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This is a little unorthodox for these parts, but here goes:

I’m ย doing a fundraiser and I would love your help.

My sister and her husband desperately want a baby. And we can be a part of that happening.

This beautiful couple has gone the routes that people wanting a baby go and the next step in their journey is to visit Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha.

It takes a lot of time and money to go to PPVI. But from everything we hear, it’s absolutely worth it.

There are tremendous costs incurred — travel, food, lodging, the actual procedure, etc. It’s a lot and my sister and her husband understand that and are willing to make the effort. They have been working hard and saving and working some more to save more. They have done an incredible job (sold a car, quit eating out, odd jobs after their 9-5’s) and they are just about there.

But not quite — there is a little more to go. And I’d love to somehow let the Internet shower them with a little love.ย I know this is very forward of me, but I was wondering if perhaps you’d like to help?

If every one of my blog readers gave even $1, that would be a nice little chunk of change. As crazy at it sounds, I’m humbly asking you to consider this.

I know most of you don’t know my sister (trust me, she’s awesome). But her fertility journey — which has pretty much been the exact opposite of mine — it has opened my eyes to the great struggle some couples have to start a family. Perhaps you’ve been in this situation yourself and understand precisely how this feels.

I had no idea what some couples must do to get a baby. And it sounds like PPVI is at the top of the list in helping that happen for couples like this one.

So if you can donate a little something to this cause, I would be blessed and humbled. If monetary donation isn’t feasible, please pray for them. They leave at the end of this month to start what we are praying will be a new, encouraging and exciting season in their life.

For those who do donate, I am offering a few little door prizes. Three very generous friends of mine have offered their services as part of this drive (thank you, girls!). If you Donate to Life, please leave a comment at the end of this post and you are automatically entered to win one of three great prizes.

Prizes are:

1. Year subscription to Faith and Family Magazine, thanks to generous editor Danielle Bean
2. A shopping session with the fine Hallie Lord at Bloom
3. A web banner designed by the fabulous Dorian Speed (who designed this very site!).

So enter to win — click on the paypal button to the left and we will see what we can do.

Thank you so much for any support you can give. Much love to you all. 2576″> ? .



  1. Meredith and Jordan says

    We’ll pray for success. Our first was a bit of a miracle and our second (on her way) was both a surprise and an enormous blessing! Please send your sister and her husband our best.

  2. There aren’t two more lovely or deserving people!

  3. Done. I am more and more aware of how blessed we are to have easily conceived six times and had six healthy babies with no losses. I pray they find answers.

  4. I went to PPVI and am now 7 months pregnant! They are WONDERFUL there!
    I hope my little donation helps!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!!!!

  5. I feel your sister and her husband’s pain. We are on the infertility/NaPro journey too. It gives me hope to see a fundraiser like this… :*)

  6. Donated and praying. :>

  7. Danielle M. says

    A donation to a wonderful cause, and our prayers as well. What a blessing to have such a sister!

  8. I’m in! Praying, praying, praying…

  9. We’re saving up for the same trip for the same reason… hopefully our widow’s mite will help get them there a little sooner! God bless them, and here’s praying for some good news!

  10. Praying for your sister — that she feels the love (and the grace and peace:)

  11. Done! Please keep us updated!

  12. Sending our love and prayers for a blessed trip to PPVI!!!!

  13. Summer Anderson says

    Done! After 5 years of infertility and thousands of dollars of medical bills, we were blessed to conceive and bring a baby girl into the world. My heart goes out to those still waiting and struggling. May God bless them and their journey.

  14. Praying for them and all couples who experience this challenge!

  15. Love your sister’s blog – pray for her all the time. Love you, of course!! Made my donation happily – I so want to hear a success story from her. Thanks for letting us contribute!! Would love the shopping prize…!!

  16. Hi! I know this is a bit odd, but we live in Lincoln, NE about 50 minutes away from Omaha. I would love to offer them to stay at our home. We have great guest quarters downstairs in our home and they are welcome to come and go as they please. We do have six little children (one in utero also) so it probably is a bit LOUD at our home, but we wanted to offer. We have a very good friend who works at Pope Paul also. She will be in love with the place. They have helped so many women. God Bless.
    my email is :

  17. I wish I could give more! God bless your sister and God bless you for doing something so nice for her.

  18. I had never heard of PPVI, but after checking out the website, I will be encouraging my friends struggling with fertility issues to check it out. I am adopted (my parents were unable to conceive) and I know firsthand the struggles that many people go through to create a family.

    I’ll be praying for your sister. And I’ll be donating as soon as I finish typing this.

  19. Kathy McVickar says

    Donation sent, prayers included.

