Anniversary, 400 posts, and a Giveaway – ENDED

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A little while ago, LifeWithYou1222 reached its 7 year anniversary!  I can’t believe it has been that long since we started this blog!  So much has happened during all these years.  It’s crazy to realize all the changes we have gone through as a couple, as a family, as individuals, and as a blog.

In addition to that exciting milestone, I also recently passed 400 posts!  What??

I try to do a giveaway about every 100 posts, so without further ado….My 400 post celebratory giveaway!

BlogaversaryGiveawayOct 2018

I am giving away some of my favorites!  It was a bit hard to narrow down some favorites, but here is just a sampling.  I have a movie bundle, a book bundle, and a pregnancy and infant loss bundle.

Movie Bundle:

roman holiday  DarkKnight  Wonderwoman
Roman Holiday
The Dark Knight Rises
Wonder Woman


Book Bundle:

redeeminglove  high as heavens  thisishowwelove
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin
How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich


Pregnancy and Infant Loss:

willowtree  followers

Willow Tree’s “Remembrance” figurine
Tenth Avenue North’s CD “Followers” (many of these
songs have really been encouraging to me following
my miscarriages)

Giveaway open to anyone in the US.  Ends October 31.

To enter…

{Mandatory entry} Comment below with which giveaway pack you would like if you win.
-Comment and let me know what your favorite book and movie are.
-Share the giveaway on social media.

Please leave separate comments for each entry.

Thanks for reading my blog!  ❤




From Around Blog Land

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Why I Won’t Be Snarky About my Kids – Kids deserve respect.

What the Church and Christians Need to Know About Suicide and Mental Health – “when the church isn’t for the suffering, then the Church isn’t for Christ.”

I Used to Think God Wanted a Lot From Me – “The only thing God wants from you are the chains that are holding you back.”

Why Miscarriage Matters When You’re Pro-Life – Very thought-provoking post about the difference in how pro-lifers treat aborted babies vs. miscarried babies.

Five Surprising Reasons Wive Lash Out at Their Husbands

Millennials – A millennial’s take on millennialism.

Unsolicited Comments – Mark As Spam – I love this analogy on how to handle unsolicited comments.



When God Changes Your Dream

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I had the privilege of writing my first guest post for a fellow blogger.  The Rosevine Cottage Girls were doing a series on how to trust and follow God when your dreams are changed or taken away.  I immediately thought of our dreams for a large family.  The path God has taken us down looks nothing like the dream I had for years.  It was (and is) a challenge to trust God with the new dreams He is bringing to us.

So here are a few thoughts from me about what to do when God changes your dream.

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December 22, 2011. I put on the most beautiful white gown and walked down the aisle to say “I do” to the man of my dreams. We were so happy that day. So insanely happy.

Since before we were married, my husband and I had thought that we would like about six children. We agreed that we would take it one child at a time, making sure that we were doing a good job parenting as unto the Lord before adding another child. But we thought the end result would probably be us having about six children.

After marriage, we moved into a 250 square foot apartment. It was tiny, but cozy and perfect for our first love nest. A baby would make it tight, but we knew we could do it for a few months until we moved out.

The months started to pass. We weren’t preventing pregnancy, so every month made me a bit more confused and discouraged as another negative pregnancy test greeted me.

Visit The Rosevine Cottage Girls to read the whole post.

From Around Blog Land

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The Truth About Grieving for Your Child – “The truth about grieving for your child is that your grief will run concurrent to everything else, forever.”

What Not to Say to Someone Struggling with Depression – Great list here!

How To Support Your Favorite Blogger (Even If You’re Only a Reader) – Love these ideas!  I know as a blogger I appreciate the support from readers.  And I want to be an encouraging reader to other bloggers as well!

Mindful Eating – What about those times when you are just craving that chocolate cake?  We tend to have a pull yourself up by the bootstraps mentality where we just need to try harder and deny ourselves harder.  What if we didn’t?


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Being Still When God Makes You Wait –  Don’t push for answers.  Just be still.

Choosing the Struggle – “In those times when we can’t find it in us to choose joy, when we can’t count our blessings for the crashing waves before us, when we feel incapable of making a choice at all, maybe it’s enough just to choose the struggle.”


2 Views – A powerful poem about two ways to view life.

Confronting the Lie: God Won’t Give you More Than You Can Handle – “Not only am I okay asking those questions (of God), but I think there is something holy and sacred in being courageous enough to ask them. Don’t be fooled, those questions are only to be asked by the courageous. It is easy to spout trite Christian platitudes designed to make people feel better with bumper-sticker theology. But insipid axioms do little in the face of the actual brokenness of the world.”

On Letting Go – Another really great poem about letting go and embracing change in your Christian walk.

Resent or Embrace – How to respond to your spouse’s seasons of life…especially when their season of life looks better than yours.

How Good Parents Miss Child Sexual Abuse and 5 Questions to Change That

Top Posts of 2015

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2015 was a big year for my blog!!  I took some big steps and I am glad that I did!  Thank you to everyone who has joined me this year!

