Good morning, Trench Sisters!
Happy belated Mother's Day! In case you missed it, I posted a Mother's Day letter to you—know that you are loved. Last week, we also shared Danielle and Karissa's stories of loss and infertility. Read their stories and leave your comments and encouragement on our blog (or find links to each story below).
STORIES AND FORUMS
This week, we continue with our Motherhood: A Love So Deep series as Christiana shares the loss of her baby boy, Emmett, and Jessica shares about the loss of her baby daughter, Camille. Both stories are deeply touching.
As we move forward with our community, check out the forums for more opportunities to engage and connect with our authors and other women who have gone through—or are still going through—one of your trenches. The message boards are broken out by topic, so feel free to dive into an existing discussion or start a new conversation about your circumstances. Join the discussion today!
For those in the Chicagoland area, we are having our first live event! Join us for Just Breathe: A Women's Wellness Event on Saturday, June 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Farm-Land in Wauconda, IL (click here for directions). I've partnered up with Sally Dingle, from Empowered by Oils, and Jordan, the owner of Farm-Land, for an event that will help you stay centered as you move through your trenches. Get more information and register at www.storiesfromthetrenches.org/justbreathe.
NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
We are looking forward to our first summer season together! We have already started planning our summer stories, and in the month of June, we would like to hear from men—to hear their perspective on the trenches they have faced, particularly related to fathers and fatherhood. Is there a man in your life who would be willing to share his story with us?
Founder, Stories from the Trenches
I'm going to be honest: I'm not a fan of Mother's Day. The day feels like the neon blinking sign—a reminder that I am incomplete without my son here. Not that I don't remember that every single day, but this day is dedicated to mothers, and there is an expectation to be joyous. I am not joyful. I'm grateful for my daughters and for the new path Eli gave me, but I miss him so very very much. Mother's Day will never be the same. How was your Mother's Day? What did you do?
Recent Stories and Resources
Additional Resources: Child Loss & Infertility
This week, we heard stories from women who have experienced trenches of motherhood—a story of child loss and a story of infertility. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in these trenches. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!
He Was Here
When my husband, Tyler, and I learned we were pregnant with baby number four, we were surprised, scared, and excited. I remember the night we found out and the overwhelming mix of emotions we experienced. When we decided to tell family, we weren’t very far along. We were hoping for excitement, encouraging words, and the support we needed to ease our minds.
A Journey of Infertility
I met my husband, TJ, sometime after my son, Anthony, was born in 2010. We worked at the same hardware store together and would make googly eyes at each other every time we worked together. At some point shortly after, we became friends.