Infertility, Marriage

Adopt-A-Blogger!! THANK YOU!

March 3, 2014

I am humbled, honored, and so very excited that Jonathan and I have been chosen to receive prayer during the month of March through the Adopt-A-Blogger efforts over at This Cross I Embrace!

Honestly, the timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve been nearing the end of my sanity with infertility. We just began praying a 54-day rosary novena begging for Jesus and Our Lady to show us how to carry this cross in a way that will make us holy OR to remove the cross and fulfill the desires of our hearts. SOMETHING! ANYTHING! THROW ME A FRIGGIN BONE DOWN HERE! That’s a glimpse into my sanity slipping away! 🙂

Thank you for those joining us here at True, Good, and Beautiful for the first time. I would love to give you an intro into who we are, how we met, and what we’re facing in regards to infertility. Conveniently I just wrote it all down recently in an interview about infertility, so feel free to check all four posts out! We’ve officially been TTC for 2 years and 4 months. We have faced a number of health issues – PCOS, Endometriosis, Endomitritis, LUF Syndrome, Low Post Peak Hormones, Uterine Polyps, Uterine Septum, Possibly Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Fatigue, etc. My husband has a varicocele – his counts are normal but motility was low-ish. I am on a LOT of medicine for the above conditions but it seems like the biggest kicker is LUF Syndrome right now.

So while you are praying for us this month, here are a few specific intentions to include:

  • My ability to choose JOY despite the circumstances of my life
  • My ability to be content with God’s will as it presents itself each day
  • My sanity
  • Miraculous healing (hey, anything is possible!)
  • A breakthrough with treating the LUF Syndrome that will allow my body to effectively ovulate
  • Discernment as we begin the Adoption process
  • Discernment as we consider future surgeries/medical treatment
  • Strengthening of our marriage on the dark days
  • Ability to allow the Lenten Season to help me unite my suffering to Christ’s

I have a few Patron Saints you can tag team with in prayer. They may be worn out from my badgering though! LOL!

  1. Saints Joachim and Anne (I was born on their Feast Day…they themselves miraculously had our Blessed Mother, so IF was close to their lives)
  2. Saints Philomena and Blessed Chiara (on a low low low day this past September I got onto a saint generator website and said “God, give me a saint to guide me at this time.” I picked two for myself and Jonathan. Saint Philomena is a patron of sterility and Blessed Chiara’s own parents were infertile for eleven years before they received the gift of her. WOW! A sign of hope.
  3. Blessed JPII. We were married on his first-ever Feast Day back in 2011. He’s our boy.

Thanks to all who join in prayer this month! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. God bless!

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  • Reply Infertile Minnesota March 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I’m so excited to pray for you this month! Thanks for the info on the patron saints! You have been through so much already. I’m sorry for all you’re dealing with and grateful we can support each other.

  • Reply polkadot March 3, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I’m happy to pray for you this month! You have quite the list of diagnoses…don’t we all? 😛 (I had a septum too, as well as half of your list.) Thanks for posting all your intentions. It’s helpful. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more.

  • Reply Amanda March 3, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you both for your prayers and support. Knowing others are facing these same things is incredibly uplifting to me. And yea, I kind of feel like if there was something that could go wrong with my fertility, it has or will. I seem to have most “issues” you could think of…sometimes I like to think God is just setting the stage for a big redemption story that only He could have been capable of. Whether that redemption story comes this side of heaven or later, I will have to wait to see it all unfold! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie March 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Praying! 🙂

  • Reply Ecce Fiat March 4, 2014 at 5:24 am

    We will be praying for you this month!! St. Anne and Joachim are close to my heart too and that’s awesome that you were born on their feast day! I’m so sorry you have so much to deal with, both you and your husband. It’s so hard…definitely praying for abundance of peace and God’s closeness and also for healing, body soul and spirit!!

