And we know that in all things God works for the good of those that love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

Friday, August 13, 2010

Specific Prayer Request

Alright blogging friends, I know so many of you are praying for Jacob and I, and we are so very appreciative of that!! I just wanted to give you a little more information so that you would know how to pray for us more specifically. Until this point, we have really kept the process to ourselves, but I felt like it was time to call on some more of God's prayer warriors to help lift up our specific needs.

Just a little bit of background info in case you don't know our story:
Oct. 2008 - I realized my cycle wasn't "normal" and saw the doctor to discuss some treatment
Dec. 08 - I started Clomid
March 2009 - I miraculously became pregnant
Sept 09 - At 29 weeks gestation, Kinley was stillborn
Dec 09 - I started Clomid AGAIN!
March 2010 - After taking the Clomid for a few months, I knew it wasn't working. I was scheduled for a laparoscopy. The doctor discovered Stage III endometriosis. He was surprised by how bad it was and said it was a "fluke" that I ever got pregnant with the endometriosis.
April and May 10 - I received Lupron injections
June 10 - I had my first appointment with the fertility specialist in Knoxville. He was very proactive and I began injectable medications and had my first IUI, it failed.
July 10 - Did another month of injectables and IUI and it again failed.

That brings us to today... I have not really responded well to the injectable meds, so there is some concern that I may have a low egg reserve. I had a blood test done that should give us more information about that in about a week. In addition, the doctor is concerned that there is some scar tissue from the endometriosis and the surgery.

Basically, Jacob and I are to the point that we need to make some decisions about what to do from here. We currently have the option of one more IUI with a higher initial dose of injectables or taking a break from trying to get pregnant until we can save the money (about $12,000) for IVF. There are positives and negatives to both options and we really don't have a clear direction yet on what to do from here.

We're seeking God's direction and want to be sure that we're within His will with our next few steps. Please pray with us for clear direction in our decision making and our finances as well as for peace mind and a renewed hope in God's promises for us. It's very easy for me to get frustrated with the fact that I became pregnant with Kinley relatively easily only to lose her so soon. As well as to begin questioning why God would allow me to go through that and now have such difficulty getting pregnant again. I know God's still in control and I know He has a plan for us, but it sure wouldn't hurt to have a few extra prayers!! Thanks to you all!!


  1. Erica,
    I just had the opportunity to read through your blogs-thank you!! your courage is such a blessing to me... You are so encouraging, even amidst the trials. I am glad you and Jacob are leaning on God and encouraging me (and others) to do the same. We will be praying for you both, and for God's will to be done and made known to you. Hang in there! -Karen

  2. Erica, we are praying for you and thinking of you often. We miss you guys up here and the fun times we had at our couples get togethers. I love reading your posts. You are very encouraging and uplifting. I also took your last post to heart about holding our Ethan a little tighter. We do not take him or any of our children for granted and know that they are blessings. We are praying great blessings for you guys too. Looking forward to what God has in store for you two.

  3. Remembering you in Prayer,,believing in the One who is able!