Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Day in the Life

Just another day in the life of a almost 5 month old and a 35 year old mother. ha! We were up by 7 and ate and got ready and went for a one hour walk. I love my morning walks with Harper. I sing to her, talk to her and pray. She fell asleep halfway through so I started making my plans for what I would do when we got home while she napped. But of course the minute we walked in the door, Dawson was so excited he was jumping and making a racket so she woke up. So much for those plans. So I played with her and fed her again and then started trying to work on a nap. Not so much. She will lay in bed and scream like I'm trying to cut her limbs off if I try to make her nap and I just hate it. So when Daddy came home from lunch - I got us both cleaned up and we did the only thing I know she'll enjoy and possibly sleep through - SHOP. And sure enough we had barely gotten out of the neighborhood and she was out. So I took my time browsing T J Maxx before I finally brought her home.
Here she is enjoying her mesh feeder. That ice must really feel good on her gums. Her teeth are really poking through. I can't wait to get a picture of them. (If you are looking for one of these feeders - I got it at TAR-JAY!)
Her new things is sucking in her bottom lip (like this). Maybe she's feeling her teeth??? It's so cute!
I got her to bed tonight and Scott kept her so I could go to the hospital and see this new baby, little James, of one of my friends I worked with for the last 13 years. He was born this afternoon. After all the blog reading I do - it's gotten to the point that when anyone I know has a healthy baby and a safe delivery - I'm almost shocked and think it's a miracle. I guess I took for granted for so long that all babies were born healthy. It's convicted to me to always pray for expecting mothers. (And I seem to know a ton of those these days.) (Hoping to know more soon!)

All day long I have thought about, prayed about and written several drafts in my head of what to say about the "fake blog". I'm not going to mention it by name but if you know what I'm talking about - then you are with me and if you don't know - it's just as well - just skip this part. Obviously it has saddened me deeply. To know so many who have had the loss of a child or like us - went through a traumatic experience and nearly lost a child - it is not "funny" or "cute" to me that someone would fake such a thing for attention or profit. That is not what bothered me though. What bothered me was that this person wrote under the context of a caring Christian - taking prayer requests and giving spiritual advice. I worry about those of you who don't have a firm foundation in the faith who may be disillusioned now.
There are two things I know - God is real. And so is Satan. And the Bible says Satan is roaming to and fro around the earth looking for whom he may devour. So many blogs (hopefully including mine) are such a ministry. I pray every single day that God uses me as a light for Him. I'm not perfect - in fact I'm so far from it sometimes I wonder how Jesus can love me much less forgive me MUCH LESS have died for me. I'm just someone who wants to be His hands and feet to others. And the Devil wants this stopped. But what Satan meant for evil, God meant for good. If you prayed for them or sent that blog a prayer request or sent money or gifts - God knows your heart and just because that person isn't perfect and may have let you down - GOD NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL. Angie Smith and MckMama addressed the whole thing so I won't and I hope you won't leave comments debating anything about it or even discussing it. I've just been asked so much today and since I asked for prayer and pointed people originally to it (even though I've felt for a long time that something just wasn't right about it) - I needed to say something.
We live in fallen world, ya'll. I'm just thankful that this earth is NOT my home - I'm just passing through. I have an eternal home in heaven with Jesus and because of his merciful grace I am saved and will spend it with Him with no sorrow, no pain, no sadness, no loneliness, no jealousy, no anger and no sin. John 14:6 says "I am the way, the truth and light. NO ONE comes to the father but through me (Jesus). " I pray you have a relationship with Him so you can be in heaven with me - without all this mess. We can feast at God's royal table in our new bodies and sing worship songs with our angelic voices together!!!!

120 comments:

Brunch at Saks said...

Such an adorable post. Love the John Bible verse as well :)

kim_brough said...

Just for the record, I sooooo want (and firmly believe) that my new body will be a size 6! (Cuz we all know my early body ain't!)

Ruthie said...

Harper looks so cute chewing on her mesh thingy! :) Teething is so hard. Riley didn't have any tylenol or orajel, for like the first time in weeks today! I'm praying for a little break from teething... :)

Thanks for all your encouragement. You are such a light and I appreciate you (I always feel like I'm reading words from a big sister, which I guess, in essence, you are that to me!)!

Ruthie

Sarah said...

You are so right, Kelly. My prayer is that non believers will not be turned away by this. Also praying for this woman who is in need of such attention. She has to be hurting.

