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Infertility Awareness Part 2: Infertility Etiquette

Yesterday's post was for the couple facing fertility issues.  Part 2 of my post is for the family and friends of someone facing infertility.  Often loved ones are at a loss as to what to say to the couple struggling with infertility.  Resolve has a perfect article regarding infertility etiquette.  I could not have said it better, so I am posting their wonderful article. Infertility Etiquette Chances are, you know someone who is struggling with infertility. More than seven million people of childbearing age in the United States experience infertility. Yet, as a society, we are woefully uninformed about how to best provide emotional support for our loved ones during this painful time. Infertility is, indeed, a very painful struggle. The pain is similar to the grief over losing a loved one, but it is unique because it is a recurring grief. When a loved one dies, he isn't coming back. There is no hope that he will come back from the dead. You must work through the s

Infertility Awareness: Part 1

April 21-27 is National Infertility Awareness Week. Did you know that infertility affects 7.3 million people in the United States? This figure represents 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples. (2002 National Survey of Family Growth).  I actually began writing this post in July.  At that time, I felt led to write what was in my heart.  I wrote it hoping that one day it would  be a source of comfort and encouragement to others. Now is the perfect time to share it with you.  This is a two part post with today's post for the couple facing fertility issues.  Tomorrow's post will be for the family and friends of someone facing infertility.  ( I begin by saying that our boys are first and foremost, a gift from God, secondly, a testament of the love ordained between a husband and a wife, and thirdly, the result of years of fertility treatment.  When we started our journey, we were excited, anxious, scared, and worried about the financial cost of

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie!  These three words evoke memories of home, a warm kitchen, laughter, and wonderful family discussion around the table.  I have been making homemade chicken pot pies since I married.  Almost 30 years!  It is one of my boys most requested home cooked meals.  There are many variations for chicken pot pie.  This is just mine, topped with a delicious, flaky pie crust.  It is not a 30 minute meal, but definitely worth the time.  My friend and co-worker, Lisa, asked me for my recipe.  I am always at a loss when asked for the recipe because I really don't follow one.  However, on this rainy afternoon, I attempted to write it down.  Here it goes!! The Starting Line-Up:   Chicken of your choice:  Today is all white meat, but I often throw in thighs 3 cans of Chicken Stock:  If you boil thighs or a whole chicken, just use water Potatoes: Cut in uniform sized cubes Mixed vegetables:  Fresh is best, but frozen will do 1/2 Cup of Diced Onions 1-2 Cloves of Diced Garl

Mod Podge Easter Eggs Project!

Today I am joining the  Share It One More Time link up party.  This is my first time for this party and thought, what can I share?  My Mod Podge Easter Eggs came to mind.  What a perfect time!  If you are having a rainy day like we did yesterday, it would be a perfect project for the little hands you might need to keep busy.  They would make a terrific gift from your little ones to their grandparents.  Before we start, let me show you a vintage Easter egg from Germany.  Believe it or not, these are not that expensive. (From S for Snail Blogspot) Now for our project!  Since it is after Easter, head on down to your local craft store and buy all the paper mache eggs available, select some pretty scrapbook paper, a sponge brush, and a jar of Mod Podge.  If the Peeps are on sale, grab a pack of those.  A little sugar inspiration can do one wonders.  Now let's get crafting! Supplies Needed: Paper Mache eggs Scrapbook Paper Sponge Brush Bottle of  Mod Podge Gloss-Lustre