Who am I?  I'm Michele, of course! :)  An adopted daughter and native of Nashville, I now live with my husband and family in a rural suburb of Philadelphia. 

Peter and I have been together since 1998, after we met in college.  We married young, but have no regrets.  Through thick and thin, we've helped each other grow into the spouses and parents we are today.  I'm a stay-at-home mother and housewife, writer, and former library branch manager/director.  My background and education is in libraries and literature.  I began blogging in 2008, after our first children were born and died and while pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy-after-loss.   Peter and I are active in our parish; together, we teach Pre-Cana and I am a cantor. From 2008-2011, we co-chaired our Respect Life Committee.  Peter is a former lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and substitutes for both ministries on ocassion. I am a former Sacristan.  Before our children were born, we sang together in the choir.  As our time permits, we attend prayer groups within our cluster.

I am infertile and we tried for nearly a decade to conceive (after one miscarriage early in our marriage).  We ultimately found out that I have PCOS and do not ovulate without follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).  We were fortunate to find a reproductive endocrinologist who respected our religious beliefs and treated us accordingly.  After Bobby and Maya were born, my cycles regulated into around 32-day cycles and I've ovulated monthly. 

I struggled with weight after my first miscarriage, ultimately gaining a hundred pounds.  In 2010, I took charge and changed my life.  My weight is still on a downward spiral towards a healthy, normal BMI, and I am grateful to Bobby and Maya for opening my eyes to my own health.  (Visit my weight blog for more information about this journey).

We are a Pro-Life family. Before our first children were born, we were, to be honest, lukewarm in our beliefs. We weren't vocal about how we felt and were, in many ways, silent for the unborn. However, in the weeks that Nicholas and Sophia spent in the womb, we learned just how alive preborn babies are. Due to our higher risk status as a multiple pregnancy, we were able to watch the lives of the babies in utero more often than the average pregnant couple. After their very preterm births, we were able to share in their lives on earth- short, but nonetheless, their perfect lives with us, in this world. They opened our eyes to life and, since then, we have been 100% committed to spreading the message of Life. Alexander's pregnancy was more heavily monitored, and Bobby and Maya's pregnancy was weekly monitored (and, in the hospital, at times, daily monitored). We had the privilege of watching babies grow, develop, learn, and grow inside. It was an amazing experience and we are so grateful.

I began training as a labor doula and childbirth educator in February 2011, and opened Mending Heart Bellies, an organization dedicated to helping parents through miscarriage and pregnancy loss, as well as pregnancy after loss.

I can be reached through blog comments, as well as through email.