Angie said...

Wonderfully said Kelly- I have been following your blog for awhile now, your little Harper is just precious! So so adorable!

I too pray that no one will be disillusioned about our all mighty God. Your blog is a ministry and so refreshing to read. Isnt it wonderful knowing we are going to such a wonderful place? I just find so much comfort in that.

Again- your blog is a great ministry, keep it up my dear!

CinderellaMommy said...

You ARE ministering to others! Never doubt that your story, along with your beautiful, miraculous Harper, is bringing people closer to our God. May He richly bless you and your family. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Jenny said...

Thank you for your perspective and thoughts on the fake blog. I have alot of respect for you and I appreciate (and agree) with what you wrote. Your blog truly is a ministry and may God bless you for your dedication and faithfulness to Him and His Word.

Blessings,
Jenny

Lea Ann said...

Thanks for being such a light in this dark world.

jengallahar said...

Kelly, I've been reading your blog since you delivered Harper. I check every day for updates and one thing I appreciate is that you are the "real deal". I think if you lived closer, you'd be a close friend of mine. Thank you for your inspiration and expression of your love for our Savior.

Jacquie said...

I love that you said you want to be His Hands and Feet... I've heard your mom pray that a million times!!

I've been trying to see Harper's teeth in the photos... can't wait until you get one.

Rachel said...

I love that picture of Harper sucking on her lip. She is a doll baby! Your blog is a ministry and a light. Keep doing what God has called you to do!

Much love!

graspthelove said...

I've never seen those mesh feeders before. I'll have to find one - my little guy is almost 6 months and still no teeth but I'm sure he's getting close-has all the signs.

Blessings!

MOBACH'S said...

i also had a fighter of naps!! but eventually she got the idea that when she was in bed that she could sleep or talk to herself and it did take a couple of days but she started having a 'nap' schedule.. although I never got to caught up in naping schedules cause I didn't want to be confined to my house if something came up for us to do... sounds like harper is doing great though.. sleeps when your out and can sleep when your home... she is precious!! hey.. just a total sidenote.. do you know if you can buy Rotel in Canada.. I LOVE IT but have only seen it in the states and I live in WAY NORTHERN Canada and don't get down to often but am dying to try your recipe for the chicken and rotel and tortillas but can't find Rotel.. any substitues ( although.. can there really be a substitue for Rotel!)
thanks!

S. said...

hi kelly! I just want to say that I LOVE your blog and read it daily. :) Your posts are always uplifting and I am glad to see that though someone was missleading you and others are moving forward with prayer and comfort from Jesus.

I wanted to tell you that I am a newly expectant mommy and I can't wait! You mentioned getting to know more, so here I am. :) have a blessed night!

Brittany said...

Praise God for a healthy baby! My sister is due in the next week so we are just waiting for her third. If you read this comment please say a quick prayer for a healthy mommy & baby! Thanks!

Ashlee McCrary said...

be thankful you guys have lovely weather to enjoy a one hour walk! it feels like it's already 100 here in south texas! haha cute new pics of harper too of course. (and i was wondering if you were going to address the fake blog. you put it all very nicely as always!)

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Harper is so precious!

Brittany and Charlie said...

Keep doing what you are doing! Harper is so cute! Where did you get that teething thing? I need one of those!!!

Karen said...

Kelly, I have been following your blog for months, even though this is the first time I have ever commented. Harper is adorable! Thanks your for your perspective of the fake blog. As a new blog reader it has been shocking to me. My prayers are with this girl tonight. Your blog is so wonderful, and I sent a close friend to your blog that is struggling with Infertility. Thanks for letting us all in your life:)

Rob and Amy said...

I'm so glad Harper enjoys the mesh teethers!!!!! The little on I nanny for cannot stand the texture of it- hehe :)

Great post tonight as well on the touchy subject, that I won't touch on anymore, but will spend minutes on tonight, in prayer.

Dustin & Kate said...

Thank you for taking the time to address the fake blog. More than that, thank you for being a Christian voice and a strong example of a Godly wife and mother! I am glad there are blogs like yours out there! :)

Mandi said...

Aren't those mesh feeders the best for teething???

Kimberly said...

I'll see you there-HOME! And whoever said we'd have size 6 bodies...........Amen Sista!

Tristan said...

Harper is such a cutie!


