Ep. 006 Three Messages of Hope for the Darkest Times

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This week, my family has been through a terrible loss: the death of my son’s birthmother, Katie.  We’ve had an open adoption with her and she became part of our family over the last seven years.

We are grieving deeply, and I couldn’t go on with business as usual on the podcast; so I took a break from our usual show format to record some thoughts on how we can find hope, even in the darkest of trials.

Listen in as I share three scriptural phrases that gave me strength during my long battle with infertility and the ups and downs of the adoption process.  Whether or not you’re religious, whether or not you’ve ever adopted, I think these messages of hope will uplift you.  They are universal.

  1. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
  2. He gives unto them beauty for ashes
  3. When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Hold your families close this week.  Much love.

Noah's Birth

Noah's Sixth Birthday with Katie

In Memory of Katie Rose Stratford

Joy Comes in the Morning // 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms

Beauty for Ashes // 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms

Come Forth as Gold // 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great loss but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Elizabeth Stratford on 11/20/2017 at 1:25 PM

    Thank you Rachel. We needed to hear this today. We are forever grateful that we will always have Noah to remember our Katie. We love you!

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/23/2017 at 12:14 PM

      He is such a gift!! And so is Katie! She brought all of us together and made the ultimate sacrifice of love for Noah. I miss her, and I am so grateful to have a piece of Katie in my home forever. Love you all!

  2. Hannah Preszler on 11/20/2017 at 3:43 PM

    Thank you for this amazing tribute. I was friends with Kate as a teenager. She will be missed. These truths are hopeful and applicable to all of us.

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/23/2017 at 12:12 PM

      Hi, Hannah! Any friend of Kate’s is a friend of mine. I love her! Were you at the service yesterday?
      I’m so glad you found the messages of hope to be universally applicable! Please pass them along to any of your friends/family who may be in the midst of a dark season. xoxox

  3. Benjie Medlock on 11/20/2017 at 10:00 PM

    Love you Rachel. I weeped listening to this tonight.

    • Rachel Nielson on 11/23/2017 at 12:11 PM

      Thank you, Benjie! It’s been such an emotional week! Love you too.

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  5. Bethany Adair on 02/07/2018 at 9:05 AM

    This was so beautiful and touching. I really feel the application of these principles in my life right now. Thank you!

    • Rachel Nielson on 02/07/2018 at 9:50 AM

      Thank you so much!! I hope these scriptures/thoughts bring you strength.

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