SESSIONS & BREAKOUTS
Kelly & Desiree Hayes
Kelly & Desiree join us from Orlando, Florida and bring with them the hope and encouragement not often found without walking through the fire of great trial. In the midst of infertility and loss, their marriage suffered greatly and in fact, barely survived. It is only because of God’s intervention in their lives that Kelly and Desiree’s marriage was restored, and they are now in ministry themselves guiding other couples to strong godly marriages.
After 9 years of infertility and 2 miscarriages, you may notice a level of blessed sleep deprivation in our Keynote speakers as they are now parents to a brand new son through the miracle of adoption.
Many hearts are broken by miscarriage and stillbirth. Too many times, precious babies are not honored or remembered because words simply fail or we don't know exactly what to say or do. If there is a baby you would like to honor and remember, we invite you to join us at this session. We will have a Memorial Service honoring Miscarried & Stillborn Babies as well as embryos lost in the IVF process. This service will include a live butterfly release. It will be our great privilege to remember your babies and embryos with you. Please note--there is no cost to attend the Memorial Service, but we do need you to register so that we can prepare for your family. You can do this when you register for the conference.
As iron sharpens iron so man sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17
Men need community. God designed men to speak life into one another, pray for each other, and challenge each other. Join me in the discovery of the answer that haunts every man...Do I have what it takes?
Sabrina Williams — lullabyhopes.com
Healing looks and feels different for everyone. It’s individualized and comes in many forms and timelines. In the encouraging session, Let There be Healing, we will explore the healing God has provided for us to mend our broken hearts. You will leave feeling equipped with practical tools to heal some of the hurt going on within your marriage as a result of infertility and loss. There’s no magic formula for alleviating the pain of grief and there’s no rush to get there. If you feel ready to explore healing then you don’t want to miss this session!
Beth & Jason Forbus - Sarah’s Laughter
What exactly is hope? How do we hold on to hope when facing infertility or the death of our babies? Learn what the Bible truly says about hope and how we can hold on to hope when nothing is turning out the way we planned.
Sandy Michelet - TheChildlessLife.com
It’s the fear that lurks behind failed treatments or too many turned calendar pages. What if? What if a baby never comes? What will life be like then? After battling infertility, Sandy Michelet has faced that fear and lives a childless life of abundance and joy. How is it possible to reconstruct dreams and face an uncertain future and see that future as one filled with happiness and contentment if there are no children or fewer children than you’ve believed for? Meet Sandy and learn of her wisdom. Find encouragement from her journey of faith. You’ll be glad you did no matter how your story resolves.
Sabrina Williams — lullabyhopes.com
Infertility is tough but the saying, “laughter is the best medicine” is true for the infertility journey too! In the fun and uplifting session, Let There be Laughter, you’re sure to find a good laugh (or two!) as we discuss how laughter is a great gift that God has provided to help us reduce stress. We will explore how and where to find laughter when in the midst of the darkness of infertility and loss. In addition, we will talk about the s-word… Silliness! and how we can use it to deal with the pain of waiting.
Okey & Hannah Wilson — Born to Belong (@born2belong)
Proverbs 18:21: The tongue has power over life and death; those who indulged it must eat its fruit.
Our story is paved with pain and hopelessness. Anyone from the outside looking in would expect to find us lifeless. We had to learn how to choose life, speak life, and love life despite circumstances.
Sharlena Armand • Ashton Bordelon • Brittany Breaux • Katie Ferris • Katie Guillory
You’ve tried everything to conceive your miracle baby — but have you? Really? There may be some options available that you don’t know about. Perhaps there are questions you’ve pondered but you haven’t been able to ask. This panel introduces you to those who have walked the journey of infertility and have found their miracle through some fascinating means. And they’re open books, ready to talk about the road they’ve traveled.
Melissa Kreideweis - Author - No Bun In The Oven
Melissa and her husband face a devastating diagnosis of infertility and were determined to beat the odds. They went through five rounds of IVF, and a doctor told Melissa, “If by some miracle of God you are able to conceive a child, either you will kill the baby or the baby will kill you.” Becoming a mother to a biological child was deemed impossible. But God had other plans. If you are facing an impossible situation, whether physically, financially, emotionally, or otherwise, find encouragement in Melissa’s impossible story in this amazing breakout session!
Paulette Delaney - HeartHidden Ministries
Prayer is the most powerful tool in your arsenal in your fight against infertility. But how to do we pray for God’s will when we don’t know what God’s will is? Do we pray for a baby this month? What if God’s will is for adoption but I’m praying for conception? How do we offer praise from a heart that’s been broken by the loss of a baby? Paulette will help us know how to pray when we don’t know what to pray.
Michelle West — Sarah’s Laughter Endure Support Group
Michelle has endured seven egg retrievals through years. She has suffered the loss of two babies: one a second trimester loss and the other a blighted ovum at eight weeks. Several of her FET’s have ended in chemical pregnancies, yet none has resulted in a healthy, take home baby. Anyone would understand if she said her battle was too hard and laid down her weapons. But Michelle has found strength to endure and still believes that God will give her a miracle baby. If you need to find strength to endure through a long, hard fought journey to parenthood, join Michelle for this special breakout session you won’t soon forget.
Shannon Ketchum — Sarah's Laughter/Embrace Bravery Support Group (Tallahassee, FL)
In the midst of a journey that constantly causes us to grieve, causes us to doubt, causes depression, causes second guessing everything ... how do we continue to trust? How do we let the doubt go? How do we let there be trust – trust in God? Trust in this journey is so hard when everything seems so out of control. We'll talk about how we can trust that God has everything in the palm of His hands. We'll learn that although we have no control, nothing surprises God, and we can trust Him.