I am very saddend by that blog issue.
I prayed so hard for that baby and family..and it breaks my heart.
I even sent in prayer for my pregnancy.....I am just so confused by it.

Tina said...

Well put. Thanks for giving your thoughts (I was really curious as to what you were thinking on this). You are always so spot-on.

Elisabeth said...

what a blessing you've been Kelly! Love your day in the life post! On my rough days I just read your blog and see pictures of Harper knowing one day I'll be blessed too.

KLC said...

Can't wait for the debut of the little princess's first tooth!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Kelly...

you are a sweetheart...and your little one just gets cuter by the day.
I am always blessed by your posts.

This is an exciting time for us..my son who is 35...when you said that magic number..he and his wife have tried for years to have a baby...had too many miscarriages....and had almost given up......she went to the doctor today and two weeks from today she will be induced...if little Gray does not make his entrance before then...I have longed for the day that I see my boy meet his boy...and that dream is about to come true. Celebrate with us...

Justin and Jessica said...

Kelly,
This was such a wonderful post. Your blog truly is a ministry. Blessings to you ... and to your precious little Harper.

Mallory said...

Hi Kelly, I've been reading your blog since Harper's birth but only recently started officially "following" you. You have an absolutely beautiful baby girl and I look forward to your posts and prayer requests. Thank you for being a true Christian light and giving out the right message about the fake blog. I look forward to watching Harper grow! :)

teasinglydiverse said...

Harper is so adorable, and getting so big! I feel like I know you, from following your blog (which I know isn't the case, but whatever...). She's such a beautiful girl and lucky to have such a caring mama.
I think you addressed this with grace and to the extent necessary. I've had to deal with my share of fall out from it all from linking there and urging people to pray.
But the amazing thing is that no matter what, prayer is never a mistake.
Thank you for the ministry that is your blog!

Kim said...

Kelly,
Just want to leave a quick word for you...God IS using you! In my opinion, your blog is a ministry tool! You'll never know the seeds you've planted!
I don't know anything about the fake blog but I do know God is BIGGER than that and HE can and will use this situation to bring glory to HIS name!
Keep up the good work girl!
Oh, as always...Harper looks adorable!

Carlos and Jamie said...

Harper is getting cuter by the day! Very polite post. All I will say.

Allison said...

I don't comment very often but wanted you to know that I am very blessed by alot of your entries. I don't know anything about the fake blog, but keep yours going. You have such a great perspective on things and I feel like you have a great ministry. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 girls and you bring me back to the days of my first born being a baby. She is 8 now and in so many activies, I miss those days of just nap's and shopping. I too, loved to shop with my babies. Enjoy her, she is so precious.

Taking Heart said...

Your daughter is getting so big and bright eyed!
I 100% agree with you on the situation... I have personally felt disillusioned by it all, and was heartbroken at first... but as the day goes on I have let it go. God holds me up, He knows the truth and that is good enough for me!
I wanted to tell you also that I enjoy your recipe blog... I'll have to try some of your southern ideas!

Kristin said...

Kelly,

Your blog really did lead to me rededicating my life to the Lord, because I wanted to be a strong Christian woman, just like you. Your blog is a light and I know you have been such an inspiration to so many women, and then to have such a sweet little miracle in Harper.....I just know the Lord is so proud of you!

I never did feel quite right about the fake blog either. I think what you said about it was exactly right. It's just really hard to understand the "why", but we can always keep praying that she will find what she was looking for in the Lord, instead of in this kind of sympathy.

I can't wait to sing those worship songs with you one day!

Grandma~rella said...

OH! I love the idea of using the mesh food thingy for teething! YES! I'll have to get one of these for my G'Baby, Sadie. :)

Thanks for your words of wisdom...you're doing great, kiddo!
(((HUGS))) G'Ma~rella

Paige said...

You are a blessing!!

ABandCsMom said...

Oh isn't she a cutie pie!!
Love the lip sucking. Too cute.

The fake blog has upset me. We sat by our daughter through 4 near death experiences in her short life of 7 years. We know the pain and heartache involved. I ached for B. I checked on her often. I sat at my computer checking for updates. I believed. I prayed for them. For the life of me, I just can't imagine how or why someone would be so cruel. It's sad. B is sad. Oh my gosh. ENOUGH already.

Love to see the pictures of Harper each day. She is so precious. You are so very blessed.

