Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lady Luck...

I started this blog almost 4 years ago at the urging of friends. Me sending them emails of men in white Dickie's (I wish I were kidding...see for yourself) and telling them tales of squirrels in my bathroom (not joking) seemed to warrant a URL so I decided to start this blog.

I didn't know that my first post about a guy wearing white Dickie's would turn into me spilling my guts about marriage, recipes, infertility and all of the joys and difficulty of life that lie in between. I never dreamed anyone other than my close friends and those making sure I'm not tarnishing the family name would ever read this. But somehow, here you are. And I'm appreciative.

Never would I have imagined that I would be receiving Christmas cards from Florida and Missouri from precious friends whom I have not yet met. This blogging community is weird....yes, we're kind of weird. People can't believe that we've managed real life friendships from Internet connections but it happens. And I'm grateful.

I've been open yet guarded about our fertility issues. You all are aware of our struggles but I haven't gone into great detail. But the Cliffs Notes version is that we have wanted and tried for a family for years. Our fertility struggles are great and we have had many doctor's appointments and treatments to try to help us achieve a family. We're prayerful, confident and therefor hopeful that God has planted a deep desire for a family in our hearts and He will show us how that desire is to be manifested. Whether we have our own children, adopt, or if there is a different plan altogether for Dave and me.

But through making our struggles known I have had several people email me encouragement. Some have been encouraging to me and some have asked questions. How did we know, when did we decide to seek help, what questions did we ask while balancing our faith and morals with treatment options, how has this strengthened/affected our marriage...you name it, I've been asked it. It's amazing to me how it all comes at just the right time...always. God has put people in my life as a prayer warrior, as a friend of encouragement, and as a shot of hope just when I need it.

Friday, I needed it. I got home from 7 days in Houston, rushed straight to a doctor's appointment and was praying for good news. I got home from all of that and had a package waiting for me. The return address was that of sweet Sara's....my blog friend (and talented photographer and soon to be mom...) from St. Louis. I opened the package to find this....


Tears fell as I read her words offering me "luck" and prayers as we continue this journey and try for our family. She is proof of blessings as she is a mommy-to-be and I can't wait to celebrate her little miracle. Sara, thank you for your kindness. What a blessing beyond measure! And thank you to each of you who have offered me hope, encouragement, a prayer, and just for stopping by this silly little blog!


My cup runneth over... XOXO

11 comments:

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is such a sweet, thoughtful gift. I am constantly amazed at the friendships made through blogging. I know I have been blessed with some great friends in my city all through blogging. Thinking about you.

Holly said...

I love this... perfect example of our little blogging community.

Plus, us girls from St. Louis are great gift givers. ;)

Rebekah said...

You've shared a bit of your story with me and I know God will bless you and show you His plan in His time! Such a sweet gift!

Liz said...

That's so awesome! What a great friend who you haven't even met! I gotta get to work since I see you all the time! :/

XOXOXO

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

That gave me tingles. SO Sweet!! And, i know what you mean about Christmas cards from "internet friends" People see our cards displayed and always ask who blog friends are...sometimes I Just say "Friends" and other times Ill admit, BLog friends :)

Sara said...

Well I'm now crying. :) You mean the world to me and I'm so happy to be able to play a small part in your journey. Love ya...mwah!

P.S. One of these days we're both going to take our kids to Disney World with Mel and Blaire and finally all become the real life BFFs that we're destined to become.

Lauren said...

what a sweet sweet gift...and you certainly deserve it my friend!

Jen said...

What a sweet gift! And how cool is God's timing that it showed up just when you needed it most. I have been following your blog for awhile, and I think of you often as I can relate to your infertility struggles. I have two daughters - one by way of ivf, and the other by adoption. Both tremendous blessings from above! Praying that God reveals to you his plan for your family soon!

Tricia said...

That is the sweetest thing I have heard. It about brought tears to my eyes. A gift you will surely treasure. I do wish you all good things in the future.

katie newton said...

God put you on my heart and now I know why!!! Just wanted to give you hugs, love and encouragement- I love reading your sweet heart- God is using you in more ways than you know. I could have written every word you said about the grandparents you have grown up with- and you are so right, we are NOT the norm. Praying blessings upon blessings for you my friend!

natasha {schue love} said...

Wow, being new to your blog, I had no idea you have been struggling. My heart goes out to you and husband...I know this is not an easy journey. What a beautiful necklace...one I am sure you will cherish through this journey. Thinking of you!