song, but oh my, if I'd ever written one about my feelings over having a baby and being a momma, that is exactly what it would have said. Thank you for thinking of all of us who are struggling during this time.

kate said...

I love you so very much for always remembering ALL of us that hope, wish, and pray! you are truly a gift! hugs - k

Valerie said...

Kelly so glad you had this post. I so remember when you first posted that video. I have heard of Resolve before and also that it was Infertility Awareness Week. Have you seen the letter from resolve regarding Mother's and Father's Day for infertility couples? You can find it here http://www.resolve.org/site/PageServer?pagename=cop_mis_cwh_ltc great letter! I found it on my good friend Yaya's blog.

kristenandeliwolfe said...

Thank you Kelly! I am on your prayer list waiting for a miracle...looks like I will be on there longer. We just found out another round of injections and iui failed...AGAIN! I am keeping my hopes up and have now after 16 months handed everything to God. I know in my heart I was made to be a mommy;). You are such an inspiring person, thank you for all you do!

KinaBolina said...

Oh, I look like a clown...I just cried through that entire video. Thank you so much for sharing...I can't wait to be a mom!!!

I'll be praying for all the wonderful, hopeful, God praising mamas to be out there.
Lots of love,
Caroline

Ruthie said...

Dear Kelly,

That song was so beautiful. I'm crying! I've never heard it before - wow. Thank you for sharing your sensitive heart. I was blessed with getting married young and I have also been blessed with two children here with me. But, God has also seen fit to take four of my babies to heaven, and so, though not the same reason, I am well aquainted with raw, gut-wrenching, why me, it's not fair, God NO, please God, why - pain. Tonight I'm going to remember that pain so that I can pray more effectively for each woman out there waiting for her true love and waiting for a child. Again, thanks for your faithful prayers and for this post.

Ruthie

Jen said...

Kelly~

Thank you so much for posting this today. Just earlier today I was in my car thinking that this mothers day I should be holding a 4 week old baby, and celebrating my first Mother's Day. As you know that won't be happining for me.

I got tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I watched that video. Thank you so much for showing all of us that, and thank you so much for praying for me. It means a great deal to me.

Jenny

Lindsee said...

That was a really sweet video.

I don't know what it's like to be waiting to be a mom (I mean, I of course want to be one, one day) but my struggle now is the singleness. Like you said, it can be excruciating, because we are just waiting and can't do much about that! So, thank you so much for praying for us single girls waitng for HIS BEST for us. It's hard, but I truly thank you, sweet Kelly!

Lindsee

Wendy said...

I did not know this about this week. My heart breaks for those who are infertile. My niece is one of them. The emotional pain and the physical lengths she has gone to get pregnant but yet still no baby.

Thank you for the reminder. It just makes me pray more!!

Polly said...

My road to motherhood has been a bumpy one. Infertility treatments, 3+ miscarriages, and a daughter die of Trisomy18 at 2 days old.
While all of this is totally worth it because I have my son and daughter, the 2 years we tried to conceive were the most difficult time in my life. I truly pray that no one has to go through that. Or if they do, it is with a doctor like mine that is wonderful, thoughtful and talented. He and his staff made the process bearable. God sent him to us at just the right time. Pray that He'll do the same for you if you're TTC.Well, just pray. And keep your eyes on the One that made you. It's so easy to get mired down and feel sorry for yourself. I wish I had done that, instead I just complained to anyone that would hear it. I joke saying that God was tired of me complaining and He finally said, ENOUGH! I know that's not true, it's how I felt, though!
Thanks for remember this difficult time for many.
Polly
marypauline at stankus dot com

My name is Megan... said...

thank you sweet lady :)

Katherine said...

Kelly, I just wanted to pop in and tell you how much it meant to Patrice that you commented on her post. She is my niece, and she mentioned it to me tonight on the phone ... I'd seen it because so many of us read all of the comments on her blog. They really sustain us when we get discouraged, and she was so touched (as am I) that you took the time to send her a message of support. I hope you're enjoying your "break" and that you come back refreshed next week. Take care and give that precious Harper an extra hug from me in the morning!

Heidi said...

wow, this video of Kelley Coffey is absolutely amazing. I have never seen it until now and i had to watch it twice and got choked up and goosebumps both times! I remember thinking I couldn't conceive and went for 3 years married to my husband with no birth control...and what do you know, i have two lil girls now born 11 months apart!!! :) They truly are miracles and now that we figured out what causes it (ha) I am looking forward to more...a lil later! Thank you so much for this!!!

