Alisa. 37. New Hampshire. Married for almost three years to this wonderful, funny, smart guy. Previously married. Went through in-vitro fertilization to have my five year old magical son Keegan. Stepmother to the charming Isabelle (6). Gushingly in love with our baby boy Harper(1). Policy Wonk and dreaded bureaucrat. Lover of fine cuisine, honeybees, truly romantic moments and the underdog.
Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds ...continue reading

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Reading tonight over at Chez Miscarriage struck a chord. I have a friend who was an egg donor several years ago. It was way before I ever knew that we would face infertility struggles ourselves. She did it simply because she could. Because she really wanted to give someone the chance to carry a child. I never fully appreciated what she went through and the sacrifices she made. Somewhere in the middle of giving myself numerous shots last year it hit me. That she had done this for someone else, for strangers without any thought of personal gain. I don't think I have ever been able to tell her how proud I am to know her. How she changed someone's life by giving them hope. Because when you are in the middle of those treatments, hope is the best gift of all. So she manipulated her cycle to sync with another woman's and then she passed along those follicles. She gave enough so that not only could they have one baby, but perhaps even have a true sibling too.
I want to tell her, "I love you." And, "Every time we talk and you hear the joy in my voice over having my little guy. It is most probably echoing the joy that you gave that couple."
Bless the donors, especially since it is something I couldn't even do myself.

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