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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Hope Springs Eternal

Hope… such a little word for such a huge concept. This life can just leave us feeling as though it is one always going to be one long, dark winter-dry, gray, bare, and bitter. But then, we catch a tiny glimpse of spring with its new life appearing. I notice the tree in our front yard with tiny […]

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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 […]

To the One Who First Called Me Mommy

My sweet girl, I vividly remember the moment I found out you were on your way. I was beyond thrilled, a little surprised, and a lot scared. As the months slowly drifted by, I became less and less sure that, at age 25, I was really grown up enough to have my own baby. I […]

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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 […]

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