About me

Hi! I’m Jackie.{I stopped writing on this blog in 2014, but come visit me at my new site at Hoping in God!}

Welcome to my blog! I post about worshiping Jesus, loving my husband, our struggle through infertility, adopting our sweet son, motherhood, managing my home, and lots of food. Lots and lots of food. I love to bake and cook and to share my recipes with you!

I’m so excited you’ve stopped by. I hope you feel right at home. Know that if you came by my door step right now, I’d offer you some sort of delicious baked good.

Cookie? Cupcake?

Just take your pick:)

Want to know more? I was born and raised in the midwest. I met Jesus through the ministry of Young Life when I was 16. I married my high school sweetheart and we started trying to have a family…. and kept trying. Infertility is a part of the fabric of our lives. We’ve been through numerous failed fertility treatments – lastly embryo adoption. We adopted two sets of 2 embryos and although we got our first positive pregnancy tests both ended in miscarriage all too quickly. We spent the next 6 months processing and healing as we closed the door on trying to get pregnant.

We decided in September of 2012 to begin the process to adopt and our sweet son was born on Easter Sunday!! We are so in love and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for God’s goodness to us!


This blog has chronicled through some of the most difficult years of my life thus far and now captures the end of our journey to have a baby and the sweetness of years of answered prayers. It’s part love-of-baking, part tears-through-infertility, part relaxation-through-crafting-and-decorating and part journalling-thoughts-through-sanctification. And now by the grace of God, I get the opportunity to write my son’s story and record his life.

I am so, so grateful that you’ve joined me through this journey.

Important stuff:

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Thank you!


16 Responses to About me

  1. Kelly says:

    Love it! :) So excited you’re blogging!!!

  2. We’ll miss you at Thanksgiving this year, Jackie, but your Apple Pear Cranberry Pie will be there. Hopefully it will still be good gluten free.

    I am thankful for the beautiful and loving daughter that you are and continue to be. Also, I’m thankful that you live close enough for us to see on a regular basis.

  3. Robyn Leonard says:

    Jackie! I love your blog and your last fb on your advent gifts from your friends..I don’t know anything about that, but you are a very special person and I know you are blessed and will continue to be!! You have an amazing heart and I will pray for you and your hearts desires’.
    Miss you and always the best to you Jackie!!

  4. Kelly says:

    LOVE the new About Me page! :)

  5. Lauren says:

    I just nominated you for a new blogger award! Thank you for your honesty and willingness to make your struggles public. Blessings, Lauren

    Check it out at http://acupofbliss.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/a-writing-award-and-an-update/

  6. Cheryl says:

    Just found your blog, and wanted to say how much I have appreciated reading about another person whose journey with infertility and moving towards adoption is so similar to my own, especially as a fellow Christian. I will be praying that you will bring your child home soon, and that God will be glorified through this journey! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Leonie says:

    I love your blog Jackie. I wish I had your blog when we were trying. But, as a fellow Christian, I will be praying for you and when you bring him home soon. God bless you and your little family.

    • jackielopina says:

      Aww thank you so much! It’s definitely been a labor of love. I’m so thankful I documented our story in this way- it’s so nice to look back and remember, really remember what it was like.

  8. leighannteh says:

    You are so precious! I’m encouraged by your story and am thankful that you are sharing ur story! I’m new on this ttc journey bc I was diagnosed with pcos earlier this year.. Considering all the future meds and possible treatments and adoption… I’m happy seeing what Gods accomplishing in your life! Makes me excited for what’s coming next for me too :)

  9. victoria kranser says:

    I found your blog thumbing through Pinterest. Im making your Sugar Cookie Recipe tomorrow for a Toy Drive we are holding for a local childrens hospital. Congratulations on your baby. Enjoy all the exciting “firsts”.

    • jackielopina says:

      Thank you so much! I hope your sugar cookies turned out well… They are delicious! I also hope your toy drive was amazing. What a great idea! Thanks for coming by and reading! :)

  10. I’m not sure how I ran across your blog but I just got done reading about you and your husband’s adoption process & finally bringing home your baby and one thing remains– God is so faithful! Love your blog. :) I am excited about checking out your recipes now. Blessings!!

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