The Years Before We Met Our Baby: The Unexpected Blessings of Infertility

By Camber Hess This post is the fourth of a six-part series:  Confronting Infertility in Marriage Today’s post is by my friend Camber, who is another former (and missed) Iowa City citizen.  Camber inspires the heck out of me.  I live in awe of her and her strength.  She’s so helpful, quick to laugh and just unbelievably sweet.  She doesn’t mention this in her post, but she told me it would be okay to share that just three months ago they lost their second child, Sarah, who was just four days old.  Camber writes the story so so beautifully here… Read More

Infertility?  That Was Not in the Plan:  Supporting Your Spouse Through Infertility

By Karson Denney We’re continuing on in our series this week: confronting infertility in marriage. I’m so excited to introduce you all to a such a lovely couple as Karson and Betsy Denney.  I first met Karson because he was actually a ballroom dance teacher of mine at BYU.  A bit of happenstance led us to become much better friends the next year.  Karson and Betsy were THE king and queen of the BYU ballroom dance world in the era Rich and I were there.  (Rich and I met on the ballroom dance company- HOW has this not come up… Read More

“Where, when my aching grows … where can I run?”: Living with Infertility

By:  Loralee Continuing on in our series this week: confronting infertility in marriage.  Here’s a post by my friend Lori. What do I say about Lori?  Hmmm.  She is my BFF.  I admittedly have a history of being a tad hyperbolic with the term “BFF,” but for real: it’s Lori.  We’re talking bridesmaid, college roommate, joy school (joy school!) level of BFF here.  It’s funny, when we were roommates Lori and I always imagined that I would be the one to struggle with infertility and she would be the one with tons of children (this assumption was based largely on… Read More

“So Many Ways to Build a Family”: Confronting Infertility in Our Marriage

By Deirdre Davis I’m so excited to announce that this ENTIRE week on the blog is devoted to strengthening marriage while dealing with infertility.  This can be one of the hardest struggles a couple has to face together. To help share their own insights, we’ve got guest posters coming at you every day this week to discuss this important topic.  Some have adopted, some have done in vitro fertilization (IVF) and some are still awaiting their miracle.  All are amazing, inspiring people with amazing, inspiring stories.  So, so SO excited to share them all with you!!  So keep checking back… Read More

Marriage is Work. Here’s How to MAKE it Work.  

By Jed Rasmussen Jed and Tawnya have a FANTASTIC marriage.  Seriously, just watching them at random moments together, you can feel how sweet they are with each other.  We’ve been camping with them, and I don’t know if you’ve ever been camping before, but in case you haven’t, I’ll tell you that tent walls are very thin.  If there is any marital discord to be heard, the tent walls do not disguise it.  But we heard nothing of the sort.  Just niceness.  I knew we needed their wisdom, so I asked them to guest post.  Also, I am told that… Read More