Adoption Fundraiser Garage Sale!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21st.
We’re having an adoption fundraiser garage sale!
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I’m so excited to announce that we’re planning a big garage sale on Saturday, May 21 from 8am-2pm to help build our adoption fund.  We’re thinking HUGE and we’d love your help!  I’ve read of many similar adoption sales bringing in anywhere from $1000-$4000 (CRAZY) so I’m praying that Lord uses this in mighty ways to help us. Please pray along with me!
 
What You Can Do
1)  Set aside stuff to donate to our sale (clothes, toys, electronics, games, decorations, furniture, etc.).  If you’re planning to donate clothing, it might be helpful to bag it according to size or at least baby/child/adult.  Let us know and we will be able to pick it up.
 
2)  Consider helping me run this crazy thing.  I definitely cannot do this on my own!  If you’d like to help by lending a table to place items on, volunteer to assist in pricing things, help me set out the stuff in the wee hours of the morning that Saturday, sign up to help handle the money during part of the sale, or volunteer to help tear down after it’s over, please let me know.  You can leave me a comment below if you’re interested.
 
3) Pray for beautiful weather and generous buyers!  
 
I’m so excited to be able to join with you to do this.  I love that adoption is such a community thing where we can join together to reflect God’s heart.  I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses this to help us gather the resources we need to adopt!  Thank you so much for considering.
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Busy weeks ahead.

Boy we will be busy the next couple of weeks! My sister is coming to town at the end of March. She lives in California with her husband Jon and their two boys T(9) and B(7). THEY ARE MOVING TO VIRGINIA! 🙂  So they are coming out to look at houses, hopefully to be moved out here by June! We decided to hold a barbecue for a meet and greet with friends and extended family. We want to do a lot to the house and we started last night on a fire pit. 

We are hoping to do something like this, minus the path.

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Here is the progress so far.

Before. Cooper really wanted to have his picture taken.

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He really wanted his picture taken 🙂 cooper

Setting the layout.

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We have a fire pit! IMG_2190IMG_2192

I’m super excited to get this finished! We are going to get the pea gravel this weekend to finish it up! Next up is a patio! I’ll keep you posted.

Cycle 18

This is when it really hit me that maybe my definition of “mom” might be completely different than your definition. Many of you might not know that Cody and I have been struggling with infertility. Well actually most of you don’t know because this is the first time I have said to out loud. I am infertile, what does that mean? Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying to conceive. We are currently going on 18 months.

Here is a little back ground. I got off birth control september 2014. The first 6 months we were not necessarily trying to conceive but certainly were not preventing conception. After the 6 months I started tracking, using OPKs (ovulation prediction kits) and BD (baby dancing) when the time hit! Well that year went by slow and painful. Cody and I started discussing it was time to see a specialist, just to make sure nothing is preventing us. Better safe than sorry. So I made an appointment with my OBGYN to go over what’s next. Well you guessed it she referred us to a RE (reproductive endocrinologist) We started all the infertility testing. Labs, HSG (hysterosalpingogram) and seman analysis. Everything come back wonderful! My labs were perfect, tubes wide open, and seman was fast and plentiful! HA 😉 So what does that mean? We have been diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility.. Which means after the test results came back and no detectable reason for infertility is identified, the unexplained infertility diagnosis is given. This does NOT mean that there isn’t a reason for the infertility. It means that the science and the diagnostic tests are not advanced enough to detect the cause of infertility. Egg quality, fertilization, and implantation factors are difficult to test and may be the underlying problems….

We have been living with that diagnosis for six months. Deciding what is next, coping, discussing treatment options, other options, hoping, praying. Frankly, “Unexplained Infertility” really translates to, “I can’t find anything obviously wrong with you so let’s just dump you in this category.” Cody and I don’t believe in “unexplained infertility” it is BS. How can we (healthy, young, perfect 😉 ) people be infertile. So that leads us to my favorite quote. My definition of “mom” or “dad” might be different than yours.

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Welcome!

Welcome lovelies! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my page! This is a huge step for me. Courageously Strong World is a look into the world of a courageously strong couple, my husband Cody and myself! This blog will be a place where I will share our struggle, coping, living, and how we will move forward with our diagnosis of infertility.

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