Cultivating means “to prepare, break up, raise or grow, acquire or develop…to pay attention”. Typically, cultivating refers to growing crops, tilling the soil, and watching good things grow. In Lara Casey’s newest book, she encourages us to Cultivate an Intentional Life with grace and a whole lot of faith. She discusses how tending to our heart, mind, and soul are similar to tilling soil, and that in the dark and messy places of our journey is often where beautiful things grow.
To my husband on this Father’s Day, all I can say is, “thank you”. Thank you for loving me despite my faults, & being patient as we wait for our miracle. To my husband & all the husbands out there who are courageously standing by their wives as they battle infertility….Happy Father’s Day to you. ‘Daddies In Waiting’ are just as important and special as ‘Mommies In Waiting’. Here’s my salute to you…
Just this past Memorial Day weekend, my hubby and I were heading up to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bravaria. We go up every year for their Annual Dog Bowl & Balloon Festival (which I’ll share with you in blog posts soon). I had noticed on Instagram that the Hello Kitty Cafe was going to be at a local mall that day, and lo and behold, it just so happened to be on our route up north. So, we packed our bags, got in the car, and began our adventure up north for the weekend.
The plan was to make a quick stop at the mall, buy some macaroons from the glorious hot pink van, & be on our way. But boy, our day turned out entirely different than our perfectly planned excursion…
Today I’d love to share with you our infertility journey. This journey is still ongoing, as we are still waiting for our “little blessings”. Although, our journey has been a long one (7+ years), we have learned so many amazing lessons along the way.
If you are in the process of “trying” to have a baby, or are knee-deep in fertility treatments, we understand what you’re going through. The process can be intrusive, unromantic, & extremely stressful.
Here’s our infertility journey including all the personal details that I know you’d be interested in (wink wink!), plus 7 Ways To Get Pregnant Naturally including some of my favorite fertility products. So, here goes…
Every year, we do the March of Dimes March for Babies. My youngest niece, Brianna, was born 6 weeks early. She is a happy healthy NICU graduate, which we are extremely thankful for. However, every year we meet families who were not able to take their babies home.
It is an emotional day that allows us to pay tribute to that scary time in our lives & be thankful once again that Bri is a feisty, smart 4th grader….
As far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse.
I had an aunt who was a nurse, and she would share the most amazing, cooky stories with me. She was such an interesting person, and I loved being around her. I knew I wanted to grow up and be a nurse just like her.
I muddled my way through college, eventually making it into a nursing school program. Nursing School was probably the most stressful time in my life. Between exams, clinicals, care plans, and so on I felt like I barely had time to breathe, let alone eat or sleep.
I remember leaving the campus for one last time after my final exam, and just crying all the way to my car. The relief was immeasurable. I couldn’t believe I’d finished nursing school.
I thought the hardest part of my nursing career was behind me. And, boy was I wrong.
In honor of Nurses Week, and to all the many wonderful nurses I’ve had the privilege to work alongside, I’m sure you will agree with me that being a nurse is a calling. It is a work of heart, that is not to be taken lightly.
Here are 5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Becoming A Nurse….
Mother’s Day is a beautiful time of year. It’s a time when we come together to honor the ladies in our life that made us into the people we are today. It’s a wonderful time of celebration and thankfulness.
However, for some women, this time can be filled with feelings of failure and grief as we are reminded of the very thing that we lack but so desperately desire….to be a mother.
Today I’d like to speak to you Mommy’s At Heart for a minute. I’d like to encourage those of you today that long to be a mother so bad you feel it in your very core.
Here’s what I’d like to share with you today….
Hygge (actually pronouced “Hoo-gah”) is a Danish concept that has completely changed my day-to-day living. Traditionally, Hygge is described as a way of embracing a cozy life during the cold winter months. But, today I’d like to share with you a seasonal guide, that will help you “live Hygge” all year-long…
Going through difficulties in our life is inevitable. Coping during these deep, dark, life-altering days that change us forever, and learning to embrace our unique story, is the purpose of life, right? I’ve been through times like that, and had days when I thought I couldn’t go on. Today, I’d like to encourage you to embrace your story, even when it hurts by acknowledging your emotions; choosing grace over guilt; and walking in faith & hope.