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“What I’ve Been Up To,” or “Help Me Make a Decision”

Summers are always busy for us.  Most of our weekends are filled with family outings, weddings, showers, or canning.  The garden is looking great this year, so we have been busy now trying to can the beans and tomatoes.  A few weeks ago we canned 30 jars of cinnamon peach jam.

This past weekend we canned 10 quarts of tomatoes from the first round of tomato picking from the garden.

So we’ve definitely been keeping busy.

I’ve been diligently writing my blog posts for mom.me’s “Conception Diaries” every week, so clearly I have in turn been neglecting this blog.  My ol’ reliable Bessie.  I found out writing this week’s blog post for the series that I am having a hard time pulling up a Word document and writing a post.  (By the way, if you are looking to read about the journeys of the other two talented contributors, check them out in the link).  I finally logged into my blog, started a new post and wrote the entire thing in here, copying and pasting it later into Word to submit.  Because this is where I am comfortable.  Where I can shed virtual Internet tears, swear like a sailor, and tell you all what is really going on in my head.  So I figure if I write it in here, then put it in Word, I can keep my authenticity writing for mom.me.  Everyone wins. 🙂

Here is the first post I wrote for the Conception Diaries:

The second post is all about doing what I do best: obsessively thinking out loud about the next steps in our journey.

I’ve been posting these links up on my Facebook page, but didn’t want to forget about my own blog. The latest post here is all about our consult with the fertility clinic in Texas.  Read it.  Tell me what you think.  This decision about what to do is not coming easy.  I could spend the next year trying to come to a decision on what to do next.  I hate it and it makes me crabby.

Next week’s post is all about my feelings surrounding the meeting we had this past weekend with the psychologist for the donor egg program at our clinic.  Talk about opening up a can of worms….

On a happier note, though, I just found out we are officially on the wait list for a fresh donor cycle at our clinic!

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Melissa Long
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Great posts!! And yay for making the waiting list!

Darla
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I love all the posts, Risa! I can't wait to continue reading how both of your journey's go! Good luck to you and Chris!

Caroline
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Wahoo glad you are on the wait list!!! That jam sounds delicious!

Amie
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I am not normally a jelly or jam person at all but wow does that cinnamon peach jam sound wonderful! Of course I love anything cinnamon 🙂 This is wonderful news that you are on the waiting list!!

Amanda
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WOW! This is SUPER exciting! Do you think you'll go through with both cycles or are you using one as a back up plan, like get on the list now in case X doesn't work?

babyareyoucoming
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That's a lot of tomatoes! Canning and preserving are on my list of things to learn! Congratulations on getting on the waitlist! That's so exciting!

Sarah
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i am glad you made the list! do you read dreaming of dimples?! she just went through a donor egg cycle!
xo

Non Sequitur Chica
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We have been canning but not as much as you. 30 jars of jam?? DAMN!

Yay for making the wait list!!

Risa
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I know, it's kind of crazy. It'll last probably two years though!

Risa
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Yes! That's right. I need to catch up on her blog.

Risa
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Thank you! I know, it's kind of fun. When you have the time. It is a TON of work.

Risa
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Our clinic's fresh cycle is the backup, if this frozen cycle doesn't work out. Hopefully we won't need to use it because this one will be successful. Fingers crossed!

Risa
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Oh yes, cinnamon definitely makes the jam. 🙂

Risa
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Yay! Thank you! All of this has been so much work. It's nice to have that part done and over with.

Risa
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Why thank you dear. 🙂

Risa
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Thank you! I'm so glad that's done and over with.

emily
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