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. […]


This morning I was at the grocery store picking up a few things we needed. While there I noticed they had beautiful, fresh-cut gladiolus flowers for sale. Gladiolus flowers are among my favorites, especially since the summer of 1997, when I lived in a small town in Illinois called Momence, where I served as Recreation Director. […]


For awhile I have thought it would be interesting and helpful, especially for those still in the trenches who want more children, to profile other families who have dealt with secondary infertility. Many of these people I got to know during our journey through secondary infertility (via community forums and/or blogs). Being able to share […]


Let’s do the Time Warp again! Welcome to the twenty-fourth installment of my blog hop/writing exercise called Time Warp Tuesday! It has also been a little over a year since Time Warp Tuesdays began here on my blog and I am grateful to all those who have done the Time Warp with me! For those not […]


Welcome to Bereaved and Blessed! If you are here for the first time you can read about me and my blog here. You can also check out the other tabs above the header (which I designed all by myself) to find out more about me, my new blog and other places I write. There are also pages […]


Let’s do the Time Warp again! Welcome to the sixteenth installment of my blog hop/writing exercise called Time Warp Tuesday here on Four of a Kind! For those not familiar with Time Warp Tuesdays, which I currently host on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month here is the background of how and why I […]