Blog Category : Personal


November 26, 2018

When we told the salesman at the furniture store we were in town celebrating our 13th anniversary, he was in complete shock.  No sales-pitch stench lingering in the air.  His reaction was genuine and just what these old souls needed to hear in that moment.  I wanted to hug my new friend right then and… Read More

Don’t Waste Your Suffering

September 27, 2017

  The last three Wednesdays I have had women ask me, “Do YOU have any kids?”  I glanced over at my co-teacher in the midst of over a dozen babies sprinkled throughout the classroom.  “Our” babies as we call them.  Some were sitting happily in Bumbos, some sprawled out on a cozy red blanket sucking… Read More

Jeren Family Beach Vacation /// Hilton Head Island, SC

August 15, 2017

You guys.  Last year?  I finished editing our summer vacation photos in the winter.  The WINTER.  Ugh.  I didn’t even end up blogging them because I was so embarrassed. (#photographerfail)  Same goes for the year before. Possibly the year before that…I have lost count.  Yikes. Sometimes life just gets in the way and personal things… Read More

The Wilderness

April 04, 2017

  I have been living life in what I have termed “The Wilderness” for exactly two years now.  With the timing of entry into that barren wasteland falling close to McSweets‘ due date, initially I thought it was the grief.  Another round of mommy tears as I grieved a day I would not be having…a day where I… Read More


November 07, 2016

  Hey you.  Yeah, you.  I’m talking to the couples who are walking the road of infertility right now.  I don’t know how many of you who read my posts have ever experienced what it is like to struggle having kids, so if you can’t quite “relate” to what I am about to say?  It’s… Read More


September 27, 2016

This is the one day of the year where I have a free pass to cry as much as I need to in order to cover for the other 364 days of the year where my chin is up, I’ve got my game face on, big girl panties pulled up and life…feels more like a… Read More


June 22, 2016

  I had a hard dose of reality at the onset of 2016.  A kick in the gut, if you will.  I felt convicted…smack dab in one of those uncomfortable moments where you realize where your mind had been dwelling and it was high time you made some real changes in your attitude.  Enough was enough. What… Read More

Say “No” to Say “Yes”

April 24, 2016

I came across expired baby lotions this past week.  Baby shampoos.  Diaper creams.  All the containers of baby necessities we had ready for Owen’s arrival.  While most of our unopened baby items were returned and the amounts put on gift cards after he passed, these were among the few items that remained.  Already opened and… Read More

For the Bible Tells Me So

October 23, 2015

When we lost Owen so suddenly, with only a few hours to say goodbye, I relived the trauma of that night on repeat for months after.  When that happens.  When you watch the ventilator take his last breath for him, see the heart monitor flatline and know that the miracle you were holding out for… Read More

Mile 25…

October 15, 2015

  Infertility. It seems like a dead end.  This word seems so final.  Like a period at the end of a sentence, when it should be a comma.  A pause.  A hurdle.  Even a redirection. I was super emotional the first time I went to see my new fertility doctors.  We entered into the doctor’s… Read More