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Meet the Sisters of Hannah!

We are delighted to introduce you to the first mentors on the Sisters of Hannah team! The Sisters of Hannah mentorship ministry was named after Samuel’s mother Hannah, who suffered a prolonged period of infertility and poured her heart before God in the Temple. Reflecting on Hannah’s raw account in Scripture, the Sisters of Hannah will serve as witnesses of hope and encouragement. The Sisters of Hannah will begin meeting virtually with mentees in mid-July. We are thrilled to announce that, after a lengthy and rigorous discernment and interview process, our inaugural team will begin their important work in just a few short weeks!

Each of our Sisters of Hannah offers incredible gifts, compassion, insight and faith. Their own experiences of infertility will help them mentor women facing a variety of challenges, including: primary, co-factor, male factor, medical intervention, explained and unexplained infertility, adoption, and acceptance of the marriage vocation without the promise of children. Please pray for each one of our Sisters of Hannah mentors - Victoria, Dominique, Sarah, and Gillyan - and their families, as they courageously serve in this exciting and necessary ministry!

The Fruitful Hollow team would also like to thank our Sisters of Hannah Coordinator, Kristin, for her time and devotion to the preparation of this ministry. You are so appreciated!

We asked our Sisters of Hannah mentors to share a little bit about themselves and the journey that brought them here so that you can get to know them a bit better.

Do you have any favorite saints, Bible verses, prayers or devotions?

  • Victoria: Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady Undoer of Knots; Lamentations 3:22-23 (“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”) and “Jesus, I trust in you.”

  • Gillyan: Our family verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 (and we got married on 4/13!).

  • Sarah: My saint for the year is St. Francis de Sales and I have also had a special connection to St. Anne. My verse for the year is Matthew 11:28 (“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”).

Is there any song or music that has helped you through your infertility journey?

  • Victoria: The Divine Mercy Chaplet, 90s country and Beyoncé. You gotta dance it out, right!?

  • Gillyan: Even If by MercyMe has been playing on repeat for us! It reminds me that getting what I want isn't as important as doing what God wants.

  • Sarah: I would go with Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United.

  • Dominique: The Middle by Jimmy Eat World has actually been the most reassuring song to me. I will always somehow hear it when I’m going through a tough time. I like to think of it as an inside joke between God and me.

What role does humor, perspective, family, community, etc. play in keeping you grounded and connected?

  • Victoria: As they say, if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, and there is so much joy and humor to find each day! Having a friend to confide in that wasn’t my spouse was so helpful. My husband and I were both enduring heartache, so it helped to have someone else to lean on, give request prayers and update with next steps. When in doubt, ice cream helps too!

  • Gillyan: Humor has been the foundation of our marriage since the beginning, and it's continued through our infertility journey. We're very open about our struggles and we try to stay lighthearted and optimistic throughout.

  • Sarah: I consider this journey like being onboard a ship in the ocean. Faith is my anchor: it’s what keeps me grounded so I don’t drift. It can be easy to drift in the sea of unknowns - unknown tests, unknown next steps, unknown outcomes - but when you’re anchored, you can get a better perspective of the beauty around you, like the sun, clouds, blue sky, water lapping, a beautiful island. Humor is like the wind, it fills your sails so you can get to the next destination. Family and friends can help you enjoy the journey. They may only be with you for a brief stop on your journey, but they can provide refreshment and joy. They can be an island retreat in a very long journey.

  • Dominique: Humor and perspective help us deal with the hard times by seeing the good parts of life even when times are tough. Family and community help support us and lift us up when we can’t do it on our own.