(THEDAILYBEAST) — One week ago, Sam Rader was a registered nurse and wedding photographer supporting a family of four in Terrell, Texas, with his wife, Nia. Now Sam says he’s quit his day job to pursue his photography and his career as a Christian YouTube vlogger. Here’s what happened in between:
1. Seven days ago, the Raders uploaded a video to their YouTube channel Sam and Nia called “HUSBAND SHOCKS WIFE WITH PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!” in which Sam appears to discover that his wife is pregnant by dropping some of her diluted urine—left overnight in a toilet bowl—into a home pregnancy test. After the test comes back positive, he announces Nia’s pregnancy to her in front of their two children and captures the whole family’s reaction.
First, the viral pregnancy announcement. Then the crushing ‘miscarriage’ news. Now these vloggers tell thousands of new followers ‘you need Christ in your life.’
The video went viral instantly, received coverage on hundreds of media outlets, and now has more than 11 million views. Prior to its release, the Raders, who regularly vlog about their family life, had around 150,000 subscribers, and their only taste of viral success was a video of them singing the Frozen soundtrack. Now they have more than 300,000 subscribers.
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