Saturday, February 26, 2011


Dear Friends,

I was searching for a photo to add to my 'thank you' post today and when I saw this one it made me smile.  When I think of cherries, two ideas immediately come to mind.  First, I think of their tart, yummy sweetness but second, I think of their pits.  Infertility is the pits.  See the connection?  Okay, so the connection might only be in my head and is full of cheesy goodness... but here it is:  I liked how these sweet cherries were hugging, holding on to each other, leaning together.  We all have our pits, matter of fact we are are united here because our pits, and I'm so thankful we've found a place to hold each other up as we journey through these tough parts of our lives.

February was awesome and at first, I was sad to see it coming to end.  I started this book club knowing nothing about them.  In fact, here is a confession... I've never actually been IN a book club.  Ever.  So thank you for hanging with me while I figure this whole thing out!  Now, as we gear up for March and I see plans (very quickly) being added to the calendar and lovely sisters like Pamela stepping up and joining us... I am SO excited.  I can't wait to meet more of you and hopefully add a little sunshine and maybe open up more friendships in our lives.  You've certainly done that to mine.

I'd like to say a special thank you to a few lovely Ladies in Waiting: Nancy, April, Sarah, and Dani.  We were so blessed to hear their perspectives through their beautiful writing.  Nancy was responsible for most of the recipes and many discussions; April posted much of our news on Facebook and Goodreads and also wrote discussion questions and a craft project; Sarah helped us understand 1960s economics and shared the passages she loved the most from The Help; and Dani talked to us about how place shapes us.  Of course, there would be no conversation if it weren't for all of my other beautiful ladies out there.  So, thank you, thank you, thank you... all of you.

And a few announcements:
  • Monday is an official LiWBC holiday.  :o)  We won't be posting anything on Monday as we prepare for the rest of the month.  Check back on March 1st to:
    • Get your Discussion Guide: A list of questions we'll be discussing throughout the month.  This would be great to print and keep in your book or journal.
    • Add yourself to the Roll Call: This is new this month.  :o)  We'll be posting a Roll Call with a few questions, so you can add yourself to the list and tell us a little about yourself.  This will help us get to know each other a little better before we begin our March discussions.
  • There will be a contest this month.  A silly one.  That's all I'm sayin'.  For now.
  • We will have TWO special guests this month - Pamela Tsigdinos, author of Silent Sorority and another that I am keeping a secret.  Can't spoil ALL the surprises!
I'm off to eat the chocolate chip cookies the hubby and I just baked.  :o)  Have a lovely weekend and a marvelous Monday!  Meet us back here on March 1st.



  1. Thank YOU, Kim - your persistence and vision created this amazing forum we can use to lean on each other!

  2. Kim, I love your cheesy goodness! This book club has been good for my soul and it's the BEST book club I've ever been in. Okay, it's the only one actually, but I am loving it and look forward to opening my email to see what new discussions/posts/etc are wating for me. All of the ladies here have played a huge role this month in lifting me up (even DH commented that I have been in a better mood this past month than I have in a long time). Thank you!

  3. Kim, I wanted to say thanks for giving us a gift. I truly appreciate it. I also wanted to let you know I am on another IF support group and put a post on there in regards to the book club. When I went to see my social worker, I also told her as well. I hope you don't mind. I just wanted let some of my friends and other women going through IF that we do have an outlet. Thanks so much for bringing us together.

  4. I wanted to say thank you too. It is my book club too but in some ways I can't see how you can do this in any other way than online. I love that as we were reading along the different posts came up. You just wouldn't get that if you met once a month (although I would certainly love to meet in person once a month!). Thanks for all your work! :)

  5. @All: My heart is SO full... ♥

  6. @Melissa: Thank you for putting the word out. There is "room" here for many. Thank you for being such an awesome supporter. That makes me think... perhaps I should make a printable flyer and post it on here somewhere. Then, if anyone felt led, they could print some and take them to the RE's office, social worker, therapist, etc. Hmm.... :o)

  7. Kim, you continuously amaze me with your talents--your first book club and your first month with it and look at how beautiful it turned out. Thanks to you, we're making friends and feeling less alone. You're a gift to all of us!

  8. Very excited to get my own copy of this book and start reading, and experience MY first book club! :)

  9. Very cool idea... I'm bummed that I missed the discussion of 'the Help'. I really enjoyed that book.


  10. You already know I'm totally impressed with your work here! I wish I had drive to do something so creative like this...I'm just along for the ride, though!

  11. Kim- BIG thanks to you!!! You have done a marvelous job with this! I've got a few Book Clubs under my belt now and yours is by far the most fun!
    I don't feel like I need to hesitate to say something because, "Oh boy, here comes some reflection on infertility from the lady with no kids."
    We all understand and immediately relate! And that's pretty flippin awesome. :)


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