October 15th

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Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.….

And, my heart is with so many mamas I know and have come across who have endured miscarriages and their sweet babies.

Before my own pregnancy, while I could empathize, there’s so much I just didn’t get about pregnancy, miscarriages, and losing children… I couldn’t get it.

And, while I still can’t wholly relate, I know the fear in praying day by day for your pregnancy to make it to the next day… worrying about every cramp, fearing test results, and the uneasiness that comes with a doctor delivering bad news about your child. I know that from the moment you are aware that you are carrying your life, your main concern is the life/lives that are growing inside of you. Even when you try to separate yourself from it because of fear of loss or something tragic happening, that life is a part of you.

To my friends who have endured so much loss, my heart is with you. I haven’t walked in your shoes but I know that you are so strong to endure such immense loss and pain.

What I’ve learned when dealing with any type of grief and sadness is that community always helps. Girlfriends are angelic. Having friends and an outlet to connect with others can give perspective and support to help you wade through whatever hardship you’re experiencing.

While journey through infertility and working to adopt, I  met a few awesome adoptive mamas who have the sweetest hearts and thrive on relationships and sharing stories… mamas who so gently with great strength can come along side you to listen, pray with you, and just be there for you. A few of these women, quite naturally, have formed an online community that supports women/mamas dealing with loss and infertility. I couldn’t be more proud of them and the work they are doing to uplift, encourage, and build other women.

If you’ve experienced loss or are struggling with infertility, I urge you to to visit The Carry Camp‘s website. Whether you’re eager to jump in and begin sharing or would rather ease your way into sharing and connecting, I do believe this community will remind you that you aren’t alone and give you a soft place to land.

Mamas, you are loved. You’re thought of today. Your babies are not forgotten.

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