Having never known this kind of loss before, I had no idea how intense the feelings could be, or how much my heart could hurt.
Infertility has been an experience that has unfolded not only the tragedies but also the miracles that happen in life.
I had a formula in my head that if I put in the work, I would get results. Sometimes it would take extra effort, but it always paid off in the end. This was until, after several years of marriage, we still couldn't conceive.
Jen and I have been friends for over 6 years and have shared our stories of infertility with each other. Today Jen shares hers with you.
Our family's story of infertility has taught us to be grateful even when life is overwhelming and discouraging. As we raise our voice and share our experiences, we can help each other learn and grow from the pain and find the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Even when I was up to my elbows in diapers, laundry, and crying babies, I knew time was precious and I needed to treasure each moment.
From the time we are small we are taught to be nice. Our parents and other teachers in our lives encourage us to make good choices and to be kind in our interactions with other people. This is for a good reason. Kindness not only benefits the recipients of our actions, but it also has a positive effect on us and anyone who witnessed the act of kindness too.
My understanding and definition of love has surpassed the twitterpated feelings of a 20-year-old and evolved into the maturely rooted foundation of my relationships today.
Having been sick for over two weeks, I’ve realized that illness makes me appreciate my health. Just the simple act of breathing through my nose, or sleeping through the night is something I take for granted until I can’t do it.
The good Samaritan did not stop to consider how the man got himself into his predicament, nor did he assume he was suffering because of his own foolish decisions. He was kind simply because it mattered.
Labeled as a love story, I felt that this was so much more. It is a story of choices, faith, growth, resilience, and love. It’s about a man and a woman that faced many of the same challenges we see in our own lives, and how they chose to learn from them. I found it inspiring and well worth my time - I hope you do too!
Loyalty. A fairly straightforward word, attribute, and characteristic. We expect it from those we are closest to, but how often do we contemplate our loyalty to our beliefs, values, and others.
"I will be happy when..." Ever said that to yourself? Learning to love the path you're on takes some perspective, practice, and patience.
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