  20. Prayers sent along with donation.

  21. Praying!

  22. I hope our small donation helps! I am giving in honor of our daughters’ 10th birthday today! I feel so very humbled and blessed everyday to be able to be the mother of 5 healthy children and I pray that some day soon your sister and her husband get to know that same joy as well!! God’s blessings to all!!

  23. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. Rachel, you are so awesome for setting this up for JoJo. I love you guys and I am praying everyday for a miracle. xoxo

  24. As someone who had fertility problems herself, I am so empathetic to your sister and her husband’s journey. We now have 2 delightful little boys, 2 and 6-mo, thanks to the help of a wonderful NFP doctor here. I will pray your sister and her husband are similarly blessed! And hopefully our little donation will help as well.

  25. I hope our little donation can help. Praying for your sister and her family.

  26. PRAYING praying praying!!!! And hoping that each little bit adds up to success and graces for them!!! What a great and generous idea, Rachel! Thanks for asking, we’re happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I will be praying for your sister and her hubby. I would also suggest they consider adoption as a wonderful option too. No pressure meant and no guilt meant as we walked the infertility route ourselves. We were at the process of considering in vitro and prayed a lot about it. God led us to 4 wonderful children in Korea through international adoption. We cannot imagine having any other children now!! They ARE our children and we could never love them more if we had given birth to them!! We have many close friends who have adopted domestically too and through foster care. Several of them used Catholic adoption agencies, although we did not. I know there are many good Catholic agencies out there if that would be important to your sister and husband.

    I will pray for your family members and I know God leads different families to grow in different ways. But adoption is one option out there and I don’t know anyone who has regretted it after they brought home their new child or baby!! God can grow families in more than one way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Carrie T.

    • Earth Mother says

      Carrie, you are so kind to offer your support and encouragement. JoJo does know alot about adoption. Her family of origin is made up of biological offspring and adopted offspring. Thak you for your prayers. +

  28. Small donation and prayers on the way. I have only one so far but he was a “whoops” so I have not had to experience the pain of longing for a baby for years. I hope they find the help they need.

  29. Small donation and prayers. Please keep us updated on her experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Donated. As a woman who is unable to have children, but has experienced the joys of motherhood through adoption, I will keep your sister and husband in my prayers. Please keep us updated. I will also pray that should they continue to have difficulty conceiving, that they would open their hearts and their home to consider that God might just want them to build their family through adoption. Many, many blessings!!!

  31. Joanna Miller says

    I donated a little – hope it helps. Praying hard that the Institute can help them.

  32. I went through 3 years of infertility before getting pregnant with my now 9-month-old daughter. My doctor was trained at the PPVI center and treated me with NaPro technology. It wasn’t easy but the methods worked. I think it is AWESOME that you are helping your sister get moral and excellent treatment for her infertility. She and her husband will be in my prayers. Hang in there!!

  33. Mark & Mary says

    This is such a wonderful idea, Rachel! Thank you for sharing this opportunity to love and support JoJo. She will be in our continued prayers.

  34. Karen Freeman Lewis says

    Donation sent and here is praying for some success.

  35. Glad to help with a small donation! Praying for a baby in their arms soon.

  36. There are many success stories in the Catholic Infertility blogosphere and PPVI has played a big part. Your sister and her hub are in my prayers!!!

  37. Best fundraiser ever. Donation made. Prayers sent.

  38. lord knows this is a great start and end to many an infertility journey. my husband and i have just conceived after only 3 months visiting PPVI. only God knows why, but healing seems to have been a part. I will talk to my husband about what we can do…

  39. Donation and prayers sent for your sister!

  40. Sounds like fun for us! Good luck to your sister and brother-in-law. I’ll pray for them!

  41. Praying that they get answers while in Omaha. We met at the F&F day and spoke about my journey with infertility/adoption/childbirth/adoption and how your sister was dealing with those issues as well. May they stay close to Our Lady as they discern the path He has placed before them.

  42. Charlie West says

    Good luck to your sister and her husband.

  43. What a beautiful thing to do for your sister. Will keep her and her husband in prayer.

  44. Done! Now I will add a whole heap of prayers, thank you for giving us this chance to help. Many of my days have been brightened by your writing and I hope our help can brighten some days for you and yours.

    In Christ,

  45. Absolutely! It is worth every effort, every penny, every prayer to do this.

  46. Donation and prayers!

  47. Praying that everything works out!!

  48. Donation and prayers.

  49. So happy to help! Will be praying for them! NaPro is so successful; can’t wait to hear good news!

  50. donated and prayed for your sister!

  51. I have been reading your sister’s blog and am so happy to be able to help in a small way. Praying, too!

  52. Small donation sent…prayers for a blessed trip.

  53. clarise Boudreaux says

    Wow, you make it so easy. Glad to help. always love life.


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