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Seasons of infertility: pregnancy after loss

I had an almost paralyzing fear about being pregnant again. This was something I desperately wanted, yet wanted to run away from. ...

RESOURCE: Spouse Support Cheat​​ Sheet

Helping your spouse help you! Infertility can be full of stressful situations: your monthly cycle, medical appointments, pregnancies of...

Learning to love my childless life

I love my childless life. That’s a sentence I never thought I would say! My husband Donovan and I have been trying for a baby for almost...

The gift-giver’s guide to care packages

We are Frances and Clare, two sisters and best friends, and care packages are our love language! Frances carries the cross of infertility an

January virtual rosary: Holy Name of Jesus

The first of our 2024 virtual gatherings for the Fruitful Hollow community is a group rosary meditating on the Holy Name of Jesus on...

Our third fruitful year

On 21st January 2024, The Fruitful Hollow turned 3! If you’d like to read about how this ministry came about, click here to read our first..

Infertility on screen: part 1

It was movie night. I thought I was sitting down to watch a light-hearted horror movie (Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice). Instead, I had stumbled..

When the rug gets pulled

Every time we come to a new year, I wonder what it will hold. In the past few years, though, I’ve noticed that my gazes into the future...

Christmas traditions for a family of two

If you find yourself lamenting that so many Christmas traditions seem to revolve around children, we want you to know that that doesn’t...

PMS and the imprints of fruitfulness

On a recent morning, I was in the throes of PMS (sometimes this verges on its more severe form, PMDD). I was tired after a restless night...

35 years on: Pat and Lisa’s story

Lisa and I met and started dating in March of 1985. We have been married for 35 years. We are both cradle Catholics and active in our...

When being open to life takes you into the unknown

I’ve always been pro-life. When I was in grade school I was even part of a “students for life” club. We prayed outside of abortion clinics..

Lectio Divina: "Do not be afraid"

Lectio Divina (aka “divine reading”) is a traditional Church approach to praying with scripture in a personal way. There are a number of...

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