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I have totally lifted this.  It is not mine at all and I don’t personally know the woman who posted it to her blog (Rambling Into The Unknown), but it was so good she boot-legged it from her friend’s blog (Life Is Now).

So, Jodi & Katie…I hope you don’t mind.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; she was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners.

She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’ ‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma.

The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’ Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean? The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes a long their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.


So, the last time we were at this point the procedure was canceled due to discovery of lumps on my uterine walls during the Sonohystogram/practice transfer.  Now we are back to the beginning and I’m hoping nothing comes up to stop us this time.  I’ve started taking low dose BC pills as of 4/18 and will keep on taking them until we start our injections or I hear otherwise.  Talked to Nurse G. today who has us scheduled for a “teaching” on May 6th – which is really more for Chris to learn how to give me injections I assume.  That should be some interesting stuff- Chris sticking an orange with a needle over and over for practice.

I originally thought that we would be doing all this to line up for transfer before our trip, but I guess we missed this most recent cycle so they have us on the next “train” so to speak.  So as of this moment, we should be starting our shots on May 22nd – just in time to travel east.  I am going to have to look into how we pack syringes and medication for air travel.  I’m imagine it’s a very common thing, but I have to prepare!

To be honest, I just want to get our schedule from the RE in my hands.  Being able to look at the dates for each step of IVF makes me feel like we are moving towards something instead of vacillating in the muckity muck neither-world of neither here nor there.


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