Melissa W.'s story
Let me start out by saying "WOW", the LORD is so AWESOME!!!
Two and a half years ago, God blessed us with the most beautiful gift we could ever receive—when our son was
born. He is without a doubt a Miracle Baby, and this group helped get us through!
I believe the Lord wants to give you the desires of your heart, and believe me He did for us. We went
through quite a journey, and faced multiple challenges. I have Polycystic
Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and never ovulated correctly,
and I found out during this journey that I also had issues with my thyroid gland. It seems like it was
just one problem after another, as we struggled to become parents.
I was really starting to give up hope, until my
dear friend Lisa told me about this amazing prayer group! Karen Cross, the minister who led the group, helped teach me about
a personal relationship with God. We talked and prayed about what God wanted from us, and all that He wanted
to give us! During prayer group, we prayed for peace, direction and healing for every issue that
came along. One week, it would be hormone issues; another week it was a thyroid imbalance. But no
matter what the problem, we would pray, and it would get better (and I do mean better!).
we approached the time for our IVF, I was told that my thyroid levels were too low, and that I might as well not even try
to get pregnant until the doctors could stabilize my levels with medication. They said this could take
a few months! I was so disappointed, because I really felt it was time to move forward.
So, I went to prayer group the Sunday before the next thyroid test, which was scheduled for Monday. We
knew that the next day we would have to make a decision whether to move forward, and that if the thyroid levels weren’t
better, we would have to reschedule.
Karen said that “God was bigger than any thyroid problem,” and
we prayed for my body to be whole and healed. Well, I went to the doctor the next day, after only
being on the thyroid medicine for two days, and my thyroid levels were PERFECT. I mean PERFECT!!! The doctors
were all amazed, and so was I. God had given us a true miracle! We proceeded with the IVF,
and that was the cycle that my precious son was conceived.
And to think, had we
not prayed for healing, we would have skipped that month. WOW!!! The LORD works in His own time, and it
was perfect! He knew exactly when He wanted me to get pregnant and when He wanted my son to join us on this earth.
That is almost too AMAZING to think about. It had to be that baby--- At that time!!!! PRAISE the LORD!!!
I couldn't stop thanking the Lord, and I still can't stop thanking Him even now!!! He is so Good!!!
I hope my story inspires you to never give up and to believe in the power of the LORD!
Katie’s Story (back to top)
I feel that my husband and I have a strong relationship with the Lord, but through this experience and the Miracle Mothers
group, it has grown even more.
My husband and I had been trying to conceive for 3 years. The first nine months
or so, we tried naturally, but after no result, we decided to talk with my OB doctor. I first tried Fermara (similar to Clomid)
for a few months and later did blood testing, etc. I had an HSG test (running dye through my tubes) and found that there were
no problems. Approximately 2 years ago, I requested that my OB recommend me to a fertility specialist. Where we both
underwent a lot of testing. We ultimately found that we had “unexplained infertility”. Three artificial inseminations
(IUIs) using Fermara with two of them and Clomid with the last one resulted in no pregnancy. For a month or so, we
took a break from all procedures. The doctor at that point said that our next step would be in-vitro, but I felt strongly
that I needed to first undergo a laparoscopy procedure to check for endometriosis. Based on Matthew 18:19 where Jesus
promised if two of us agree as touching anything on earth, it will be done by our Father who is in Heaven, my Miracle
Mothers prayer partners prayed with me that endometriosis would not be a factor in our infertility. The laparoscopy in
Nov ’06 confirmed our answered prayer . The doctors found very little endometriosis which should not
have affected our infertility, so we decided to try naturally for several months after as we sought God's direction
on how to proceed.
learned about Miracle Mothers through a friend of mine from church who attended the group. She said it was a great comfort
and help. I was a bit hesitant at first not knowing many details about the group, but once I went for the first time, I loved
it. I felt so comforted and realized I wasn’t alone in my struggle. I was actually amazed at how many women attended
and were going through infertility as well. Karen is a perfect leader/speaker. She provided such encouragement and inspiration.
I really liked that she included so much scripture and I knew that the Lord was really utilizing her for His purpose. After
the first meeting, I felt like I was on such a spiritual high and could not stop talking about it with my husband. He could
see what a great group it was for me.
