Praising in the Valley

I thought I was doing okay. I just celebrated my birthday with my family. I received some thoughtful gifts. My husband took a few days off to spend time with me. But it hit today. What hit, you may ask? Depression did. The force of it overwhelms me at random. It drags me down into…

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

My husband and I were hoping to try IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). Since nothing else was working, we thought it'd be the logical next step for us. But we weren't expecting a crazy "rest" cycle in between. A rest cycle in which I just ovulated today, on day 56. A rest cycle where we were…

Thankful Thursday – God Carries Our Burdens

I've been overwhelmed recently. Overwhelmed by questions that I don't have answers to and decisions that we need to make as a family. The future seems so unclear and confusing. We ask God for wisdom, but sometimes no direction is forthcoming. And it all gets wrapped up in a big bundle that I feel on…

What I’ve Learned (So Far) About Mental Illness

Struggling with mental health issues has been almost a lifelong journey for me. Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), and depression developed in my early teen years and have shape-shifted in my life for the past two decades. But dealing with mental illness doesn't mean that you can't fight it and determine how to thrive. It doesn't…

Taking the Next Step

Today Roy and I met with one of our fertility doctors for an IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) consult. This month we are undergoing our 8th IUI (IntraUterine Insemination) procedure...and if we don't conceive this cycle, it was recommended that we move forward with the IVF process. We think the meeting went fairly well, but it…