Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Not surro related . . . Worst. Week. Ever.

I'm going to cut to the chase because I have the entire story written on CaringBridge (link below) but our youngest son Sawyer was diagnosed with Stage 3/4 (undetermined) Burkitt's Lymphoma last week.

It has been a nightmare, a total shock and unreal.  Please join us in fighting this battle, that no 8 year old should have to take part in.  #Sawyerswarriors

Sawyer's CaringBridge- go here for updates but please do not donate their as it doesn't go to Sawyer.

Sawyer's Warriors Community Page on Facebook- LIKE it!

Sawyer's Gofundme- These funds will go towards Sawyers current and future medical costs associated with his cancer and ileostomy.

Sawyer's Warriors Swag- get bracelets, shirts, etc. to support Sawyer.

To make it a little surro-related . . . here's the FB post Sanj left,

"6 years ago, our dear surrogate Kelly Enders-Tharp helped us bring Natasha and Anjali into our lives. Since then she has helped 2 other families do the same. Today she is helping her son, Sawyer (8) ‪#‎SawyersWarriors‬! battle stage III/IV Burkitt's Lymphoma. As Stephanie Brown aptly put it, "This is so cosmically wrong"!!! Prayers and thoughts for his speedy recovery."

Monday, December 8, 2014

Do you have what it takes to be an EXCEPTIONAL Gestational Surrogate?

Every so often women will approach me and ask if I think they could be a Gestational Surrogate.  They may have read about my three journeys online or they've heard about me or another surrogate and they are intrigued. Really intrigued.

Usually, it seems to be a quick "check-in" of  . . . "I'd be a good candidate, right?" before they apply.  Sometimes my answer is yes and other times, I already know, that they aren't going to be accepted for one reason or another.

The list I'm going to share isn't about the minimum qualifications for my agency, Growing Generations but is about the traits that I've noticed (exceptional/awesome/amazing) surrogates have. 

An AMAZING Surrogate is . . .



willing to be inconvenienced




open minded




able to see the "big picture"



supportive (of her IPs)

supported (by family, friends, etc)


able to keep her eye on the end result



If you think you've got what it takes to be, not just a surrogate but an AMAZING Surrogate, please take a moment to visit Growing Generations' online application.  There you can find out if you meet the minimum qualifications, since you already know you possess some of the traits they would love their surrogates to have.

Experienced Surrogates . . . . if you have any traits to add to the list, please do so in the comments!

Some cute Surrogirlies just turned Six!

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Wonder-twins turned FOUR Sunday!

Time please slow down! It is so crazy that five and a half years ago I met my second set of Intended Parents, and the other day their twins turned four.
Soooooooooooo . . . . .
Happy Birthday Gideon and Harper!

Big Girls!

No training wheels here!
Such big girls! FYI- Natasha and Anjali turn 6- yes SIX, next month!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My "Forever Baby Bump" has a name, Thanks Jennifer Garner!

Did you see Jennifer Garner on Ellen?  Well, if you didn't, I've shared the clip below.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

Jennifer says, "Let's all just settle in and get used to it . . ."  


After 8 babies (3 of my own) . . . I have a bump . . . and after 3 csections, it's a large bump that isn't going anywhere.  So I'm going to take Jen's lead and say:

Settle in and get used to it . . .  My Forever Baby Bump's name is
Ruby-Preston-Sawyer-Natasha-Anjali-Gideon-Harper-Alexander and it will be, maybe for ever . . .