You might know the name Kimberly Henderson from a Youtube video that went viral – it was of her singing her baby to sleep.
She just recorded a new song, “Tiny Hearts,” and also told the story behind her daughter’s birth.
Kimberly is a single mom of four. Her youngest daughter, Vaida, is the one she was singing to sleep when she recorded the video that made her an internet star. But Vaida was almost never born.
When Kimberly was pregnant with Vaida, she was feeling so desperate that abortion seemed the only way out. She made it as far as the waiting room of an abortion clinic. While she waited, she was just begging God to step in. And He did.
This is part of what she wrote about that day:
I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly seven hours. I remember wearing a pink t-shirt that was soaking wet from crying. Below is my post from that day and I remember crying the entire time I was writing it. I hope that by sharing this that it touches someone.
“Today I was at the abortion clinic. I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this. Sitting there…I could hardly make out anyone or anything through the tears.
People were eating fast food around me, laughing, texting. I on the other hand was a wreck. I kept my face down, my face was drenched in tears. I kept telling and giving myself every reason to go through with this even though I did not believe in it. I kept saying I’m on birth control – this could not happen…I kept trying to justify it, but my heart was heavy. I felt like I was about to make a horrible, horrible decision, and God was giving me signs to not do it.. I woke up this morning, [and] my daughter was sick. I had to find a sitter, I got lost, my car broke down for about 15 mins and I got here late, but they still got me in. I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here..The lady called me to the desk – last step before you go back. I fumbled through my wallet to find my driver’s license, and out fell a card a couple left on the table Saturday night when I was working… It had their church name on it.. On the back was a common verse…
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
I knew God was speaking to me.”
She had a moving conversation with another girl in the waiting room before she walked out of the clinic. You have to read the rest of her story – it’s powerful.
The baby she was carrying was given a chance at life. Today, she says, “My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means “beautiful life.” And lord she is just that.” When she was born, Kimberly clearly remembered something the girl told her that day in the clinic: “When you see your baby’s face for the first time, you are going to be so happy you walked out of here today.” Kimberly knows she was “beyond right.”
Her moving song, “Tiny Hearts,” speaks to the hearts of mothers everywhere: