9/13/15

An open letter about our journey to parenthood


What you’re reading now is possibly the tenth version of how I’ve considered starting this blog. Maybe because it’s been so long since I’ve posted, maybe because this very post is the one I’ve been thinking about for almost a year, maybe because I haven’t even decided if I’m going to publish this yet at all…maybe.

Football season started today, and right on queue, this beautiful open-window-worthy weather has rolled into east Texas reminding us all that Autumn is on her way. This is typically my favorite time of year. I zealously bust out thin sweaters and cute scarves to wear if for no other reason than to will the cool weather into town. But this weekend I’ve felt what I can only equate to an emotional bracing taking place. A breath being held. A stiffness in my heart.

This time last year my world was so hopeful, so full, and above all so excited for the future as just mere months prior Justin and I decided after four years of marriage to go ahead and start trying for a family. I gleefully removed foods from my diet, added books to my nightstand, and documented small moments of the journey we were embarking on. I was certain that in no time at all we would be well on our way to parenthood and these treasures would warm our hearts down the road.




And really, it didn’t take long. On a chilly October afternoon, after four months of trying, that second line showed up. Justin was working late and I somehow managed to contain myself long enough to surprise him the next morning with the news.  We were over the moon.




Sadly, this pregnancy, along with the two after in the following six months, had gone almost before they’d come. And now I sit almost a year later still grieving these losses, desperately wanting to be a mother, and overwhelmed by the change a year can bring.




Scripture often follows the plees of the afflicted as they fall into desperate cries for healing and acknowledgment and as they rise into songs of praise. And as I’ve learned to identify with the lost, the defeated, the barren, and the heartbroken, God has also taught me to see myself in the redeemed, the comforted, the forgiven and the freed.

This letter will be messy, it will be imperfect and scattered, but it’s the best I can do and I’m all right with that at this point. I have been so overwhelmed with encouragement and a sense of community as I’ve seen so many reach a place of vulnerability and share their struggle with a seemingly invisible audience. It takes a lot, and it’s possibly why it’s taken me so long – but the tugging on my heart has grown far too strong to ignore anymore. Why? Because that audience is real. Because for those of you who are friends with me on social media, family to me, and who are even perfect strangers who have allowed the world into your circle of grief and loss – I am grateful.  It was the realization that I wasn’t alone in all of this that helped me through restless nights. It was the understanding that what is happening to me, isn’t so unbelievably rare that pressed me towards hope. It was the knowledge that I was comforted by your story, that has pushed me to share mine.

The amount that the Lord has taught me through this journey is vast, and the fact that in His goodness He’s allowed me to see these lessons, is awe-inspiring. I hope to post more in the future about these things. But for now this letter was about ripping off the proverbial bandaid and allowing you into my mess. It was about being overcome with a need to tell someone out there reading now, that I understand.

The one bit I’ll leave you with is this…regardless of how cliché or how many times you’ve heard it-and regardless of what season of life you find yourself in- the beautiful truth is that God is Good. That His timing, friend…is GOOD. With tears streaming down my face I can attest to the fact that it may not always feel that way, but this is the time that we are pushed to a place where we rely on the creator and not our emotions to trust in the truths we find in scripture. Never more than this day have I yearned to be a mama. Never more have sweet cries of little ones reached into the depths of my heart and pulled out more sorrow and more joy at once than I ever thought possible. But friend, never more has God ever comforted me, and never more has He made himself known as the stronghold in the storms of my life.

