Happy Thanksgiving

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In the midst of the hardest year of my life, I am reminded of my blessings.

I am so incredibly thankful for my family.  My wonderful husband, who has been there with me on my bad days and my really bad days.  For our Wingman, who is such a miracle and who brings joy to our lives every day.  And for our two precious babies, who I miss every day and who are giving thanks at the feet of Jesus today.  I can’t wait to praise Him together as a family one day in heaven.

Take a moment today to thank Him for some of your blessings!


Noise or Silence


I go through spells.

For a while now, my spell has been of listening to music almost constantly.  Usually Christian songs, both old and new alike.

It is so very helpful to listen to the words and have our house filled with worship.  My heart is encouraged as I listened to God’s Word and God’s truth being proclaimed.  It draws me closer to the Lord and allows me to pour out my heart to Him.

And then every now and then I realize that suddenly the music can seem oppressive.  Annoying.  With one quick click, I turned off the music coming from the computer.  Silence.  That silence was like a breath of fresh air.

Sometimes I surround myself with so much noise that I can’t function well anymore.  It’s amazing how one day something can be so healing to my soul and the next day that very same thing can feel almost damaging.

I have realized that there is a place for both.  Music can definitely be exactly what I need.  But after a while of a lot of noise, sometimes what I need is the silence.  Golden silence in which I can pray, meditate, think….or even not think if I just need a break from the chaos inside me.  I feel like I constantly have about 2,000 thoughts going through my brain at once.  Taking a step back can really be refreshing.

Right now I am actually in an in-between spot.  I’ve really been enjoying music with no lyrics, like my George Winston or David Nevue stations on Pandora.  I’ve also been enjoying more mindless music that I don’t need to quite concentrate on as much.  But I’ve also been enjoying silence.  Even loading the dishwasher or cleaning up can be so peaceful when I’m just reveling in the quiet.

And I assume soon the cycle will start over and once again I will be needing music with amazing lyrics to cling to. :)

What about you?  Do you go through these spells?  Or do you tend to just prefer one or the other – music or silence?


Write 31 Days

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So many bloggers linked up this year with the Write 31 Days challenge!  It was so much fun scrolling through the categories and finding some new blogs to check out.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year’s challenge!

31 Days of Praying For Your Family

31 Days of Breaking Religious Chains

31 Days of Celebrating Who You Are

31 Days of Sorry, Not Sorry

31 Days of Overcoming the Comparison Trap

31 Days to Putting Down Your Phone

31 Days of Scripture During Infertility

31 Days of Natural Beauty

31 Days to Annihilate Sugar

31 Days of Useful Kid Crafts

Definitely check the full list at Write 31 Days though if you would like to look for more!  Have fun browsing! :)


Book Review: Instant Happy Journal

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I am all about journaling.  And writing with an actual pen and actual paper.  And I have been trying to work on fostering a grateful and joyful spirit.

Enter Instant Happy Journal by Karen Salmansohn.

Instant Happy Journal

This book contains 365 prompts.  Sometimes it’s an inspirational quote and sometimes it’s a thought-provoking question sometimes.

For example, one of the days says, “What blessings can you find in the lesson that a challenge taught you?”  Another day’s prompt is, “If today had a soundtrack, what song would be playing?  What song would you want to be playing tomorrow?”

It is a fun book designed to give you a few minutes each day to focus on the positives of your life.  Sometimes changing your outlook comes down to a choice to revel in the good.  Even a few minutes a day of choosing to be positive can make a big difference.  I look forward to going through more questions and filling them out!

Note: I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for this review.


Giveaway Winners

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaways during my 31 day series!  I am so excited to announce the winners.


Praying Through Infertility ebook – 

  • Ivana
  • Heather C.

Making Babies book – 

  • Em M.

Ovulation Prediction Kits – 

  • Em M.

Congratulations!  Check your inbox for an email from me in the next couple of days!!  :)


31 Days of TTC Recap

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I can’t believe October is already over!  More than that, I can’t believe I completed my first 31 Days series!  (Hopefully not the last?)  It has been a unique experience that I both enjoyed and somewhat hated.  It is hard to write about such personal things, especially with the timing of this series.  But it has been so good for me to share a bit!

