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Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Grandchildless - The renewed sting.

I will not become a mother, or a grandmother in 2013, or any year thereafter. I won’t have a brag book to carry around and I won’t have stories of my children figuring out what grandma name ...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

I was born this way...

I don't have children. It's not my fault. It's not my choice. I was born in a body that doesn't work like most other women. But, I'm not alone. 12.5 percent of those born and reaching adulth...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

The Other Side of the Coin

The blog I posted the other day was directed to those who might make comments to the person on the journey through infertility, without thinking of the impact of those comments. A friend com...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

ARE YOU KIDDING ME???

I went to a fundraising gala this weekend for Second Harvest Community Foodbank. It was a thirties themed party and we had a wonderful time dressing up, socializing, and honoring the organiz...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Handling comments from new friends

I know this is similar to my post from Mother's Day, but I think this topic is so important. It is one of the most difficult parts of the journey with infertility, it is the issue that makes...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Healing from the Grief

I was speaking to a woman about my book recently. She had not read the book, but as we talked about the concept she asked me if I thought my heart was healed from the desire to have children...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

What to say on Mother's Day

Infertility awareness ribbons worn on Mother's Day are a great way to say I understand, without saying a word. I sat uneasy in the pew, my husband sitting next to me. He knew it was difficu...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Lanolin on my belly, drink this, just relax...and other random thoughts

It has always amazed me how many people in the with-children world are infertility experts. So many people I barely knew had stacks of advice for me; each a sure cure for the barren womb. ...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Baby Shower Blues

As we walked our journey through infertility, and ultimately permanent childlessness, baby showers tied with Mother's Day for the most painful events of the year. It wasn't so much that I co...
Beside the Empty Cradle · 5M ago

Welcome to my blog

There are many couples in this country and abroad who are facing infertility, with little hope of cure. Many of these couples are able to adopt either through traditional agencies or through...