Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Never Give Up

Tonight I had to run to Wal-Mart to get Harper some pedialyte. That's all she can have after 3 a.m. and I know one baby who will be mad if I didn't give her something to eat when I get her up. So I ran in to Wal-Mart in my sweats because I've been home under the weather all day.
As I got in my car, I had it on the local Christian station and there was a Focus on the Family broadcast and this lady, Ann Kiemel, was giving a testimony and I sat in the parking lot in the dark and in the rain listening and just cried. I couldn't go in until she finished and when I got home - I looked it up because I want to share it with you.

If you are waiting for that child or for a husband...................take 15 minutes or so and listen to this. I think it will hopefully give you some hope. (This will take you to the link and then click "listen now").

http://www.listen.family.org/daily/A000002160.cfm

90 comments:

Ginny said...

Thank you!

purejoy said...

praying for harper tomorrow. . . and all the little ones undergoing medical testing, procedures and surgeries!! she'll do great!
my little baby (okay, he's 19) had pins put in and then taken out over the last three weeks. my baby doesn't much care for anesthesia! he gets sick. :-(
we told him "all done surgeries!!" for awhile. in the last 16 months, he's given our orthopedic surgeon a workout!! ha!

Kim said...

Praying for Harper. Also for her Doctor and for her parents and grandparents. I know God will hold her in His hands.

KRISTEN'S PALACE said...

i needed that!! hope everyone feels better soon in your household!

momMYsliceoflife said...

Hope everyone is feeling better soon and that Harper's surgery goes well tomorrow!

AuntieJaime said...

Kelly,

Thank you so much for sharing that with us!!

I am praying for Harper, as well as for you and your husband - that you both are feeling better.

I'm am so blessed to be able to read your blog and be richly inspired.

Thank you!

God Bless,
Jaime

Sarah Bryant said...

FYI - You can subscribe to all the Focus on the Family broadcasts each day and it'll update each time you plug your iPod in to your computer. You can select which to download and which not.
They are all such a blessing!
Thanks for sharing this one!

Maire said...

Kelly, I will have Harper in my thoughts & prayers, I know that she will come through just fine! But, I also how much harder it is for us moms, when my 3 older children had their adenoids removed (both at one time) I cried buckets!
Hugs,
Maire

Hayley said...

Kelly -

I heard this same broadcast this morning, and just boohooed the whole way to work! It truly spoke to my heart, and was such an encouraging word while dealing with the frustrations of infertility.

Prayers for you and your family tomorrow :)
Hayley

Lindsey Conrad - Nabors said...

I have done the same thing and sat in my car to listen to things like that and have a moment to myself! We all need that sometimes.

I am going to listen now! Thanks so much for sharing that! And hope pretty girls feel better very soon!!

{better than candy} said...

Thank you so much!

The Adventures of Baby Bond said...

Praying for Harper and for you and your husband to get well, too.

Evan Reker said...

Thank you so much for putting this link on

We are ones we are stuggling and we are doing adoption now!

Denise Reker

Mountain Girl said...

I read and cried through Ann Kiemel's story also! I don't know if she said this on the show or not, but her husband passed away and she's raising her four sons alone although I think they are grown up now. When I was single, she gave me MUCH hope.

rae said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! You are so unbelievably sweet to think of those of us still struggling. I hope you guys feel better soon, and I will be praying for Harper tomorrow!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Kelly,

you have to go back and read all her books....She was my favorite author and speaker for many years.....

Her books are ones you NEVER forget....


Praying for you and Harper...

etta said...

I hope ya'll are feeling better soon!

Chaundra Olsen said...

Thank you so much for this. My husband and I have suffered two miscarriages, unexpected diagnosis and have been beaten down by infertility. Hearing this encourages me to move on and trust God's Plan.

Thank you!

fmattso said...

Hi Kelly,
My husband works for Focus on the Family and he came home this morning and turned the broadcast on. She made me cry. What an amazing woman she is. Praying for Harper tomorrow.

Renda said...

Thank you SO MUCH Kelly.

You have no idea what was going on with me this week but God has used you to bless my heart.

Sunday, I was 6 weeks pregnant and yestorday I was not. I have so much hurt that I do not know what to do with. Tomorrow is my birthday and I dont know what it will bring.

