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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Reading, reading and more reading...

In the last few months I have taken back my love to read. Sense then I have finished 2 1/2 books that have really helped me through these days. I have always gravitated toward the 'Christian Self Help' books. I thought that I would share the ones that I have read recently and that I would HIGHLY recommend for reading.

My first one is 'What to do when your world is falling apart' By: Richard Exley
It a wonderful book and a short read that was given to me by our Pastor. It really helped me to keep focus on the Lord through good and bad times and to remember that He loves us so much more then we will ever comprehend. Through the very rough and hard times in our life's He will never leave us or forsake us. He will pull us through, just lean on Him.

My second book is 'I Will Carry You' By: Angie Smith
This book came highly recommended by many people at my In-Laws church. In fact we as a family were given several copies. (That should tell you how much this story means to me & just how much I was meant to read it). Angie and her husband Todd (from the Christian singing group Selah) went to their 20 week appointment and received the same news almost to a tee as we did. This book made me ball my eyes out each chapter but helped me just the same for she was telling my story. I didn't think that I would have the courage to read it right away but He gave it to me and I was thankful! Angie also has a blog that she started around the same time in her pregnancy 3 yrs ago. It's called Bring the Rain.The crazy thing is, I met her last fall and had no idea about her story and defiantly had no idea that I would be going though it months later. This is the song that Angie and Todd wrote for their little girl Audrey. It is so fitting and my anthem...

I Will Carry You
There were photographs I wanted to take
Things I wanted to show you
Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
Who could love you like this?
People say that I am brave but I’m not
Truth is I’m barely hanging on
But there’s a greater story
Written long before me
Because He loves you like this
So I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All my life
And I will praise the One Who’s chosen me
To carry you
Such a short time
Such a long road
All this madness
But I know
That the silence
Has brought me to His voice
And He says…
I’ve shown her photographs of time beginning
Walked her through the parted seas
Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
Who could love her like this?
I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All your life
And I will praise the One Who’s chosen Me
To carry you

My third read (that I'm not quite finished with) is 'Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God' By: Shelia Walsh
I love this woman! I have had the pleasure to hear her speak twice and got to meet her last December. All I have to say is any woman should pick this book up! Her testimony is awesome! I'm excited to finish this book and talk more about it later.

More importantly of any book that any of us can read is the Bible! I have been pouring over scriptures daily and out of everything this gives me my peace and encouragement that I absolutely long for! Making time for Him during the day is a must and I encourage you all to do so if you're not all ready. He loves you!

Ending with another read for the day: 'Egg Book' By: Golden Books
This is what Josh (Daddy) read to EJ today. I think she liked it because of her movements. :) I love the fact that we are reading to her. It's great for Josh to be able to connect with her. Reading is important at any age!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! And Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! Especially EJ's Daddy!

In Him...



  1. Thank you so much for sharing what you are reading and what is helping you get through this tough time. I bawled my eyes out when reading this blog... You are so strong... You always were, but to see how you are sharing your heart and soul is simply amazing. I am for sure going to pick up at least one of these books, probably the one that relates to you and what you are going through... By Angie Smith. I am here if you want or need to text, email, Facebook, or call. We love you and we are praying nonstop.

    Happy father's day Joshua!
    Missy, Kenny, Lucas, and Elijah

  2. I gotta stop reading these. Or at least keep tissues handy while reading.

    Love you.

  3. We love you and keep you in our prayers.

  4. Josh and Katie, my heart and eyes cry out for you. I marvel at your strength and your faith encourages me through my own trials, thank you. May our God continue to hold you both close and help you heal during this trial in your life. You are in my prayers daily.

  5. Thank you Katie for your blog. I love hearing of your faith in Christ and seeing the comfort that He brings you. You are so very much in my prayers, love, alissa dean

  6. Thank you, Friends! Thank you for reading the blog, your continued prayers and love for the 3 of us! You all are awesome! God Bless!!

  7. Hi Katie! I love Angie and her book is beautiful. Good choice. The Bible is what I clung to the most throughout our journey...and continue to cling to, of course. There is nothing like His Word. I love Sheila Walsh, too. She has an amazing heart for the Lord...and a beautiful gift of expressing herself. So glad you started a blog.


  8. Angie's book is amazing. I didn't really read much until after Carleigh was born except for one book. I read Waiting With Gabriel while I was still pregnant. Of course it brought tears and it was very good. I didn't do a lot of praying or reading the bible but God felt so close like I have never felt Him before.

    And that song.....I will always love it. I remember listening to it so much in the few days after her diagnosis and just crying every time. It still makes me tear up. It's beautiful.