Stacia said...

I love that video, makes me bawl. I am a few months shy of waiting 7 years for a baby of mine to hold. How fitting that this week is Infertility Awareness, I went to my OB TODAY and ordered my fertility drugs to start trying with help again. We only had enough for 2 months worth, so I am really praying it happens then!

I should add my name to the prayer blog!

Stacia said...

Forgot to say, I feel so bad that church on Mother's day is so hard for me. But I have avoided it for a few years now. They give out flowers to all the mothers and married women. It hurts to get them because it just feels wrong. I know it's well intentioned but it's just like putting lemon juice on a cut.

I look at your blessings and faith and it helps keep me going. Thank you Kelly!

Lianna Knight said...

Thank you so much for your prayers Kelly...this post meant the WORLD to me :)

mccoy5 said...

wow! that post really brings back some heartache for us - we tried to have a baby for 2 years before I finally got pregnant. Miscarried at 10 weeks. Got pregnant again 3 months late - and now have a beautiful 4 year old girl! We wanted more - took us an entire year of the same ups and downs to get pregnant again. But, we did and now have crazy, nutty, funny twins boys that are almost 2!!! God is good! I am hoping and praying for everyone out there that wants to be a mommy - it is so hard to go through infertility. Its just awful ... gut wrenching. Praying for all you girls ... ~Lisa

Heather said...

WOW, that video mad me cry...after being up for the past 2 nights with my 6 month old and working full time, I am exhausted. I came into work this morning wondering if I am cut out to be a good mom. It's so frustrating when you don't know what is wrong with them and they cry all night! Please pray we get some sleep soon! Thanks for your wonderful post!

Maryellen said...

Dear Sweet Kelly
Thank you for remember the "single
ladies" I was single until I was 47. I remember many painful days waiting. God is faithful. I am now a married women to a wonderful Christian man. One of the many blessing of the long painful wait was the fact that I NEVER take my husband forgranted. I realized how precious and rare it is to find one. I don't allow little petty annoyances interrupt our marriage. I know if it had come easy and I had found him at a much younger age this would not be the case.
Thank you for your tender and thoughtful heart.
Enjoy your Mothers Day with Harper.
Blessing, Maryellen New Jersey

Lauren Kelly said...

I love your heart for prayer, Kelly. And I would be honored to pray! :o)

duchess said...

We've gotten lots of baby news lately. One couple has been going through infertility & miscarriages for a few years and now they are expecting twins in Nov. (Praise the Lord). Good news came yesterday with a surprise baby making it's arrival in November as well. God is good & we'll always pray.

monica said...

Sooo relating.9 years hoping,trying,waiting,praying.... approved for adoption in May then I found out I was pregnant in October! Your verse "God IS able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine" has become my theme! His plan was bigger than we realized. Our baby Cole is due 10 days before our 10th anniversary AND we're still waiting on adoption!! We'll take God's blessing anyway he chooses to send 'em.

I so understand the ache of Mother's Day, seeing kids and families dressed for Halloween, ignoring baby shower invites, the list goes on. And with our miracle almost ready to arrive, I will never forget how hard the waiting was and will always feel, pray for and understand the pain of the other "Mommies in waiting"!!!

Mandy said...

One of my GREATEST Blessings in life was adopting my son!! What a beautiful post and song...Have a wonderful Mothers Day!

amazeingteacher said...

you are so sweet ! thank you for praying!

Schluter said...

Thanks for praying Kelly! Everyone on your prayer blog (including me) is so grateful for all the prayers!

Tiffany said...

Kelly,

Thanks for being such an encouragement. I lost a pregnancy last May due to a car accident that wasn't my fault. In God's sense of humor, I started my fertility meds today and then saw your blog that this is national infertility week. Just kind of funny that almost a year has gone by waiting me to heal and we start this journey all over again during national infertility week. God's timing never ceases to amaze me!

Tiffany

Lori said...

Mothers Day gets harder every year. I really told myself that this year I want to focus on my Mother, and how blessed I am to have her.

tb said...

Thank you a million times for this today Kelly! This is just what I needed. After losing a baby in January of this year, I am dreading Mother's Day with every ounce of my soul. You are such a precious woman of God. I appreciate your prayers. I have hope that God WILL bring me a baby soon. I appreciate you so much!

Kel-Bell said...

