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Hi friend. We're so glad you stopped by. We hope this is a place where you can find refreshment and encouragement on your journey. We're a group of friends working through the messiness of (in)fertility, pregnancy, loss, and parenting littles all while trying our best to love each other and Jesus well. We're not afraid of walking through the muck and mire with each other (or you). We're honest and real and won't sugar coat the struggle; but we're also bursting at the seams to celebrate the joys.

So pull up a chair and join us.  

who are we?

We're a group of women in our late 20s who are walking through life with each other. We met through a life group at our church and have grown into the closest of friends. We love Jesus and each other, but we're all pretty different and frequently have very different view points.

No matter where you find yourself in your journey and no matter how you view this world, you're likely to see a bit of yourself mirrored here. Because we're all in this together.

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Sam

Sam is a graphic-designer and marketing professional. She and her husband, Spencer, have been married for 5 years and have two children in heaven. After the loss of her son, Max, Sam started writing as an outlet and a way to process her pain. She started this blog with the hopes that through sharing her story and experience, other women would find freedom.

In their free time, Sam and Spencer enjoy serving in their church, building community, and restoring their 100 year-old home. Sam is in two book clubs and can always be found with a book in her purse and a warm beverage in her hand.

Mollie

Mollie is a former teacher turned travel agent and stay-at-home mom.  She has been married to her husband, Layne, for 4 years.  In September of 2016, they welcomed their first daughter, Abbie Layne, into the world. Mollie is excited to share what the Lord is teaching her along this journey of parenthood. 

In their spare time, Mollie and Layne can be found watching college football or planning their next trip to Disney.  Mollie loves caring for her friends and is a passionate advocate for disabilities and adoption. 

Anna

Anna is a 1st grade teacher and owner of a small calligraphy and design company.  She has been married to her husband James for almost 6 years.  Their journey with infertility started in 2014.  Anna is a huge advocate of finding hope when news is bleak and life gets messy. 

Anna loves listening to or telling a good story, building relationships, traveling with her husband and her black lab Sophie.

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Sara

Sara is a registered dietitian who loves food and hates diets. She and her husband, Trey, are high school sweethearts and have been married for 5 years. They have one baby in heaven and a little girl due in June of 2017. Sara is a recovering control freak, but that’s nothing a glass of wine can’t fix! She loves through food and hospitality and can often be found in the kitchen.

Sara is an introvert who struggles to share her feelings. She hopes she can learn to be vulnerable through this blog and encourage other women to do the same. God loves us regardless of how messy our lives are. 

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Melissa

Melissa is an educational consultant for a textbook company. She and her husband, Dustin, have been married for 4 years and are high school sweethearts. They have 2 sweet pups, Ranger and Murphy, who are just the absolute cutest! She loves snuggling on the couch with them {and Dustin}, with a fire in the fireplace and a cup of coffee in her hand.

Melissa wants to make sure she soaks up each and every moment in her relationships. She's been learning a lot about caring for friends in need and can't wait to share her experiences.

Courtney

Courtney is a stay-at-home mom and runs a custom t-shirt design company with her sister. She and her husband, Riley, have been married 4 years and welcomed their chubby muffin, Camden, into their family in October 2016. They also have two other children, 85lb Golden Doodle, Duncan, and scruffy Scottie, Wallace. 

Courtney loves a good murder mystery (podcast, tv show, documentary.... not book) and can frequently be found watching or talking about the latest Dateline. She's always on the go and wants the company of a good friend at all times. Courtney doesn't pretend to know what she's doing with this whole mom thing, but she's having a blast and is eager to share what she's learning along her journey.

Casey

Casey is a 2nd grade teacher who loves being around kids. She and her husband, Tyler, are high school sweethearts and have been married 4 years.  They have two furry children Sarah (a Labrador retriever) and Sandy (a cockapoo).  They have been struggling with 'unexplained infertility' for 3 years.  Casey hopes that by sharing her experience, other women won't have to feel so alone.

In their spare time, they like to snuggle up to a good movie, hang out with friends and family, and travel around the country.

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About the Title

"'And I will be to her a wall of fire all around,' declares the Lord, "and I will be the glory in her midst.'"

This verse comes out of Zechariah chapter 2. The "she" in the verse is actually the city of Jerusalem. In this passage Jerusalem is described as a city with no walls due to the multitudes and prosperity within. But she is not unguarded. The Lord himself is a wall of fire around her, and the glory within her. What a beautiful picture. We can let down our carefully constructed walls because the Lord is our protection. And when we are open, vulnerable, and real, the Lord can showcase his glory in our lives.