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February 8, 2013

A Charleston getaway (and a note of thanks)

This winter getaway is just what the doctor ordered. We left a day early to stroll through Savannah on our way to Charleston, enjoying the surprisingly warm weather as we walked around the downtown area, stopping in here and there when we were intrigued by window displays. (Civvies was our find of the day -- what a gem! Stop in to shop vintage if you're ever in town.) Ginny and Elizabeth were kind enough to suggest their favorite places to antique in Savannah -- here and here. Both were great recommendations and we had a great time sifting through treasures. 

The rest of the week was spent in Charleston and Isle of Palms, and we had the best time sight-seeing and shopping -- stuff we don't have time to do when we vacation there in the summer as two beach bums. We toured Fort Sumter, went antiquing, (this site was fantastic to use as a guide) and walked the Folly Beach pier. We ate plenty of shrimp and enjoyed a date night at the much-buzzed about Husk (it lived up to our high expectations!) We finally saw -- and loved -- "Argo" and "Silver Linings Playbook," and we watched "Bernie" at the condo (so, so good! One worthy of the Netflix queue for sure.) I dove into this book and finally looked through twelve months of Mollie Makes magazine that were sitting in Zinio all last year. We even stumbled across the largest miniature shop in the southeast, "Miniature Memories" -- happy dance! It was insanely big, and there was so much to see. Unfortunately most of the pieces were a little out of my price range -- $50 and up -- which was crazy to me, because the prices on pieces of furniture that fit in the palm of my hand are what I would pay for real, life-size pieces of furniture. I wanted this mail sorter so badly, but had to walk away from it due to its hefty price tag. I did find a couple of treasures, though, spending about $20 total (you can see them here.) The NM miniature house is underway! 

Thanks to global warming (?) our winter getaway was not really that wintery at all with temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s throughout the week. We walked up and down the beach quite a bit, enjoying the sunshine and listening to the waves. We always stay at the Sea Cabins when we visit Isle of Palms, but we haven't stayed on the top floor before. We may never stray from our newfound condo crush.  We could hear and see the surf from our living room, look out on to the pier from our kitchen window and watch the sun set over the ocean at night. There is something therapeutic about the ocean. The rhythmic sound of the waves soothes something in my soul. We feel renewed and refreshed after this week, but we're eager to get home -- especially to see this sweet, furry face we've missed so much! 

I also want to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to me over the past week -- whether it be through the comments on this blog, by e-mail or even over the phone. I am so glad that I clicked the “post” button with a shaky finger last Friday...because I immediately felt overwhelmed with love from everyone the minute that post went live. My small support system has grown to something much bigger since then, giving me comfort, and even better -- hope. A few more wonderful, candid bloggers have been added to my reader, written by Vikki and C.Jane. Many other women have shared their struggles with me who have gone on to have one, two, even three (!) healthy children. I know it happens, but it feels different when you hear about it first-hand.

This week, staying true to its crappy inconvenient somewhat-monthly timing, IT came. I also received the results of my first round of blood work this week, and my thyroid test and progesterone levels came back normal. Since IT decided to show up, I’ll be getting more blood taken next week, and after that I’ll schedule an HSG, which I’m nervous about. Prodding and poking and invasive procedures always make me nervous. Has anyone had one of these? If so, was it as uncomfortable and cringe-worthy as it sounds on the Internet?

In the meantime I’m focusing on moving forward, and in doing so, trying to make a conscious effort to be patient. Anne Sage posted this quote by Joseph Campbell to Twitter the other day, and it really resonated with me: “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” So wise. And something I really need to remember and take to heart. By nature I’m someone who likes to be in control, and obviously that isn’t quite possible for me to do in this situation. This past year has been a real lesson in patience for me…and I’m still learning how to cope with the future’s uncertainty.

However, I can say with absolute certainty that I’ve come a long way in just a week, and that’s largely in part because of everyone who has taken the time to let me know that they are thinking of me, love me and are willing to listen if I need to vent. It means more to me than any of you will ever know, and I wish I could give you all a big hug face-to-face and say thank you. 

Thank you all for your support and love, whether I know you in real life or not. And thank you for checking in on me in this little space and for cheering me on. You guys are the best. 


  1. Natalie,

    Thank you so much for being open and honest about your struggles. My husband and I have been going through the same issue. I actually had a HSG performed this week. It wasn't as awful as I thought but certainly isn't as pleasant as a walk on the beach. Just breathe through it and it goes by quickly! Best of luck and I'll be keeping you and your husband in my prayers!

  2. Tate, thank you for your words of encouragement! It makes me feel a little better that someone else has had an HSG and made it through ok. I'm sorry to hear about your struggle to conceive, but know you're not alone. I'll be thinking of you!


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