I have only experienced 1 year of infertility, but it feels like more. I have only experienced 2 misscarriages but it feesl like more. I know God will not give us more than we can handle.. but this feels like more.

My eyes are chapped from crying but I feel so comforted by her words. It helps to know that I don't have to hide my feelings and dont have to push myself to fix them.

Bless you Kelly.
-Renda

The Simmons Family said...

We'll be praying for Harper tomorrow!! No surgery is easy. Owen had his Gtube surgery today and although minor in comparison to his open heart surgeries and upcoming transplant.. it's still aweful scary.

Good Luck and keep us posted!

Did you read sweet Kate Mckae's caringbridge today? They did her MRI and found significant shrinkage of her brain tumor.. just another wonderful miracle from HIM!

Kristin said...

I will be praying for your sweet Harper tomorrow and for you too!

Proud Wifey And Mommii of 3 said...

Prayers for tomorrow for Miss Harper

Amy said...

My 13 month old had tubes put in his ears the first of this month, so we had the same long night, no eating problem. Our guy was mad by morning! Praying for Harper and you tomorrow, and tonight!
And my baby woke me up in time this morning to hear Focus on the Family early this morning. I laid in bed and cried! What a story, and I wanted to know more. What a sweet lady!

Life with my sweeties said...

Praying for ya'll!!!

CourtneyC said...

Thank you fo sharing that. I am one waiting on that baby and found this really touching.

Praying for Harper.

Bridgette said...

Thank you Kelly. You have no idea how much I needed to hear that right now.

Jamie said...

Little Miss Harper,
You and your parents will be in my prayers Thursday. You sure have one sweet mommy! Happy 8 month b-day to you. :)

Bri said...

Kelly~
I heard this broadcast this morning as I was getting ready for work. Let me just say that her words have changed me in so many ways. I cried and cried in the shower this morning as I thought back over her words and the pain she had to go through. My husband and I are trying to conceive and while it hasn't been long since we started trying...at least not as long as other women whom I know are trying, I just have this nagging feeling in my heart that it may not happen for us. I believe that is fear! Ann's words just spoke to me so deeply. As I cried out to Jesus, I told Him that I would put my trust in Him for my future and that I would do my best to embrace my fear and turn it into faith. I know that He has all of our days planned, and He has a purpose for each of us far greater than any one of us can imagine. Anyway, I am just so happy you shared this on your blog. I was so touched by it this morning that I found it and listened again later in the day. I really wanted a way to share it with others so again, I thank you! God Bless!!!! ~Bri

Channa said...

Wow, how awesome! I am going to make my husband listen to this. Anne's voice is so comforting, I just want to hug her. If she can be ok, then I will be ok with whatever God has in store for us! My baby will come, when he is ready, he will come!!
Thank you!!

Good Luck today!!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

I was picking up my son from a church activity and turned the radio on and Ann had just started talking and I also was glued to my seat! I cried and cried and didn't care if the drivers on either side of me saw me! I'm praying for Harper today.

JULIE said...

Thanks Kelly!! I really needed that this morning. My husband and I has been struggling with infertility for almost 2 years now. We are still waiting for our time to come and we will never give up.

I hope that little Miss Harper's surgery goes wonderfully today and I will be praying for her along with the family and doctors today...

The Toll House Cookie said...

Dr. Dobson and Focus On The Family has been a favorite of mine for over 25 years. I'm probably much older than many of your readers, but I know that shows and guests like this are what helped me through many years of infertility and placing all our faith and trust in God. Like Annie, I didn't marry until I was 35 and after years of hospitals, tests, doctors and looking into adoption, deciding to become a family of "two" was one of our hardest acceptances. God had a different plan for our family.

Best of luck today with Harper's procedure. I'll be thinking of you!

Lianna Knight said...

Kelly,

Thank you SO much for sharing this today. I listened to it before I left for work and it REALLY spoke to me...I am overwhelmed with the confidence that God has a better plan for us.

Blessings,
Lianna

Rachel H. said...

Thanks for sharing! This is great! Thinking of you all!

ourcosyhome said...

Thinking and praying for your sweet little Harper tomorrow xxx

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Hi yall! Just wanted you to know that yall were on my heart this morning and I'm praying for Harper {momma&daddy too}. I know she will do fine but I know what it's like to hand that precious peanut over to the Dr's. It's not easy. {{hugs}} Susie~

Kristina said...

