The gift of reflection

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This photo was taken about 7 years ago at a simple park on the Potomac River.  It was taken during a time when life was so easy and carefree.  I had just met my soon-to-be husband one month earlier and we were already in love.  We had dreams of what life would be. Reflecting back, we never could have known the ups and downs we would face in our marriage or the changes we would see in the world.  Just like this gorgeous sunset, all we saw in our reflections was beauty.

And that’s how it should be.

There is often so much to reflect back on in life.  Some brings us pain, some hope, some laughter.  But really, it all has one thing in common….beauty.  

You are beautiful.  I am beautiful.  Life is beautiful.  

And all of it…the good, the bad, and the ugly…

is a gift.

 

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is “reflecting”.

 

An Emotional Sky

The topic of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is “Sky”.  This is one of my favorite topics ever.  The sky never ceases to amaze me.  Sometimes I think the sky is more human than we give it credit.  The sky wears its emotions right on its sleeve.

A stormy sky = an angry sky

A gray drizzly sky = a sleepy, lazy sky

A rainbow after the storm = a hopeful sky

A beautiful blue sky = a cheerful sky

 

What emotions do you think the sky is trying to show in these pictures?

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The party has ended! Thank you! :)

Well, National Infertility Awareness Week is officially over, which means so is my first blog party.  I want to thank everyone who stopped by, liked, commented, or just viewed the party last week.  The party was a total success!  I met many new friends from all over the world, and I look forward to following along on all of their journeys.  

A Big Thank You

Here is a list of all the folks who commented on the party.  Please go check out their blogs and read their stories.  Some are currently struggling with infertility and others have come out on the other side, but still want to help those in the thick of it.  And some just wanted to help those who were going through hard times with a pick-me-up post or a yummy recipe.  

The Leaky Tube

Simply Said by Trina

My Beautiful Crazy

Lolly Bee’s Life

Our Greatest Desire

Natalie Vinh

Wanna Be Mama B.

Browns by Blending

Ellan Paige

 

While NIAW may be over, the battle with infertility is not.  Remember, 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility.  It is a very real but silent disease that plagues too many people.

 I beg you…

  • If you are in the throws of it, do. NOT. give. up.   Be your advocate and share your story with others.  There are so many out there who care and are willing to help.
  • If you have fought this battle and won, HURRAY for you!  Congratulations!  Now, use what you have learned and all the strength you have gained to help others still fighting.
  • If you don’t have any experience with infertility, look around, chances are someone you know is going through it.  Keep your mind and heart open for the moment they will need YOU.

 

Most of all,  remember we all have our struggles…BE KIND.  

We are in this life together.  🙂