The Simmons Family said...

Well said!! Don't you love the anticipated nap that never really happens the way you plan?! And yes, baby's born healthy seem far and few between in the blog world. My sister had her baby this weekend, perfectly healthy, along with the other 10 babies born that night at the same hospital!! Isn't God WONDERFUL!!!

Julee said...

Harper just gets prettier every day! Hope you are having a good summer so far! Just haven't commented in a while and wanted to say hi!

Table for Four said...

You're as classy as they come, as usual. Harper gets cuter by the day! You are such a great example of what a Christian woman should be. Good luck with the baby teeth, it will all be a memory too quick. Enjoy the bad with the good, it all seems cute a year (or eight) down the road.

Gavin's Mama said...

Amen sister... you are a light and I enjoy reading your blog!

Harper just gets more and more beautiful everyday!

Mom2Valerie said...

My daughter wouldn't nap until six months. It was so frustrating, BUT I was blessed with a full night of sleep when she was two months...so I couldn't really complain! When she was around six months, I found out I'm pregnant again...and I NEEDED a nap. So, I would take her to bed with me in the afternoon and she would eventually fall asleep. Then, the fourth/fifth teeth she cut kept her up at night and she would wake up every couple hours. So, after a lot of exhaustion and talking to several other moms, I decided to try letting her cry it out. I started out with little baby steps - the first night, I couldn't stand it past five minutes. The next night, I let it go longer...and eventually she would fall back asleep. Once she was sleeping through the night again, I did the same routine with naptime, starting out with an afternoon nap. Eventually, she got to where she is now - at 10 1/2 months she takes a 2 hour morning nap and 1.5 hour afternoon nap. Just hang in there, Kelly...and remember that every baby is different too. What works for one mom may not work for you. Just do what works best for you and sweet little Harper. Hopefully, as she gets bigger she will get better at napping. Praying for you!

Kodi said...

You are such a blessing to me every single day! Thank you!!!

kim_brough said...

Oops. I meant earthly body. And to whomever left a comment on my blog about that comment-- mine are already 36D and I want to keep those! Ha ha!

AmberS said...

I have been reading you for awhile now, and I have noted a few times, but I wanted to leave a PRAISE! My husband and I found out today we are expecting our second child! We are so thankful and so blessed!

LuLu said...

That is one of my favorite verses! This post was most appropriate...I've actually been checking today to see if you had mentioned it...simply because I knew you are so passionate about mothers/babies/etc who face difficult times...and you've been through it. I honestly wasn't aware of anything going on until perusing some blogs today. You are SO uplifting and I appreciate you always being so sincere.

Oh and Harper just gets cuter and cuter!!!

Ashley said...

What a tactful and classy way to deal with an unfortunate situation. I admire they way you dealt with this and I wish that I could be able to handle things like that!
I just love Harper's big, beautiful eyes! Her Daddy better get a nice big stick for when she gets older to beat off all the boys that will be chasing her!

Dawn said...

love those mesh feeders. I used them too. I can't remember if I've mentioned to you ice cream cones, the cake cup style. Let Harper chew on one of those, without ice cream of course. They dissolve really nicely and easy on them when they are first getting chompers. Actually my daughter still enjoys them at 2 and 1/2. We've yet to put ice cream in it.

McFarland Family said...

Those meshy things are the BOMB...no baby needs to go without one:) My little man still chews ice with his and he is 14 months.
Thanks so much for all your up lifting and encouraging words your are truely a specail person!

Summer Girl said...

Kelly, Love readng your blog and all about cutie pie Harper. I just have one tinsey request...can you put the white back on your blog? It makes it hard to read without! Thanks Loves!

Rebecca (Sam's wife) said...

i am just confused by it all too...i had been thinking things were fishy too. thanks for talking about it b/c again just confusd by it all.

harper is getting so big! what a little cutie!! it goes by tooo fast!!

Martini's @ Five said...

Isn't it hard to believe we were all such tine cuties once! I look forward to your posts daily! lol. I feel like a stalker ;)

But you are such an inspiration!

jen

Lil' K said...

I know you said not to comment, but I have to...as a new mom, I found such peace and nurturing in many blogs. Now, I want to stop following many.

This really, really bothers me.

But, I will not stop praying for all the sweet babies and being thankful for you and a few other moms that have my respect always.

Kim said...