That was great! I hope you all feel better soon! I will be praying for Harper during her surgery this morning. You are such an inspiration to all those who are waiting for a husband or a child. I wish I had known you about 5 years ago when we started trying for a baby and it took 3 years!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Praying for Harper. She will do great!

Joyce said...

I can't tell you how many memories the name Ann Kimmel raised in me. Her books I Love the Word Impossible and I'm out to Change My World meant so much to me as a teenager and young adult and made such a huge impression on me. I hadn't thought about them in many years. Her writing was amazing.

Praying for Harper and all the sick and hurting little ones today....

Becky said...

I have always enjoyed Ann Kiemel. I have several of her books. What was really neat is that I too heard the broadcast - while coming home from a get away with my daughter who is praying about adopting because she cannot have any more biological children!

Amber Schmidt said...

Kelly my heart goes out to you. I have been where you are right now 15 times before. It never gets any easier to send your baby off to that OR no matter how much you trust your surgeons (even if they are like family)... Praying for Harper, your family and especially for all the kids around the world who have to fight just to live.

Thank you for always being so courteous and remembering others through your life experiences. It means the world to so many!!!

Renee said...

I heard that broadcast too yesterday and just loved it!!! I drove home so slowly so I could listen to the whole thing. What an amazing story she has. And the joy just radiates from her voice- i could listen to her all day!

Suheski Family said...

Thank You so much!!!

Nicole said...

Thank You Kelly! I needed that so much. I am on your prayer blog waiting for a godly husband.

Our Family said...

God Bless you Kelly may He pour blessings and good health on little Harper during her surgery today.

P.S. Great post!
-S-

Amy Lynn said...

Praying for sweet Harper this morning. She'll do great.

SARA said...

Thank you SOOO much for sharing this!!! I have been through a few miscarriages, and just feel so hopeless about it (and yes I am a Christian)I have a few medical issues, which has made it harder for me to feel hope.
My husband and I are currently looking at adoption...
this totally puts life in perspective and it TOTALLY was a revelation :) THANKS!!!!

The Flowers said...

Hey Kelly,

I live in North Carolina and I read your blog almost everyday. I have never left a comment but I heard this same testimony yesterday morning on my way to work. I just cried and cried listening to her. It made me appreciate my life so much and made so thankful for my precious little girl.
I know what I'm about to say may not make a lot of people happy but I actually became pregnant before I was married, I was foolish and had pushed myself away from God. I had the most perfect pregnancy, delevery, and I have the healthiest little girl. It saddens me when I hear stories like Ann, and I ask God why he would give me such a blessing, for sinning and take away a blessing from those who are so deserving. I still struggle with that. But I now have a better realtionship with christ and I know that it is because he brought me my Haylee. He used my blessing to draw me closer to him. I feel that he does the same for those who have lost or who are waiting...he uses the loss and sorrow to make them stronger and bring them closer to him.
Anyway, I just thought I would share. She really touched my heart. What an amazing woman!! I feel like you have a great testimony too and I love what you are doing...you are truly blessing so many people.

Kel-Bell said...

Thanks for posting, Kelly! Praying for Harper today!

Meredith Ramer said...

Praying for you guys today. Hope all goes well! :)

Valerie said...

Keeping Harper in my prayers today!
Best wishes for smooth and uneventul surgery.

Blessings from KC,
Valerie

Laurie said...

I love Ann Keimel and have one of her books.

Shawn Seay said...

Praying for Harper today. I heard the Focus on the Family broadcast last night. It was very touching.

We Three Kings said...

Hi, Kelly. I listed to Focus on the Family every morning on my way to work, and I heard the broadcast yesterday morning. Oh, what a blessing it was to my heart. Ann is definitely a woman being used by God, and her story blessed my heart. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Thank you Kelly for guiding me to Ann. I needed that so much last night! My husband and I have been trying for a little while now, and month after month is just a disappointment. Our faith is what has kept us going. Praying for Harper today!

Sunni said...

Thank you so much for sharing this link! I have recently been diagnosed with endometriosis and was told that if I wanted children I need to have them within the next couple years. I am single and so at times it feels like such a hopeless situation. This was so encouraging. Thanks again for sharing!

Emili said...

Praying for Miss Harper today! And praying for y'all--good magazines, icy Cokes, and good conversation in the waiting room! With lots of peace!

