As we enter into the holiday season of Christmas, Chanuakah, and New Years, I am reflecting on the last year. This last year has had many blessings and much heartache.
I have been blessed to expand my FertilityCare Services in the Dallas area by offering follow-ups at the office of Dr. Michael Jones, one of our local NaProTechnology doctors. These follow-ups are covered by insurance and we have been able to help countless women with their fertility health.
I am blessed to be able to offer follow-ups at my local parish as well as long distance learning via Skype. The support of my local parishes has been tremendous and I am truly grateful for the promotion of FertiltiyCare in my area.
I also released my first eBook, SPICE: A Guide to an Intimate Marriage. It was a true labor of love. The goal of the eBook is to give women and couples real life, simple and easy to implement ideas to improve communication and intimacy within marriage. There is also bonus printables to help you take these ideas and use them on a daily basis. It has received amazing reviews and is a steal for $10.00. You can learn more by visiting www.spiceebook.com.
I was able to attend the annual American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals in July. It was wonderful connecting with fellow Practitioners. I came away from that meeting with a large network of not just Practitioners, but women I call my friends. I was brought up to speed on the wonderful advancements in FertilityCare and all the behind the scenes research and work that goes into making NaProTechnology the most revolutionary reproductive science.
August came and my family and I received some amazing news: we were expecting another baby! We were over the top excited to be welcoming another baby into our family. We had our baby with us for 4 months before we were informed her heart had stopped beating. I went to a routine appointment to find out my baby girl had died at 16 weeks gestation. I delivered Mary Catherine on November 16. She was perfect but sleeping. We buried her on November 23. She joins her sister, Maryrose, in heaven.
During this difficult time, we were blessed with so many friends and family that truly came to our side and journeyed with us. From meals, to babysitting, to flowers and gift cards, Jesus's love truly shown to us as we buried our daughter.
This holiday season has been especially difficult for our family, especially me. My hopes and dreams for my little girl are no longer. However, she is happy with Jesus and that gives me hope. It has been hard to find joy in this season as I mourn the loss of my Mary Catherine. I am trying because that is what my other children need and I know that is what my little girl would want for me.
I am not sure what 2017 will bring. My original plans are no longer. I have no plans. This is a first for me. I usually have goals and plans for the new year. My only major goal is to heal. That is my word for next year: Healing. I am going to let God lead me in 2017 for where He wants me to go with my family and my business. That is all I can manage right now. It is too hard to think about the year to come without my little girl. I can hardly breathe when I think about it. One moment at a time, one day at a time.
If you have lost a loved one in the last year, I am sorry! I know how difficult this time of year can be. I wish everyone a most blessed Christmas, Chanuakah and New Years!