Your blog is a blessing in my life, Kelly! While I hope that someday I can be a wife and a mommy like you are, it really your faith and perspective at ALL points of your journey that inspires me. Thanks for all the pics you post, too...Harper is just too cute.

Kelli said...

You're a blessing!

Staci said...

Never doubt your ministry in Kelly's Korner! God is truly using you in ways you'll never know!! Thank you for your sincerity. I have followed your blog for a long time and every time I stop by, it's always full of encouragement from the Lord!

I feel like I have another niece in Harper and love to see the pictures of her growing up!!

God Bless!

Clarke Life said...

You are truly an inspiration to me. All of your uplifting spiritual advice has helped me grow closer to God. Thank you again Kelly for being such a great evangelist to all of us in the blog world. Most importantly, I think you for all the prayers you say for all of us whom you don't know. You have a huge caring heart which is rare to find in the Godless world.

Bekah said...

Thanks for your post Kelly. I appreciate your words on that "situation".

So, on to more important things. I love reading about your daughter. I started reading your blog when Harper was born, and I can't stop. My baby girl (my 3rd child) was born 3 months before Harper, and I think they have lots of similarities, so it's fun to read what you guys are up to. When Harper was sick, I used to pray for her every night as I nursed my girl to sleep, longing for the day when you would be doing the same. So, yay! Also, Allie (my girl) loves her mesh feeder too and also started sucking her bottom lip when she was teething. And she also screams like a pteradactyl. :)

~~~~~ The House of Big Cheese~~~~ said...

My son Houston loved one of those mesh feeders too..he was an earlier teether to. He would get like 4 at a time :P

Thank you for adressing the fake blog. As a mother who has had a trisomy loss I am deeply saddened, confused, and sickened that someone would lie about it.

You are such a great lady. I enjoy reading your blog.

Robyn said...

Your blog is definitely a ministry. Thanks for sharing.

Love that Harper outfit today...that can't be wal-mart?! If so I am slipping because I would swear it was boutique..can't put my finger on it..maybe oilala (sp?)

So cute!

Taylor said...

Her sweet face puts a smile on my face! She is just amazing and I'm still so happy for you guys!

And I completely agree with you on the last part. Very disheartening.

Melissa said...

Kelly your blog has been such a ministry to me and i'm still in college! I love your blog and your daughter as if I know you personally. Your faith is so inspiring!

I hate that people have to have fake blogs to get the attention that they could have through loving God and being themselves.

That is one thing I struggle with often.
I think you addressed it enough though.
Thank you for sharing Harper.

Love,
Melissa

C.W.Carter said...

I love reading your blog! Always well written and classy! I also love that Harper enjoys shopping so much...she is precious! Thanks for sharing your life!

Andy and Wendy Ingram said...

Bless you Kelly! Harper is such a beautiful baby and thanks for sharing pictures!

Cathy said...

Amen, my fellow sister in Christ!
That's all I'll say about that...

Harper is adorable as ever and such a sweet blessing of such a sweet blessing (you;)) :)

index.html said...

Harper looks beautiful in the photos, love how shocked she looks in each of them.

The fake blog was certainly a shock to many, but it definitely shows how much of a "community" we have in this thing we call the blog world.

~Tellie

Veronica said...

Harper is just so amazingly beautiful! A true blessing!

Ginger Lamar said...

Kelly,

I totally agree with what you said about the "fake blog". I am still so torn over it. However, I will continue to pray for "B" as she needs prayer more now than before!

Harper is just beautiful!! I too had a child that was NOT a fan of naps until I found this thing that you clipped to the side of the crib and it vibrated the whold bed (as if she were strolling in her stroller or in a car). It was a lifesaver!! Maybe you could try that? If I find a link to one, I will send it your way!

Myra said...

Love the mesh feeders! Ridley's really enjoying his even though he hasn't popped a tooth out yet! Thanks for the gracious perspective that you gave on the whole fake blog thing. My heart is so sad and I will continue to pray for B.

Lynn said...

There was a big problem with fake sites on Caringbridge and Carepages. Haven't heard about any lately, but...I finally decided that although it's horrible creating sites like that I was very thankful that those children weren't actually sick. The Lord will deal with them!
These words are always so very comforting! Praying!
Romans 8:26-28 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
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jen_lehr said...

Very well written, Kelly. I love how your posts so clearly point your readers to Jesus! Your blog has ministered to me in that it has encouraged me to pursue a more passionate relationship with Him.

