Hi friend! My name is Jessica, I am a family and portrait photographer based in Washington Dc. I am a Christian, wife, and identical twin. I love lilacs, candles, rainy days and honesty. I love finding joy in simple things.
This week is infertility awareness week. I love sharing my story, not because I’m proud of it or would have even written it this way, but I love how it shows the blessing of surrender, joy in sorrow, personal growth and the deep, deep love of Jesus.
Here are a few resources I have found incredibly encouraging over the years, I hope you find the same.
Daring to Hope -such an encouragement and gives a healthy perspective
Mercy Like Morning -this is written by a Mother who waited 10 years for a child. While she shares bits of her story, her main focus is teaching us how to study the scripture and see into the heart of Jesus.
Longing for Motherhood -This is the story and struggle of a wonderful woman, I was recently gifted this book and highly recommend it. This is probably my number one recommendation for women who struggle with infertility.
Gently and Lowly -a lovely look into the heart of Christ for those suffering.
These are two books that I would suggest gifting a friend who has gone through pregnancy loss, it’s so hard to express ourselves in difficult situations but a thoughtful gift can speak volumes and be a huge encouragement:
Grieving the Child I never Knew
Joy and Infertility -such a wonderful podcast. Even scrolling the website and seeing the other woman’s faces was an encouragement to me.
The Joyful Mourning -a lovely podcast for any grieving mother
The Happy Hour -just hearing other woman’s stories has helped me realize the blessings I have been given and cultivates a heart of gratitude, also realizing their are many forms of pain in the world.
Daily Grace -discussions on daily life and how to strengthen your friendship with the Lord.
Risen Motherhood -this might seem strange but hearing other Mother’s talk about their daily sacrifices shows me the freedom I have…again gratefulness makes all the difference.
Sarah’s Laughter -this is a tremendous resource
“To have joy, we must have peace; and that usually takes suffering and surrender.”
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