Thursday, September 2, 2021

Life Update





If you missed my posts from a few months ago, we decided to open up and share something very personal to us, our infertility story. You can see the former posts below if you missed it.

It has been such a relief to not have fertility treatments this summer as our last few summers were consumed with doctors appointments, injections, worrying, and waiting. It is such an emotional experience and the hormones and medications just heighten every emotion. While I am thankful to have had a relaxing summer (for the first time in what feels like forever), it is also difficult knowing we aren't taking steps forward and we aren't any closer to becoming parents.

It has been nice to take some time to reflect on our journey and to have some time to heal from it all. We are still trying to figure out the next steps we wish to take. We are coming to accept what our options are and have peace knowing we have done all we could possibly do up until this point. After some more disappointing news in June, we are once again just waiting. Waiting and praying is much of our what our infertility journey has been filled with these past few years, and that is where we are now.

Zach and I are so lucky to have each other through it all and our relationship has grown so much stronger these past few years. For that, we are so thankful. 

I want to say thank you to everyone that is praying with us and for all those going through similar struggles, know you are not alone. If you ever need someone to talk to or reach out to, I am here.

XO,
Sarah

IG posts from earlier this year:
We are heartbroken to share our fourth precious little baby gained their wings๐Ÿ’”We know our little ones are in heaven waiting for us, but our hearts ache to meet them and hold them. For years we have silently carried our struggle and heartbreak, but it had become too much to carry on our own. I've feared being open and vulnerable about our IVF journey and losses, but there is nothing worse than feeling alone in it. We are so grateful for this image of our family, and we will cherish it forever. We don't know what the future holds, but we hope and pray God has as plan for us, a rainbow at the end of the storm.

Our IVF journey began in 2019, and never in my wildest dreams would I imagine that years later we would still have no baby in our arms. It has been traumatic, heartbreaking, and an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. I truly wish no one ever had to experience the lonely road that is infertility, but sadly 1 in 8 couples do.

After a year of trying on our own, we saw a fertility specialist. After 6 months of medicated cycles with no success, we moved to IVF. We've seen two different reproductive endocrinologists, done countless tests, gone through two egg retrievals and four frozen embryo transfers, spent thousands and thousands of dollars, had almost one hundred appointments, done hundreds of injections, and still have no earth-side babies. After four successful transfers and four positive pregnancy tests, we were so full of hope, only to be heartbroken when all four ended in losses. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ‘ผ๐Ÿผ

We've clung to one another tightly, and leaned on God more than we ever have in our lives. While our marriage and faith have been strengthened greatly, our hearts have been broken more with each loss, and we will never be the same. It is such a hard road to travel, and it is not for the faint of heart. If you would have asked me years ago if I could do it, I would have said no, yet here I am, still standing, somehow. I wish our story had a happy ending to share, but so far that is not the story God has written for our lives.

I pray our four angels in heaven know how much we prayed for them, and how loved and wanted they were. We can't wait to meet them one day. If you are in a similar situation or traveling this road, I see you, I feel you, I am you. Continually praying for us all.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Breakfast Boards




















I've been very into making breakfast boards for awhile now, and I wanted to round them all up to give you some inspo if you are looking to make your own breakfast board! Sometimes I make mine more elaborate (like the rainbow one), and sometimes they are more simple (like the last couple pictures). I usually like to start with one "main" dish and then add other things around it. Some of my "main" dishes include cinnamon rolls, French toast, toast, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, donuts, oatmeal and croissants. You can add any fruit you like, yogurt/granola, meats, and toppings to finish your board. I've included some of my favorite boards and serving dishes below.

XO,
Sarah 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Olympic Breakfast Board







Hi! It has been a LONG time since I have posted, but I wanted to share this Olympic breakfast board I made. We watched the Olympic Opening Ceremony and ate this - a perfect way to kick off the Olympics! 

I've always loved the Olympics, especially the Summer Olympics and after last year's cancellation, this year seems even more exciting. The last Olympics were the summer of our wedding (five years ago) and I remember it so well. 

I used mini M&M's for the rings, then made mini M&M pancakes to go with it. I Face-timed my five year old niece, Charlotte to show her, and she had to request M&M's of her own to make Olympic rings as well! So sweet.

I've loved making breakfast boards the past couple years. I'm currently trying to get together a few more posts to share with all my breakfast board ideas I have made. Stay tuned!

XO, Sarah

Monday, December 14, 2020

Hot Chocolate Bombs

I had to give these treats a try that are all the rage this year! I thought they would be a lot harder than they turned out to be!

The first step you need to do is get yourself some chocolate molds and melting chocolate. You also will want some mini marshmallows and candy canes.







Melt the chocolate on 50% power, stirring every 20-30 seconds until fully melted. Place the chocolate in the molds and use a spoon to cover the entire shell. Make sure you get all the way to the top on every side so your shell sides fit together with no gaps. 

Put the shells in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until they are fully hardened. 

Carefully take them out of the molds. Fill half with hot chocolate powder, and mini marshmallows. I also put some crushed candy canes in some of mine for more peppermint flavor.

Put a plate or pan over the heat on the stove on low. Take the empty shell halves and put them on the warmed plate to melt the edges. Put the melted edges right on top of the filled side. Use some of the leftover melted chocolate to bind the two halves together if needed.

Drizzle with additional chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes (or any other toppings you want).

Put your hot chocolate bombs in a mug and pour hot milk or water over the top. Watch while your hot chocolate bomb explodes with chocolatey goodness!

Enjoy!

XO,
Sarah