Christa Black

Have you ever felt like your heart wasn’t working exactly as it should be, but you didn’t know how to get it back on track?Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 2.45.28 PM

On the outside, you seem to be doing okay.  You have the right job, the right family, the right house and church—even the right dog.
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If you’re living in America, you’ve probably been sideswiped with the sexy Fifty Shades of Grey trailer.  Maybe it’s Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 2.05.56 PMbeen during the SuperBowl or during your favorite television show, or potentially playing on the big screen while waiting at the movie theater.  Kudos to their marketing crew because, goodness gracious, everything seems to be drab with Grey these days.
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I was 99% certain that when my doctor did her ultrasound today, we were going to hear the heartbeat of my baby.

But the 20 seconds leading up to the confirmation, you better believe that 1% kicked in, racing my heartbeat as fast as a galloping horse.
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When you meet with doctors, nurses, midwives and doulas about an upcoming pregnancy, the topics lean towards IMG_1791pleasant things—like hearing baby’s heartbeat, seeing the little one kicking and squirming inside, and keeping yourself healthy while growing a person.

But none of my conversations over the years could have remotely prepared me for this past Friday night as I rushed to the emergency room, weeping for the unknown as my womb continued to cramp and release terrifying amounts of blood.
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Today, a miracle happened.

photo-141I actually put on mascara.

And while this small task would seem to be described as anything but a miracle, for this particular girl who has rarely made it out of bed for the past few weeks, crumpling over in agony from the morning sickness that accompanies growing new life inside, something as small as applying mascara feels like a true miracle to this nauseous pregger.
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I could barely sleep.

6amalarmclockExcitement and anticipation about Gold Monarch Healing Center opening its door for the first time the next morning on December 11 had me up all night going over lists of things that still had to be done before we welcomed our first guests the next day.
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