Thank you for all of your prayers Kelly! Happy Early Mother's Day to you! Blessings!

Suzie said...

Kelly,
all i can say is THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! for praying over us. I'm on the list for my husband, i have a boyfriend that i have been with for over a year, but i'm just waiting for him to ask me the question!
I know he is the one, i just have to be patient. It hurts me so much now because his sister is getting married to a man that she has only been dating for 4-5 months... i have been waiting over a year. Am I doing something wrong?
This man that she is going to marry is so sweet. He is a Pastor and I am so Thrilled she found him he is amazing and I KNOW the LORD sent him for her! I have NO DOUBT!
but what about me? I have faith that I WILL BECOME HIS WIFE!
Thanks so much Kelly, and KISS Harper for me!

The Carter Family said...

Thank you for posting that lovely video. It brought tears to my eyes. You have a gift for always knowing what we need. Hope your break is going well. We miss you, but understand!! Thanks again!
((HUGS))

The Blackwood Bonanza said...

I sat on the floor watching the video crying my eyes out. I know our God is faithful, so I am waiting on my miracle!

Thank you for praying for us, it means more than you know!

Jenny said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking for prayers for those with infertility. My husband and I went through that for 2 years. We tried IUI for 3 months and were told by our Doctors to adopt. We were going to spend three months praying about adoption; domestic, vs. international, and then go from there. I began a Bible study on the story of Hannah. Well guess what? I was pregnant the first month! And... I got pregnant on Mother's Day weekend! I have a good friend that prays for infertile women on Mother's day and that year she prayed for me by name. I told my friend that God heard her prayer twice because I had twins! My babies are miracle, I cam very close to a miscarriage, but God healed me. Mother's Day is so hard for those praying to have children, thank you for reminding us to remember them!

Blessings,
Jenny Hodges

Jenny said...

Oh, I almost forgot... Thank you for not taking too long of a "break"! :-)

Blessings,
Jenny

tyler said...

I was told at age 16, after 4 female surgeries that I would never be able to have children. I tried for 6 yrs after I got married, even after being told that.One night I just fell to my knees crying out to God to let me be a mom and he answered. Six months later I was pregnant. Our God is an Awesome God, he has done so much for me.I now have 3 children and the last 2 weren't planned!
I have a dear, sweet cousin who is TTC and she is heartbroken and I am trying to help her as only someone who has been there can. Her name is Ashley and she is healthy but her husband has a gene disorder that is making it difficult. I pray that she can one day experience the joy a child can bring.

Your daughter is precious! I spent many hours praying for her as did my church, I am so glad she is doing so well.

tyler said...

Sorry, I am using my sons gmail account!

The above comment was left by me, Debbie

Channe said...

Thank you for praying for me - it means a lot.

Lynn said...

Kelly - thanks so much for remembering us single girls waiting on the Lord for a Godly husband. I so much want to be a wife and mother and yes, Mother's Day is hard for the singles too. Thanks for being sensitive to all those who are wanting to become mothers, married or not. It means so much that you acknowledged my situation and the longings that come with it. Thanks for all you do for those who are waiting on the Lord!

Elizabeth said...

You are so amazing and such a blessing to keep up with! I know we may never know each other this side of heaven, but I feel like I am your friend. Thank you for your prayers for those of us still trying...it is often so painful, but knowing what God did in your life gives me so much hope! God bless you and your family!

Dana Maxwell said...

Hi Kelly!
I was going to write a comment but it was sort of private and figured you might not be able to answer it from here. So I was wondering what your email address is? I have looked for it on your blog and do not see it. It is very important I tell you something!
You would know who I am, but I am not signing my name.
THANKS!!!!!!!

Dawn H said...

Thank you so much for posting this song and video. I was one of the ladies that struggles with infertility. During my first marriage we went thru a miscarriage and stuggled to get pregnant for the next four years, it eventually tore my marriage apart. I then met a wonderful man, who went into the marriage wanting kids but knowing my struggles. After 5 yrs of trying everything outside of IVF, nothing worked. We finally saved up every penny and bit the bullet and did IVF. Wow, after one try we were blessed with a pregnancy, and after two weeks we found out we were having twins. They are now 5 yrs old.
Ladies, please don't give up hope, you will have your prayers answered some day. God does listen and does work miracles daily.
I did forget to mention that I was 39 yrs. old when I did IVF and delivered three months after turning 40! I love being an older MOM, even if I am asked on a regular basis "How old are your grandbabies." I just smile and say "No grandbabies, these precious ones are mine!"
Prayers, Prayers for all of you waiting on your miracles.

the deMik family said...