I think Harper's lip-biting is pretty common in teething babies. My daughter did it, too. FYI, you may find that her eczema flares up a bit with teething b/c of all that drool on her face. Samantha's cheeks got really red this past winter from it. Glad Harper likes her mesh feeder! I've heard frozen bananas are great in those.
Blessings to you!

Alaska Girl said...

AMEN! =]

Jennifer said...

Hannah also sucks on her bottom lip. She has one little tooth just now poking through her gum so it must be a teething thing.

Holly said...

My daughter Kyndra used to do that to her lip too. A baby thing I guess. lol I've always wanted to try one of those mesh feeders. People seem to like them!

Sara Campbell said...

Preach it! Folks who won't try out church are reading this!!!! Go Kelly!

Sonya said...

Harper gets cuter by the day! Lauren loves ice. Especially when she is teething but she will eat it any time we let her. We didn't us the mesh thing but we would wrap an ice cube up in a wash cloth and let her have at it. :)

Love Being a Nonny said...

I don't post much anymore because you have SO many readers and people who post...I figure you can't possibly read them all! But today I wanted to thank you for addressing the issue with such class. Pointing the way to Jesus dealing with such a delicate issue was right on! thank you for your gracious ways. You touch a lot of people and that it is a huge responsibility. You do it well! HE is pleased.
angela

Julia said...

Thank you for saying what you said. I look to your blog for spiritual guidance at times, and I am a believer, so I am glad that you speak to those of us who have a personal relationship with Christ, and those who don't. You are so right in saying that God will never and has never failed us. One day Satan will be vanquished, but spiritual war is on and we have to fight with all of our might to let His goodness shine through! Thank you for displaying such Christ-likeness today.

Lauren Kelly said...

Just wanted to say thanks for being you!!! Love ya!! :O)

And Miss Harper too!!

Darla said...

Amen.

Well said.

mommaof4wife2r said...

satan is lurking and hurting people...and it makes me sad, but it's true! but thankfully, the lord has already won the war. for that, i am eternally grateful. shewwww.

and harper...that little one is too precious!

michele said...

Hi Kelly! I just love, love, LOVE your blog! It's such an inspiring and uplifting read for me every day. I just love the pictures you post of your adorable little girl.

My son enjoyed those same teethers you posted the picture of Harper using. They were great for ice cubes when he started teething. For fruit...not so much! Just a warning to you, be prepared to chunk them after you give her fruit in them because they were impossible to clean. =) I still thought they were worth it though to help my little guy work those new teeth in.

Hugs!
~ Michele

Megan said...

When my 16 month old screams at naptime or bedtime, I call it her "I want to be an only child scream." It's tough! I love Harper's dress in these pictures!

Our Curly Girls said...

Well said, Kelly. I felt angry for wasting precious time on this matter, but then I realized something so important. When I lift my prayers to Jesus, He treasures this time, each and every sweet word, I have set aside for Him. NO PRAYER GOES UNWASTED. NEVER. It is not for me to judge the hearts of others, but it still feels like a waste of precious heartfelt time. Our sisters who lifted this "family" did exactly what should have been done...the rest lies in His hands. The Lord knows your kind hearts, and He loves you all for that.

Your girl looks so happy to have her gums soothed. Hi Harper! You are precious!!!

Rachel H. said...

Great post! And what a beautiful baby girl!!

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you mentioned putting ice in the mesh feeder in you teething post the other day. I had not tried that, but I did this weekend when Brody cut his 5th tooth and it worked great! He loved it and I know it felt so good on his little gums. Thanks for the tip!

Kayla said...

Kelly BY FAR I believe you are my favorite blogger! If I am ever down in the dumps, sad, worried. I read what you have to say, i read the scriptures and feel so much better. I enjoy looking at that beautiful baby girl Harper as well. I love reading your blog (ministry), you are the REAL DEAL!!! (Im not saying this just because we are both Arkansans)

The Harmon's said...

Well stated. Harper is the cutiest thing, I could eat her up.

Amanda

Melissa said...

Kelly

You always have great words of encouragement and I admire you for this. I am glad to know you and develop a friendship with you. I just love the pictures of Harper when she is on her belly. Happy Wednesday Kelly!

Karen said...

Harper is so beautiful! Thank You for upholding God's Word in a difficult situation. May the Lord be Glorified through all of this!

Blessings to You,
Karen

Bec74 said...