(I think my sister signed in on my computer, and I'm too lazy to fix it right now---but this is SUNNI!)

Colleen said...

KELLY! She could've had breastmilk! I know it's past the point now, but if anyone is reading this, they can file it away for next time. Breastmilk is sterile, if she were to vomit during surgery and aspirate into her lungs (awful thoughts, I know, but that's why the orders are NO eat or drink b/4 surgery) the infection risk isn't there with breastmilk =)
P&PT for Harper today!

Alaska Girl said...

(((Praying))) for Harper today ~ I know it will go well! It's hard seeing your baby wheeled away from you ~ but, God loves her more than you do (hard to imagine, isn't it?) and He will be with her every minute. Let us know how it goes ~ bless you extra today! L.

Brooks and Nickie said...

I have never commented before...but I read your blog almost everyday. Thank you so much for posting the link for Ann Kiemel's testimony. I can't begine to tell you how much I needed to hear that this morning. Thank you.

Ariel said...

Kelly,

Thank you so very much for sharing that. I've been crying in my office and can't stop. I also want to thank you for sharing your faith through your blog. It is inspiring.
I will say a prayer for Harper this morning and for you.

Ariel

Sunny said...

Kelly, thanks for posting that link. Thank you too for your sweet email.

Let us know how Harper is as soon as you have a moment! Praying for you all.

Megan said...

Kelly, thank you so much for sharing, that was exactly what I needed to hear this morning. (Although I'm sure my boss is wondering why I'm walking around the office with tears in my eyes, ha!)

I'll be praying for Harper today.

God bless you and your ministry here.

Miranda said...

Thank You.

Kathy said...

I'm sorry to hear about Harper. That in itself is so emotional and hard AND then to hear that you are under the weather too--sorry :(

I love Anne Kiemmel!! I read all her books when I was in high school and she was still single. She has such an encouragement in so many ways and so many life circumstance. She has a way of being so transparent and pointing you back to our Amazing, Healing and Creator God.

Thank you Kelly! All the stuff in your head and your life right now and you wanted to encouarge US. Thank you.

Stephanie O'Neill said...

I am a fairly new reader, but yesterday I read the story about the faith dress, and listened to the broadcast just now. I struggle with multiple miscarriages, much like Ann (I have had four and I'm only 24) but I was blessed enough to carry one very beautiful little girl, and she truly is the light of our lives. Thank you so much for sharing -- AND for inspiring.

Team Alix said...

I probably should have realized when you said you sat in the car and cried, that meant I shouldn't listen to it with earphones at my desk at work!

Beautiful words, beautiful message and what an aazing woman! Thansk you, thank you for sharing it with us.
-Laura

Luke and Courtney Brewer said...

Wow, I listened with headphones at work and cried at my desk! We've had fertility struggles, too, but Ann's story helped me look at things from a different perspective. Thanks for sharing!

Party of Five said...

Hi Kelly,

My name is Rachel and I have been following your blog since Harper was in the hospital. I love reading and looking at all your fun photos.

Can I just ask you how you get Harper to keep those bows on her head? I have 2 1/2 year olds twins (boy/girl) and a 10 month old boy. With just one girl I really try to put cute things in her hair or get her to wear cute hats, but she wants nothing to do with them! She does wear glasses and I guess I should be lucky she keeps those on at least.

Anyway, I have tried to leave comments before and finally got this one to work through my blog. Thanks for sharing everything with us all! Take care!

Melissa Miller said...

How inspiring. :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I can tell that I am 20 years older than most of you....I am so happy that Ann is speaking again. Twenty years plus ago she was a much sought out speaker for so many ladies conferences...She spoke here in Shreveport several times....and her message was always the same...keep dreaming,keep believing, keep loving....and her delivery was always more than special. For all of you that are just now meeting her, find her books...They are life changing.

Melissa's Thoughts said...

Kelly, Thank you for shairing this. I was in tears the first 10 seconds. LOL There is hope!!

Annie said...

Thank you for the Focus on the Family link...I really enjoyed listening to it!!!

Lauren said...

It truly is such a small world! I was on my way to visit a very dear friend in the hospital (she just welcomed her first baby into the world after having a miscarriage, an ectopic, then many months of infertility).

On the way, I heard this exact same thing on Focus on the Family. It was all I could do not to burst into tears on the interstate!

