“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”– C.S. Lewis
If you have walked through the journey of infertility or are currently knee deep in the middle of it, I bet you can relate to that quote.
My name is Carrie Jones and I have been married to my best friend, BJ, for almost 9 years. We met in college, dated, got married, and 8 months after our wedding decided we would start our family. I have always wanted to be a mom and ever since I was a little girl being a mommy was my biggest goal. We were sure we would be pregnant quickly. We started trying for a baby and we waited, waited and waited some more. Fast-forward 8 years, 2 IUIs, 3 IVF cycles, 5 miscarriages, and one crazy adoption and we are finally parents to two amazing kids ages 5 and 1.
However, getting here was no easy task and the journey was messy and hard. While we were walking through the majority of our infertility struggles we often felt isolated and alone. Most of our friends were the kind of people who got pregnant by just looking at each other and our story was so different. During that time of isolation, God prepared my heart to share our story with others. He made me want to reach out to others during their journey with infertility and remind them that they are not alone.
Starting in January, we will be forming a group for couples struggling with infertility. It looks a little different for everyone, but so many of the emotions are the same. So whether you are waiting on your first baby, struggling with secondary infertility, waiting to adopt or foster, or have suffered miscarriage or infant loss – we want to connect with one another. My goal is that as members of the same church we will recognize each other and realize we are not alone. I am hoping couples make connections and offer encouragement to each other that makes their journeys a little more bearable.
If you think this is a group you would like to be a part of please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]. If you are currently walking this journey and would just like to chat don’t hesitate to reach out before January. Also, if you have walked this journey and are willing to share your story and connect with other couples that have a similar story, I would love to hear from you as well.