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This is a story I have put off writing for an entire year now because it’s incredibly painful. It hurts. It makes me so sad. I have so many emotions and feelings still deeply tied to this experience. Even with therapy, even with time, even with Lochlan. It is still so painful. On August 3rd, […]

Infertility, Miscarriage, Motherhood, Pregnancy

August 26, 2021

I Had A Miscarriage

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On this day one year ago, the heaviest and biggest phone call of my life arrived.   “Your pregnancy test came back positive. Unfortunately, because your level is so low and since you’re bleeding…..*long pause*….an embryo must have implanted and started releasing HCG, but then stopped. We need you to repeat your blood work to confirm your […]

Infertility, Miscarriage

June 27, 2014

When Phone Calls Change Your Life

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Late Saturday night, my little family was driving home from a fun weekend in Ponca City, OK. We left at Abigail’s bedtime and had been on the road for a few hours. It was around 11:30pm and we were driving down a dark and empty stretch of Kansas road filled with spotty internet connection. Things […]

Infertility, Miscarriage

May 15, 2014

Mother’s Day Pain

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Now that is has been a couple weeks into the eternity that is my tattoo, I thought I would give you guys a little update on that situation.   Let’s talk tattoo healing.   Y’all. So much worse than getting the tattoo{which in pain scales, still minimal, but UGH annoying}    Firstly, the ice that […]

Infertility, Miscarriage

March 31, 2014

More Tattoo Thoughts

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Oh gosh guys. This sounds like the start of a REALLY good joke.   Some of you might be wondering how straight laced, preppy, and entirely predictable Courtney ended up in a tattoo parlor.   Here you have it:   Jim and I have always talked about tattoos. We both like them, we both have […]

Infertility, Miscarriage

March 7, 2014

So, An Ugg Wearing, Starbucks Carrying, 20 Something Walks Into A Tattoo Parlor….

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March 5th, 2014.   Today is my due date.   This is a day that I have been simultaneously ignoring, forgetting, dreading, loathing, hating, resenting, cringing, fretting, counting down to, and then somehow, ultimately, looking forward to.   It’s strange.   My situation was entirely unique, in that, while I knew my babies existed from […]

Infertility, IVF, Miscarriage

March 5, 2014

Due Date

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 This is a post I have been putting off for oh….at least a good month or more.   I have wanted to share with you {and myself} how God has been healing, restoring, and changing my heart.   It has been hard and raw and gritty.   It’s ongoing.   When I would stop to think […]

Infertility, Miscarriage

November 25, 2013

D’un beau affreux. The ugly beautiful.

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