Harper is so stinkin cute,she kinda takes my breath away!! I have 4 kids,my youngest being (almost)8,and my heart longs for another. I started VERY young (16),got married at 21 and then had our 3 boys and was done by the time I was 27. Life is now"easy".no car seats,diaper bags,we sleep all night....but yet I miss all those things. I see picts of sweet Harper and I think,"if I could only talk my hubby into it"....I pray for all the mommas out there that are trying so hard for just one baby,my heart hurts for you...God bless you Kelly,you truely are touching so many lives through your amazing Faith .....

Megan said...

Just wanted to say that your blog is such an encouragement and a positive place - reading it always brightens my day.

And I just can't believe Harper is cutting teeth already! Oh my.

Sue said...

I have been reading since Harper was born and have not commented in a while. I am an empty nester of four children and I am so glad you are cherishing each moment with your sweet baby. It goes so, so fast.
I am almost 20 years older than you and I am a follower of Christ, but your faith and wisdom touch my heart. I know your parents are proud of you.
Harper is a doll baby!
Blessings!
Sue (from GA)

chadandnikki said...

Thank you for the verses and thoughts at the end of today's post. Having an emotionally rough day. I love being pregnant and the miracle of it, but at the same time it's hard knowing I'm carrying a precious girl that will not live. Thanks you made my day a little brighter.

Casi said...

Kelly,

I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog and find you to be such an inspiration. I found your blog through a friend's shortly after Harper was born and have been faithfully following since even though I don't comment much. You rock, sister!

Here's a random sidenote for you - I first found information about Katie on your blog and began praying for her immediately. Shortly thereafter, I realized she is actually the sister of one of my sorority sisters from Baylor. Small world, huh?

As for the fake blog, I have a heavy heart over it because the very day they claimed the baby was born (I'm not even sure there if there is a child), one of our friends woke to find her 5-month-old had passed during the night. All roads lead to SIDS at this point and the coincidental timing has just made me sad.

But, you know what? I've been praying so hard that God would soften my heart (it's been really hard and closed up due to some issues with my past) and it's obvious He has...I know this because I followed that blog and prayed that He would show Himself to everyone with healing. So I'm just going to look at the bright side and know that none of that prayer was wasted. This is obviously someone who needs intercession.

Thank you for being such a light!
Casi

Jonathan and Sarah said...

I feel the same away about praying fervently for pregnant friends. Our son had a birth defect & almost died, but God used the doctors & do what he needed & after 5 weeks in NICU, EMCO, & surgery, he's now 2 1/2 & doing great. I'm alwasy amazed at families who have many children, especially ones like Jon & Kate & the Duggers who have 18 & NONE of those kids had issues. What a miracle babies are! I love reading your blog... Harper is just too cute! If we ever have a girl I'll be hitting those buttons on your left side with the hats, shoes & bows for sure! :)

Kristin said...

I can not tell you what a spiritual inspiration you are to me. I also love watching Harper grow up. I laugh reading about your exhaustion because I am right there with you!

Ginny said...

Kelly- I feel that for the past several months I have been in a "desert place" away from God. All from my own doing of course...not spending time in reading/prayer like I should. It seems like I have been in this place for so long that now when I pray I can't feel Him or hear His voice. Whenever that happens, it is always us and never Him. I prayed again today for a reminder...something that He would give me...and then I read your blog. You said

"I'm not perfect - in fact I'm so far from it sometimes I wonder how Jesus can love me much less forgive me MUCH LESS have died for me."

When Jesus died on the cross for me, He already knew this place that I am in right now...but He still died for me, He still loves me enough to have been on that cross despite my lack of fellowship...and that is enough for me *right now* to know that I am not deserted or forgotten. He used your blog today to speak to me. And for that I am thankful.

Miss Marnie said...

Thank you for having the courage to be yourself. Your post was lovely.
May God continue to bless you and your family.

Jennifer, Chris, and Owen said...

Babies being born healthy and well are definitely a miracle. It's what my former pastor called, "the miracle of normalcy." I never understood that so well until I went through a miscarriage and then the healthy, normal pregnancy and birth of my son. Even though I had to have a c-section, it was all normal and miraculous to me! I thank God all the time that I never had to go through the traumas with my son that so many have been through with their little miracles.

The Kahler Family said...

Harper is just a doll, I love that you post so many pictures!
