Hi! I’m Mary. I’ve been married to my best friend since 2013, we have an adopted daughter who is full of smiles, and are waiting to adopt again! Chris and I became trained as a Marriage Prep Mentor Couple by Lloyd and Jan Tate (Marriage Prep Rockstars) in 2018 and this has enriched our marriage and enhanced my role as a Creighton Practitioner.
I grew up in a home with a staunch love of the Catholic faith, which has been woven into my core since day one. I am grateful for this rich foundation because life has thrown a couple of curve balls- good thing I’m an athlete!
Physical pain and infertility both rocked my world and renewed my faith, causing me to stumble into some unexpected, yet thrilling roles- speaker & rapper, women’s health warrior, Creighton Model Practitioner, podcaster, and blogger.
Life did not turn out how we expected- but neither did the suffering. I found a depth of life that can only be found through the cross. Willingness to enter into my pain with Christ transformed agony into joy, and pain into purpose.
I worked in Youth Ministry for nearly 10 years and have given talks on various topics, but focus presently on speaking to teenage girls about God’s beautiful design of fertility as it relates to sexuality, marriage, and health at high schools and in parishes.
I hope to expand the topics I present to include my testimony of suffering and joy, NFP education and reform, the Pro-Life movement and adoption, Infertility, and preparing teens’ expectations for marriage.
Keep an eye out for a new non-profit I co-founded with Emily Frase @totalwhine.com called FAbM Base, a new fertility awareness database where science and real-life intersect. Among many other things, our website will help women to find the fertility awareness based method that fits her/the couple best. Check back to my women’s health tab for up to date info.
Who knew life could be so fruitful as an infertile woman? Infertility has been my biggest challenge, but has also forced me to investigate the many purposes for which God has created me – and that has delivered me great joy! Our plans are as limited as our foresight. God frees the desires of our hearts that we didn’t even know were there.
The next time you are confronted with suffering, don’t fear it. Step into it with an open heart that is docile to the Holy Spirit Who is simply reaching for what your heart truly longs for. Roll up your sleeves and put on the armor of Christ.
I hope to see you on the battlefield!