{Tenderness Tuesday}

Hi guys. I'm back to share the last part of our story of infertility.This post will bring you up 'to date' with where our family stands today, but it's certainly not the end of our story and this is most definitely not the last of my posts on infertility. I'd like to think that in these last 8 years I've gained a bit of wisdom and insight and that is really what is on my heart and what I want to make sure comes through clearly.{Catch up on the story by reading Part 1 // Part 2}So I left off with our hopes of an IUI procedure crumbling before us. Hope is a funny thing in this process. You don't want to loose hope of one day becoming pregnant and having {in our case} another baby. Yet, you ... Keep Reading

{Tenderness Tuesday}

First, thank you SO much for all your sweet words of encouragement on last week's post as I started to share our story of infertility. It made my heart full and confirmed that this was the right decision.Second, I hope to not bore anyone by dragging things out ... but the truth is, it's hard to summarize eight years of heartache, frustration, pain, growing, patience and peace into 1 or 2 posts. In fact, it was this topic that I thought of writing about for the '31 days' challenge back in October. I knew however that the timing wasn't right, I didn't have the physical or emotional energy to pour into that kind of commitment AND I didn't want to force a post each day because I 'had to.' I ... Keep Reading

{Tenderness Tuesdays}

Okay, here goes nothing ...  Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm 35 and I'm {er, we're} infertile. {... Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. ~Neh. 8:10} Wait a minute? I just stole that line from Emmy? Yes, yes I did. Except, I did put my name in place of hers and we both happen to be 35 and well, I'm infertile. So I don't think she'll mind.Over the years I've alluded to my our struggle to conceive another child in posts on this blog. Some more direct than others, but never have I shared our story. I suppose there are two main reasons for that. One is that it's a very personal story and I wasn't sure that this blog, if any blog, was the place to share it. Two, I think that I was waiting ... Keep Reading

{Tenderness} Tuesdays

Welcome to the first of what I hope to be many more Tuesday posts on the subject of tenderness. Specifically tender moments on my heart that I want to share with you. Now I know that this is primarily a craft/sewing related blog, but it's all MY blog. All the parts of me that make me passionate about creating and color and design are also the same parts of me that make me passionate about a lot of other wonderful things too. So, I hope you don't mind getting to know me and what's on my heart a little better, every Tuesday ... or every other Tuesday ... or some Tuesdays through 2013.First let me remind you of the definition of tenderness: sympathetic concern for the well-being of ... Keep Reading

Loving on your house …

I mentioned last night on Facebook that today was 'love on my house' day. As I went about my work today a blog post was drafting in my head and heart. I first want to tell you what I mean when I say I'm 'loving on my house' and then I want to tell you why I'm feeling burdened to share.First, for me, when I say I'm going to love on my house it generally means a day devoted to cleaning and organizing my house typically after a period of time where it's been a bit neglected. Sure, I could just say I'm going to clean the house, but that typically comes with a negative connotation. Now I really do love to clean my house, but as I thought about it today, the reason I love to clean it much deeper ... Keep Reading