to feel protective of my suffering

As I’ve thought about my time of infertility now that it has passed (and yet knowing I’ll mostly likely face it again), I feel a sense of ownership of that suffering. When others talk about their infertility with anger and disdain, I understand it, but I also feel a little protective of that struggle. Infertility […]

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Aubrey HolmgrenOctober 2, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I can’t even tell you how many times I have read something you’ve blogged about and been like, I was JUST thinking about this! Also, I have to tell you that quite often I’ve referenced something you’ve said because you just say it so well. I just love your life story and how you write it out.

Lindsay KayJuly 12, 2016 - 7:41 am

I’m going to have to copy and paste that quote, what a beautiful thought. It all rings true. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Kristin. I agree, though I haven’t dealt with infertility myself, I too feel that the struggles and hurdles we face are catered to us and ultimately result in a more polished version of ourselves. Love you! And I’m so glad you have your babies.

19 weeks of pregnancy (!!!)

If one were reading this blog with no connection to me in the outside or social media world, one might not have heard the wonderful, glorious, happiest news of my life: I am pregnant! In April, we officially began the IVF process (though we’d been working up to it since January). We worked with the […]

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Aubrey HolmgrenSeptember 8, 2015 - 8:20 pm

Oh this gives me happy chills. And I second your words that “life is hard but it’s okay”–when we involve God in our lives we can see there are good gifts all around us. Super duper excited to meet those twinsies!!!!

IvetteJanuary 22, 2016 - 10:47 am

hi kristin! I’m Ivette from Mexico, first I’m sorry for my bad english, but I can’t keep the feeling to myself, I was chills when read your post!.. i’m really happy for you guys, I’ve been following you for a long time, first in your photography website, then here in your notes, so when you were through infertility, I was too! so your thoughts help me a lot! I lost a baby that my husband and I got naturally right before we started the treatment for a IUI, then we tried the UI and got prengant! with triplets!! my babies were born last november and they’re great! so I just want to say thanks for taking the time to share your feelings! and enjoy this gift from God, I hope everything goes well.. hugs and blessings for all your family! :)

divine nature + the divine gifts of women (a mother’s day talk)

Two months ago, on one of our last Sundays living in Los Angeles, I spoke in church on Mother’s Day. It was right smack in the middle of our IVF cycle, two days after the egg retrieval and three days before the embryo transfer. We were hopeful that the IVF would work but still had […]

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KatieJuly 13, 2015 - 9:38 pm

I SO wish I could have heard this in person. Perfection.

KelsenJuly 14, 2015 - 3:52 am

This is wonderful, Kristin!

SaraJuly 29, 2015 - 11:33 pm

I definitely needed this tonight! You are such a great writer and this talk is beautiful and so profound. Thank you for posting it. I am beyond excited for you, Kenny, and your little ones!

WhitneyJuly 31, 2015 - 11:13 am

So beautiful! I loved reading it. Thanks for sharing.

EmilyNovember 1, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Hello! This is Emily from church. I am so glad that my internet wandering brought me to your blog tonight. This is very touching. And in reading your other, more recent posts, I know you know that the perspective you have gained from this trial will be such a blessing as you welcome your son and daughter soon. I’m so happy for you! I just met you, but I feel such a connection after reading some of your blog tonight. I love how open you are about it. I believe that is a blessing to you to be able to share that part of yourself, but also such a blessing to others who might feel alone or discouraged. When I was in the middle of my own infertility trial, I felt like being open about I really helped me be more okay. I think I wanted people to know that I desired motherhood, because even though I wasn’t there yet, I still felt like it was part of who I was. Anyway… I’ve got to go to bed, but I just wanted to tell you that I am thankful to have found your very inspired and inspiring words. And I can’t wait to know you better.

the end is in sight (an update)

We are less than two months away from the end of law school. (!!) Kenny graduates in the middle of May and I just can’t believe it. And I am so happy to report that we’ll be moving back to Utah! We certainly did not see that coming three years ago, but we’re both 100% […]

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Emily RyanMarch 31, 2015 - 10:42 am


Monica GearyMarch 31, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Kristin! We are truly so, so excited to have you both back in Utah! It gets us so giddy just thinking about it. Let us know if you are in need of help with moving or anything– we would love to come and help! Good luck with the move and we plan on getting in touch soon!

kyleeApril 1, 2015 - 1:38 pm

knowing others have limbo lives too makes me feel a whole lot better about mine. so for this post, THANK YOU.

living with a capsule wardrobe

Last summer I decided it was time to overhaul my closet. I’ve never been what anyone would call fashionable, but I decided it was time for me to start wearing clothes I felt good about and confident in. Since then, I have fallen in love with the simplicity of a capsule wardrobe and can’t imagine […]

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BrookeMarch 12, 2015 - 2:21 pm

hi Kristin! I’m not sure if you remember me, but I’m andy’s sister-in-law. I stumbled onto Jolene Taylor’s insta account and somehow landed here (I thought this was your photography blog). I hope you don’t mind me commenting just to say hello. I also wanted to say that I’ve been so touched by the words I’ve read so far. All I could think as I was reading was, she’s such a good person and has learned so much and has been so kind to share and uplift others.! I couldn’t leave your blog without saying that. :) have a good day