Told by: Kristie
I am a mother to 10 precious children – we are raising 5 and Jesus is raising 5. I have had 3 early miscarriages, a loss at 16 weeks – our son, Isaiah, and then on July 8, 2008 our daughter Harper was born sleeping at 40 weeks. The day Harper died I experienced a pain that is indescribable but I also had the most amazing feeling of peace wash over me. ” The Lord is close to the broke hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18 I was beyond devastated that my daughter was gone but I also knew that God had plans for me and I needed to fully lean on Him. If our family had not had Jesus in our lives, I don’t know how we would have survived those first few months. Our family started a ministry called Harpers Hands. We make quilt squares and on the back is a place for parents to put their child’s footprints or handprints on. I helped to start a support group with a friend to help mom’s who have lost a child and we are in the process of working with hospitals and funeral homes to help educate on how to best help grieving families and items to help remember their children. Our family welcomed our rainbow baby in 2009. Going through a pregnancy after the death of a child was quite a journey. I used to think that if I made it past 12 weeks, or 16 weeks that I was safe but Harpers death changed all that. My innocence and sense of magic during pregnancy was gone. I had found out an ugly truth – not all pregnancies have a happy ending and sometimes babies die. Through it all though – miscarriages & a stillbirth – I have been blessed with 5 beautiful children , a supportive husband, and a deeper faith in God.