First off, normal bloggity blogger stuff: there are some Amazon Affiliate links on here – what that means is that if you buy something off Amazon, everything will be the same for you but I’ll get a very small percentage of what you spend. Nothing on here is ever sponsored, my views are ALWAYS my own (for better and for worse?) and everything I recommend I use and love. Also – let’s be kind and respectful to one another. Be kind in comments and don’t use any of my content or photos without permission. If you want to post a recipe you saw here, just credit it to the original author creator and write “As seen on Hoping in God” with a link back to here. Thanks!

  • You have a BLOG?

Ha I do! This blog was born in April of 2010. At that point I was obsessed with all the food blogs – Joy the Baker, The Pioneer Woman, How Sweet Eats and Annie’s Eats. I thought it sounded fun to start sharing some things in my world and my kitchen. I started out sharing a lot of random things and tons of recipes, then started sharing more of our infertility story and our journey to get our babies. At the height of blogging, I was often blogging 4-5 days a week – sharing new recipes, parts of our story and (one of my favorite things ever on this blog) my series on Loving Your Friend Through Infertility. The last few years I’ve taken months off at a time or posted very infrequently. My blog has changed and grew with me as my life seasons and extra time has changed. I do want to spend more time on my blog and my goal for 2017 is to post once a week!

  • How do you start blogging?

Just start. Honestly. That may not be the answer you’re looking for (and there are probably people who can answer this much better) but just start. Originally I started on wordpress.org. It’s free and easy to navigate. Get a focus, get a title and just start writing.

  • What are your favorite recipes?

My current favorites are How Sweet Eats’ roasted chicken, PW’s cold brewed iced coffee, and Planks, Love and Guacamole’s Whole30 Approved Paleo Mayo. I make all of these weekly! My favorite cookies are Alton Brown’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and these orange chocolate chunk cinnamon rolls are so incredible and I love making them on special occasions.

  • What are your best baking tips?

Read the recipe all the way through before you start. And again. And maybe one more time just to make sure:) Make sure your butter is room temperature if the recipe calls for it (pop it in the microwave for 5 second increments if you need it quick) and SIFT THAT FLOUR. Always cook items for shorter than the recipe calls for and check them. You can always cook longer – you can’t do much if they’re burned. Mostly – practice makes perfect! Keep baking!

  • I’m struggling to get pregnant. What are the first things I need to do?

First off, I’m so sorry to hear that. It can be such a difficult time. Typically, doctors like you to wait a year (6 months if you’re over 35.) Make sure you’re communicating with your doctor that you’re trying to get pregnant. I know if you’ve been wanting/ expecting a pregnancy a year can feel like a really long time! Do your best to be patient:) At that year mark, if you’re still waiting, communicate with your doctor and if you are ready and they are ready, they may begin some testing (typically HSG and analysis for your husband) before making a future plan. {In the meantime, feel free to do some reading and hopefully find some encouragement on my blog – – check out my infertility and loving your friend through infertility sections!}

  • How did you know when you were done trying to get pregnant?

Man, that’s a hard question. This point is very unique and individualized to everyone. Some people may try for 6 months and decide to foster or begin adoption and some may try for 10 years. Looking back, I think we probably should have stopped treatment before we did. The process was SO draining for me and really emotionally exhausting and painful. I over-emphasized the importance of pregnancy and it was a long journey for me to grieve the loss of experiencing pregnancy and how I always thought things would go and enter the hope of adoption expectantly and excitedly. Take your time. Process through these emotions before you rush anywhere.

  • What was the adoption process like for your sons?

We did domestic, statewide adoption. It was a relatively quick and easy process (minus the classes and crazy amounts of paperwork!) and our first adoption took about 6 months from sending in our initial application to holding our baby! For our 2nd son we only waited TWO WEEKS! It was crazy and beautiful and amazing. We did have a failed matched before our oldest came home which was really hard, but all in all, it was a really great process.

  • I’m new to baby wearing! Help!

YAY!! You won’t regret it. I prefer a stretchy wrap like the Moby Wrap or a Solly Wrap for NB to 4-5 months, then started using a soft carrier like the Ergo, Boba, Beco or Tula for 5-24+ months! (Up to 45 pounds!) My FAVORITE carrier is the sling and I used this starting at birth to now – I began with the Maya Wrap but Sakura Bloom is my favorite! It was SO nice to have all three but I would say if you really want to baby wear having at least a stretchy wrap OR sling and soft carrier is best. Many people don’t use the slings past a year.

If you have any other questions or comments, please ask!