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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...

Behold, your mother: Our Lady of Guadalupe

This month, we are shining a spotlight on a miraculous Marian apparition for the Americas and beyond: Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady of...

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...

RESOURCE: Communicating and sharing the mental load

It is important to keep honest and open communication with your spouse and other loved ones to let them know when we feel overstretched and

Is suffering a blessing from God?

It is a precarious concept to open your mind and heart enough to ponder if suffering is a blessing from God. When I first began to write...

Behold, your mother: Our Lady, Star of the Sea

I met Our Lady, Star of the Sea on our first adoption journey. A case came through my email with a very specific name that the expectant...

My devotion to St. Jude

It wasn't until my husband and I were dating that I had much of a connection to St. Jude. He's one of my husband's favorite saints and...

What every Catholic should know about IVF

Infertility is very real and runs deep The ability to produce offspring touches the deepest parts of our very being. Whilst we understand...

Behold, your Mother: Our Lady of La Leche

On 11 October we celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of La Leche. Couples who desire to conceive will find a worthy intercessor in Maria ...

Finding God in the suffering of miscarriage

This past February, I became 1 in 4. I lived the possibility I had always dreaded yet, at the same time, believed naively I would never...

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