I’ve always been one of those people that works with children. I’ve always been the babysitter, the fun aunt, and even sometimes the baby whisperer! It was only natural that my career took me down the road of teaching and youth ministry. I’ve been very fortunate to work in great places, I have had a great time as a young adult, traveling and experiencing a variety of unique events, conferences and vacations!
But always, my desire has been to become a wife and mother as well. I met my husband in 2013 and we got married on the Feast of the Visitation in 2014. It was my privilege to recognize both Mary and Elizabeth and “share” this at our wedding. Fast forward through doctors appointments and treatments, medications, vitamins and every prayer, holy water and statue we could find…and this dream of natural motherhood has become more of a past tense conversation in my life.
Why share this now? Well through all the physical and emotional stress, the financial discussions about medications or even adoption, this “process” has put a strain on my faith for sure. Never able to understand the why me, or why not me…it’s been a leap of faith daily to trust that God has a reason for this cross that we bear.
Being that I have been working for the Church for almost my entire career, I am grateful that I have recognized the spiritual toll this can take on me as well and sought to find a way to reconnect with God and find healing.
With ease, the opportunity to work with Springs in the Desert came along at a time it was most needed for me, and this team became an instant source of encouragement. Hearing their stories and desire to support women through these stages of infertility affirmed for me that I was no longer alone in this journey. We began discussions on how to reach out and connect with others.
The Seasons of Infertility Retreat was planned with prayerful considerations for all women, and I am so proud to be a part of this first, and one of a kind opportunity in the Philadelphia area. With time for reflection, supportive discussions, prayer and fellowship, this retreat will be an answer to my prayers for sure, and it is my hope that others will find peace and understanding through this experience. Please see the flyer and more information below and if this does not apply to your journey, please pass it on and keep our efforts in your prayers.