Kelly- reading your blog is such an uplifting moment of my day. I feel that you have a gift for ministring to women. Thank you for sharing your love of the Savior with so many and connecting Christian women. Like Harper, our daughter Ellie has a heart condition and we have been blessed by her continued good health(love Dr. Kimberling here in Tulsa at St. Francis). Anyway, thank you for your blog...hugs from Tulsa.

Krystal said...

Thanks for the post. Mother's Day can be a hard day for women longing to become a Mother. I'm thankful that this will be my first year celebrating Mother's Day as Kerri and Anthony's mom...since the adoption process was finalized back in December. It will be a joyous day for sure. I know it will be for you too! We just all have to continue praying and trusting that God's will will be done. "It shall be done to you according to your faith" - Matthew 9:29

capperson said...

I hope you are enjoying your break.
This video made me cry. I am only 18, but I have always wanted to have kids when I got older. I have endometriosis and I'm so scared I never will. The doctor told my sister she never would though and she has 2 kids now. I just hope and pray that one day when I do try, that it works out for me. I pray for all these other women that I know are going through this right now. Thanks for posting that video :) It may have made me cry but I'm sure it gave a lot of women hope!

Leanne Helums said...

Oh, I can so relate. I was in that same dread Mother's Day boat for so many years too. Praise God, this year I will celebrating Mother's Day with my 21 month old little girl. God is good!

I cry every time I watch that video. It is so emtional.

Curlyqfun said...

Wow!! What a beautiful song.
I cried.

I have 2 little girls & I did not have issues getting pregnant. But that song really spoke to me. Not that I am not thankful, but it reminded me just how Thankful I am.

Thanks for posting! And I will say some extra prayers for infertile couples this week.

Kendra said...

Thanks for getting the word out there. As an infertile woman and a mother of a beautiful boy God blessed us with through adoption, I do know the pain and the struggle out there. It is a silent pain that so many endure and so many do not understand. 10-15% of all couples will experience infertility of some sort. The world needs to be more aware of the problem and more sympathetic.

And I just WISH churches would be more aware of the problem and QUIT handing out flowers to mothers on Mother's Day! Do they even know how hard it is for couples experiencing infertility to sit through that? How hard it is for a single woman to sit through it? After a talk with my former pastor, he actually changed the tradition and asked everyone to pray especially for the women out there struggling with singleness and infertility, with the loss of a child. That was the best mother's day sermon yet.

And, just think how many babies we could have adopted if people would have just chosen adoption over abortion. Instead of waiting for years and years to adopt one child, and waiting for anther, we could have had the large family we dreamed of. And those babies could have lived!

Kelly said...

my email is mrskellystamps@yahoo.com

Proverbs30one said...

hank you for that beautiful video - it brought tears to my eyes.

TTC 12 years.

Krissi said...

Wow Kelly your post moved me to tears, and lot of them. My husband and I have been married for almost 11 years and we tried for 5 1/2 to get pregnant, went thru surgery, and doctor after doctor to try to find the "cause". I am so happy and so blessed to tell you that we now have a 3 1/2 year old ALL BOY little boy and he is simply a miracle from God himself! I will pray this mothers day for all of those out there who are going thru exactly the same thing I went thru (it's too easy to forget how hard it is to live day in and day out wishing and hoping and praying for the one thing you want more than anything else in the world). Much love!

Nicoolmama said...

That video made me bawl. That is such a touching song. I am blessed to be the momma to three boys(one in my womb) and it has never been difficult for me to conceive. I was having a wallowing kind of day until I read your post- now I am going to go hug my babies tightly and praise God for the life growing inside me. I will keep those women still trying for one of their own in my thoughts. Thanks for your post.

Channa said...

Thank You!!!!!!

Lori said...

Where have you been all my life!!!You are such an inspiration!!! I am sooo glad I "know" you now. You inspire me to do better in EVERYTHING I do. May my sweet Jesus richly bless you for all you do for soooo many!! Thank you!

Becki Francy said...

I remember the dreaded Mother's Day...it was especially painful when they would have the kids at church hand flowers out to the mothers.....and I felt like I stood out like a sore thumb when I didn't get one....Add my name to the list of miracles of God. Doctors said 97% chance I would NEVER get pregnant, If I did get pregnant 3% chance I would carry the baby to term....Did in vitro twice and failed....all that so that God could show me that he could do it alone....and not once but TWICE! God is good girls....and he is the great physician....continue to seek his will...

