my journey down the path…

I grew up in a small town in Minnesota called Spring Valley (or Spring Ghetto as I affectionately call it…) There I graduated from High School in 1998.

I attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where I received a double major in History and Religion in 2002.

After college I joined Lutheran Volunteer Corps for a year. I worked at an amazing place in Chicago called Chicago Uptown Ministry as a Youth and Community Organizer. I was in charge of the youth programs: preschool care, after-school homework help (called Juntos), Junior and Senior High youth groups. I also worked with the food pantry program and did general homeless intake in the drop in center. It was a year I will never forget where I met amazing people and learned more about who I am and who I want to be.

While I was in LVC, one of my co-workers, Sherry, introduced me to her roommate, Justin. Not long after our introduction we were dating (with no small influence from Ms. Sherry) and were engaged a year later.

After my year of service was over I got a scholarship to attend Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN – yes, they educate people at seminaries to be more than pastors! Crazy…I know! I received my Masters in Old Testament in 2005 and was married to Justin that summer.

Since seminary, I’ve been living in Chicago where I am currently the Administrative Assistant (Secretary) at North Shore Baptist Church. I enjoy my work and as part of my job I continue to work with the homeless community in the Uptown/Edgewater area.

My husband has begun a 3 year program at LSTC to become a pastor ordained in the American Baptist Churches/USA (yes, he’s going to seminary to be a pastor, they do that too…). After that, hopefully he’ll get a job somewhere and I will be able to go back to school myself! I hope to someday be able to earn my PhD in Comparative Religion of the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible with a specialization in Assyrian religions and history.

In 2007 Justin and I decided we were ready to start a family. We tried on our own for a year unsuccessfully (with the only advice from my ob/gyn of “take pre-natals). We were then referred to a fertility clinic and we spent 2 years there trying to start a family. While with the clinic, I was diagnosed with PCOS, recieved my first IUI, got pregnant with my beautiful Declan, but lost him after 8 short weeks (3/19/09). We went back for 3 unsuccessful IUI’s and then we were out of money (my insurance covers no IF treatments).

In October of 2009 I heard about a drug called Metformin, a drug usually used to help treat diabetics, but also used for the treatment of PCOS, which I have. After 2 years of treatments at the fertility clinic with the PCOS diagnosis, I heard about Metformin through my wonderful blogging community. In November I went to my ob/gyn and was prescribed Metformin. I started my first cycle on the medication and in late November/early December I conceived my second child, Sophie. At my second prenatal appointment (1/25/10) we learned my dear Sophie had stopped growing at 6w4d.

We are now waiting to go in for some blood tests to see if there is anything else we can do to prevent further miscarriages. We hope to begin our journey again at the end of April.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Benedict Seraphim
    May 03, 2010 @ 17:20:50

    Mae: It’s been awhile in catching up. What heartbreak, and yet what strength and hope, too! Thank you for naming your children, and I will add them to my prayer list for when I pray for you and Justin. God’s blessings on you all.

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