I have been attending the Miracle Mothers prayer group for 1 ½ years. It
has helped me to shift my focus from my own problems to focusing on God and praying for other women. I developed
a yearning to pray more for the other women than for myself. I was thrilled even if they became pregnant before me! It gave
me hope, that in God’s timing, I would be pregnant also. One of the scriptures that Karen shared that has stayed with
me as a comfort is Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
By early 2007 and
still with no result, we began thinking strongly about in-vitro. We had many concerns about the financial, physical &
mental aspects of going through the in-vitro process. We prayed to be led down the path the Lord wanted us to go, trusting
Him to provide everything we needed. Miraculously, the finances were somehow available. In March we were planning to
start the process, but then felt some conviction in our heart not to go forward just yet. We realized there was more decision
to it than we first thought. The part that concerned us at that point was the possibility of having left over embryos that
we may eventually not need and what would we do with those little lives. We took about a month to research, pray, discuss
with others, meet with our pastor, etc. During our research, we found a Christian organization for the adoption of embryos.
We decided that if we had left over embryos that we did not ultimately need, we would look into providing them for adoption.
During this time, we prayed together with Miracle Mothers that the Lord would provide the exact amount of embryos we needed.
The Lord blessed us with peace to know we should then move forward. As you may know, there are a lot of shots involved.
I have always been terrified of shots, but truly with the Lord’s help, I was able to overcome my fear and give
the shots to myself. On the day of the insemination when I was about to go in for the procedure, the doctor showed us
a photo of the 2 embryos that they had chosen as being good ones; however, he stated that there were 2 other embryos just
as good. He asked if we wanted to move forward with the 2 chosen or wait for a few more days to see which of the 4 prevailed.
After saying a prayer, we felt the Lord's peace to move forward with the procedure that day. Two days later
our prayers were answered when we found out that the other two embryos did not make it to the freezing stage, thus resulting
in no left over embryos. We were concerned that there would not be a second chance to become pregnant with this in-vitro
cycle, but we also felt God’s peace that He had provided what we needed. We learned in early June that we were
pregnant with one baby. We were over-joyed and blessed! The Lord is so great! He answered our many prayers. I am
now near the end of my 16th week, due January, 2008!
Ronni’s Story (back to top)
Job 42:2 I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.
Shortly after we were married, Chris and I decided we would like to start trying to have a baby. Four years
later, on our fifth wedding anniversary, we remained childless. Looking back over the past 4 years of infertility treatment,
struggles, prayers and tears, we took inventory. We had completed 6 or 7 artificial inseminations with Clomid followed
by two cycles of Repronex. Our hopes were then dashed by a miserably failed in vitro attempt. The attempt to retrieve
eggs was unsuccessful. There were no eggs in the follicles! I woke up to a tearful husband, a new diagnosis (empty
follicle syndrome) and an avalanche of grief.
long after, we prayerfully considered adoption and felt as though God would grow our family in His time and in His way.
We received several calls regarding adoption leads. Eventually, God lead us to a family in Arizona. We requested
a home study and contacted an adoption attorney. We were in contact often with the birth family and started preparing
our home for a new baby girl! However, God had other plans. Our adoption failed due to factors we were not aware
We could not comprehend why God
had allowed us to go through so much heart ache. Eventually, God opened our eyes to all the wonderful blessings he had
provided in the midst of our struggle. He had given us a warm church family, a wonderful group of friends,
strong family support, and a comfortable home. God had loved on us all along.
Once again, Chris and I explored our options. We looked into embryo adoption while still actively searching
for an infant to adopt. Chris really felt that we should try in vitro one last time before adopting embryos,
so we headed to the fertility clinic once again. We were told to expect reduced chances of conceiving due to our
last result. The faculty members at the clinic were intrigued by our case. They had treated only one other woman
with empty follicle syndrome. Knowing that our God could work miracles, we decided to proceed.
We started with high doses of fertility medications. Several follicles developed ultimately resulting in the
retrieval of 5 eggs; 3 that were healthy and 2 that were not. They used ICSI to inseminate the eggs which resulted in
three embryos. On embryo transfer day, we were told that our chances were not great because the embryos were slow growing.
