Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving isn’t until next month but I’m going to get a head start on it. I first heard of gratitude journals a few years ago. I thought it was a great idea. So I started keeping a daily log of 3+ things that I am thankful for. I had been struggling (& still do struggle…

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My Rightful and Needful Place

Wow. General Conference was AMAZING. I’m not sure if it was just amazing or if it’s because I made a personal effort to listen well and to take notes, but either way, I got what I needed. The talk that has been on my mind the most as of late has been the talk “A…

Say Yes to the Dress!

Let’s talk wedding dresses. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Sparkles or no sparkles. Lace or no lace. Long, short, flowy, clingy, ballgowns, a lines and so many other choices. To a woman, a wedding dress is the gown of all gowns. It’s the one day of your life when you get to…

Dear Teenage Self

Dear Teenage Self, Today, as you sit surrounded by your friends in Young Women’s, you’ll hear a lesson about preparing to be a righteous Mother.  I know you’ll love this lesson, Teenage Self.  You’ll hear references to raising children and your thoughts will drift to the movie in your mind.  You’ll be singing lullabies to…

Making Enough of Me…

Sisters, Let me start by saying I’m not sure why I’m posting this. I’m not sure who it’s for, or if it’s just for me… I was just listening to some LDS music while getting my lessons ready for the rest of the month and ran across this song. It’s called “Make Enough of Me”…

Being Happy & Healthy for Me

I’m sure that any woman, LDS or not, has probably read or heard at least one of these while struggling with infertility: -Lose weight -Gain weight -Exercise -Reduce your stress level -Just relax -Take this vitamin/herbal supplement/etc. -Make sure you get enough sleep -Reduce (or eliminate) your intake of caffeine/sugar/processed foods/etc. -Limit your exposure to…

Survival

This post was originally written and posted by Katie on February 20th, 2014 Let’s be honest.  Sometimes, in the LDS culture, us gals without kids feel like we’re on Survivor: Mommy Island, right?  We compete in challenges like diaper changing, freezer cooking, arts and crafts, removing crayon from walls, getting 4 kids ready for church and still…

Embracing Your Inner Mother

This past Mother’s Day wasn’t as hard as the rest have been. In the past, I’ve used it as a day of mourning, as a day of self doubt, of negativity and hurt. I spent the day with the children that Heavenly Father gave me. After church, I went home for my usual chocolate binge…

Positive Experiences

Most of us have had difficult experiences with others regarding our childlessness. Those experiences can eat away at us and damage us as we live them over and over. I know that I’ve fallen into that trap a few times. In the past month, I’ve had two great experiences regarding my childlessness. Too often the…

Where are the Male Childless Voices?

The other day in the Facebook Support Group we had a discussion about men (which, isn’t unusual as you can imagine).  And the concern came out, “Where are all the male childless voices and stories?” As you may or may not know the reasons for infertility are pretty evenly spread between 3 reasons: female factor,…