Good morning, friends!!
It's so good to be back with you today!! I am absolutely loving every (well, let's be honest, almost every ;) moment of maternity leave, but definitely miss interacting with you all more regularly!
I first heard Jessica Satterfield share some of her story on the Surviving Sarah Podcast that my friend Sarah Bragg hosts... I'll never forget being out in our yard, about a year and a half ago, weeding and planting some mums in our front planter, all the while listening to Jessica share her story of the beautiful way God has woven her family together and the strength and grace He's given her along the way!
So today, I am thrilled to introduce you all to Jessica here on the blog where she is sharing more of her heart and story- I just know y'all will be encouraged!
Share where you currently live:
Share where you grew up:
Spartanburg, SC, a little town about 30 minutes from where I live now.
Share about your family/your job/living situation:
I am married to my life crush, Brandon. We’ve been married almost 10 years this summer! I can’t believe it, but yet it feel just like yesterday too. We have two adopted miracle babies, Selah who just turned four, and Micah who is two and a half. The way both of them came home to us are nothing short of miracles.
I have the best job in the world! I stay at home with my littles, am a writer, a speaker, and lead a ministry I founded called, The Garden, for women walking through infertility, miscarriage, infant loss, and adoption. I also have a little Etsy shop called, Stamps of Grace. I love to create and stamping and creating jewelry lets me do that!
Share your favorite book and/or podcast:
Whoa. This is hard. I have so many favorite books it’s hard to just pick one. My favorite author is Sara Hagerty, I love everything she writes. Probably my favorite book at the moment is, Compelled by Love by Heidi Baker. It has literally changed my life forever.
My favorite podcast is Jonathan David and Melissa Helser’s. I love His tender heart for the Father and his passion to father a generation. I love Shawn Boltz’s, Exploring the Prophetic, because I’ve been practicing hearing the heart of the Father for others. And Havilah Cunnington’s is a close third. She is a wife and mama to four boys and still rocking a thriving ministry.
Share your favorite quote and/or Bible verse:
Um. This is impossible. But I’ll tell you my favorite passage right now is Ephesians 5:8-10, “Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our Lord shining through you because of your union with Him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with his revelation-light! And the supernatural fruits of his light will be seen in you- goodness, righteousness, and truth. Then you will learn to choose what is beautiful to our Lord.” We have one mission- to live as His kids.
Share your favorite beverage:
If you even remotely know me, it’s Coconut LaCroix. All day, every day. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.
Share one of the biggest losses you’ve experienced:
It happens at the end of every month. We’ve been praying and waiting on a miracle pregnancy for 7 years now. At the end of every month, when I still see one lonely line, I grieve all over again. But one day, one month, hopefully soon, everything will change. And just like we have two miracle babies through adoption, we’ll have another miracle baby in my belly too.
Share some of the choices that have been most helpful in continuing to move you forward and support you while you are healing:
When we experience loss we all come to a crossroads and have one choice to make: walk away or press in. Pressing in has been and continues to be the beauty in the midst of heartbreak and pain in my life. I would never know Papa God the way I do now, had I chosen to walk away. Pressing in through the questions and doubts and why’s certainly isn’t easy, but it’s most definitely worth it.
Share some ways you have tried to incorporate laughter and fun in the midst of the hurt:
Proverbs says that a happy heart is good medicine. Even in the midst of so much loss and grief, my husband and I find thankfulness to be our battle cry! You should see our family dance parties in the kitchen, they get pretty wild.
Share how this experience has been instrumental in leading you to where you are today:
Infertility has become over the years a gift. What the enemy meant for evil, Papa God has turned around for our good, rewriting, redeeming, and restoring what the enemy has stolen. Knowing Him, walking in deep intimacy with the Father is everything to Him. And I have infertility to thank for that! It’s that one thing that keeps bringing my heart to His.
Share any tips/advice/love for others who have gone through something similar:
I would say to “find your tribe.” That’s exactly why I started the ministry, The Garden. God didn’t make us to do life alone. Gosh, even Jesus did life with twelve. If the Father’s very Son chose to do life in community, we should too. And I would say to press in. Press into the heart of your Father. There is no good apart from Him, Psalm 16:2 says.