Monthly Archives: January 2011

Back to square one. Again.

I woke up this morning to a HUGE temperature drop thats falls way below my coverline on my chart, cramps, and a BFN. I guess the universe is giving me a big F U this morning. I’m so mad and sad and pissed off right now. I was so positive that this would be our cycle. Our timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I feel like such a failure. I guess all I can do is wait for AF to show up either today or tomorrow, call the doctor to find out my injectable dosage, and start the injectables on cycle day 3 for my first IUI cycle. Life sucks.

Some inspiration

I was talking to a friend yesterday who just announced that she’s 12 weeks pregnant. Totally jealous but definitely happy for her. Anyway, she told me that she recently started to say a prayer to St. Gerard to help her achieve pregnancy. I wanted to find out some more information on him. St. Gerard is the patron saint of expectant mothers (Patron saints exist in the Catholic Church). He is considered to be the patron saint of expectant mothers because a miracle was performed through his prayers for a woman in labor. I found a prayer that is written to him.

O Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted Child of the Mother of God: enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love. O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the Patron and Protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the lustral waters ofbaptism through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I’ve been saying my own prayers for awhile now so maybe adding this one will help? I’m so lost anymore when it comes to this aspect of my life. I’ll take anyone’s suggestions at this point.

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #9


I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. This long week is almost over with!

Well it’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Milspouse Friday Fill-In. If you’d like more information about the fill-in or you’d like to link up your blog, head over to Wife of a Sailor’s blog!

1. If you were a famous movie star, what types of movies would you star in?

I love all types of movies, except horror, so I’d like to be one of those versatile actresses that can do romantic comedies, comedies, drama, and action movies.
2. What is a vacation that you would like to take if money were no object?

I’d be jumping all over the place if I could go anywhere. I’d go to Hawaii, England, Ireland, Germany, Australia, and Alaska. I’m dreaming big here!
3. Did you have pets growing up?

I always wanted a dog but my parents got me a rabbit instead. Our rabbit was nice but I love having my dogs so much more.
4. What do you do for exercise?

I have a specific weekly routine…. Monday, Wednesday, Friday – spinning
Tuesday, Thursday – muscles class
Saturday and Sunday – elliptical machine at home
When it starts to get warmer, I’d love to run 2 to 3 miles outside after my muscles class
5. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received as a Milspouse?

Be flexible! Plans can change in a moments notice so don’t get too stressed out about it. I can’t count how many times Evan was supposed to be home by a certain time and didn’t get home until 4 or 5 hours later. Training and deployments schedules also get switched around and extended so I’ve learned to accept that he’ll be home when gets home.

Tap in Thursdays #1

Whoa my third post today! I decided to join in with another blog hop – Tap in Thursdays. Here’s some information…

What is Tap in Thursdays?


Taps is the “lights out” song heard around every military instillation at 5pm. The way we see it, we hopefully have a place we call home at that time. Since home is where the military sends us, we thought this phrase was fitting! We want to know about the area where you call home.

This meme will be something brand new and exciting. We haven’t seen anything like it before. We want to help all of us military spouses who have to PCS in a moment’s notice. We want to provide the information before hand to make things a little less complicated. Every Thursday, we will have a list of questions about where you have lived and the experiences living there. You do not have to say whether you currently live there or not.

If you’d like to join in and link up your blog, head over to the Army Strong Spouses blog!

Here are this week’s questions…

1. Name an installation you have ben stationed at.

Fort Benning, GA

2. Did/do you live on or off post?

We lived on post while we were stationed at Benning. We lived in a brick, ranch-style house. We ended up with a 4 bedroom house that had way more space then we needed!

3. What would you recommend for newcomers to do about housing?

If you can’t get into housing on-post, I would suggest looking at apartments or houses to rent in either Phenix City, AL or somewhere in Columbus, GA past exit 7. Anything closer to post isn’t that great. Phenix City is a good option because the housing prices a little cheaper and it’s an easy drive to the back gate.

4. Where is an inexpensive place you can stay off-post while waiting for on-post living?

There are a few extended stay hotels that are located on Victory Drive – about a 5 to 10 minute drive to post depending on traffic. We stayed in on-post lodging and found it to be cheaper than what the off-post hotels were offering.

5. How is the housing office? Do you have any recommendations or specific people to speak with?

Honestly, I hated dealing with the housing office. They weren’t helpful in most situations. It took forever to get maintenance out when we needed them – even in emergency situations. They didn’t seem to care about the mold problem that we were constantly having in our master bathroom. They also messed up our BAH when we had PCSed to our next duty station.

6. How is the wait list?

Since a lot of officers are stationed at Benning for the Captain’s career course, officer housing opens up fairly quickly. We only had to wait a week for our house to become available. As far as enlisted housing goes, I’m not too sure. I do know that the wait lists for the brand new housing were fairly long when we were there.

Blizzard Blog Hop

Blizzard  Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 Diva

Welcome fellow bloggers! Thankfully, we’re not getting any snow down here in NC but I know a bunch of you northerners are!

Let me introduce myself…

My name is Lauren and I’m 28 years old. I’m a proud Army wife, mommy to my 2 dogs, and a full time college student for the 3rd time. I’m pursuing my elementary education teaching certification through Drexel University online. My goal is to become a kindergarten teacher and possibly work as a reading specialist/reading recovery teacher after being in the classroom for a few years. I’ve been married to my soldier for a little over 4 years now but we’ve been together for about 8 years. In the past year, we’ve lived in 3 different states. I’m glad to say that we won’t be PCSing again for a few years. I love reading, watching movies, the Philadelphia Eagles and spinning. I blog about random things happening in my life and my struggles with infertility and miscarriage. I would like to start blogging more about being a military spouse in the near future.

Hope you enjoy what you read and I’m looking forward to finding new blogs to follow!

Adventures in baking

Evan is coming home soon, so I thought I would make him some cookies as a surprise. I haven’t baked anything since right before the holidays, so it was nice to get back into the kitchen. If anyone is interested in how to make these cookies, here is the recipe.

M&M cookies

(What you’ll need)

Ingredients:
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup flour (I use whole wheat)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg (I use 1/4 cup egg substitute)
1 cup M&M’s (I use the dark chocolate variety)
Preparation:
Preheat your oven to 350 degress.
Grind up rolled oats in a blender then transfer to a medium bowl.
To the oats, stir in flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat butter until fluffy.
Add oil, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla to butter.
Beat until smooth.
Combine dry ingredients with wet.
Stir in M&M’s.
Drop tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes then cool on wire rack.
Enjoy 🙂
(My favorite!)
(The completed batter)

(Ready for the oven)

(The finished product)