It is hard to believe that this little guy
is already 2 months old!
Actually, this picture is from a couple weeks ago, but it is so cute I just had to post it.
Now that I am getting settled in, I am starting a new blog. It took several weeks to find a blog title. I guess I should have started thinking about a new title months ago, but that didn't happen. It doesn't help that there are so many bloggers these days that the few titles I came up with were already taken. For a little while I was tempted to just continue using this blog, but then I remembered that I do not want my family and fertile friends to read what amounts to my very personal (though public) diary from the last couple years.
After having no luck with a blog name, I finally decided to take a look at the readings from our wedding. Since Jeremiah 29:11 was already taken...I looked at the gospel. When I read it, two words stuck out: Joy Complete! I knew I had found my new blog's name.
Having joy in the title is so appropriate because when we found out we were expecting, we both felt an overwhelming sense of joy. This can be hard for an infertile in the first trimester, and especially for someone who has had a miscarriage. We are so used to guarding our hearts. Perhaps we both had some intuition that this was finally going to be our take home baby. We felt so much joy about this pregnancy that we decided if the baby was a girl, her middle name would be joy.
Of course, the blog address Joy Complete was already taken, so my new blog address uses the bible verse. Come visit me at http://john15-11.blogspot.com/ if you would like to keep up with us.
As for this blog, I feel that the devotionals I wrote are (this is not meant to sound conceited) "timeless" in that anyone who is experiencing infertility and pregnancy loss could relate to them. So I will be keeping this site up and adding a welcome/explanation post for anyone who happens upon this blog in the future. You won't see this blog listed under my profile from here on out in an effort to continue keeping this little project a secret from my family/IRL friends!
For posterity's sake, I wrote out my IF history and added it to my sidebar for anyone who is interested.
I have always felt that God placed certain circumstances in my life and my friend's lives so that I could be a prayer warrior for those specific intentions. I think I will always pray for those experiencing infertility and miscarriage because it has touched me so deeply. At one point I shared on this blog that I began to specifically pray for my healing from m/c and IF immediately after receiving the Eucharist. I knew that this was the time I was physically closest to Christ, so I felt I should pray for my most personal intentions. I conceived and lost our third baby only a few months after beginning that devotion, but I continued it and soon became pregnant again. I prayed for my healing and the healing of others experiencing IF all throughout my pregnancy and I know that the Lord heard my prayer. It is so engrained in me to pray for healing from IF/miscarriage after receiving the Eucharist, that I continue to do so even now, not for myself, but for all of you. I'm amazed at how many miracles God has worked in this blogging community over the past year, and I know there are more to come. I'll keep praying for you, please keep praying for me.