SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Meet Miles Carter Weliever!


“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise,” once wrote British anthropologist and author Ashley Montagu. “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”

Well, our family recently enjoyed one of those moments that seriously seized us! It was a happy surprise that I would like to share with our readers. 

First understand, our family loves to surprise each other. Through the years some have been little surprises and others big surprises. A surprise visit.  A surprise gift.  A surprise birthday party.  A surprise person showing up when you least expected it.   A surprise trip.  Some we have planned and perpetrated.  Some we participated in.  And some surprises have been on us!

This surprise began while I was Florida to see our new grandson, Roy Sharp Thompson.  Norma Jean was already there with our daughter, Rachél,  and her husband Jared.  After I finished a meeting I came later.  I had a great week enjoying time with family and the first-born grandchild.

The surprise came a few hours before I was to catch a flight back to Kansas City on Friday.

Well, let me set the stage for this. Our daughter-in-law, April, is in medical school. She’s been doing her clerkships. This year she’s had rotations in Miami, Dominica, and Brooklyn, NY. We haven’t seen her since February. Part of the time our son, Kenny, has been with her, then other times he needed to be in Tampa for work. Currently he’s coaching cross-country at Florida College.

On Friday Kenny was supposed to leave with his team for a meet in Titusville.  I decided to go by the college and tell him good-bye one last time.  However, I learned that Kenny had texted the team that something happened and he wasn’t making the trip.

Something is wrong, I thought. I called Kenny, but no answer.  Just voice mail.  So, I left a message, “Please call me, let me know what’s happened.

Soon my phone rang, with a cheery, “Hi Dad.” And the conversation ran something like this.

Me: “Kenny, are you ok?”

Kenny: “Did you get my text and picture I sent?”

Me: “No”

Kenny: “Ok. I’ll resend it.  Call me back when you get it.

No message came. I returned the call.

(Repeat the above scenario about 3 times!)

Finally, I called and said, “Kenny, where are you? What’s going on?’

After a long pause. Kenny said, “New York.”

“New York?! Is April alright?”KAM


“Well, why are you in New York?’

Pause. “It’s Miles.”


“Yes, baby Miles.”

“Who’s baby Miles?” I asked.

“Your new grandson!” Kenny proudly announced.

Yes, April was pregnant, and we didn’t know it! So, we went from having no grandchildren, to having two grandsons within 8 days!

Kenny said that they wanted to surprise us! Now, if you are shocked, what do you think about Norma Jean and I?! 🙂

So, Roy Sharp Thompson already has a cousin, Miles Carter Weliever.

He was born three weeks early, on October 2nd,  but he and April are  doing fine. He weighed 5lbs 7oz and was 19 inches long.

Miles.experssiveKenny, April and Miles are now back in Tampa for a few weeks before she finishes her rotations in Miami and begins Residency next year.  But they wanted us to wait awhile before a general announcement, so they could surprise their friends in Florida!

So far Miles has lived up to his name. In less than a week he has traveled through 9 states and Washington D.C.  I predict more surprises and adventures for this little fella, knowing his parents like I do!

In the meantime baby Miles, your Grammy and I pray for you. We’re excited to see you. We pray that you will mature physically, mentally, emotionally , socially and spiritually.  We hope that we can live to see you grow up to honor your parents.  Love your God. Obey the gospel. Serve your fellow-man.  Grow in your faith.  Discover and develop your God-given talents. Respect others. Enjoy life.  And be the best you that you can be!

Oh, and by the way, Kenny, we can have a moratorium on surprises for a while?!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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22 responses to “SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Meet Miles Carter Weliever!

  1. Karen Ausburn

    OH that is wonderful!!! Blessings abound!! Love to all of you!!


  2. Melanie Hancock

    That has to be the biggest surprise (best kept secret) I’ve ever heard of! So happy for all of you! Congratulations!



    Oh, Norma, he looks like Rachel, please let Jared know I mean no disrespect, but from

    my viewpoint he is his MOM! I love him! Love, Pam

    Sent from Windows Mail



    Okay, Norma, I was wrong about the resemblance, but Kenny and Rachel do look alike

    in some facial expressions!!!!!! Congrats to a much deserving couple!!! Love, Pam

    Sent from Windows Mail


  5. Elizabeth Waller


    Sent from my iPad



  6. Don Truex

    We had the pleasure of meeting little Miles Carter this past Sunday night at Temple Terrace. What a handsome young man! Can’t tell you how happy we are for Kenny and April, Rachel and Jared. They are four special young people that I’m proud to know! Congratulations on the little ones!


    • Thank you, Don.
      I appreciate the well wishes. Kenny said to listen to the intro of your sermon and hear your comments. If Darlene would email me a link, I’d love to hear it! Thanks for your kind words. We’re very excited and happy for them.


  7. Billie

    OH WOW! Get your proud grandpa and grandma picture books.. What a huge surprise. I don’t know of any other of my friends that have had such a surprise…Blessing to all your family!


  8. julie davidson

    CONGRATULATIONS to everyone…especially you, Bro. Ken & Norma Jean…since, being a grandparent, myself, I know how good it feels! 🙂 God bless you all! Have a JOYOUS day! Julie


  9. Kenny Jr.

    I can do that Mom and Dad! I’ll let the surprises come to me from now on. We just didn’t know if you could handle the thought of 2 grandsons!😊
    Like you said, I come by it naturally. Thanks for being so understanding, and for being the best and most patient parents a boy could hope for. I’m so excited for you both, and I know you will love Roy and Miles so much. Your long wait to be grandparents has finally paid off double.
    I pray April and I will be parents like you, and Rick and Terri, and Mamaw and Papaw, and Granny. That Miles will “grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”, and will follow God all the days of his life.
    Listening to little Miles right now, making his cute little sounds, we are just the happiest and most blessed people on earth. He is so precious, and we look forward to you meeting him soon.
    Thank you all for your care and concern, your love, and your prayers! May God bless us all as we continue to serve Him.


  10. Ruth Conger

    Happiness is Grandchildren! Jim & I are expecting our 8th great grandchild. I am so very happy for you!


  11. Larry Ray Hafley

    This is so exciting to hear! What a joyful time for all of you! It is so good to know of the ecstasy you all now share! So, are you Granddaddy, Grandpa, etc.? Is Norma Grandma, Grandmother, etc.? Now, you know what they are called “grand” children. “Hey” and congrats to Kenny and his wife and Rachel and her husband. Take care and God bless you all.


  12. What a wonderful surprise! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!


  13. ann white

    congratulations, ken and norma! what an unlikely surprise! we have lost your blogs and really enjoyed them! if you will enter us again, it’s, and


    • Ann, you and Mike, need to go to the blog site and enter your email. Then you should receive an email asking if you want this blog. WordPress uses this to keep from spamming people who didn’t ask for something.


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    ThePreachersWord is taking a holiday break, but reblogging the top read posts from 2014 based on reader hits. This one at #5 is pretty special since it announced the birth of our second grandson!


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