To increase our chances of conception, the embryologist recommended that all three embryos be transferred. He
smiled and reassured us that it would be highly unlikely that all 3 would implant. We held our hope of success close
to our hearts and prayed that God would intervene on our behalf.
headed home to wait to see if God had blessed this process. This was a long wait emotionally. During this time,
I received an email from Miracle Mothers. I requested prayer and they sent me a copy of The Baby Book of Promises.
It was a great comfort for me to know that others were praying for me. I received several emails from members of MM.
One of the emails referred me to Psalm 91 which I have turned to for peace and comfort many times over our journey.
At the end of the 2 weeks, we were amazed by the grace of God when we found out that we were, indeed, pregnant!!!
Our HCG levels were high which lead to an early ultrasound which revealed 3 little beating hearts! At that time,
we were told that the third embryo would not survive. After two episodes of bleeding and bed rest, we discovered
that we had indeed lost the third baby. However the two remained healthy despite the instability of their environment.
Another episode of bleeding sent me back to bed and set fear in my heart. I returned to Psalm 91 with
the knowledge that many people were praying for us and God comforted my heart. We are now 21 weeks and are carrying
twins--a boy and a girl! God's plan certainly is perfect. The twins are expected sometime later in February of 2008.
I stand in awe of God each and every day as I thank Him for another day of pregnancy and another day up walking
around symptom free.
Looking back over the past 4 ½
years, God is showing me that he has allowed me to experience many types of loss in building a family. We had multiple
failed inseminations, a failed in vitro attempt, a failed adoption, and a vanishing triplet. He has prepared me, in
His time and His way, to better minister to others and to hopefully be a better and more patient mom. I am thankful
for the journey and the ways that Christ has healed my heart.
Bailey Grace -- my miracle baby -- is now 6 months old, but the greatest miracle in my life actually began about
two years earlier and continues to impact my life and that of my daughter every single day. Words cannot express the
love and gratitude I feel for the gift God gave me in my child, but surprisingly as I sit down to write this story, what overwhelms
me even more is the gift that I received through my struggle with infertility: the gift of knowing my Savior in a way
that I could not have imagined. Sometimes His presence is so overwhelming that it's as if I can feel His heartbeat
next to mine -- and I know with absolute certainty that I would not have come to know Him this way had it not been for my
I remember the pain -- of waiting for the phone call after a treatment, of crying with my husband every passing
month, of meeting iwth the doctors and hearing the odds against us --- I remember the pain --- but I feel the
joy that came the day I turned my struggle over to Him -- a joy that began almost a year before I conceived Bailey and remains
in my heart today.
In the part of my story you've already read (see prior testimony), I told you how
God led me to the point of surrender -- and that I had finally set my plans aside to wait for His plan. My husband and
I had planned to proceed with IVF -- which the doctors told us was probably the only way we would have a baby. We had
tried to conceive naturally for many years and had attempted surgical remedies and 4 IUIs. They said you need to move
to IVF and you need to do so quickly -- but God said, "Wait on Me."
So, we did. We stopped all
fertility treatment and we began waiting on direction from Him. And, I'll yell ya -- a lot of people thought we
were crazy! I heard everything from "So you're just going to wait on a sign from God?" to "How can
you give up now?"
I didn't give up -- I gave it over to the Lord. And through Miracle Mothers and my
church, I thankfully had a whole lot of people standing with me and believing that God would fulfill His promises and give
me the greatest desire of my heart. I quit focusing on my problems and started focusing on God -- not abstractly, as
I had perhaps done before -- but as you would a friend -- asking for His advice, His direction, and His love to direct my
path. I took the time to fall in love with Jesus -- to come to know Him, rather than just know about Him. And
that has changed my life forever.
It was another year, I think, before Bailey was conceived, but believe it or
not, that time was the most amazing of my life. There isn't room on this website to tell you all the miracles He
did in my life -- my marriage, my job, my friendships, and my way of thinking. And then, He gave me a daughter -- and
He did it without any more doctors, any more treatment, or any more pain! I won't pretend to understand the motivations
of my God and my friend, but I work and live amongst many cynical thinkers -- and I think He did it without the doctors in
my case to give the world a clearer picture of His glory. Bailey's life has already touched the lives of so many
that I know -- and I hope in some way her story will help you to persist in the path that God leads you down. I can
tell you that the time that you wait on Him will be redeemed. In my case, I will be a better mother because of it all.