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Debbie Anderson (left) and Kathy Stoner (right)
Debbie (left) and Kathy (right)

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In March 2004, my husband and I were expecting our third child. During the 26th week of pregnancy, a routine ultra sound revealed that the baby we had so anticipated was gone. Our son, Timothy Steven, had died due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck three times. Our heartache was unbelievable. Each morning when I awoke, I didn't know how I was going to make it through another long day. Yet I did. Even though time seemed to have slowed to a crawl, the moments turned in to hours, to days, to months and finally to years. During this time my heart began to heal, my faith became stronger, and my desire to help others was strengthened. With the help of my sister we created this ministry. The name, Treasuring Small Spirits, was formed using my son's initials and is meant to be in honor of his brief life.

My husband and I did become pregnant again. On April 13, 2005 our fourth son, Ryan Michael, was born. I may never know why Timothy was taken from me. What I do know is that during this difficult time God never left my side. Now looking back, I can see many small miracles he provided that led me through this difficult journey. Warren Wiersbe, author of When Life Falls Apart, wrote "Suffering will be either your master or your servant, depending on how you handle the crises of life. After all, a crisis doesn't make a person; it reveals what a person is made of. What life does to us depends on what life finds in us." What will life find in you? Be strong, tomorrow always brings hope.

Grace & Peace,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

I will never forget the day I received the phone call that Kathy had lost Timothy and would be delivering him as soon as possible. I got to the hospital as soon as I could and sat with her. I asked the doctors, nurses, and counselor every question I could think of and wanted to find out as much as I could about what was happening so that I could be prepared to help Kathy.

After Timothy's birth, I went home feeling helpless. I spent a lot of time in prayer and decided to take action. I got on the internet and looked at several websites and ordered three books that I thought looked helpful. I waited for those books to arrive and then read and learned as much as I could. I felt like I was finally doing something and felt more prepared to not just help Kathy but understand her. As much as I hurt, I knew I had no idea what Kathy and her husband were experiencing. These resources that I found and that other people gave us proved to be invaluable to our healing process. We soon realized that not everyone would have these same resources available to them or may not realize that these resources exist. It became our ministry to make these resources available to others. I thank God for pulling us through and pray that God will use this ministry to help you.

God bless,

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