Infertility Brunch 2019

For those that have followed my infertility and adoption journey, you are very familiar with Sarah’s Laughter, the Christian support group that was my saving grace over the past several years. Each spring, a brunch is held for the members and supportive loved ones of Sarah’s Laughter at Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA. To my surprise, I was asked to share a few words with the beautiful group of women and this past weekend, I opened my heart wide so that God’s glory could shine.

Speech 1

As I prepared for the brunch, I reflected on my incredible journey and was overcome with emotion as I mentally walked through the pain and sorrow of 5.5 years of infertility. I remember vividly the brokenness during the long wait.

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I remember my cries to God for a child. I remember my restless heart, searching for the purpose of the pain. And it was there, in the darkness, I met my maker face to face. His arms were open wide and His love covered my wounds, healing them one at a time. It was still a hard road but knowing my value in Christ allowed me to realize I wasn’t forgotten because I am a beloved child of God. My fervent prayers to God opened my eyes, heart and mind to His love all around me. I was able to appreciate the struggle and embrace the wait, knowing the Lord was at work.

Speech 2

As I stood before the ladies, I was reminded once again of the Lord using my hurt for His glory. He always has and He always will. Sharing my story is victory in my eyes. My infertility/adoption journey became a transformative spiritual journey that I wouldn’t give up for anything in this world.

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Beautiful Adoption Sisterhood

As someone that has walked the hard road of infertility, I hoped to convey the underlying beauty in the barren wasteland they may be in right now. And the beauty will always be Jesus.

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Mel Bel!
The beautiful face behind Melissa V. Photography

My lovely adoption sister Holly Ann was kind enough to video me this past weekend. Whether you are struggling with infertility/adoption or not, you may find encouragement in my message below:

If you or anyone you know is struggling with infertility, please know you aren’t alone. If you can connect with Sarah’s Laughter, I encourage you to reach out. There are support groups starting up in new cities all over the country thanks to our wonderful founder Beth Forbus and her newest addition to the Sarah’s Laughter team, Shannon Berthelot.

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Shannon Berthelot and Beth Forbus

There is also a fabulous Sarah’s Laughter Podcast and you can tune in each week to listen to women bare their heart and encourage you on your journey. Be on the lookout  in the next couple months because this gypsy girl has already recorded a podcast which covers all the details of our infertility/adoption journey. I’ll certainly share the link when it’s posted and available for you.

Remember to keep up with our journey and the blessings of our farm life on InstagramFacebookPinterestBloglovin and my YouTube channel.

**Photographs in this post by the talented Melissa V. Photography

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Welcome! I am the bayou gypsy, born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Although I have spread my wings in the great cities of Austin, Seattle and Delray Beach, the bayou state kept calling me back home in 2007. Thank goodness for the pull back home because that is where I met and married my husband, Andrew. We relocated to 7 acres in Zachary, LA and have started life on a farm. It's the land of bayous, fishing, hunting, four wheelers, trucks, nutria, deer, cows, three rescue pups named Abby James, Dixie and Gypsy, two rescue horses named Sparkle and Freedom, 20 chickens, 2 turkeys named Leroy & Luann and everything else southern. I have started this personal blog to chronicle our new found farm life, the battles and blessings of our ongoing infertility, our recent adoption and the exciting adventures this bayou gypsy and her cowboy get into on the regular. I dabble in a little bit of everything and will share it all with you one wild ride at a time. Come wander with me...y'all!

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