Baby Shower Survival Tips

My new post, “Baby Shower Survival Tips” is now available on FertilityAuthority.com.

Sneak Peak:

“Baby showers are an exciting time for couples expecting, but they can be difficult for those still wanting to parent. We’re happy for the mom-to-be, but can’t help being reminded of the one thing we want most in our life that is missing. I know everyone handles their emotions around infertility differently, but over the years I have picked up a few tips I thought were worth sharing.” Read More

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Click here to learn more about my blogging journey with Fertility Authority, and to read my professional biography.

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Faith and Infertility

My new post, “Faith and Infertility” is now available on FertilityAuthority.com.

Sneak Peak:

“At first you’re feeling on top of the world.

You’ve decided to start a family and can’t wait to see those two pink lines you’ve always dreamed of. You think about how you’ll tell your husband, family and friends, and you start planning your future as a family of three.

But as the months continue to pass, the excitement begins to fade, and fear begins to take its place.” Read More

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Previous Posts for Fertility Authority:

Click here to learn more about my blogging journey with Fertility Authority, and to read my professional biography.

The X-Ray Vision of an Infertile

My new post, “The X-Ray Vision of an Infertile” is now available on FertilityAuthority.com.

Sneak Peak: “When you’re trying to conceive you tend to develop what I consider to be an x-ray vision.  Pregnant women appear all around you, you notice the littlest details about a person’s life, and you find things out about your body you never knew were happening.  It’s not anything you plan, but it’s like walking around with an enhanced vision for all things baby that you simply can’t discard.”  Read more

I hope you enjoy it, and appreciate your continued support!  Please feel free to comment or share my new blog using any of the social media options available on that page.

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Previous posts for Fertility Authority:

Click here to learn more about my blogging journey with Fertility Authority, and to read my professional biography.

Infertility and Facebook

My professional blog is live!  You can now read my first post,”Infertility and Facebook” on Fertility Authority.com, and I’ve listed a sneak peak below. Please leave a comment, or share using any of the social media options available on that page. You can also forward the post directly using this link: http://t.co/0DyB7aS.  Thanks for your support!

Infertility and Facebook

Sneak Peak: “You never know when it’s going to happen until it’s there. A friend has posted her first sonogram photo, a family member has announced her two pink lines, a teen has posted about her baby’s heartbeat, and you begin to cringe. What was once a quick glance through your personal Facebook feed has now rocked your day and left you staring at an unexpected pregnancy announcement.” Read More

Fresh Conceptions Teams Up With Fertility Authority

I’m convinced God has a master plan for both the good and the bad that comes along with life.  A few weeks ago I learned my government contract was cut, and it was time to look for something new.  It all came as quite a surprise, but I’ve seen God work through trials before so I knew He would do the same now.  As I began submitting my resume to places, I received an email asking if I would like to blog for Fertility Authority.  Blogging professionally is something I’ve been interested in since starting Fresh Conceptions, and to be asked to professionally blog about my journey with infertility really blew me away.  After a quick phone call last week to iron out the details, I’m excited to say that I’m officially joining the team of bloggers on FertilityAuthority.com.

My blog and first post will be published this Wednesday, and there’s no way of describing this opportunity except to say it’s a God thing.  I will have a new post published each Monday and Wednesday, will be choosing the topics I want to write on, and will continue to share how God has revealed Himself through infertility.  The only major change with Fresh Conceptions is that the brand will be expanding to FertilityAuthority.com, and when I have a new post I will let you know by offering a brief preview here with a direct link to read more.

Please continue to follow Fresh Conceptions, and show your support as I join forces with Fertility Authority.  You will have the opportunity to comment on my professional blog, and share the link to my posts with others.  If you haven’t subscribed to Fresh Conceptions, then this is the perfect time to do so.  Simply enter your email in the subscription area found in the right column of this page so you can receive an email each time a new post is available. I truly can’t thank you enough for your thoughts, prayers, comments and support.  I seriously wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you, and I’m excited to see God move through this new opportunity.

Busted Myth – An infertile Mother’s Day must be a miserable one

I just got back from vacation, and missed National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW).  I find it interesting that first there was Easter, then NIAW, and now this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day.  These three events mean so much to me, but the holidays can be hard to handle. So since I didn’t get a chance to share my “busted myth” during NIAW, I find it fitting to share how in the mist of all that may seem wrong, there can still be  joy, hope and renewal ahead for all who seek it.

When we celebrate Easter and Mother’s Day many mothers dress their children up in frilly dresses, or little man suits while others still hoping for that little one to come along just try to make it through the church service without shedding a tear.  For someone longing to be a mom, it can be hard to even walk into church when you know families are celebrating and you’ll be constantly reminded of what is missing.  We want to go, know we should go, but somehow seeing all of the happy families,  little girls in their beautiful dresses, little boys in their Sunday best, being asked when we’re finally going to have kids, or being what seems like the only woman in the room without the honored rose or carnation given to mothers when they walk in the door can really take away the joy and worshipful experience we so long to be a part of.  Now, I’m not saying this is right, and I acknowledge this is Satan’s way of trying to tear down the celebration of Christ’s accomplishment through His Son, but the ugly truth is this is reality.

Infertility is a painful experience that hits you both physically and emotionally.  If you share your battle with others many times you will receive ridicule, and often times people will try to be supportive by offering their advice or suggest you simply adopt.  Their words come nonchalantly, and usually only make themselves feel better.  You’re constantly reminded of the child missing in your life as family and friends continue to get pregnant all around you.  Years pass and as I’ve remained barren I’ve seen friends get married, pregnant, celebrate their children’s birthdays, get pregnant again and start the cycle all over… multiple times.  It’s like they are living the life I always thought I would have right before my eyes, and with every pregnancy announcement, growing belly I see, Facebook sonogram picture or update, baby shower invitation, birth announcement, or birthday invitation it’s like they are trying to remind me of what I’m missing.  Now I know that’s not their intention and don’t get me wrong, I love to see pregnant people enjoying their pregnancy and moms enjoying their children.  I really don’t think there’s anything worse than having a friend complain to me about her morning sickness, not being able to fit into her clothes, having a back ache, or not being able to sleep because of her newborn, but when you’re dealing with infertility, something that most likely never crossed your mind until a doctor mentions you should begin testing, it can all be very overwhelming.

But through this overwhelming frustration, pain, sorrow and confusion, I’ve oddly been able to find hope, joy and a sense of peace.  I remember all that Christ has endured and accomplished and it reminds me that there is nothing He can’t handle.  I know that no matter what comes my way, Christ has been through so much more and has the strength to walk me through it.  He never promised life would be easy, or I would get everything I wanted exactly the way I wanted it, but instead He promised to never leave or forsake me.  I’ve seen time and time again how when life seems to be full of chaos, and I can’t fathom why things are the way they are, there is a later point in life where I can see how I was able to grow through the experience, reach others because of that time of uncertainty, and in the end it all somehow worked out even if it wasn’t the way I expected or even wanted.

So as Mother’s Day now approaches I’m busting the myth that you have to have a miserable one.  If you can’t muster up the courage to walk into church then simply use this Sunday to enjoy your own worshipful experience on your own and thank God for staying with you even though things don’t seem to be going as planned.  Thank Him for the mothers and women in your life that have been there for you, offered a listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on.  They haven’t been there by coincidence.  And finally, plan something special with your husband so you can look forward to this day with anticipation and excitement, after-all, you both deserve to enjoy this day just as much as the next person.