In Honor of Infant Loss and Awareness Month, I am sharing Lily's post as the first post of this month. She is the reason this blog exists and will forever be memorialized in the words that are shared here. The Loss of our Lily This story is the reason for this blog, but of course is the one that I do not really want to type out. I want to write this story with an alternate ending that sounds something like...at 40 weeks gestation, Lily emerged into the world kicking and crying full of ... Read More about The Birth of Lily | Kelli’s Story
I have gotten a lot of questions about essential oils and why I chose Young Living, so I thought I would answer them here! What are essential oils? By definition, essential oils are the vital (and aromatic) fluids of a plant, shrub, root, herb, flower, seed or tree. You can think of the oil as a plant's "immune system" -- it is essential to the lifer and health of the plant. Oils are typically extracted through careful steam distillation that ensures all the important, therapeutic, and ... Read More about What are Essential Oils?
When navigating life after a miscarriage, it can be difficult to find the resources you need as you begin your journey through grief toward healing. I hope there is something here that will help you! Resource List This will be an ever growing and changing list as new books, sites and resources become available. Please comment to let me know if you know of a resource that needs to be included or if a site is no longer available! Websites & Blog Posts Scriptures for ... Read More about Resources for Healing from Miscarriage
For mothers who have struggled to feel like they had permission to grieve their first-trimester miscarriage...or who may have not been given the information they needed, to know that it was ok to mourn for their baby. Miscarriage was something other people had. Up until 2 years ago, I had three completely healthy pregnancies. I never experienced morning sickness, had great blood pressure, gained just the right amount of weight...etc. So when I started bleeding the week after we found ... Read More about Why It’s OK To Grieve Your 1st Trimester Miscarriage
JodiAnn's birth story is another example of how I tried my best to plan for everything and my past history of sexual abuse prevented my body from dilating properly to give birth naturally. The Backstory On September 13th, 2013 I was shocked and amazed by a positive pregnancy test. You see, I had gone to the doctor on July 3rd and was told that I was not pregnant. I felt completely defeated because I had ALL the early symptoms. I left that doctor's visit and cried all the way home down ... Read More about The Birth of JodiAnn | Kelli’s Story