Afternoons with Sam Kelly

Afternoons with Sam Kelly

Does it seem like the hardest things in life are also the best ones?

A few years ago my husband Carlos and I had a little girl. She was born with Down Syndrome and had seizures for most of her first year of life. We spent hours in the hospital, tired and scared, always wondering if the next treatment would work. She began to heal after a women's Christmas dinner event where 300 women prayed for her. Since then, we've seen what a gift God gave us in Zoe. She delights in life, prays often and is a painter with some pretty amazing talent (if you want to see her art and story, here's the link.)  Our faith is so strong now. We know on this earth there will be hard times. We know the answer. His name is Jesus.

I am so grateful to have the chance to join the team at SPIRIT 105.9. I've been a fan of Steve and Amy's for years.  (Amy gave Zoe the only pair of shoes that would fit her when she was born.  I had the mom hormones going, so I cried hard.  She still has such a special place in my heart.)

Favorite food:  Ginger snaps from Trader Joes. Enough said.   

Favorite SPIRIT 105.9 Artists: David Crowder, Mandisa, Toby Mac

Cool side job:  I'm the voice of Princess Peach and Toad in Nintendo's Mario Kart games

Favorite stuff to do:  When you are the parent of a toddler, everything changes. I used to love reading a whole book in a weekend. Now I read three pages and am knocked out.  I haven't had a haircut in half a year. A romantic moment is holding hands with my honey across a Pooh Bear blanket. My latest profound quote: "Don't put that in your mouth!!!"

Wouldn't change a thing.


  • We were playing outside with our kids last weekend and my son was blowing a bubble. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, a few clouds in the sky and just a nice, subtle breeze. The kids were in shorts, running around laughing and when they stopped to blow bubbles, my son said, “Let’s blow some bubbles up to heaven for Jesus. I know he will love this. He wants to pop some. He’ll laugh.”
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