Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Women’s Infertility Support Group
Saturday, March 28th
Seton Catholic School Library
(1740 Summerhill Drive, Lexington, KY)
The monthly support group provides women the chance to share their hurt, build each other up, and have access to a wealth of infertility information...all from Catholic perspective. All women suffering from Primary and Secondary Infertility are welcome. You need not live in Lexington to attend!!
This particular meeting is our third...hard to believe!
Tucked Beneath His Wing has wonderful insights on infertility; she's trying to write a book of meditations on the topic and posts them on her blog. Check it out!
Friday, March 20, 2009
First of all, we were all set to get the hormone blood test (you get a blood test every other day for concrete proof of ovulation) when the doctor reminded us that he wanted to learn the Creighton Method first. Thankfully, the Creighton instructor squeezed us in a few days after my cycle had started. Mark and I had learned and used the CCL sympto-thermal method when we got married. We like the Creighton Method a bit better, but it does take some adjustment. We have to chart for one more cycle and then visit the doctor for a follow-up. Our instructor has asked me to start taking Vitamin B-6 to help with improving mucus. I'll post on the ongoing progress.
Thanks to a fellow support group member and my Lenten penance, I'm also trying to spend time in the gym. The NaPro doctor recommended exercise & weight loss as a key to avoiding PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), which I'm already showing some warning signs. I'm surprised at the difference in stamina, particularly for the past few dance performances.
Finally, we met with a second adoption agency last week. The head of the agency had come highly recommended from various friends. After meeting with her for an hour, we could see why. She answered all of our questions and even gave us thoughts to consider. She informed us that South Korea has only a 10-month waiting time. Additionally, we could qualify for that country upon our 3-year wedding anniversary this July. I'll write more later about Korea, in case some readers are interested.
The picture on this post really shows our need for discernment; we have two pathways to follow. The question is which one...or how much of both paths to tread upon.
Essentially, our souls are like my messy car. We have to constantly be on guard against a materialistic, sinful culture. Add to that the normal problems we humans have with relating with each other...it's so easy. And it's more easy to just leave the junk in the car, or the sins on our soul. But when things get really messy, a car wash and interior cleaning is in order. For Catholics and Orthodox, this cleaning comes through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, popularly known as confession.
Confession is often criticized, feared, avoided, and even deprecated. But the sacrament is psychologically and spiritually healing. To hear those words, "I absolve you of your sins..." gives the heart and soul concrete proof that the sins have been forgiven. Not to mention that if you're trying to maintain a clean soul/car, frequent confession/cleaning keeps the junk away. Little junk that piles up is similar to venial sins; huge, enormous junk that even blocks the rear view mirror is like mortal sins. (see CCC 1855 for more info)
So if you haven't been to confession this Lent, make the time to go. Your soul will receive a much needed cleaning and peace. Perhaps the sacrament will inspire you to clean out a messy car or van, as it did for me today!! :)