Though I run the risk of this sounding like some horribly predictable awards speech on cable television, I’m going to ignore that possibility and close this out with a few thank you’s. To my husband, who has held strong against the ups and downs of the roller coaster we’ve found ourselves on and who's embraces persisted stronger than the tears late into the night. Babe, you will be an amazing daddy someday, and never when I said ‘I do’ did I realize the valleys we would travel through hand in hand, but the gratitude I have that it is with you and no one else is unimaginable. My Parents, who have truly met me where I am –wherever I happened to be- in this process. For pouring love, prayers, and understanding over me, for asking the hard questions, and for being the grandparents to my unborn littles. My sister, Rebecca…for coming alongside me mere months after an unimaginable loss of a newborn, and allowing me a safe place to grieve while constantly reminding me a life is a life, no matter how small. My sweet Grandmother who, second only to myself, was the first to know the moment I learned I was going to be a mama – and who has never once stopped praying for my heart, holding me near in thought, and interceding at the cross for my future.  And lastly my friends who have surrounded me with support, tears, laughter, and love at every step. I am humbled by the fact that God has found me worthy of your friendships, and I am so grateful for your prayers, encouragement, listening ears, and support over this last year.

For those of you wondering, YES we are still trying! Yes by the grace of God and our availability to both traditional and alternative medicines we know what may be causing these losses physically. Yes, I have an incredible OB, RE, and staff of nurses who know me all too well and are doing everything they can to walk us through this process medically. And Yes, we are okay. We covet your prayers as we enter our third round of treatment this next month, and we simply cannot wait to tell you when we are expecting again!

I can feel a weight lifting from me as I near the end of this letter. Not because this has been some secret I’ve felt I had to hide, but because it’s felt like a burden that I needed to share. Thank you for reading, thank you for listening, I’ll post again sometime soon.

With love,

Sarah
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34 comments :

  1. Oh Sarah. Thank you so much for sharing, this wasn't messy at all it was beautifully written. Praying for you and your husband and for your TTC journey. Thank you for sharing, you bless me!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Angie, We're so grateful for your prayers!

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  2. Love you Sarah and Justin!! Praying as always friend - thank you for your openness and boldness of sharing your story.

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  3. Oh, sweet girl. I will be praying for you and your journey. Thank you for sharing your heart with the invisible audience and reminding us that God truly is good.

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    1. I appreciate you, Erin, thank you for reminding me that it's not invisible and that indeed God can use every season we face for His Glory.

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  4. Sarah, I can hear your broken heart but also your incredible strength and courage. I can only admire your unwavering devotion to your faith...even through all of this. Throughout my adult years, I suffered several miscarriages, each one leaving a wound on my soul, but also a beautiful, perfect spirit to watch over me and encourage me to carry on. You are an amazing young woman, which I've learned mostly through following your parents on Facebook, but do remember you as a child my first year at TBE front office. I know in my heart, that your little wonder will come one day, bringing with him/her little pieces of each soul, you've lost...and when you look into his//her eyes, they will all be there looking back at their Mama, they love so very much...
    Thank you for sharing...you have a gift for words.
    Kara Souza

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    1. Kara, this made me weep. Its amazing to think you've known me this long, and to think one day that little girl in the office might have this struggle in common with you. Thank you for sharing your experiences with me...this really has opened my eyes to a quiet grief-stricken band of people, women, who feel so rare and isolated, but in reality are usually surrounded by one another unknowingly. What does the rest of your story look like? Were you able to carry children to term? Were your losses in between, before, or after your living children? Thank you again~

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  5. Isn'tit amazing how sensitive boxers are to your emotions? We have had 4 boxers and they so dear. Our

    ..first baby died soon after birth. I have never endured such grief. We shall see him again...oh happy day
    You will never forget your pregnancies. I am 71 now...never forgetting our baby. We had 3 more children and are enjoying 7 grandchildren. God bless you.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this. My friend sent me your blog. I resonate with your story on so many levels and am encouraged by your perseverance and perspective. I myself have written a blog which k have not yet shared with the world yet but hold your story close to my heart. To God be the glory.

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  7. Praing for you sweet Sarah

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  8. Thank you for sharing your journey, Sarah. While I have not experienced your pain directly, many women in my family have and still are. May God bless you with children in His timing.

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  9. Miryam Leigh AllsionTuesday, April 05, 2016

    Love you Sas!!! You know where to find me when you need encouragement :D this was beautiful!

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  10. This is incredibly beautiful. My heart breaks and hopes with yours! So glad our great God is good and His kindness and Spirit hold you! praying for you now.

