I'm Mandi. My husband, David, and I have been married since July 2010 and are the parents of six children. Lucia was born Dec 2011. My pregnancy and delivery were absolutely perfect and healthy so we never imagined we would have fertility problems in our future. But my next four pregnancies resulted in the loss of four children in the first trimester (Francis Michael - 10 weeks, Oct 2013; Julian Gabriel - 10 weeks, Feb 2014; Adrienne Rafael - 4 weeks, Oct 2014; Christian Michael - 9 weeks, Dec 2014). Our son, David, Jr. was conceived one week after I had a laparoscopy surgery to remove endometriosis and he was born in November 2015. His birth in the car, while unconventional and very unexpected, was incredibly healing and an answer to so many prayers after several years of depression due to our losses and a pregnancy full of anxiety.
As Catholics, we accept the Church's teachings on contraception, procreation, and the dignity of all life. (Well, we accept the Church's teaching on everything, but those are the things that apply here.) We also believe in the love of God and that suffering can serve a higher purpose.
I previously blogged at Messy Wife, Blessed Life. You can poke through the archives (there are some real gems over there, especially guest posts in the On Marrying Young and Baby On a Budget series) but I'm not actively writing there anymore.
Most of the photos I use on the blog (unless they are personal photos) are from Unsplash. Blog design by Rhonda Ortiz Design.