Hannah said...

What a wonderful post. I remember those days when I too would dread Mothers Day. My husband and I struggled with infertility for years. We were young so everyone would just brush it off and say we had our whole lives ahead of us. I never did get pregnant but the Lord answered my prayers. He have me the two most amazing children. I am SO blessed to have been given the opportunity to follow a different path to motherhood. I am thankful that the Lord chose me to be mom to my sweet babies. God IS good.

God Bless all those who are still waiting to hold their babies.

Jill (& Bob) said...

Amazing video! Thanks for remembering adoption. We were blessed with a miracle baby via adoption - in God's perfect timing. Now we have another (surprise) miracle on the way. God's timing is always perfect - even if I'm unsure how I'll have a newborn and a newborn all at once!

Miss Nikki's News said...

Hey Kelly-
I love reading your blog. I have been praying for sweet Harper. Hope you are enjoying your much needed break! Will you add me to the list of single girls preaying God will bring me a Godly man in his timing!

The Vance's said...

Thank you for posting. We are also dedicating our little Hope on Mother's day. She is our surprise adoption baby. :) You can visit our blog to read her story.

Meredith said...

Thanks so much for praying for all the women who desire a child. I have a question though... how can I be added to that list. My husband and I have been married for almost 3 years, so open to a pregnancy for 3, "actively trying" (not sure the socially acceptable way to say that) for 2 last year decided to adopt. A few past and present medical girls make fertility difficult for me and we truly feel led to adopt... we just didn't realize it would be so hard. And while I hate to ask for my prayers, I'm getting to the point where I need all that I can get.

Thanks, sorry for pouring my heart out :( Anyways, I found your blog through the Riggs Family Blog and just love everything you have to say and all of the links you provide (our future child already has a lot of faith baby gear!).

Thanks for all your wisdom and posts

Meredith

Meredith said...

Oh my, what a tear jerker! Thanks for that beautiful song/video

chubmoma said...

Many years ago, we wanted a baby so bad. After years of trying and testing we conceived on our own. Our son was proof that God answers prayers in His own way in His own time.

That baby is now 30!!! Please keep him in your prayers too. He has not found that special person yet. He so wants to marry and raise a family. Please don't forget all those single guys.

I miss your blog posts and the pics of Harper. Hope you are feeling rested and refreshed in mind and spirit.

lovelyjubblylondon said...

Thank you so much! This video is impossible to watch without bawling. It's been more than 2 yrs for us and my husband and I are still waiting for our own miracle. I pray one day it will happen and know it will in His time.

Jamie said...

WOW, I've never seen that video before it's sooo moving. Last year at this time it would have brought me to my knees in tears. Praise God after two and half years TTC, one surgery, three failed IUI's and two IVF's later I'm sitting here reading your post holding my precious little three month old. God is so good! Thanks for all you do Kelly!

Jenna said...

Kelly, your heart makes my heart just smile! SO amazing about all the praises - that God of ours has got it going ON. Continuing to pray!!

Raina's Retreat said...

Kelly, thank you for posting that wonderful song. It makes me even more greatful for my children. Especially on those difficult days where I feel like I can't make them happy.

Sarah Sharp said...

Kelly,
I have never heard that song and I am bawling! Thank you for sharing that. Also thank you for visting my blog and reading our story about our suprise baby and commenting - you are so sweet!

Have you ever heard of/read "Supernatural Childbirth" by Jackie Mize? It talks about having babies 'supernaturally' meaning without pain or medications, but more than that it talks about God's plan for us to become parents and shares her testimony of being told she could never have kids then went on to have 4! I can send you a copy if you'd like to read it.

Sarah

Eric and Alisha Harris said...

I'm 6 months pregnant and could not stop balling my eyes out! :) That video was so touching it gave me chill bumps. Thank you for posting it, I put it up on my blog as well. I Hope Harper is doing well! DONT STOP BLOGGING! I look forward to reading your post's everyday! :) Thanks for inspiration

Susan said...

Kelly...my husband and I tried for two years to have a baby and lucky for us we got pregnant (with medical intervention) with our son. He is 6 1/2 years old and he has a brother that is almost 5! We were so blessed to have our boys and sometimes I forget how lucky I am. The craziness of life can get in the way of counting my blessings, so a video like this stops me in my tracks and helps me reflect on our struggle and how thrilled we were to finally get pregnant.