We went through the same thing with our little guy crying so much when it was time to sleep, at nap or night. He was in our room until he was six months because he kept waking up to nurse, so I'm with you!
Your blog is such a light and your heart is evident and you are an amazing testament to our Sweet Savior's love! Your words made me cry because I think you put so well how I feel a lot of the time, just in complete awe!
Have a happy Wednesday!
Angie

Our Family said...

Hello Beautiful Harper and Mommy...I don't comment too often I don't have time. I was reading through Bible verses and this one seemed to fit you Mrs. Kelly Stamps...Psalm 107:2
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.

It is nice to have Blogs but our lives are meant to Glorify our Lord. And your Blog Glorifies God. Your life Glorifies God. I don't know what the fake blog was I don't get to blog much. But your Blog is a sweet blessing while we wait on our God. You keep reflecting God's Light!

sophie

Kerrie said...

Harper you are so beautiful! Kelly, thank you for sharing your lives with us. Your blog always puts a smile on my face. Your first picture of Harper may be my all time favorite! She is a perfect blend of her WONDERFUL parents!

Mrs.Shu said...

Love love love sweet baby Harper...I left you an award on my blog! Have a great day!

In His Army said...

Well said, Kelly. Can't wait to see those teeth! :)

Too Spicy said...

Hi Kelly - I love your blog and Harper is just beautiful! I have never left a comment, but I just came to catch up on your blog since it's been a few days and I saw your jumperoo question. Here's my advice...it's so hit and miss with babies on what they will or will not like. We bought the exersaucer for our daughter (over $100) and she never liked it -we could MAYBE get 10 minutes out of it at a time. I felt like we wasted money and I felt horrible. BUT when our son came along...whole different story! He LOVED it and used it ALL THE TIME! Sooo even if it seems like you may be throwing money away, if you are planning on having another child, you can sorta justify the money spent because you will be using it with more than one baby. Also, even if Harper doesn't like it today, she may love it in a week or a month...you just never know with these kiddos! It may be worth a try!

Jenglamgirl said...

Its nice to know there are sweet genuine woman out there, and you get a big A! Harper is darling, and what a cute name!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Harper is just growing up so quickly! She's such a darling. You really are a lovely light shining for the Lord Kelly!

I haven't been by your blog in ages, but I'm so glad so see how happy sweet Harper is!

Blessings girl!
Sasha

It's a wonderful life said...
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It's a wonderful life said...

I enjoy reading your blog everyday!! You are such a blessing to me. Harper gets more beautiful everyday and she is very photogenic!! My daughter loves looking at your blog with me so she can see the pictures of Harper!! (she wants a little baby sister so bad)
I just realized that you attended OBU I attended also in 1993, and I still live in Arkadoo!!
Tonyia

Charon Benton said...

Love to read your blog everyday--I live vicariously through you many days!

Heather said...

I love reading your "day in the life". We are still trying to figure out what our "new normal" is around here! I also agree with the comment you left me...we were definitely separated at birth!! :)
Thanks for always being an encouragement and support for me.
I thank God for you!

Farris Family said...

AMEN Sister!

Cathy said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the 'fake' blog. I am one of the devastated, disappointed, disillusioned ones after investing so much of my heart. But your words somehow made me feel a little better about it today and I don't feel like our prayers went for nothing...they truly need them, no matter whether the story is true or not.

spear_britney said...

My son did the 'no nap' thing for oh, the first 6 or so months of his life.. the only way he would nap was if I was carrying him in my sling. It was stressful, but now he is 2 1/2 and things are SO different.
And thank you for your thoughtful, Christ-centered words.
-tiffany

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purejoy said...

such great comments about the ummmm "blog"
i agree 100%
i feel betrayed by it and i hate the "witness" it was to Him, but it did have some real truth about God and the power of prayer. i just hate that it made us wary and untrusting of blogs.
but i loved your post and want to encourage you that it's okay to let harper cry a little when it's time to sleep. her learning how to comfort herself is a really great skill for her to acquire!

Amy said...

I know of the blog you write about and thought it was kinda fishy from the start. And, as much as it would be nice to help others, I strongly suggest no one donate any money to anyone's blog on the internet unless they personally know the person. It's just foolish! The world we all live in is unfortunately not safe enough to do kind human gestures like that anymore.