Noah's Story

Noah's Story

When my husband and I were married for two and a half years, we decided to start trying for a baby. We always knew we wanted kids, but we anticipated having to try for a while before it would actually happen. Much to our surprise, we got pregnant the first time we tried. The Thursday before we found out I was pregnant (about one week after ovulation), I woke up in the middle of the night feeling sick and thought to myself, “What if I am pregnant?" The days passed, and I kept googling “pregnancy symptoms 𝑥 days past ovulation.” I was feeling every symptom in the book.

Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Community!

Yesterday, October 15th, was the annual Wave of Light - Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Around the world, candles were lit in remembering children loved and lost. If you participated in Wave of Light please leave a picture of your burning candle on our Facebook page

STORIES 

Our Remembering You series continues this week with two more stories of love and loss. I humbly ask that you open your hearts to Estefania and Naomi's stories this week to remember with them and encourage them in their grief. These women are so strong as they fight the current of grief. 

You can still read Dawn and Darlene's stories from last week by clicking down below or heading to the website. Darlene's miscarriage story opened a conversation on our Facebook page about why miscarriage is rarely talked about. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Join me for our next Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 25th at 8:00 p.m. central time. Celebrate our one year anniversary with SFTT news! 

NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES

Our 2016 Surviving the Holiday series was so much a success that we are bringing it back this year. Share how you move through the holiday season while carrying a broken heart, finalizing your divorce, fighting illness or dealing with difficult family members. You can begin your story submission here

We are looking for a Creative Director - partner with SFTT in moving our vision and mission forward. Someone who thinks outside the box, knowledgable about ongoings in social media/marketing/public relations and who has the rare gift of creativity. Oversee social media, marketing and partnerships. If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please email me!

Jen G.

Founder, Stories from the Trenches
www.storiesfromthetrenches.org



Jen's Journal

We begin our second remodeling project today and though I'm terribly excited for the end result, I'm in complete anxiety mode prepping for it. To avoid dust and being in the way, my little family will be living out of our home for a week which means not only prepping our home but packing up four people. Such a wonderful problem to complain about and would be truly just be exciting if not for panic attacks. How are you handling your anxiety these days? 


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MY SWEET GIRL 

You were here only for what felt like a minute. We tried to fit a million stories into the four months we had you. I appreciated every moment: holding you. kissing you. telling you stories, reading to you. I often shared you with others—nurses, friends, your grandmas—but when it was night, with the lights low and the bedroom door closed so we wouldn’t wake your daddy, it was those summer nights you were mine and mine alone.

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MISCARRIAGE AFTER MISCARRIAGE

I had always wanted a real family: a husband, kids, and a home of our own. I met the man who would be my husband, and after he proposed we discussed children. He was in agreement. All my dreams of a family were coming true, especially after buying our first house. Little did I know that the inception of pregnancy would also subject me to heartache and loss.

Miscarriage After Miscarriage

Miscarriage After Miscarriage

I had always wanted a real family: a husband, kids, and a home of our own. I met the man who would be my husband, and after he proposed we discussed children. He was in agreement. All my dreams of a family were coming true, especially after buying our first house. Little did I know that the inception of pregnancy would also subject me to heartache and loss.

My Sweet Girl

My Sweet Girl

My sweet girl,

You were here only for what felt like a minute. We tried to fit a million stories into the four months we had you. I appreciated every moment: holding you. kissing you. telling you stories, reading to you. I often shared you with others—nurses, friends, your grandmas—but when it was night, with the lights low and the bedroom door closed so we wouldn’t wake your daddy, it was those summer nights you were mine and mine alone.

Additional Resources: Child Loss

Additional Resources: Child Loss

This week, we heard from Amie Lands, author and contributor to Still Standing Magazine, as she shared about the loss of her daughter, Ruthie Lou.

We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!