The Bates Family

Rain or Shine

by Kelly on September 7, 2012

  God often puts a song in our hearts during times of joy… and also during times of sorrow… during the storms of life, or during the sunny days!

  We recently rejoiced to discover we were expecting a new baby, but several weeks later, our joy turned to tears as a visit to the doctor showed that our little one had died around the 7th week.

  We have experienced 3 other miscarriages, and each time we chose a name that would remind us of a hymn that we could sing during our times of sadness. (Jewels was named after the hymn, "Precious Jewels." Jubilee was named after the Scripture song, "This is the Year of Jubilee." Zion was named after the hymn, "We’re Marching to Zion.")

  We asked God to help us choose a fitting name for this little one, and at the same time to restore gladness to our hearts. We chose the name "Sunny" after the hymn "There is Sunshine in My Soul." The 4th verse says:

"There is gladness in my soul today, and hope and praise and love,

For blessings which He gives me now, for joys ‘laid up’ above."

  He has chosen to give us 4 little joys "laid up" in Heaven, that one day we will see and know! Through tears and sorrow, we still sing, "There is Sunshine in My Soul!"


Some of our children sang "God wants to Hear You Sing," to remind us to turn to Him in both the good times and the bad.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melissa January 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I am sorry for your loss.



Sarah Ortiz April 19, 2013 at 4:50 am

I was married a little over a month ago and this past week i found out was very early stages of pregnancy. To our sorrow two days after the great news I lost the baby. I remembered reading this post a while ago and couldn’t help but look it up. It has encouraged me greatly tonight as I can’t sleep. Thank you for being such a great example, you have know idea how much you have helped me tonight. Thank you!
Sarah Ortiz


Kelly April 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Dear Sarah,
My heart goes out to you! I know the ache after a loss. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, yet through all this disappointment, God still is there and still offers us hope. Many days, having a song in my heart gets me through as it reminds me of God’s goodness!May He comfort you in a very powerful way as your family recovers. God bless, Kelly


Kenzie June 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I look up to your family, and Michelle and her family. You both are very encouraging, and I hope to be similar to all of you guys when I grow up. I probably will still be like all of my friends because I’m in a public school, but as long as I have faith in God, I will be able to make it through. Stay strong!


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