I started out this month knowing what I was going to write about. This month is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. I did not know when I began this month that I would in fact be living it once again. And, so soon after a loss in September.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month. I used to not pay much attention to it. Once upon a time, I lived in a land of blissful ignorance and arrogance that this type of loss would never touch me.
Why would it? I had experienced healthy pregnancies. I had welcomed living children into this world. I was so incredibly blessed. I knew that. But, I did not know what a blessing it truly was to have made it through healthy pregnancies and live births without any loss.
I lived in a bubble.
Well, that bubble burst soon enough. My world was first shattered November 2012. I had just found out I was pregnant and was scared and excited all at the same time. We had a “extra large” family by our culture’s standards and having another child came as a...Read more
This week was Worldwide FertilityCare Week.
In honor of this week, I want to talk about why women should chart their fertility and the reasons why charting is necessary for the medical treatment of NaProTechnology .
I talked about this topic LIVE on my Facebook page 2 weeks ago but realized that some people are not on Facebook and/or might have missed it. I decided to write a post that summarizes what I discussed on Facebook . If you prefer just to watch the video, you can find it at the end of the post.
I often get asked “Why chart your fertility cycle?” and “Why do I need to chart my fertility cycle in order to see the doctor for NaProTechnology?”
These are great questions! Let’s tackle one at a time.
Why chart your fertility cycle?Knowledge – I think knowledge as power. The knowledge you gain from charting your fertility cycle can allow you to plan your family naturally. You learn that your fertility is not a disease but a natural function of your body.
You will know when you are fertile or infertile...Read more
You have come to the end of the 7 Day SPICE It Up Marriage Challenge!
I hope you have enjoyed these last 7 days of challenges and I hope it has helped you to reconnect with your spouse.
Valentine’s Day is a well marketed holiday. You see it in all the stores, the red and pink hearts are everywhere.
You can’t escape the push from marketing companies to buy this or that to show your love.
Flower prices increase, jewelry or chocolate seems to be the things that MUST be bought to show our deepest appreciation for our loved ones.
Is that truth?
I am not saying those things are bad. They are wonderful and who doesn’t enjoy a bouquet of flowers.
But, today, I want to challenge you to do a bit more to show your love to your spouse today.
Today, in addition to any present you were planning on buying your spouse, I want you to give a bouquet of love notes.
What is a bouquet of love notes?
2 years ago in addition to my husband’s birthday present, I surprised him...Read more
We are in the final stretch of the 7 Day SPICE It Up Marriage Challenge !
How are things going? I hope well. I know I have been a bit stretched by some of the challenges.
But, I have enjoyed feeling the joy and excitement that I felt when I was dating my husband.
Each January, my husband and I sit down and create goals for ourselves and our family for the new year.
We break it up into sections such as personal, health, family, financial, spiritual, work, etc. We try and make our goals realistic and doable.
We ask ourselves where we want to be by the end of the year in each of our categories.
It is important to set goals for yourself. Otherwise, you can just drift along aimlessly with no plan. If we have set goals, we can make a plan. We can break our goals into bite sized pieces. We can then evaluate how we are doing at set times during the year to see where we need to make improvements.
Just like we make goals for our finances, health and work, we also need to make...Read more
Day 5 of our 7 Day SPICE It Up Marriage Challenge !
I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s challenge.
Today we are focusing on the making our spouse feel special.
I absolutely adore my husband. But, honestly, I am the WORST at communicating that to him. I often struggle with expressing my love and appreciation for my husband.
My husband, on the other hand, excels at making me feel like the most important woman in the world.
Don’t we all want to want to be reminded that we are loved and appreciated?
You may not feel appreciated our loved by your spouse. Ask yourself how often you express your love to your spouse? We cannot demand something that we ourselves do not do.
It is a fallacy that men do not need love and affection as much as women, whether they admit it or not.
Think of how you feel when your spouse shows appreciation. For me, I feel closer to my husband. It reminds me of when we were dating.
We need to have a goal of making our spouse feel special and loved each and every day. Does this...Read more