Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Sweet Giveaway...

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.

I love that there's a week dedicated to this. I went through 3 years of infertility. Those were three of the hardest years of my life. I'm thankful for those years, but can still remember the emotional and physical pain. I remember questioning God each and every month that just wasn't our month. I remember having to leave baby showers early and crying the entire way home. I remember wanting to skip church on Mother's Day. I remember everyone around me being pregnant (or so it seemed) and feeling like I had a huge infertile stamp on my forehead. I felt broken.

But infertility also brought me closer to God. At times, it felt like He was the only one that did understand. He was the only one that could heal my broken heart. The only one that could replace my sadness with joy. He's the only one that could open my womb and give me a child. I started focusing more on Him and on others and less on myself. I was able to rejoice over someone else saying, "I'm pregnant!" I was able to throw the baby shower. I actually got to the point of being able to praise Him for my infertility!

And that's when it happened. Before my third IVF cycle. I was driving in the car, had the praise music on, and was having a conversation with Him. I heard Him say, "it's your turn now." I heard so clearly, it was as if He was sitting right there in the passenger seat. Sure enough...that's the cycle that He gave us our sweet baby girl.



I don't write these words to brag. I write these words to give hope. To encourage you to ask Him, listen for His answer, and believe what He says! Kelly had a great post where those who have struggled with infertility could leave a message. You can go there and read the answered prayers and also pray for those who are still waiting. I have several friends who are still waiting and I cover them in prayer each and every day. I believe with all my heart that God is going to bless you with a baby of your own. His timing is perfect.



I want to do a giveaway for all of you who are still waiting. Sure, I could give away a book about infertility, but if you are anything like I was - you already own all of them. And besides, who wants a book when you're heart hurts? Not me. I want cupcakes!! HAHA!! So that's what I'm giving away! A 1/2 dozen cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop in New York! They will arrive fresh on your doorstep, ready to eat!! I've asked Susy who lives in NY if these are good and she replied with a big YES!! I may have to order some for myself! :)

So simply leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win these yummy cupcakes!! Remember, this giveaway is a special giveaway for those struggling to conceive.



Best Seller 1/2 Dozen Collection includes: Red Velvet, Cookies and Cream, Devil's Food, Peanut Butter Cup, Squiggle and Cookie Dough.



Random.org will choose a winner on Sunday, May 2nd! If you don't have a blog, make sure you leave an email address for me to contact you.

"He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD!" Psalm 113:9



Love to all,

10 comments:

Mel said...

You have such a great heart and this is such a thoughtful giveaway. Praise God for your precious spirit!

Kristina said...

Who doesnt love cupcakes?!?! I sure do...they might make the waiting a LITTLE better!! Thanks girl!

Faith said...

Oh my goodness, you are the SWEETEST thing EVER!!! What a great idea for a giveaway. Yes, I think these would put a smile on my face on a rough day =)

Love you friend, and thank you SO much for your prayers.

Catrisha T said...

Cupcakes on a sad and hurting day would make things a little sweeter. You have such a kind heart. And even though I've been blessed with one precious miracle we are in our struggle for #2, and it's not any easier, except for the fact that I can look in his precious little face. Hugs and Bless our Heavenly Father for our blessings.

Jilly said...

Getting pregnant naturally no longer seems to be the norm. We walked a similar road and praise God for our precious daughter!
Jbrok77@hotmail.com
Hubby LOVES cupcakes!!!

Jenny said...

Cupcakes would definitely make me feel better on those days that are hard that come all too often. We are finishing up our 2nd year of ttc and just at a loss...it is hard. Praying for all of those who are where I am and rejoicing for those who are getting their hearts desire! Thanks Jill!

Mandi said...

We too have the stamp of INFERTILE on our foreheads but thankfully the Lord had better plans for us than to conceive our own biological child. :) We still do a lot of waiting for our children and it can be unbearable at times not knowing the outcome. You are so sweet to do a giveaway like this...I just know those yummy cupcakes are going to lift someone's spirits!

Rob & Lindsey said...

Yum! I love cupcakes!!! Thanks for all of your prayers!! Maybe some cupcakes can make this waiting go a little quicker!

((HUGS))
Lindsey

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

Love reading your blog and seeing what the Lord has done in your life...Blessings!

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

I will join Jill in prayer fro each of you to have a baby or babies:)))) My heart hurts for htoses who have a hard time getting pregant, it has been a bless and heart break to walk with Alex and Jill though their journey....God I faithful...trust Him:) hugs to all