Thursday, April 03, 2008

why the title?

Someone asked me recently why I named my blog "Little Patch of Sunshine."

It's a good question, and a bit of a long story.

When we married, we struggled with infertility and our attempts using drugs got us nowhere. We were told by 2 different doctors that I would never conceive on my own, and my only chance would be to try IUI or artificial insemination. Because that went against Church teaching, we decided that we would adopt instead.

We had been married for about a year and 1/2 when DH had the opportunity to attend a sales training in Tempe AZ. We came and really loved the area. A few months later, DH was at a conference in WI and met a man with a company out here. One thing led to another, and DH had 2 different job offers.

We sold our company and made the move. There was more thought that went into it, but that's what happened.

We were here for about a year and half and a couple different adoption scenarios fell through. I went to the doctor for what I thought was a bladder infection and found out I was pregnant. An ultrasound the next day dated me at 28 weeks!

I joke that I needed the perpetual sunshine of Arizona to make me fertile! It seems especially true as I've gone on to have 3 more pregnancies and 2 more live children!

When I started this blog (almost 5 years ago!), my boys were little -- 1 and 2 1/2. We were struggling financially (when don't we?) and I felt that the only thing I could count on was that I could sit in the sun -- my very own "little patch of sunshine." And, it was wonderful that sunshine is free! (my URL address)!

I truly do love the sunshine and never get tired of sunny days.


  1. Anonymous2:44 PM

    Melanie, what a beautiful story! I never knew that was why you called your blog 'sunshine is free'!

    Fancy finding out that you were pregnant at 28 weeks. WOW! You didn't have very long to prepare for the birth and to buy stuff, did you!

    Now, I have just one bone to pick....since the sunshine is free, how come as I don't get any over here in the middle of England! Stop keeping it all to yourself Mrs. Sunshine girl ;-)

  2. What a great story! I never thought to ask - what an awesome blog name! :)


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