by katelin on April 23, 2014


As if I didn’t know it already, I’ve got some good people in my life.


When I got home Sunday night I discovered a FedEx envelope with my name on it. I opened up and immediately started crying (happy tears). Three of my girlfriends had gone in together and gotten me a gift certificate to the spa I’m already going to this Friday for my birthday.

Our mailbox also  included sweet birthday cards and even just some “Thinking of You” cards (and I cried again).

Yesterday when I got home from work there was a sweet homemade card that made me teary. And when I walked in the door there was a package that basically reduced me to more tears. (I’m emotional – can you tell?).

Becky, my fellow infertility warrior, sent me one of the most thoughtful and amazing care packages I’ve ever received. It wasn’t for my birthday (although she did add in that note), but rather it was for the loss of the IUI, the struggle that Matt and I are going through and her way of saying she’s there for us even though we live so far away from each other. At this point I’ll probably cry whenever I do get to meet Becky.

One of the things Becky gave me was a Key necklace that has the word BELIEVE engraved on it. It was a necklace that had been given to her and she passed it on to me. She wants me to BELIEVE, in whatever I need the message to be.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time.

I am trying to Believe every day. To keep my head up, and that key is a very wonderful and visual reminder.


Also, in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week I’m over on Becky’s blog today talking a little bit about what Infertility means to me.




happy wednesday!


Posted in Sparkling Revelations

Palm Trees & Palm Trees.

by katelin on April 21, 2014

You guys, this weekend. Was just what I needed. This week kicks off my birthday week and I’m so relaxed and sunburned (which will hopefully turn to more tan) and just, feeling refreshed. Apparently weekends in the desert are what I need to rejuvenate and recharge. Also a bit of family time helps too.

The weekend was a bit of a blur in the desert (Palm Desert) so I’ll break it down a bit like this:
Easter 2014There was some quality pool time and naps by the pool and attempts at reading by the pool. And there were some time catching up with family at the pool and basically, I loved this pool.
Easter 2014I did some walking in the neighborhood and tried not to melt. I admired the plethora of palm trees. There was a whole lot of family time and cocktail hours. There was baseball watching and a bit of reading. There were more naps (I need naps). There was early bedtimes for me and quality alone time. There was quality family time updating everyone on our life (for those that don’t read the blog, and the ones that do – HI!). I got to catch up with some of Matt’s family that we don’t see that often and I was reminded how superb my in-laws are. There was serious chats, but they were endearing.

Easter 2014And there was a private Easter service with Matt’s family that was perfect for reflection. Easter service was followed by Easter brunch with a whole lot of family. There was a whole lot of laughs and excitement over seeing each other again in a month. Twas the loveliest.

After Easter brunch we trekked it back home for some Easter shenanigans with my family and there was the adult egg hunt. It was the most entertaining.
Easter 2014
There were also adorable little ladies who make my heart quite happy. And spending quality time with my cousins and aunts and uncles was just the way to cap out the weekend.


And then, Matt and I came home and binged on candy and called it a night. Success? Success!


And how was your weekend? Are you surviving on Easter candy too? Any pool time?


happy monday! 


Posted in My Crazy Life

A Banner a Day (or Month).

April 18, 2014

Tweet First of all, THANK YOU. Your comments/texts/emails about my last post definitely brought me lots of smiles and even some happy tears. Sometimes I just need to write my feelings and I’m so glad that’s okay. Secondly, I love banners. Good segue right? No? Whatever. Anyhoo, we have this awesome entertainment center and for […]

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Better Luck Next Time.

April 16, 2014

Tweet*A few weeks ago I started on injectable medication. It worked. It was expensive and sort of painful, but it worked. It did its job. After we learned that it worked I was good to go for the IUI. We did it, we waited. And last week we found out it didn’t work. I’m not […]

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There’s Prom & Then There Are Bubbles.

April 14, 2014

TweetI’m going to be honest. This past week and weekend did a number on me. It was like riding the emotional roller coaster. Matt had surgery, I had doctor visits, work was stressful and just, it was overwhelming. Basically by the time the weekend came I was SO READY for it. Friday: What a day. […]

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Things I’d Love to Hear.

April 10, 2014

Tweet “Of course you can wear your pajama pants all day.” “You’re pregnant!” “Meet your daughter/son!” “You won the lotto, without even playing!” “That perfect job you’ve been looking for, it’s right here and there’s a spot just for you.” “I brought you cupcakes.” “Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are making another movie together.” “So […]

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Weekend & Some Things.

April 8, 2014

TweetLet’s petition to make weekends longer. Sound like a plan? Yes? Yes. Friday: I find it hard to get motivated on Friday nights, hence why on the pajama pants go on sooner and I get cozied up under my favorite blanket. We spent the night enjoying alfredo pasta and watching recorded shows on the DVR […]

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The Katelin Diaries: Episode Two

April 4, 2014

Tweet Because it’s Friday and because I can’t stop laughing at my old journals, I thought today would be a perfect day to share another look into my past. This time we’re going way back, like twenty years back (sweet mercy) and oh, how I make myself laugh. Oct. 17, 1993 Dear Diary, Today I […]

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