Fertility Journey

“No Struggle, No Strength”

The struggle has been REAL and apparent in our lives these past years. Some days I wonder how we’ll get through another hour, day, week, month, year of this. It is so taxing on your mind, body, and heart (on my mind constantly). Thankful the Lord is holding us up through all of this because I don’t know how anyone could get through this without Him. I am often reminded of the “Footprints In The Sand” poem, and am blessed and comforted in knowing He’s got us – through each and every step.

Christmas is one of the hardest times of the year for Jake and myself, but at the same time one of our favorites. I want to buy gifts for a sweet little one, snuggle up on a cold day, pick a tree and drink hot cocoa to make memories, tell the story of Jesus, hear the excited footsteps Christmas morning, take family photos, and so much more. I cannot even begin to truly explain my heart’s desires. At the same time, we love Christmas together – Enjoying time snuggling up and watching movies together while sipping on tea/coffee… Sledding when it snows enough & making snowmen… and for those moments I choose to be THANKFUL.

To Jake, thank you! My heart is comforted by you with the hugs, laughter, snuggles, back massages (constantly!), cleaning & making meals when I’m not ‘feeling well’ emotionally, doing the laundry, working full-time… and while doing all of the above you’re still building our business. THANK YOU for loving me, supporting me, and caring for me. I love you so much.

To our Family, thank you! We are blessed with a family that loves us and supports us! We value time spent playing games together – helps get our minds off of the struggles.

To our Friends, THANK YOU! You have no ‘requirements’ to love us and support us, but you do! There are a few of you who check in with me on a regular basis… you don’t judge us for our hurt/pain, and love us through all of it! You are very near and dear to our hearts (as well as your sweet little families)!

Fertility Journey

November 21, 2016

For a year or so, we decided to take a break from continuing the medical side of the infertility journey. Throughout this time we have been going to the Chiropractor for wellness care. We have also been seeing a Nutritionist regularly and are on supplements specific to each of our body’s needs. We have noticed improvement in our overall health, but no baby yet. We would love to begin Acupuncture in the near future – high success rate with infertility.

Within the past few months/weeks, we decided to continue with seeing our Infertility Doctor. I have an appointment scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016. Please pray for guidance in the next steps. Jake and I are trying to go the most natural route possible – my body does not do well on medications. We’re praying our Infertility Doctor will allow us to skip the injections step (which would typically be next), and move forward. Jake has requested a half-day personal day from school so we can go together.

I ran in to a woman on Saturday who shared about “Baby Quest” – a charity to help with the expenses of the infertility journey (AI, IUI, and Adoption). I have been researching online for grants the past few days – and cannot wait to give to these charities too!

Please pray:
– wisdom & guidance with decisions
– peace & understanding
– continued patience through all of this
– healing & comfort

Thank you in advance for all of your love, support, and prayers!

Fertility Journey

Our Story

Jake & Shelly (“Shake & Jelly”) have been struggling with infertility since 2010. Shortly after they were married (July 31, 2010) they began the process of trying to conceive. Without any luck for about 2 years – we sought outside help to find the cause. After many tests & procedures the outcome was “Unexplained Infertility”. So really, no answers.

We are leaning on God and prayers from you through this. It has not been easy, but Jake truly has been a wonderful husband helping both of us through our emotions, hurt, pain, joy, and blessings along the way.

To continue to help us through this journey, and to let others in on the emotions, steps, and updates we wanted to start a page to document this. We ask that you please be respectful as we will share our hearts openly.

Please don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Our request – please continue to PRAY for us through this.