Hummingbird Cake

I love to bake and I have a goal for myself this year to try and bake/cook my way through some of my cookbooks. This Hummingbird cake recipe is from the Kinfolk Table. One of the reasons I love this book is not only for its wonderful recipes but for its photography. The photos are stunning and somedays I just like to page through the book without making anything. Just click on the links below to view the recipe and buy the book! Happy baking!

Recipe can be found HERE.

You can purchase the book HERE.

Our Infertility Journey Part II.

In this post I want to go over some of what we’ve found out medically about our fertility and the steps we have been taking. Justin’s mother(Michelle)was working outside one day and her neighbor approached her and said that there was something she felt that God wanted her to share with Michelle. She said that there were a few women in her church that were struggling with infertility and depression and that it was related to their thyroid. She also shared the name of a doctor that these women recommended. Michelle’s neighbor had no idea of our fertility struggles but felt strongly led to tell her this information. Michelle mentioned this to a few women, I being one of them, and Michelle told me today as we spoke, that this information must have been meant for me. I look back on this moment and so clearly see God working and that he used Michelle’s neighbor and Michelle to help us. You guys, I can’t make this stuff up!

We didn’t want to ignore or brush this off, so we made an appointment with the nurse practitioner that we were seeing at the time. I had my thyroid levels tested and she said that everything looked normal. Because of Michelle’s neighbor sharing this information, we pushed for a full thyroid panel to be done and have an antibody test which required us to have testing done at another practice in town. The test showed that I have Hashimotos Thyroidits which is an autoimmune disorder, and hypothyroidism.

On top of all that I also had food allergy tests done and have gone gluten and dairy free. Fast forward about a year later I found out that I had PCOS or Polysystic Ovarion Syndrome. Hashimotos combined with PCOS are the main factors contributing to our fertility struggles. I am thankful that we’ve taken the time to figure out more about my body and are taking the time to heal it. I so appreciate you all for reading and allowing me to be vulnerable and real. If you want, please pray with us, hope with us, but also grieve with us as we continue in this journey.

Our Infertility Journey Part I.

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I’ve been wanting to share this blog post for a while now, but it’s a little scary for me to be so vulnerable. Infertility and miscarriage can feel so lonely at times, I wanted to start blogging about our journey because my hope is that our story can encourage others and let them know that they are not alone.

My husband Justin and I got married in the summer of 2012. I was fresh out of college and he was in his second year of graduate school. I remember our first year of marriage we were nervous about getting pregnant right away and didn’t feel as if we were ready. Little did I know what the next 5 years would hold for us. At the moment when we decided we wanted and were ready to have kids is when I became a mother in my heart. Months passed which turned into years and still no baby. I can’t quite describe the pain of every month grieving the loss of a child that you hope so deeply for. It has been about 5 years of hoping and waiting for us. There is a quote by David Platt that sums up what I feel. “There is a unique pain that comes from prepping a place in your heart for a child that never comes.”

My desire in blogging about our infertility is to ultimately bring glory to God and to share with you how this journey has brought Justin and I closer together and united us in our marriage. I want to share the hope and joy we have even in our time of waiting, but also talk about the grief and pain infertility and miscarriage brings.