Ellie & Scott : July Adoptive Family

“Jesus Knows.” A simple phrase I have found myself repeating during the last several years. Allow me to share part of my story to give you a frame of reference for what that phrase means to me. My husband Scott and I just celebrated 6 years of … [Continue reading]

never been pregnant and I’m thankful.

Close your eyes and think of something you want so badly. Think about what you would do to make it happen. What would you endure to see it come to pass? Pregnancy. That was what I wanted to badly. I was in a single-minded-pursuit of that one … [Continue reading]

birkeland family update: now what?

it's been two weeks since we found out that I am not pregnant and I want to share what happened in my heart over the course of last month. I think I shared in one of the live fb videos I did that I didn't plan on sharing our journey this time … [Continue reading]

how to love a waiting mama

Mother's Day has looked different for me every single year for the past nine years. At the beginning of our marriage, there were thoughts of one day having little ones making me homemade gifts with *mommy* written in their precious little … [Continue reading]

birkeland family update :: growing our family

I know, I know so mean of me to make you wait. But I had good reason, I promise {it's all about timing, don't ya know?} A lot of friends in our new city didn't know about our journey to Evie so that has made this {re}sharing even more fun. And of … [Continue reading]

infertility lead us to adoption :: part 2

I'm just so undone by the love I've received since I decided to start sharing again. Thank you for the love and the responses from my last post. You guys are so good at rallying behind our family in the big stuff and in the small stuff. I am just so … [Continue reading]

infertility lead us to adoption :: part 1

It took me a longer than I want to admit to be okay with saying those words :: *infertility lead us to adoption* I didn't want to be labeled one of the couples who-didn't-get-pregnant-so-they-adopted. But for real though, that's our story and I own … [Continue reading]

there is always more.

Last year was a lot to process and I recently told a friend it wasn't my usual struggle of *waiting on a child* which was new to me - the main theme of my life from 2008 - 2015 was *where my baby at tho?* - oh, little did I know, there was more work … [Continue reading]

Shop Small Christmas Guide 2016

It's time for our 2nd annual #ShopSmallChristmasGuide ... and everyone said, YAY!!! Please consider doing some {or ALL} of your shopping here from this list.  If you are looking for something specific email me & I'll do my best to help you locate … [Continue reading]

what’s next for Cheers To Plan A?

hi friends! after praying & thinking about this blog, I've decided to discontinue sharing here. it saddens me, but I know this is the definitely the best decision for this season. this blog has been such a space of love, encouragement, and just … [Continue reading]