  • Reply beingmrsmurray April 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I just found your blog and my heart just breaks for you. It sounds like we have a lot of similarities, we are Catholic also and my husband and I have been TTC for almost same amount of time (we were married Jan 7, 2012 and have been trying since day 1). I actually just got back from VA where I had surgery for endometriosis last weekend (we are also dealing with male factor infertility). These past two years have been a roller coaster of emotions. I see that you guys are discerning adoption and I just wanted to say that is awesome! My husband and I just passed our home study and just need to complete our profile book and then we will be on the list to adopt (domestic newborn adoption). It’s a really exciting process. Just wanted to leave you a note and say if you ever want to shoot me an email to chat, I’d love to. Sometimes it’s helpful knowing other people going through similar struggles. I will keep you guys in our prayers.

    • Reply Amanda April 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for your comment and prayers! I am sorry you are also battling infertility. I hope your surgery was as successful as possible! We also have some male factor issues, so it feels like the odds are totally not in our favor…has your husband gotten any treatment? Jonathan just has a boatload of pills he’s taking to see if it will make any difference. Surgery could be an option some day for him but they thought supplements would help. That’s exciting that you are homestudy approved! I keep hesitating on submitting the application…not sure why, as I am excited about adoption as a whole. Do you know about how long couples wait at your agency to get matched once approved? Thanks for reaching out! Having a community of women who really “get” this cross is such a blessing. God bless!

      • Reply beingmrsmurray April 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

        Hi Amanda, for some reason I never got notified of your response! Sorry about that. I just made another comment on a different post… 🙂

        Anyway, thank you for your prayers! The surgery was a success. I actually ended up having to have two surgeries, long story, but each was over 4 hours. The doctor got all of the endo though and told me it only has a 6% chance of returning in 5 years because of the particular way she removed it. She is 1 of only 3 doctors in the world that does this particular treatment on endo. She was trained by Dr. Hilgers (Napro) so we’ll see! I’m finally starting to feel better and was able to go back to work today.

        If you ever need surgery, I totally recommend her! I flew all the way from FL to VA to see her. She also prayed with us before surgery and gave me a rosary blessed by the Pope, put it in my hand and wrapped it in gauze so I was holding it the entire surgery. Pretty special 🙂

        Ugh, sounds like our husbands are on a similar journey. Luke is also taking a ton of vitamins. Last summer he took clomid for 3 months and also tried Proxeed (as well as other vitamins) but there was no change (besides his motility but his count is incredibly low, just 2 mil) so that was pretty discouraging. At the time we decided to stop everything for him since we didn’t think it was working. It wasn’t until recently that we decided to try vitamins again (a billion different ones that we found in this article: The doctor that did surgery on me also suggested he do HCG shots and try clomid again but at a lower dose (only 5 mg instead of 50) for 3-6 months. Unfortunately, we do not have any cause/reason for Luke’s infertility so he is not a candidate for surgery or anything. We’ll see if any of this helps. It’s really a pain being Catholic and doing the SA’s….! I don’t even want to do another one, I figure if we conceive we’ll know there was improvement. haha

        I touched on adoption in my last post so I won’t repeat it here…but you should def turn in your application! I was hesitant too, especially since our application alone was $750! but it’s worth it… just getting the ball rolling, being open to whatever God has in store.

        Our social worker told us the typical wait is 18-24 months but it really really varies on so many factors. I have read so many stories/blogs where people get matched right away and have a baby 5 weeks later. It really just depends on what the expectant mom is looking for! We are using Heart of Adoptions (they were recommended to us by our friends here who have adopted three children). I also looked into some Christian agencies like Bethany but I have read some really bad things about them. This agency is also a law firm so everything is done totally legally and there are less concerns with birthfather issues (them never signing off rights etc). They work with couples outside of Florida if you are interested. Adoption is super nerve wracking because you don’t know when you’ll be matched and how far along the expectant mother will be! She could be early in her pregnancy or already have given birth. C’est la vie to 9 months of preparing!

        Anyway, this is getting long! Again, sorry for my delayed response.

        God Bless!

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