Thank you so much for helping me take the time to appreciate what we have. I am sneaking in my boy's rooms right now and giving them kisses and thanking God for them!

Susan

Abbie said...

I have never heard that before, but what a moving song! Thank you so much for reminding me how blessed I am. With all of the stresses and such, I needed that!

Catherine said...

Kelly,
I caught on to you blog after Harper was born ande prayed for her. Knowing that I was about to have a baby girl myself I also prayed that my baby girl would be born healthy and she was. I tried for 7 years with my ex-husband to have a baby. Unfortunately, he decided he could not deal with the infertility. A year and a half after getting divorced I met my now husband and he has 2 children. At that point I thought God had answered my prayer and I put thelonging for a baby out of my life. Right after our two year wedding anniversary, I was not feeling good. I went to the doctor and he advised me that I was pregnant. I could not have been more surprised. Life is awesome.
I named my daughter Sarah from the bible. I know God promised her to me and she is my gift from God. :)

Shan said...

Thank you so much for this post! Praying along with you.


Shannon H
http://butterflies-and-daisies.blogspot.com

Allison said...

Kelly,

Just wanted to say thanks for posting about Mother's Day. This will be my 4th Mother's Day that has been bitter sweet. I felt the old familiar pain begin to swell as Mother's Day is approaching. Thanks for remembering us who are still waiting. I'm on the waiting list hoping for our Russian miracle soon. Thank you so much for praying for me!

Allison

Miranda said...

I was diagnosed with infertility almost 2 years ago. We are still waiting on our miracle. And your right once again mothers day has come yet again this year. It breaks my heart. WOuld you please tell me how to upload the song you have on to my own blog. I have been trying and i just cant figure it out. PLEASE HELP.
mherring06@yahoo.com

thanks. Harper is an absolute doll

Nadine said...

Thank you for that beautiful song, it really spoke to me.

Juliet said...

You are such a beautiful person - thank you for having such a hope-filled blog!

Laura said...

Bless you Kelly! You are a wonderful example to so many people!
Thank you for your prayers as I wait for a husband.

Laura

JimmieFan48 said...

Kelly, thank you sooo much for posting that video. I just started Following your blog after a firend told me about it. My husband and I have 1 Daughter that turn 6 in March we have been trying for the last 3 yrs for another blessing. We just had our 3rd loss 2 months ago. So as Mothers day is Wonderful due to our DD but it is still very hard. Again thank you so much.

Lindsey

texasinafrica said...

Thanks for not forgetting the single girls. Nobody ever realizes how painful it is.

noahandlylasmommi said...

Wow! I am sure you have no idea how much this was needed. Luckily God has already blessed me with two children who will shower me with love on Mother's Day but we desperately want another and are currently undergoing fertility treatments. I will be praying for all the ladies who just want to be called mommy. You are an ispiration.

Jarvis Noelle said...

Kelly--I was wondering when you were going to remember the single ladies! I so wish you would have started blogging as a single woman...how awesome that would be! I can't wait until your break is over! ~Jarvis

Melissa said...

I dreaded mother's day for years, it was too painful to bear...what a sweet post to remember those hurting the most.

That song still tears me up every tine I hear it!

I am celebrating our referral of our 2nd daughter we are adopting from China this Mother's day. God is good.

Bethany said...

Keeping every one of the commenters in my prayers, no matter where they are on their walk to being married/mothers.

I'm a single gal who has really been struggling lately. All I have ever, ever wanted is to be a wife and mother especially. Friends all around me are marrying and welcoming children, and while I'm excited and happy for them, my heart just aches. I hate feeling like there's something wrong with me because I'm not a part of that group, but that's where I've been recently...so thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for including the singles. We struggle too.

mrs boo radley said...

Kelly, you have such a dear sincere heart. May God continue to bless you in every way He sees fit.

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a lovely person you are. Such a heart for others!

RLR said...

I'm sure you have a TON of emails and comments to read, but hoping to add one more to your prayer list. Noah was shaken by his daycare provider 10 days ago. You can read his family's story at http://www.noahsroad.com/ .

marie said...

Don;t need a baby at my age but I do love greatchildren,I am missing my daily Harper fix LOL but do hope you are enjoying just loving on harper and cooking LOL
Have been some praying too for all the ones in need

Luv a Bargain! said...