These are my top 10 most popular posts from this year!

top 10Posts

  1. Do Apps Help You Or Just Waste Your Time?
  2. To the Woman who is TTC
  3. Care Package Ideas: Miscarriage
  4. 31 Days of TTC
  5. Making Babies and Giveaway
  6. A Christian’s Journey Through Doubts, Discouragement, and Depression
  7. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
  8. The Stealth of Legalism
  9. Drowning in the Questions
  10. Resources for Those who are TTC


Oldie But Goodie Link-Up December Edition


Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by Life With You to visit our link-up.

2015 is rapidly drawing to a close!  Only a few days left.
How time flies.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas
and enjoy your New Year’s festivities!  Do you have
any fun New Year’s Eve traditions? I’d love to hear below (even if
you don’t enter the link-up 😉 ).

Oldie But Goodie link up

Do you have an old post that still gets a lot of traffic?  Or do you have a post you loved that got buried in the archives?  Link up here!  Share your oldie but goodie!

A few rules –

1.  Link up as many old posts as you would like.  Make sure you share the link of your actual post, not just your blog.

2. Visit at least one other post in the link up and leave a relevant comment.

3. It is not required, but it would be great if you would grab my button to include on your post or link back to my blog.

4. Make sure you come back next month to link up and check out other posts!  The link-up will go live on the last day of each month.

Oldie But Goodie link up

From Around Blog Land

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Be You Well: The Freedom in Forsaking Comparison – Not everyone is gifted in all the same ways.  But you are still fearfully and wonderfully made!

Little Voice – A powerful post about the lives of the unborn killed by abortion.

5 Ways to Pray for Couples Struggling to Conceive – Awesome prayer targets.

I Have the Perfect Body – It is so common for moms to feel terrible about their bodies.  I love this woman’s perspective on the issue!

Just Two Kids. And That’s Okay. – Very refreshing perspective on the fact that God doesn’t have a cookie-cutter size for families.  “Can we stop counting our kids and comparing our lives?  Can we embrace families of all sizes as ordained by the God we serve?  Can we extend grace to all?”

Your Child is Your Neighbor – “Children are people….If children are people, they are also our neighbors.”




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! 🙂


Resources for Those who are TTC


Here is a list of resources that I have compiled about trying to conceive.  I hope that it is encouraging to you!

TTC Resources

Encouraging Blogs and Posts:

  1. Amateur Nester
  2. A Sweet Aroma  (Note: Brandy was blessed with their miracle baby and is now pregnant.  Her entire blog is encouraging, but if this is a sensitive time for you, you can scroll through to find her infertility posts.  Well worth it!)
  3. But Why Does She Get Babies?
  4. Infertility 101: Ch. 1 The Handbook No One Gives You
  5. War of the Infertiles
  6. Coping with Infertility
  7. When You’re Waiting on God to Answer Prayer
  8. Why We Keep Quiet About Infertility
  9. Being Still When God Makes You Wait
  10. Perspective
  11. Honest Faith
  12. I Finally Get It
  13. 4 Good Ways Infertility Changes You

For the Friends of Those TTC:

  1. Five Ways to Pray for Couples Struggling to Conceive
  2. 9 Things Infertile Women Want Women with Children to Know
  3. What Your Friend Might be Thinking When you Ask if She Could be Pregnant

TTC Health:

  1. How to Increase Your Egg Health in 90 Days
  2. Stronger: How Infertility Has Taught me to Take Care of Myself
  3. Natural Guide for Menstrual Health
  4. How to Use Fertility Herbs to Boost Your Fertility Naturally
  5. 4 Tips to Enhance Fertility Through Exercise


  1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 20th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
  2. Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
  3. Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things  (Note: I haven’t read this book personally, but it has been recommended to me!)
  4. Best of 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility
  5. Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Adoption Loss
  6. Moments for Couples Who Long for Children (New Life Live! Meditations) (Note: I haven’t read this book personally, but it has been recommended to me!)
  7. Dancing Upon Barren Land: Prayer, Scripture Reflections, and Hope for Infertility (Note: I haven’t read this book personally, but it has been recommended to me!)
  8. 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility


  1. Natural Fertility Info.  She has had some great Scopes recently that have been very helpful.
  2. You can also follow me if you would like.  I am EasyGreenClean on Pericope.  I don’t Scope regularly but my goal is to cover a variety of topics, including TTC.

Personal Testimonies:

  1. Waiting for Baby Bird – Testimonies
  2. Infertility Stories



  1. Your Hands by JJ Heller
  2. The Hurt and the Healer by MercyMe
  3. Even If by Kutless
  4. Beauty from Pain by Superchick
  5. Blessings by Laura Story
  6. Make Something Beautiful by Laura Story
  7. Keeper of the Stars by Laura Story
  8. Walk by Faith by Jeremy Camp
  9. Need You Now by Plumb
  10. Because God is Good by John Waller

Feel free to add any other resources in the comments!


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