A Weeping Christian: When Faith and Grief Collide

A blog by Kimberly Crumby


Hearts 4 Hannah Year 8!

It’s that time of year again…this sweet baby would have turned 12 on Feb. 15th. If you would like to help honor Hannah Grace’s life and memory, here are some ways you can get involved. 1) Hearts 4 Hannah annual blood drive- this will be held on Monday, Feb. 13th from 2-7 at Lowell City […]

This World is Not My Home

One huge way God has used the tragic loss of our daughter for good (Romans 8:28) is the longing I now have in my heart for my eternal home. Looking back prior to seven years ago, I definitely knew I was going to heaven and desired to go there…eventually. If I’m being honest, there were things […]

When You Have to Let Go

This morning in our church’s life group, we read the account of Abraham being told to take his son Isaac and offer him as a sacrifice. This story has always caused me some angst; I vividly remember learning about this as a child and wondering how Isaac must have felt watching his father lift up […]

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The Birthday Girl

Eleven years ago at this very moment, I had been a mom for a whole 7 hours or so. I will never forget the first time I saw you- especially the head full of dark hair you had. I was overwhelmed with both incredible love and fear. I didn’t really know if I had what […]

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Final Hours

On this day six years ago, we knew we were most likely spending our final hours here on earth with our daughter. Even now, there are times when I still don’t quite believe it happened, but there’s always a harsh return to reality. I remember being so frightened- almost to the point of not being able […]

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A New Year

When you are an educator, you tend to think in terms of school years. So for us, our “Happy New Year” is most heavily experienced when August rolls around. It is a time to get back into the routine, think about goals and plans for the new year, and start back with a rejuvenated spirit. […]

The Unsung Hero

He is the one who was instantly smitten when we found out we were having our first little girl. The bond that formed was the mythical daddy-daughter connection come to life. He is the one who helped his worrier wife stay the course when baby number two did not happen so easily. His calm and […]

Beauty Abounds {Hearts 4 Hannah Recap}


As the lyrics to one of my favorite songs often remind me, He makes beautiful things out of the dust. Even when, to our finite human minds and hearts, it appears certain that only ugliness and pain can possibly result. I’ve decided that the more unlikely it seems that any beauty could exist is a greater opportunity […]

Let Your Light Shine Before Others (Hearts 4 Hannah Year 6)

Hannah's last birthday

On February 15, our Hannah Grace would have been 10 years old. Ten.years.old. It’s just unimaginable really. Our lives could be so different- two school-aged kids, more after school activities and homework, fitting in with a different peer group because of the season of life we would be in, not having a little one in […]

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What has quickly become one of my favorite songs…“Forever” by Kari Jobe “The moon and starts they wept, the morning sun was dead, the savior of the world was fallen…his body on the cross, his blood poured out for us, the weight of every curse was broken.” Imagine what his followers must have felt like […]

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