Would You Like to Babysit?

If You Want a Baby So Bad, Surely You Want to Babysit.

Perhaps you enjoy babysitting other people’s kids, if so, this piece is not for you, but when I struggled with infertility, it seemed that some people thought I was begging to babysit. Truth was, babysitting just increased my pain.

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I don’t know if others thought by letting me babysit, I’d decide I didn’t want a child after all, or I’d make a good “adopted” aunt. I’m not sure of their reasoning, but if you have a friend that doesn’t understand how it makes you feel. Tell them gently with grace and understanding. They have not walked in your shoes.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

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Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4

Fiction, the Great Escape

Where does Fiction Take Us?

Fiction is the window to another world. Open a book and it will take you to another place, another time, and another reality. Whether you live a mundane life or one with strife and trouble a good book is an escape.

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The lives of the characters we meet between the pages of a good book intrigue us. Perhaps we find instruction of how or how not to handle our own problems by reading about the problems of the characters in our books. In any case, fiction has its own value and our world would colorless without it.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

What to Do With the Unthinkable

God’s Answer

Most people who deal with infertility, don’t expect, as they grow up, to encounter such a problem. We are surprised when we encounter this unthinkable problem. Why us? You may ask. Or shake your fist at God in protest.

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The reality is we live in a broken, messed up world of our own doing. Man rebelled against our loving Creator and we are left to deal with the fallout. But our Heavenly Father did not leave us alone.

He holds the answers to ALL our problems. Adoption is God’s answer to two unthinkable problems. Adoption fills the void in an infertile couple’s life and provides a child a set of parents he or she desperately needs, and we gain a better understanding of God’s love for us.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

 

Infertility-No Period Can I Still Get Pregnant?

Infertility

One issue that I have run into as well as many other women trying to get pregnant is the lack of a period. I was never regular even as a teen. My doctor at the time put me on the pill in the hope of regulating my periods. I don’t know if that might have done more harm than good though, studies are pretty mixed in that department.

What is the pill though, basically hormones being put into your body to stimulate your ovaries and a few other things. What happens when that doesn’t work though? I went almost a year without a period, I had tests done and ultra sounds to check my ovaries to look for cysts a common problem and nothing.

What I found out though is that yes, it is possible to ovulate without having a period. It’s not as common but it is possible.

 

A Dusty Diamond,

Kelly

Adoption/What is Cradle Care?

Cradle Care

That is a good question, cradle care is a foster home that your child will go to once being released from the hospital if you so choose. I chose to put my child in cradle care after I was released from the hospital to make sure that adoption was really what I wanted. I know that I was also in a foster home as a newborn, I enjoyed reading through some of the notes that my foster mother wrote about me as a new born. I can feel her love for me through her words.  It must take amazing people to care for newborns and not get too attached.

My plan after having my son was to put him in cradle care for two weeks, so that I knew that I had made the right choice, but still left myself options. It ended up being shorter than the two weeks because I knew after being home for a day that adoption was the best option for me.

I’m so grateful to families that open up their homes for young mother’s like I was, to give us time. If you are a foster mother, all I can say is Thank You and God Bless You. Cradle care is also a great way for the adoptive families to come and visit and see how they get on with a new born.

 

A Dusty Diamond,

Kelly

Heartburn And Pregnancy

Heartburn What is It and What Helps?

Depending on how far along you are, you might be experiencing a burning like feeling similar to acid reflux. With pregnancy your body is increasing your hormone levels and this may also relax the lower esophageal sphincter, or valve that keeps stomach acid from traveling upward. When the valve isn’t working right the acid travels up and irritates your esophagus causing heartburn.

The good news is that this should go away after you deliver. Tums help, but be careful how many you take; they do have calories and sugar.

A Dusty Diamond,

Kelly

Confidence

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:19-23

The Mystery of the Imagination

Where Does Your Imagination Lead You?

One of the things that make us different from the animal world is our ability to imagine. Since the beginning of time, man has told stories of the imagination.

Every invention is born in someone’s mind. We don’t find man’s best friend building houses and making machines. No, imagination is unique to human kind.

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Imagination is evidence that man was created in God’s image. Our very existence was birthed in the mind of God. One serious look at our world and universe tells us that our Creator has a vast imagination.

So, the simple answer to our question is, our imaginations should lead us to God.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy

Adopted by Our Heavenly Father

Every Believer is Adopted

Often when considering adoption, unless you are someone who has experienced adoption somehow in your family, it feels a bit strange and perhaps unnatural. But if you have committed your life to Jesus Christ you need to realize that you are an adopted child. You are far more acquainted with adoption than you realized.

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Galatians 4:4-7 says this:

            “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! (Daddy) Father!”

“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”

You may be saying to yourself, “but I’m not a Christian.” You can become a child of God, if you want to. He is begging you to come home. It’s just a prayer away.

A Diamond in the Rough,

Nancy