I just have to thank E & E from FJIEJ for traveling a LONG way to come to our first meeting of the Catholic Infertility Support Group! Their presence, along with their personal testimonies were much appreciated, and really added an additional level to the group this morning. Plus, we had lots of fun afterwards at lunch with them :)
So, it ended up a little smaller than I thought- 2 of the women who had pre-registered did not end up coming, but we did have 7 people there total. I also have to thank Lottie and Tate from catholicinfertility.org for the great advice about how to run a meeting like this, as well as the St. Louis Diocese Support Group for providing the agenda that we used (loosely) today.
I'm looking forward to being able to get guest speakers and different topics for future meetings. Fortunately, I've already had a few people email me about their "success stories," in the hopes of being able to share them with our group- so one month will probably be Success Month :)
As nice as the internet support is (and trust me, I do NOT take this blog for granted, and all of the amazing friends I've made through it), there is something about being able to support other women and couples IN PERSON. DH and I agreed that today just made us feel REALLY, really good. Better than we've felt in a long time, actually. We're so glad that our Diocese has been so helpful and supportive in getting this group underway.
Here is the article that just ran earlier this month in our Diocesan newspaper:
PS. Sew, I received your "package" in the mail today, and am soooo excited to bring it with my to confession and ask for a blessing with it!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'll have it back in the mail to you on Monday.