National Infertility Awareness Week began on Sunday. Jordan and I are that one in eight couples who struggle with infertility. It's scary to be vulnerable, but I am honored to share my story. Learning to embrace myself has been difficult occasionally because I had assumed I would be a mother by now. In this time, I've taken the opportunity to reflect, learn and grow.
I believe we are not defined by labels, we are defined by being children of God. He meets us in whatever season we're in and shows us we are loved. That lesson, one of being okay with me, came unexpectedly and with gentle force. I still desire to be a mother, but God continues to bless me in many other mysterious ways. I'm really enjoying the life we have cultivated in Nashville. My marriage, family, friends, job, blog and weekly adventures are full of purpose.
If I could go back in time and tell myself anything I would say: it's okay to be sad for a moment, allow yourself to curl up on the couch and eat dark chocolate; don't be afraid to seek support; and if someone says something insensitive, know that they mean well.
God is so good!
/ / While we were in Toronto, Emily was gallivanting around Paris and Milan. Italy sounds heavenly. Any country that is brimming full of gelato shops is my kind of place. :-) I can't wait to hear more of her adventures!
/ / Lisa put together a huge list of bloggers who share their infertility story. I wish this list would have existed two years ago! Lisa has been so candid about their journey and recently she went through another round of IVF and is now pregnant. I'm so happy for her. :-)
/ / This week I made these Salted Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons. DELISH! I had a bit of trouble with the chocolate, but I think it was just because I can be impatient when it comes to baking and didn't allow things to cool properly. I enjoyed them frozen with a cup of Irish breakfast tea.
/ / When I read Brittany's latest recap of her trip to California, I was struck by our similarity. Jordan and I make a point to visit friends and family on trips if we happen to be in the same city. Brittany and her husband did just that and while it can be tricky working around different peoples schedules, the memories that are made are so worthwhile!
/ / Kristel reminds us that it's okay to not like every season and phase you find yourself in.
Happy Weekend, all!
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