Babies Don’t Keep…

My munchkin is approaching is his first birthday (June 20), and I am NOT handling it well. He’s our first baby, and I’ve been incredibly blessed to stay home with him for his first year. Now, however, that year is ending, the student loans from my master’s program are coming due, and I’ll be heading back to work part-time – and leaving my growing-way-too-quickly little man for a couple days a week. I’m not ready for it – not at all. He’s gone from completely dependent on me in every way to Mr. Independent, wanting to play by himself and feed himself. He’s gone from just being able to lift his head to taking his first steps. He’s gone from involuntary smiles to full-out giggles when he’s tickled. Can it already be a year? More

Simple Baby/Toddler Quiet Book

I am not this amazingly crafty, artsy person. I have some basic skills, but I think my ideas often are more complicated than what I can actually accomplish! So forewarning, all of my craft posts will be for the “amateur” crafter. 🙂

After taking our infant son to a vow renewal ceremony, I realized that we needed a quiet book for him. Keeping him still and silent during that ceremony was difficult! I started researching online; the cheapest books I could find were upwards of $30, and they were often too advanced for his age. I’m a bit of a cheapskate, so I decided to make my own. More

Our Struggle with Infertility (Part 1)

Let me begin by saying a few things before diving into our story.

1. Infertility is much more common than people realize. According to RESOLVE, an infertility awareness and support organization, 1 in 8 couples experiences fertility problems. Why is that important? Because it means that unless you are a hermit (and we won’t even discuss how you could be a hermit yet reading a blog, lol), you know someone who has or is struggling with infertility – whether you know it or not.

2. The other seven couples who don’t struggle with infertility often don’t realize how common it is. My purpose in telling our story is in the hopes of making this group more aware so that they can be more discerning, supportive, and encouraging rather than inadvertently hurting someone with thoughtless words.
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But There is Hope… (Part 2 of our infertility struggle)

(Read part 1 of our struggle with infertility here.)

Emotions can be terrible things. They are not logical or rational. And as our struggle with infertility continued, I struggled with my emotions. A LOT. I even asked God if I had done something wrong that caused my infertility, even though I knew better (in my mind) because of what Jesus said when He healed the man blind from birth (John 9).

But even as I struggled constantly with my emotions, there were things that brought me hope. More