Saturday, January 11, 2014

Family Yearbook! (Review & Promo Code)

I have been so excited to write this post! :) I have used Mixbook to create both of our adoption profile books. You can check out our domestic infant adoption book here, and/or our embryo adoption book here if you'd like. Anyway, they contacted me to see if I would do a review on my experience with Mixbook in exchange for a 40% promo code that I could provide to my readers. Um...of course! I used the opportunity to work on a project that I wanted to do anyway - our first family yearbook! I'm so happy with how it came out! You can take a look at it here. :) I wouldn't give a good review if I didn't think a product or company warranted it. But I actually really love Mixbook, so this was easy peasy. :)

If you'd like to make your own Mixbook, you can use the promo code OUTMIXER at checkout to get 40% off your order. The code applies to all books, cards, and calendars. For lay-flat books, the code gives you 30% off. :)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

His Grace is Enough

I started bleeding over the weekend, and as expected, the emotions hit hard right alongside it. Sunday and Monday were pretty rough. Through all the low points in our journey, I have not questioned God's control. I know that His plan is perfect, and His timing is better than mine. I joyfully rest in that reality. But Sunday I had a hard time accepting the method He chose to accomplish
His purpose in me. I was so hurt with Him. "Lord, why did You give me a pregnancy at all, if You weren't going to let me keep it? If it wasn't our time, why did You give me three weeks hoping that it was? Why was I experiencing symptoms when there wasn't a baby there anymore? Doesn't this whole thing seem unnecessarily cruel???" This is what my soul has been wrestling with.

If for no other positive result, this much pain reminds me that I need to run to the Lord. Even if I'm crying to Him in agony, pouring out my discouragement, and asking "Why?", it helps to talk to HIM. Not just to my family, or Ryan, but to actually talk to the One who has brought me here. Because He does love me. "As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His unfailing love towards those who fear Him." (Ps. 103:11) He is good. He made me His child. He gave Himself to redeem my soul. My life is His and He is using it as He sees best. His ways are higher than my ways. And I don't need to know why. I need to trust Him. I need to come to Him and be comforted with the peace that only He can give me. There are moments that I feel so overwhelmed, but I find comfort in knowing that God will provide the endurance needed to not only get through this, but to praise Him in the midst of it. <3

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Feelings on Miscarriage #2

Hello friends. Below is a video update on how we're doing. Thank you for your constant care and concern for us!

P.S. Sorry the sound is so fuzzy. I really need to get a mic for filming videos...