For my final post, I am simply going to link all the posts here for easy reference.  If you missed any posts in the series, go ahead and find them below.

Also the giveaways will be closing TONIGHT!!  So make sure you get in on those before they end!

31 Days of TTC

Monthly Emotional Cycle

When You Feel Alone

Natural Fertility and Wellness

Finding Peace When TTC – Guest Post

Praying Through Infertility and GIVEAWAY

The Comparison Trap

Nothing Like a Bit of Humor

Secondary Infertility – Guest Post

Being Intentional With Children You Already Have

Exercising and TTC

Weep With Those Who Weep

Ovulation Prediction Kit and GIVEAWAY

What Not to Say to Someone Who is TTC

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

The Ache of a Miscarriage

My Child – Guest Post

Care Package Ideas: Miscarriage

The Power of the Pen

Rejoice with Those who Rejoice

It is OK to Grieve

TTC Encouragement

Be Your Own Advocate

Apps for TTC

Natural Fertility Info

What If God Does Not Provide?

To My Precious Child Yet to Be

Resources for Those TTC

Miscarriage Resources

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Miscarriage Resources

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Here are a few resources that I have collected regarding miscarriage.  For all of you who have or are going through this, my heart is breaking with you.  :'(

miscarriage resources


  1. Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss (Note: I have not read this personally but it has been recommended to me!)
  2. Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb
  3. Hope for a Mom’s Heart
  4. Silent Grief: Hope for Surviving Early Miscarriage


Blog Posts:

  1. The Miscarriage Secret
  2. Mourning a Miscarriage
  3. I’m Not Always Ok
  4. Growing Through a Miscarriage
  5. You are Not Alone
  6. When You Lose a Baby
  7. The Thing About Grief
  8. Infinite
  9. Grief With No Apologies
  10. Picking Up the Pieces
  11. Fog Rising
  12. Still a Mother
  13. 7 Things I’ve Learned Since the Loss of My Child


For the Friends of Those Who Have Had a Loss:

  1. Six Things I Wish People Knew About Grieving the Loss of a Child
  2. A Letter to the Friend of a “New Normal” Grieving Mother
  3. An Open Letter to the Loved Ones of a Grieving Mother
  4. The Complete List of Do’s and Don’ts When Supporting the Bereaved (Note: I do disagree to an extent with some of the content.  While I do 100% believe that God is in control, I do agree with her that it is not at all helpful to say, “It was meant to be.”  But I disagree that you shouldn’t mention faith at all.  It was so encouraging to my heart to hear people simply tell me they were praying for me.)


  1. Healing After a Miscarriage
  2. Healing Physically after a Miscarriage
  3. Healing Emotionally after a Miscarriage
  4. I also want to add that it is so so important to take care of yourself if you are experiencing a miscarriage.  With my first miscarriage, I hardly ate and I only took one supplement one time.  I was so exhausted, dizzy, and weak.  With my second one, I ate and took my Iron and Vitamin C supplements.  Such a huge difference!  Even though the second miscarriage was somewhat harder physically, the recovery was much easier.


  1. Your Hands by JJ Heller
  2. Still by Gerrit Hofsink
  3. Gone Too Soon by Daughtry
  4. Glory Baby by Watermark
  5. Hug Him Once for Me by Erica McClure
  6. Slipped Away by Avril Lavigne
  7. Beauty Will Rise by Steven Curtis Chapman (This song was written after his 5 year old daughter passed away.)
  8. I Will Carry You (Audrey’s Song) by Selah (This was written when Todd and Angie’s sweet baby went to be with Jesus the day after she was born.)
  9. With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman
  10. The Hurt and the Healer by MercyMe
  11. Homesick by MercyMe
  12. Even If by Kutless
  13. Beauty from Pain by Superchick
  14. He Will Not Let Go by Laura Story

Facebook Pages:
After my first miscarriage, I found some of these pages.  I sobbed as I looked through some of their beautiful images.

  1. Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss
  2. Missed Miscarriage
  3. Miscarriage, Stillborn, and Child Loss Support for Women

Check out Small Bird Studio.  While they are not exclusively for remembrance items, they do have some beautiful shirts, mugs, journals, prints, phone cases, etc.

Please add to the list in the comments!


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