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482nd Friday Blog Roundup

So my friend came to visit this week.  She was supposed to stay with me for most of the week, but she ended up staying out of the house for two days while we finished up the Plague.  Someone was sick in our house for 12 days straight.  12 days.  And I was one of those people for five of the days.  And the rest of those days, I was taking care of other ill people; sometimes while I was sick.  So that sucked.  But she took pity on me and herself and came later in the week so I could have a day to bleach.

2014 hasn’t had the easiest start.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Serenity Now! writes the end of her family building story: “I’m not surprised it didn’t work. I’m not even heartbroken. There was no more heart to break, no real hope left for us, not really.”  It’s the peace that she comes to by the end of the post that will stick with you for many hours after you walk away from the words.

A Separate Life has a great post in honour of Valentine’s Day giving love to the Internet.  It’s fun to read through what she has gained from her Internet connections and consider your own list.

Me Plus One has a beautiful tribute to her aunt on her blog.  She wasn’t a saint, she wasn’t perfect, but she was wonderfully complicated and human.  And you will bawl — I promise you — at the end of this post.

Life of the Barely Sane has a post about her child’s desire for a sibling.  She writes, “But no sooner had we climbed in the car and the ‘I want a baby’ comments started.  MG was relentless.  Her main argument: you told me to try my best on the beam, so why can’t you and daddy try your best.”  But the part that gutted me is how the feelings of infertility are far-reaching: “For her, I imagine the feelings will be much like mine: something she comes to accept over time yet remains a wistful dream she never truly forgets.”  Read the whole post.

Lastly, Moving Mountains with Small Eggs has a wonderful venting post.  She lays bare all her jealousies as well as what she has.  Just a really great, deeply honest post.  She writes, “But these tears, these are what I have.  These eggs, old and shriveled, this is what I have.   These delays in my infertility treatments, this is what I have.   This box full of unused medications leftover from so many procedures, this is what I have.”  I hope she gets the other half of her broken heart.

The roundup to the Roundup:  My friend was here to visit. And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between February 14th and February 21st) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Rachel Lewis { 02.21.14 at 10:04 pm }

Here is the post I published this week on my blog.


Fair warning — this is from MY experience, as a Christian in a pro-life world. While I mention abortion, it’s really not at all about what I believe about abortion. Nor is it an invitation to discuss the merits of abortion.

It’s about how I’ve seen so much inconsistency in the pro-life arena. Someone who is pro-life will tell me that ALL life is valuable, but then will go on to acknowledge that my miscarriage was early, and the baby hadn’t developed much. Or I will get weird looks when I tell them I named my babies who I lost at 5 weeks, 7 weeks and 8 weeks. Anyway — just a disclaimer. I’m not wanting to needlessly offend anyone if they are pro-choice.

2 Mali { 02.22.14 at 4:06 pm }

Wow. Thanks for the mention of A Separate Life. I never expected my non-IF blog would make it to the Round Up.

I hope you and your family are all feeling better now.

3 Barely Sane { 02.22.14 at 6:38 pm }

Thanks for the shout out. That was a tough few days for our little trio.

4 Jess { 02.23.14 at 10:12 pm }

Life of the Barely Sane’s post really touched me as an adoptive mama struggling with “what’s next” and the ramifications of “What’s next…” Happy ICLW, Mel!

5 dspence { 02.26.14 at 1:08 pm }
6 Tiara { 02.27.14 at 12:29 pm }

I hope you’re feeling better & fully recovered by now. I’m sorry I didn’t see this until now. Thank you so much. At her Celebration of Life last week, one of my Aunt’s friends said that we are never really gone as long as our names are still being spoke & remembered. I take comfort knowing that by posting about her life, she will forever carry on.

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