Independence Day

Thursday is "new post day" on the blog, but we're taking a break this week to celebrate the holiday. We hope that you are able to enjoy this day with family and friends, or by just relaxing. As Americans, we cherish our freedom and honor all those who have and continue to sacrifice themselves so... Continue Reading →

Good Grief

A spider's web is stronger than it looks. Although it is made of thin, delicate strands, the web is not easily broken. Charlotte’s Web One needn’t be an outdoor adventurer to enjoy the beauty of nature: the powerful rhythm of the ocean, the sunlight gleaming off freshly fallen snow, or the cool shade from an... Continue Reading →

(Still) Walking the High Wire

A Reflection on Infertility, in Two Parts Part II: Don't Look Down If I had the answer to eliminating infertility or its suffering I’d share it with the world. Sadly, there’s no answer, or at least not an easy one. But I have learned that though God hasn’t given me what I want (to conceive,... Continue Reading →

Walking the High Wire

A Reflection on Infertility in Two Parts Part 1: Without a Net Dealing with infertility is a bit like being up on a high wire. When you are first trying to conceive and learning (or refreshing your memory) about fertility and the impact diet, exercise, and good self-care has on it, there’s a certain feeling... Continue Reading →

Infertility is Martyrdom

Don’t let the title of this post fool you. It’s really not what you think…. As a woman who cannot conceive a child, I’ve put myself through a litany of questions that might be familiar to others in my place: Why me? Why us? How is this fair? Why doesn’t God love us/trust us/want to... Continue Reading →

The Mother in Me

One of the advantages I enjoy from teaching online is flexibility. As long as I have an internet connection I can grade papers and answer students’ questions at 7am from a cafe, or at 11pm from my couch in my PJs. Such convenience can be burdensome at times, especially when I receive a flurry of... Continue Reading →

Always Expecting

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In fact, it was supposed to be completely different. I glance a few feet from me to the Christmas tree, decked with ornaments my husband and I each brought from “another life,” and those we share as witnesses to a union that took us by surprise. Our first... Continue Reading →

An Open Invitation

Welcome to Springs in the Desert, the home of an apostolate dedicated to spiritually and emotionally supporting women and couples as they navigate the frustration, pain and difficulty of infertility. While our experiences are each unique to us, we are women who know how deeply felt the emotions surrounding infertility are, and we too experience... Continue Reading →

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