Saturday, December 29, 2012

Upcoming Posts

I'm pretty sure you all are very aware that I pride myself on being open and honest.  I love the fact that this openness and honesty allows others to feel comfortable approaching me with questions - questions that might seem too forward or too personal for some.  Not for me.  I'm happy to share!  I'm glad you ask.  It tells me you care, you're curious, or you're hoping to gain more information.  Here are some of the questions you've asked that I am looking forward to answering:

What exactly is it that I do for Circle Surrogacy?

Was my surrogacy journey the cause of my divorce?

What was it truly like to "give up" the babies?

Is there another surrogacy journey in my future?

As we approach 2013, I feel excited and hopeful for what the new year will bring.  Something tells me 2013 is going to be another FANTASTIC year, filled with a great deal of opportunity.  One of those opportunities will be to share blog posts with all of you, answering some of the questions that I'm so grateful you have reached out and asked.  It remains to be seen what kinds of additional opportunities will arise but one thing is for certain...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Blog!

Two years ago today this blog was born.
Seems like yesterday and forever ago at the same time.

Also seems like a great reason to eat cake.

Share a slice with me?

As always, thank you SO much for reading, sharing, and supporting our blog.  I'm so grateful for all of you and the lovely family we've created here in Blog Land.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Life Is Precious

I lived through Columbine.  A horrific experience that occurred just 10 miles from my home.

I lived through the Aurora movie theater shooting just this last summer.  Also, a mere 10 or 15 miles from my home.

For some reason, neither of these tragedies shook me quite like Sandy Hook did on Friday.  I've asked myself what the difference was.  Could it be that it was the age of the children?  It's possible.  I'll admit, as I saw pictures of students, the terrified and sad expressions on their faces, I could easily imagine that those faces were Skyler's or Savannah's.  As I saw parents, frantically trying to locate their children, I couldn't even fathom what that would be like, but I could imagine it enough that it scared me.  As a former teacher, I empathized with the men and women in that building who no doubt feared for their own lives, and perhaps even more so, the lives of the children they are committed to protecting.

Obviously, there's been so much press, so much exposure on TV, radio and Facebook.  It's tough to take.  I read about how sad, angry and scared people are, how some feel laws need to change, policy needs to change, etc., etc.,  I have my own views about things like gun control, mental health support and policies and practices, however, I won't be sharing those views here on this least not today.  Something has struck me so much more than any law or policy you could put into place.

Life is precious.

I'd be willing to bet that if you asked the families of the children and adults who died in that school on Friday, they would give absolutely anything to be able to hug and hold tight the person that they lost.  They would tell them how much they loved them.  Over and over and over.

It is important to grieve.  Each person grieves in their own way.  I choose to learn from tragedy.  To gain perspective and be reminded of what truly matters.

Don't waste a single moment.  Hold your loved ones tight.  Tell them you love them...over and over and over.  No law, policy or practice will be able to guarantee any individual's time here on Earth.  Life is short.  Life is precious. Live. Every. Moment.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Hold on to your hearts folks, because these kids are out to steal them!

Every picture I see either makes me melt, laugh, tear up or smile.

Just take a look at these faces!  

13 months of absolute adorable-ness.  (It's a word - I promise.)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Nana's Plugged In To Surrogacy News

My Nana, my ninety year old Nana recently sent me an article from a magazine she was reading - Ladies Home Journal.  The article was about surrogacy.  Now we all know how much I enjoy seeing surrogacy in the news, so I was thrilled to see the article, however, what struck me more than that was the fact that Nana read the article, thought of me, and sent me the article along with this lovely note.

Jeni - Didn't know if you got Ladies Home Journal - thought you'd enjoy this article.
This lady is older than you but she's giving of herself just like you--
Love you - Nana
Hugs & Kisses to the girls!

The article was about this beautiful family.
"Bringing In Finn"

God bless my Nana.  The 90 year old woman who had no issues whatsoever when it came to me becoming a surrogate.  The woman who completely embraced the fact that I was carrying for 2 men and lovingly referred to them as "The Boys."  The Nana who was thrilled to crochet baby blankets for Gustavo and Milena that I could give to them at their birth.  And when she heard how much Farid and George liked the blankets and wanted one "their size", she gladly (and proudly) crocheted an adult size Nana blanket for them.  Nana blankets are a real specialty in our family.  We all have and treasure them and it makes me very happy to know that the guys and the babies also have a Nana blanket.

Pretty impressive that a ninety year old woman is such a cool chick, wouldn't you say?  Apparently it's in the genes.  :)
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