You are such a blessing to so many. How lucky we all are. Thank you for opening my eyes to so many miracles.

Our Naquin Family said...

That was the most amazing video!

sjm4him said...

As a single, never married, always wanted to be a wife and mother, but now nearly 36, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for remembering gals like me.

I know the Lord will provide what I need, it's just that sometimes I disagree with Him on what I need (vs. what I want!)

He is good, though, and it's great to hear about 45 miraculous answers to prayer.

Thanks for your sweet words and for praying for us. You are precious!

Love from Dallas, TX

Jennifer said...

Thank you for posting that video and song. I had never heard/seen it before. It blessed my heart more than you know. I am already very emotional as this mother's day approaches becuase I'm pregnant and never thought I would be. Yet my heart still breaks for my friends and women I pray for constantly who want this miracle so badly. You remain to be an encouragement and inspiration to me. Thank you for blessing us with your big heart Kelly.

Marie said...

Waiting to see Harper's pretty pictures again, Hurry and rest and get back to blogging ,also praying for all that are in need.

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CAC muffin said...

you have a heart of gold! its always good to be remind to pray for others...thank you for that

spacious4 said...

I just found your blog and I really like the way you highlight prayer request.

Flowerdust.net is a blog you might like. It highlights children who are living in poverty and a way to help them. Anne Jackson, the writer of the blog is currently in India helping to "rescue the weak and needy." (Psalm 82:4)

http://www.flowerdust.net/2009/04/29/letters-of-love/

BLC :o said...

I just love that song/video. I haven't seen it before. I found it very touching and powerful. Thanks for sharing and I loooove reading your blog. Xoxo-BLC

Tiffany said...

Thank you. We're entering our second year of trying and my body keeps developing more and more problems. It's so hard not to sink into despair, but I also know that our God is good and His plans are supreme. I've been asked to perform a monologue as Hannah in church on Sunday and I pray that I can make it through without slipping out of character and into "me." But that story is yet another reminder that our Lord is sovereign and He has a time and purpose for each of us and all of our struggles, so as hard as it will be to maintain my compsure during that monologue, I'm counting it as a blessing, too.

Kristi said...

I can't get you latest post to come up "While We Were Away". I am dying to read it.

JMom said...

Loved that video. How have I never seen that?

Hope you've been enjoying your break...and that sweet baby girl. She is growing fast!

angeljoy said...

I dreaded Mother's Day for several years. I said for a long time that if God wanted to give me a baby, fine. If not, fine. But the longer I was married and the more Mother's Days that went by without a child, the sadder we became... imagine our surprise after being married for over 15 years and finding out we were pregnant! Shanna is now 5 1/2 years old and I marvel at her daily. God is soooo good and generous.
Don't give up hope...

Kendra said...

You are so thoughtful Kelly. Thank you so much for praying for those of us who are still waiting -yet another year- this Mother's day.

I am praying you don't feel too burdened with all the prayer requests you are so gracious to pray for this Mother's day!! ENJOY your first Mother's day with your sweet miracle baby Harper!!!!!!!!!

45 answered prayers, that is AMAZING! God is GOOD!!

Elisabeth said...

What a blessing your blog has been to me! Thank you so much. And thank you for adding us to your prayer blog. Harper is the sweetest, most precious beautiful baby!

Danielle Banks said...

I've dried the tears and now I'm able to respond! That song is so amazing and touching. My husband and I too struggled with infertility for several years and I totally understand the heartbreak of Mother's Day. No one quite understands unless they have been in that position. However, even though last year Mother's Day was a day that we avoided going to church, this year will be much different. We adopted our sweet daughter 3 months ago. She is a precious miracle sent from God!!! Just like you, I will breathe in every moment of Mother's Day!! My husband was talking to our baby and said something about getting Mama a present for Mother's Day. I told him there was no need, our sweet Avery Lane is all that I need!!!

Danielle

Yaya said...

Thank you for this video. *tears*

I am dreading mother's day.

The Pilston's said...

You posted this on my birthday- I don't believe it was an accident, even though you don't know me. Thanks, I'm getting a lot from the blog.

Jamie said...

I remember reading this post last year and just SOBBING as I watched the video and thought about how desperately I wanted to be a mother. It was comforting, though, to know that there were so many women out there praying for those of us struggling with infertility.
I can't believe that EXACTLY one year later (4-28-10) will be the due date of my beautiful baby girl! Too cool! God is SO good!!!