Practicing Patience. Maybe.

So I caved. I took a test. My doctor told me not to, and I went and did it anyway. When you go through IVF, the “trigger” shot that releases your eggs is actually the hormone HCG. HCG is also the hormone that home pregnancy tests use to determine whether you are pregnant. Because of the IVF,  I already have the hormone floating around in my body, which means there is a much higher chance of a false positive.

Speaking of positive, I wasn’t feeling positive AT ALL. In fact, I was positive that I would be getting a negative. That the IVF didn’t work. I have been having a lot of abdomen pain that feels suspiciously like cramps. I have been a hormonal, teary, wreak. So Hubby said, “Take the test. It will at least give you some hope for the final 4 days. Just take it. You will know the hormones are working. Go pee on a stick.”

So pee on a stick I did. And guess what? I got a big ‘OL ….


YUP! God certainly has a sense of humor…and a way to make me learn some patience! I could do nothing but laugh when this question mark popped up mere seconds after starting the test. Even more funny? The fact that the brochure included with the test says NOTHING about what the heck a question mark means. It assures you that you will get a “+” or a “-” but nothing else. humph. Yup…it’s a God thing.

Point taken Sir! I will be waiting for the beta test on Monday. Again, if you could spare some time and pray for us, especially for patience, we would really appreciate it!

Freedom Isn’t Free


Last night, Hubs and I finally sat down and watched the movie “American Sniper.” While watching this amazing true story of an American Hero, we had fireworks going off all over our neighborhood.

I can’t imagine how difficult the Fourth holiday is for our Vets, especially the ones suffering with PTSD. A day that is suppose to celebrate our Freedoms…and I feel like our country has forgotten about the reason we ARE free. These amazing, brave men and women, have given their lives for our freedom. For the right to say anything you want. For the right to pray how you want. For the right to celebrate by setting off fireworks. I think we (Americans whom have never been in a war-zone) can sometimes get so comfortable in our nice homes, in safe neighborhoods, in beautiful churches, that we completely forget about HOW and WHY we are able to enjoy these things.

Today, on this our nations birthday, I urge you to thank a Vet. Shake their hand. Salute. Stand up when you see the flag during a parade. Sing the National Anthem with your hand over your heart. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance with your family before sitting down to your barbeque. Say a prayer for our soldiers who are fighting for our freedoms in war zones. Tell your children how our great nation came to be. Most of all, remember. REMEMBER. Freedom isn’t free. It has been bought and paid for by the lives of many American’s. Every one of them heroes.


hello cameo!

Welcome to my little space on the web-o-sphere! A little bit about me: I am a textile/graphic designer, lover of essential oils and fur-babies, a Believer with a capital B, a history buff, and a woman trying to live a more natural life. This blog will touch a bit on all of these things…sometimes in the same post!

The name of my blog, hello cameo, is an ode to my sweet 11-year-old pup, Cameo. She was named after my Grandmother’s cameos, which my Grandfather brought back from Italy to her after fighting in WWII. Cameo jewelry is an amazing juxtaposition. It is made from coral, which takes thousands of years to create. It’s rough, jagged, and can injure. Yet the jewelry carved out of that coral is delicate, soft, smooth, and absolutely beautiful! A lot like life. It can be hard, but you can create something beautiful. Join me on my journey!