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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Hidden Blessings

It’s a joy to introduce you to Disa who’s sharing her unique journey to and through motherhood as part of our month-long guest post series, Special Mamas. Disa and I went to college together. We attended the same campus church, were student deacons together, and I’m sure we had some overlap of coursework as she was majoring in education…

Our Journey of Loss, Faith and Hope

It’s a joy to introduce you to Caroline who’s sharing her unique journey through infertility as part of our month-long guest post series, Special Mamas. Caroline is not a mama yet, but I can assure you she’s on her way to becoming one! Caroline and her husband, Mike, tried for years, met with fertility specialists, tried infertility treatments, and experienced more…

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  • Nedra HenlineJune 8, 2016 - 4:22 pm

    Miscarriage is an emotional journey, but having loss in a relationship seems to strengthen what you have in your partnership. I’ll be praying for a smooth adoption. Your son or daughter will be lucky to have loving parents. I always tell our two oldest boys that we got to choose them because God wanted us to have them- and that’s just as special as carrying them.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Kirtz HoffmanMay 28, 2016 - 11:49 am

    Thank you for pouring your heart out and telling your story. Truly incredible, and I have no doubt your story will help others! I am excited for what God is going to do for you and Mike through adoption. I will be praying for you guys during this journey!ReplyCancel

  • Ann PopovichMay 28, 2016 - 9:48 am

    God spoke to us thru His prophet, Jeremiah telling us He has a plan for us and a future…to give us hope. Knowing that He placed adoption on your heart and that He controls the outcome will keep your hearts and minds at peace. Praying for His direction to be clear to you both and that His blessing of children comes QUICK!❤️ We are thrilled for you and so look forward to all the He will do in your lives! Love, AnnReplyCancel

  • Debbie MittmannMay 28, 2016 - 3:22 am

    Oh Caroline. Thank you so much for sharing your and Mikes journey of so much loss and grief. Now to help so many others and too letting us be a part of your lives with adoption. We are excited for you and will be praying for the children our Lord has for you. We love them already!!!! Love you both❤️Deb and Harold too❤️ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Lederman SudermanMay 28, 2016 - 12:52 am

    Your story is and will continue to be such a gift! You are amazing people and I am thrilled that you are allowing us to be on this journey with you!ReplyCancel

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  • Cathy CogginsMay 28, 2016 - 12:06 am

    I have 3 adopted children, all are adults now. I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 15 and knew there was little chance of me ever being able to conceive. I am so grateful for my 3 gifts from God, He knew best and each one is a special gift of God.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn AinsworthMay 28, 2016 - 12:04 am

    We weep and rejoice with you. The child you afopt will be blessed indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Scott DevineMay 27, 2016 - 10:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! Someone will be blessed by it and know that they can still be a mother even though they can’t carry a baby. God bless you and your husband.ReplyCancel

  • CarolineMay 27, 2016 - 9:55 pm

    Thank you Nikki!! We appreciate your prayers!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki BobdaMay 27, 2016 - 9:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story and for being so transparent. God bless you! I’m praying for everything to work out for you in God’s perfect timing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol FemlingMay 27, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    What a beautiful story!! I am Matt Hjelmhaug’s aunt and Amy’s mom. I’ve heard your name many times from Bobbi, but I never realized that all of this had happened. You and your husband will be amazing parents and I know that God has special plans for you!! My heart is with you in this new journey. I have many friends that have adopted children and it has turned out to be a complete JOY for them. Wishing you every possibility for a “baby” to call your own. It really will be a special gift from God! Bless you! Hugs!! ❤️❤️+ ❤️ReplyCancel

How Being a Stepmom Helped Me Understand My Mother

Today, it’s a pleasure to introduce you to Jill who’s sharing her unique journey to and through motherhood as part of our month-long guest post series, Special Mamas. Jill is mom to one sweet boy and stepmom to one teenage girl. She grew up in a family in which “denial, shaming and blaming were key coping…

Through the Darkness of Our Challenges, the Light of Joy Prevails

It’s a great honor to introduce you to Dawn who’s sharing her unique journey through motherhood as part of our month-long guest post series, Special Mamas. Dawn’s daughter, Taryn, has a rare genetic abnormality which has resulted in severe neurological issues, severe intellectual/developmental disabilities, neuromuscular issues, G.I. issues, common variable immune deficiency, vision issues, and cardiac concerns. Dawn…

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  • Audra SmallMay 24, 2016 - 6:54 pm

    Thank you Dawn for opening your heart and sharing such a touching story. It felt like it was one story of a larger book in which many of us have written our own chapters, but only in our minds. It was beautiful to read yours so artfully communicated. Thank you. Always wishing the best for the kiddos and their parents.ReplyCancel

  • Summer StClair GipsonMay 24, 2016 - 3:29 pm

    In tears reading this story! I’m proud to know such an amazing woman! Beautifully written!! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Nicole BobdaMay 24, 2016 - 2:26 am

    What a beautiful testimony. Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your life as a mother to this sweet daughter of yours. You are an inspiration! God bless you, your sweet Taryn, and your husband.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Sharman RobinsonMay 23, 2016 - 9:07 pm

    Beautifully written Dawn! I’m so fortunate to call you friend. And blessed to witness the friendship that Taryn has shared with my daughter. I often use you as an example of one of the best advocates I know when it comes to fighting for Taryn’s best interests. <3ReplyCancel

  • Nannette SalasekMay 23, 2016 - 3:56 pm

    Dawn, so beautiful to read your story thru your eyes!! You are a true inspiration to us mamas and I feel so blessed to call you friend.ReplyCancel

  • Liz FullerMay 23, 2016 - 3:42 pm

    Beautifully written and amazing woman!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Johnson CampMay 23, 2016 - 1:47 pm

    Amy, thank you for inviting Dawn here. Dawn, your faith, endurance, tenacity and courage all testify to the amazing love Jesus has for you and your Tayrn. Thank you for sharing a piece of your story. Bless you as you continue to love with His strength and hope in you. You have encouraged me so much.ReplyCancel

  • MarkMay 23, 2016 - 10:19 am

    Super amazing person and family. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

When Your Special Needs Family Wears You Thin

It’s an honor to introduce you to Aprille who’s sharing her unique journey through motherhood as part of our month-long guest post series, Special Mamas. Aprille is a mom to two children. Her son has multiple behavioral diagnoses, and her husband is an Afghanistan veteran who struggles with anxiety. As you can imagine, this has been an incredible challenge for…