Family

Yesterday was Biopsy Day. A week ago, when I went for my first baseline mammogram, I never imagined that I would spend yesterday the way I did. My mother-in-law graciously picked me up and drove me to the Advocate Christ Breast Care Center at 8:30 a.m. I am grateful that she was available and willing […]

{ 3 comments }

Six pregnancies. Two living children. One neonatal death. One interstitial ectopic pregnancy. Two miscarriages. Two failed IVF cycles. One failed IVF converted to IUI. It’s surreal for me to reflect on those years. I am grateful for all that we have. I am thankful for what we’ve learned on our journey to build our family. […]

{ 2 comments }

Wow. Really? Twelve? I can still picture that day vividly. We were so unbelievably excited to meet you! Sean Owen or Abigail Grace… Or “Shabby” as Grandpa Kevin had taken to calling you in utero, after we narrowed down boy and girl names. We wanted to be surprised about your gender. I didn’t think I […]

{ 2 comments }

You are in Kindergarten now and loving it! You started last week and have so many fun stories about each day when I pick you up from school. We have started playing “school” when you get home. You are the teacher and I am your (“very helpful,” especially when household tasks need to get done) […]

{ 0 comments }

This morning I woke up and, while still a bit drowsy, was checking notifications on my phone. One of the first to catch my attention was that “Molly Marie” had liked this picture I’d posted yesterday of Sean and Abby together after arts camp. Still groggy, I was confused and at the same time loved […]

{ 1 comment }

Where were you on Wednesday, January 13, 1999? Seriously. Do you remember? Anything? I was in grad school at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, getting my masters in Leisure Studies (for real, that is something one can major and get multiple degrees in). I am pretty sure I was back from winter break, […]

{ 1 comment }