I wanted to look it up online, but I had forgotten her name. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

God's Gal said...

Thank you so much for sharing. God has been speaking to me lately about His timing, and this message was right on me. I know deep in my heart that God will give me the desires of my heart in His time, and in the meantime I will continue to worship and praise him. His will, not mine. His time, not mine.

Heather said...

What a wonderful Focus on the Family broadcast!! Its really encouraged me today. I really needed it. Thank you!

Glad Harper made it through surgery. Such an amazing little girl! :)

Hollie said...

Thank you so much for posting this, it spoke right to my heart..... two years of trying. I find so much comfort in knowing how much God loves us will never leave our side in these times.

Britni said...

Thank you Kelly!!!

The Melbergs said...

Thank you for sharing this broadcast with your readers. I have been lurking around here for a while, but felt that I must tell you thanks for your encouragement.

I just finished listening to the message and I am tying through tears. I found out today that I am not pregnant, after a couple of weeks of being so sure. This news follows months and months of the same.

2 years ago I had an ectopic pregnancy that led to the removal of my left ovary and fallopian tube. During that surgery it was discovered that I have a "heart-shaped" uterus as well as endometriosis. The doctors have said that it is not impossible to conceive, but the likelihood of having a late miscarriage is great because of the shape of my uterus. I wasn't discouraged by the news and we begin trying three months after the surgery (as soon as allowed). To the doctor's surprise we got pregnant again right away and the due date for the baby was the one year anniversary of my surgery. I just knew this was a sign from God and was comforted knowing that "He gives and takes away". However, after 6 short weeks I miscarried.

That news was almost too much to bear and my husband and I decided to take a break from trying to conceive. But here we are again, and while I was so sure I would get pregnant right away, it has been more months than I'm willing to say and we still have no baby. I feel guilty for being sad and disappointed, knowing that God will is best, but the pain I feel every month has led me to almost throwing in the towel. I told myself this morning that I was done with this...until I heard the broadcast you posted.

With God's strength I will never give up.

Abby said...

Thanks for posting that link. It was really uplifting to listen to. I actually just got back from my obgyn appointment regarding our infertility. I think it helps to know that others have been there and lived through it and God had a plan. I know God has a plan in my life too.

Staci said...

Thanks for this, Kelly! This was great!!

Nichole said...

Thanks Kelly! I really needed to hear this message today! It's been a mentally exhausting day for me because I'm not really sure where I'm headed in my career and my husband and I have been trying for a baby for a year this month with no luck. Some days I just feel like I don't know what my path is and feel a little lost. Messages like this remind me that God has big plans for me and I just have to keep that in mind! Of course some days are easier to remember this than others! :)

Betsy said...

I love Ann Kiemel. I have read all her books ever since I was in high school. She has such a wonderful testimony!! Thank you for the link! :)

Manda said...

Oh My Gosh!!! I love Ann!! She is such an amazing woman! When I was in college I found some of her books from the eighties.... I just devoured them, and they have completely changed my life. I had no idea she was still around. Thanks so much for this!

Jennifer W~ said...

Kelly,

I heard this particular program yesterday, too. I can relate to Ann. We waited and tried for 11 years for a baby. I kept a few things put away, too, for a little boy. (I just knew I'd have a son.) After a long journey of doctors and failed adoptions, He placed a two year old boy in our home...our pride and joy! So, yes, the waiting is hard, but oh so worth it! HIS time, not ours. :)
Glad Harper is doing well.
Blessings, Jennifer

Haley & Rich said...

Kelly, wow that Focus on the family was so amazing! I pray that we can be as strong as Ann and her husband were. What an inspiration... Thanks for the link! I really needed to hear that! and so glad harper is doing great today!!!
haley

creative gal said...

Praying!!

amanda said...

Thank you so much for sharing this!

I started crying within 5 min of listening to her and tears streamed down my face at the same time.

The Swann's said...

Hi Kelly, I do not believe I've ever posted before but felt to do so for this post. I am not a regular reader {sorry!} but do frequently come to check on miss Harper and read your inspiring posts! Today this got me. Just what I needed to hear... I am getting ready to google Ann more and see what books everyone is talking about as this is what I need to engulf myself in now that we are on a 'break' until IVF in Jan. 2010. I need the reminders, the encouragement. Thank you for allowing God to speak thru you!