Libby’s Thoughts on Mothers’ Day: Mothers in Israel

For the first time in about a decade, my husband and I are planning to go to church on Mothers’ Day. It’s always been too painful until now, and I never liked either 1) being given a flower just because I have ovaries or 2) not getting the stupid flower and feeling like a failure…

Transforming Mother’s Day

When I was a kid, Mother’s Day was all about my mom. Our family would do something nice for her and then I wouldn’t give it another thought until next year. When I was a young single adult, Mother’s Day was still the same but with the thought of: maybe I’ll be a mother soon….

Protective Factors Against the Pain of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day seems to be that one holiday a year where women of all walks of life are divided on their feelings with respect to the day and what it represents. (Similarly with Father’s Day for men.) I have friends who are pampered and tended to on Mother’s Day, their spouse and children doling out…

My Story – Written by Guest Author Megan

My husband and I were married just over a year before we decided that it would be a good idea to go off birth control. We weren’t set on having a baby right that minute, but we decided we were in a good enough place that we could open the option. I knew that 7…

What’s Riding In Your Back Seat?

This is Bear. When he’s in the back seat, it’s full, and then some. We love this fuzz face! But for almost sixteen years, it was Jethro. He rode with us in the back seat all over Southern Alberta, merrily barking at cows (but never horses or buffalo!) He spent almost three years riding with…

BFFs…until they have a baby.

I will admit that I am a Grey’s Anatomy JUNKIE.  I have seen every single episode.  I wait for Thursdays and schedule my time with Christina and Meredith almost religiously every week.  It startled me when I found some striking similarities between me and Christina- with the exception of a few things.  I am not…

The Alphabet as it Relates To Marriage

A few years ago I learned a beautiful metaphor for strong marriages from Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. It was connected to the alphabet. They described three types of couple relationships using the letters A, H and M. The first was the letter A – these relationships involve a lot of leaning into your partner,…

General Women’s Conference May 2014

Change is always difficult! When I first heard that they were changing the Relief Society meeting to a general women’s conference, I admit it, I wasn’t happy. I thought, “How can there be anything said that will be meant for me – a childless women?” But, after my initial reaction I decided I would go…

The Unspoken Sisterhood

While I was struggling to find a subject for my first post last night, against my will I shut my eyes and consequently fell asleep. Here’s my dream: “I was dressed in white in the middle of a war zone. I could see the bullets passing by my ears, while sweaty, muddy, scared soldiers and…

Are Our Fertile Friends Walking on Eggshells?

It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. You’ve just received great news: You’re pregnant! But your sister has been trying to have children for multiple years only to have miscarriage after miscarriage. You know she’s struggling. So how do you, someone who loves your sister and wants to be…