10 Ways to Help a Friend Who has Experienced Miscarriage

10 Ways to Help a Friend Who Has Experienced Miscarriage - Intentional By Grace

Note from Leigh Ann: I asked Tiffany to guest post after her words and actions, though she's many miles away from me, ministered to my grieving heart and helped give me hope when we lost our baby, Lucy, in a miscarriage. The tangible ways in which she cared for my family was a blessing, and I know this post will bless many who aren't sure how to care for someone going through a miscarriage. By Continue Reading

Dear First-Time Mom Who is Waiting on Labor to Start


Dear First Time Mom Who is Waiting on Labor Start, You are almost there! The day you have been waiting for since you found out you were pregnant, and you're eager, oh so eager, to hold your baby in your arms. You're tired of imagining that little nose and tired of guessing whose eyes your baby will have. You're tired of having someone else tie your shoes and tired of running to the bathroom Continue Reading

9 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy and Boost Your Fertility

9 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy and boost your fertility.

Another month passed, and my monthly cycle was late. Yet the stick screamed "not pregnant." Not pregnant? But I'm five days late. How can this be? Not to mention, I'm exhausted and beyond irritable. Clearly I should be pregnant. These are early signs of pregnancy! Nevertheless after a year of praying for a baby, my womb remained empty. The question continued to be - do I trust God with my Continue Reading

My Miscarriage Changed Me

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A few weeks ago we found out we were pregnant with our third child, but soon after I began to bleed and reality sank in. I had a miscarriage, and the following is what I wrote as my baby was taken into Heaven. It is my prayer that by sharing my innermost thoughts that those who have been through or will go through a miscarriage can find encouragement and solidarity as we choose joy amidst our Continue Reading

Dear New Mama Who is Pregnant for the First Time

dear new mama who is pregnant for the first time ... some encouraging words you need to hear! | IntentionalByGrace.com

Dear new mama who is pregnant for the first time, First, congratulations! What a joy that you are with child! The wonder that fills you as you begin to dream about the baby hidden away in the secret parts of your womb, the baby a size of a pin prick, the baby that will one day fill your arms and heart so full you'll swear you'll burst from it all, this wonder is overwhelmingly Continue Reading

31 Days of Everyday Grace: Rocking a Promise Fulfilled {Day 5}

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As I sit rocking my baby, I am overwhelmed by God's grace - everyday grace. I think back to when I rocked a crying baby, and remember God's promise to me in that sad, tear streaked moment. I remember the whisper assuring me that we would have more babies. I remember placing my hand over my womb and hearing the name Timothy. The baby who would one day fill my womb and the place in my arms and in Continue Reading

Share Your Birth Story {Linkup Party!}

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I love hearing other women's birth stories! We live in a culture where we generally don't experience a live birth until it's our turn. One of the things that helped me prepare for my first baby was listening to other women's birth experiences and stories. Hearing others' experience is the next best thing to witnessing a live birth. So we thought it'd be fun to do a little round up of birth Continue Reading

Timothy’s Home Birth Story

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Timothy George Dutton was born at home on September 2, 2013  at 5:25 in the afternoon - a Labor Day baby (go figure!). He weighed 6 lbs 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. And the following is the rest of the home birth story...if you don't like birth details, then the above is all you need to read. :) Labor began one week before Timothy actually made his appearance. This was exactly how my Continue Reading

Luke’s Birth Story {36 Minutes and There You Are!}

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Luke, Oh sweet boy. I waited for you. I thought I wanted all boys. I was blessed with your big sister Shelby and then your sister Karli. After having them I could barely imagine being a Mama to a little boy. But I found out I was having you and I could not have been more happy. I was finally getting a little boy. And his name would be Luke. My pregnancy with you FLEW by until the last few Continue Reading

Why We Chose a Doula

Why We Chose a Doula

I have had three children. I started my journey with a regular-old "hospital birth" with no intentions of a natural birth. With each birth since, I have strived to be a bit more natural. With my first two, there were a few things standing in my way of a natural birth: My inability to be: fully informed about all of the potential medical decisions I need to make. The endurance and Continue Reading