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Chances Change Lives

“If life gives you a chance, take it; If it changes your life, let it.”- Harvey MacKay

This was a quote that my roommate my freshman year of college had posted in our dorm room and I grew to love it. It’s been one of my favorite quotes of all time and I’ve used it many times to get myself through various situations over the years.

If you could believe it, I was very shy and quiet in high school and growing up. I was always involved in activities and worked throughout high school, but I was always afraid to speak up or to be called on in class. It even took me a long time to get comfortable around my friends. So it came as a little bit of a shock to those closest to me when I decided I was going to move 700 miles away from my hometown in Iowa to attend a private college in Ohio; where, I knew absolutely no one! IMG_2131

I took a chance when I made the decision to move far away from my comfort zone, to a state where I knew no one. I had no idea what to expect when I stepped foot on the college campus, situated in the center of a quant little town; where Amish buggies trotting through the street dividing up the campus, were an everyday occurrence. Some days I wondered what I got myself in too. Other days I was so thankful that I took the chance to see what else the world had to offer outside of the small farming town I grew up in. IMG_2129

A chance that changed my life. A chance that allowed me to come out of my shell, to open up and figure out who I was as a person. A chance that allowed me to meet my best friends. Friends who have embraced me with open arms, making me feel like I’m a part of their family when I had no family around me. A chance that lead me to my husband.


A chance that changed my life. A chance that I am so thankful for, as I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. IMG_2132That chance that changed my life, specifically changed my life when I graduated college seven years ago today. I wonder where the last seven years have gone. There have been ups and downs, career changes, moving from renting an apartment to owning a home, dating turned to marriage, the loss of loved ones, struggles with infertility, but through it all, it’s that one chance that I took almost eleven years ago that changed my life forever!

I’ve spent the last seven years continuing to work in the same quant little town, with the Amish buggies still trotting down the streets. I’m lucky that I still get to enjoy the beauty of the campus every day while passing through. One day last week, I was able to go down memory lane when I went for a walk through the campus, enjoying the beautiful tulips that were in bloom. Spring time was always my favorite time of year during college. I was able to capture these gorgeous pictures while strolling through campus.


That same day, I came across this field of dandelions, that I just thought were beautiful. This field reminded me that beauty is all around us.


Being Real…

Dear Fellow Bloggy Friends,

I am so sorry for the lack of posts lately. For the last few months, I just haven’t felt like myself. It has taken all of my energy to just get out of bed most days and go to work. By the time I get home, I’m ready to go back to bed, which means that not a lot of other projects have been getting done. Thanks to my wonderful husband for putting up with me throughout this.

For years I have been battling chronic pain without any type of actual diagnosis as far as what causes the pain. I had tried various medications to help relieve the pain so that I could at least function somewhat. Last summer after deciding to take a break from our TTC Journey, my family doctor who I love, put me on a medication that worked really well, but hasn’t been determined if it’s safe to take while pregnant, so I stopped taking it when we decided to start our journey again this year.

In April we received news that our last round of fertility medication was unsuccessful and learned what our next options are. The doctor would like us to try some injectable medications before moving on to IUI. So until we can save up enough money to try that, I decided to talk to my doctor about going back on the medication that made me feel better. And thankfully she is agreeable and I think I might finally have a diagnosis to all of my pain and other symptoms… Fibromyalgia.

I am WAY too young to have such a diagnosis and to let it affect my life the way that it has. My mom was diagnosed with it in her mid-thirties and later another form of arthritis that affects her life on a daily basis.

In the mean time I am determined to get to feeling better and increase my energy. I hope that you’ll stick with me through this difficult time. I promise that I will be back full swing as soon as the energy comes back. I have lots of projects and idea’s to share.

Once again, thanks for sticking with me and hope you understand that I need to take care of myself and my family first and foremost.


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