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  11. Beautifully written!

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  12. Jonathan LangleySunday, April 17, 2016

    Praying for you both.

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  13. Praying for you both. Your family now and your future family.

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  14. Kimberly Brown WeinertSunday, April 17, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your heart and for comforting me in my season of loss as well. You are going to be an awesome mommy.

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  15. *hugs* to the Robs!

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  16. Samantha PercifieldSunday, April 17, 2016

    My heart breaks for you guys! We haven't started trying yet but I find that more then half of my married friends seem to have trouble. I can't yet imagine what your going through, but I know that the Lord has you and Justin wrapped in his arms! We will be praying for you, and waiting to watch God be glorified as he answers your fervent prayers to Him! *HUGS*

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  17. Hi Sarah. Prayers headed your way for you and J.

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  18. Hard, hard, hard to hear your losses, but in the midst sweet to see your "Stronghold in the storm". Praying for you guys‍‌‌‌‌‍‌‌!

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  19. arah, we are praying for you and your husband. Let it be an encouragement to know that God is still in the business of performing miracles. Tonight, I pray Psalm 113:9 over you.

    "Into the home of the childless bride he sends children who are, for her, a cause of happiness beyond measure. Praise the Eternal!"

    I thank you for sharing your struggles, my Beautiful Friend, for it is in our struggles that God uses us to bless others and uses others to bless us.

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  20. Love and miss you guys... Will be praying for you both!

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  21. I'm in awe of your writing. Our faith is what shores us up and humbles us at the same time. You are amazingly strong .

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  22. I remember when we spoke many years ago, and you asked me for some wisdom about moving across the country to be with a man you felt so strongly was God's will for your life. Although hardly impulsive and very rational, realistic, and always considering the 'worst case scenario,' (a/k/a skeptical LOL) I prayed for you during that time, and I and had an incredible peace that your move was part of God's will for your young life. All that to say this: After I read your blog, tears stung my eyes and I just prayed for you all the way from NC on this chilly morning. Sarah, I have a peace that God will fill your womb with blessings in His time. I know you are grateful for every pregnancy and every loss, and I know you trust Him exclusively. In the meantime, this is your ministry, and the ministry of loss is a profoundly powerful one indeed. See? Even at this moment, you have made me SO grateful for my own children. You continue to live up to your namesake as such a faithful, obedient woman of God, sweet one. heart emoticon He sees all: Every pregnancy line, every tear, every shred of faithfulness. xxxooo

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  23. Oh, Sarah. I'm so sorry for your losses. I cannot imagine the world of hurt you guys have gone through. But I'm so thankful for your relationship with our Savior! And for allowing him to carry you through this. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Jennifer LudwigsenSunday, April 17, 2016

    I just love you so much, thank you for sharing. I can't wait to hold the little one in my arms, but before that know that I'm holding you and Justin in my prayers and in my heart!!!

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  25. Brenda Komzaec GolecSunday, April 17, 2016

    You've always held a special place in my heart, and always will. Love you, and thank you. Prayers my sweet girl. Xo

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  26. Love you, friend. And I'm so sorry, for all of your losses... Your post was beautifully written.

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  27. Beautifully written! We are here for you guys and are praying with you through your journey to parenthood! I can't wait for you to have a little one in your arms.

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  28. This was beautiful, and resonated with me deeply. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for over a year now. Spirituality is so important for us in this constant heart ache.

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  29. Sarah you are such a blessing to me and so many! Your words in this blog are so sincere and heartfelt. Thank you for your willingness to share and your heart to trust the Lord. He is in control. I continue praying for you and Justin and your future family. I love you so very much!!!

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  30. Allycia Mary Elizabeth ColwellSunday, April 17, 2016

    You are such a strong woman! And you are not alone through this! You have a wonderful family and support system that many do not have through these awful painful days. God bless you both and I pray for peace in your heart and soul. A child is a blessing and God knows you both deserve it!! You will be amazing parents regardless of how y'all get there!!

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