• Faith,  Writing

    Lessons from the Waiting Room of Infertility

    This post was originally published on TrueWoman.com and you can find it here: Lessons from the Waiting Room of Infertility My husband and I have been trying to have children for the last four years. While the experience of infertility has taken us both on a journey neither of us wanted to travel, the experience continues to teach and refine our faith. Through these last four years, I have learned several valuable lessons in my walk with the Lord. Five Encouragements for ThoseStruggling with Infertility 1. Seek out community. Early on in our time of trying to have children, neither of us opened up to our local church community about…

  • Writing

    the “i” word

    Do you ever have those moments when you know you’re willfully resisting something, even if it doesn’t make sense? It took me a long, long time to use the word infertile when discussing our struggles to start a family. I intentionally refused to utter the word when talking about our story with people and I still don’t like using it. It rolls off of the tongue as good as fragrant trash becomes potpourri. Did you know that women are “infertile” after trying to have children for 12 months? So, chances are you know someone who fits under that definition. A friend recommended I read a book which followed a woman’s journey to…

  • Faith

    Faithful

    When recalling our experiences over the last few years, I often mention how evidently I have seen and experienced God’s faithfulness to us. I haven’t always been able to form the thought into a cohesive sentence, but I will try to explain through my experiences. A couple of years ago, early on in our realization that our desire to start a family wouldn’t immediately be fulfilled, I was confused why we were okay. I’m sure this sounds strange, but it came from a time of observing others. I had seen, experienced, and read of families who’s lives were torn apart because they were unable to get pregnant. And here I was, sitting…

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    Giving Grace

    The reactions you receive when discussing our journey TTC with people can be quite amusing. I wonder if this is because we are accustomed to keeping personal matters personal, not burdening anyone with difficult subjects. And believe me, TTC is a difficult, personal matter. In the past couple of years, I have cautiously opened up to others about this topic. Each time I open up to a new person or group, it feels like a step of trust and faith. For the most part, our story has been received with love and grace, but occasionally this hasn’t been true. Through this experience, I’ve learned a few things about others and…