Author: Joanna H., Guest Blogger

Finding comfort through Sadey

  Yes, my dogs have birthday parties and get ice cream cones in the drive through!  My dogs are my babies. I do not pretend that they are human, but I love them and care for them the best way I can.  They are not spoiled. They are just very well taken care of. You see, I did not choose to be childless. I did not choose to be a dog mom.  It just happened. One day I went to a pet adoption event...

Childless not by Choice and Finding Joy as a Youth Camp Counselor

  This year I was asked to oversee a church youth girls camp.  The girls ranged from 12-18. I almost laughed out loud and then I realized they were serious.  I went home to think about it and started crying and laughing at the same time as I asked God, “Is this for real?”  “I have a broken back. I am not a mother. I am not a camping person. I am struggling right now!”  I decided I would do it...

Childlessness is not what defines me

‘It takes a village to a raise a child.’ – African Proverb I think a lot of kids grow up playing house and dreaming that someday they will have children of their own.  As a child, I believed the same.  The oldest of eight children, I grew up in a religion that is very family oriented. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I, of course, said a mom. In 1999, I ma...