A Faith-Based Conference for Those Walking Through Infertility, Miscarriage, or Adoption
The Hope Narrative is a faith-based infertility conference hosted by Sarah's Laughter. No matter where you are in your walk through infertility, there is hope for you. We will welcome keynote speaker, Caroline Harries, author of the In Due Time Devotional, as well as many other guests who have walked through or are currently walking through infertility. We’ll learn how to keep faith through the seasons of infertility, strengthen marriages, and honor babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant loss. There will be instruction on preparing finances for infertility or adoption. We will also hear from local fertility specialists. There will be an optional memorial service for miscarried babies that will include a live butterfly release.
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Our 2017 Keynote speaker, Caroline has a heart for those who are waiting on a breakthrough from the Lord. Her unwavering faith is evident as she believes for her own miracle of children. She delights in encouraging women through her internationally-followed blog and book, In Due Time, as well as her ministry to those desiring to become mothers, Moms in the Making. She loves traveling the world, competing in triathlons and spending time with her husband, Colby. She holds a degree in finance and marketing from Baylor University in Texas, where she and her husband live. To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Our 2016 Keynote speaker, Elisha lives in a small town in Southern Illinois and loves Jesus, organizing, taking extremely long showers, encouraging others, hosting parties for family and friends, skinny jeans and boots, and eating bologna sandwiches with Wavy Lays Hickory Smoked BBQ chips smashed in the middle. She also writes a pretty amazing blog you might have heard of: Waiting for Baby Bird.
Beth is the founder and president of Sarah’s Laughter. She loves spending time with her three fur babies, as well as her human daughter and husband. She enjoys bubble baths and fervently believes that there will be Coca-Cola in Heaven. She’s also written a few books, hosts a podcast heard around the world, and is probably at this moment helping someone launch an infertility support group.
Kimberly is no stranger to infertility as a “former infertile.” She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and co-leads the Sarah’s Laughter PAIL Group. She works as a School Counselor in Livingston Parish while enriching marriages through her private practice. Kimberly’s breakout is “Creating a Stronger Marriage.” To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Lauren is one of the co-leaders for the Sarah's Laughter Adoption Support Group. Lauren and her husband struggled with infertility for three years. After 3 failed IUIs and 3 failed IVFs they decided to pursue a passion they've always had: adoption. The couple experienced a heartbreaking failed adoption after parenting that baby for five days. In 2017, God mended their hearts through the domestic infant adoption of their son, Samuel. Lauren would love to share with you about transracial adoption, and how God was faithful even through her darkest days. To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Cary and Tyler live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with their young children, Isabel and Noah. You can follow their infertility & adoption journey at [http://theadventuresofbabyk.blogspot.com/]. Tyler & Cary will both speak in the Navigating Adoption 101 breakout and will have a Q & A Session.
In The Huddle, our “Men Only” breakout, Cary will address many of the common struggles and questions men face with infertility and adoption—and what it was like to experience them while playing pro football.
To listen to their interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Sadie and her husband, Beau, were married in 2011. For the past four years they have coached couples with their finances. Sadie is currently working with Bear Hope Foundation, a non-profit providing hope through your struggle with infertility. It provides financial coaching and ultimately will provide grants for fertility treatment. To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Tricia and her husband Allan began their TTC journey in the summer of 2012. She is passionate about advocating infertility support and education. She is a coffee enthusiast and has an on-again, off-again relationship with running. She busies herself working at a wholesale jewelry company, dabbling in healthy (sorta) cooking, and amateur blogging. She and Allan have a heart for world missions. Fun facts: Tricia swallowed a live goldfish for a youth camp competition and majored in African Studies at LSU. In her Fruitfully Barren breakout, she will talk about thriving emotionally and spiritually, and having purpose in your barren season. To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Melissa and her husband Brad are no strangers to the world of infertility. They were married in the fall of 2008 and have faced 3 diagnoses, 9 fertility treatments, and 2 miscarriages. Melissa is an infertility advocate and just a little bit enthusiastic about the importance of support groups. She enjoys photography, singing, and stage managing at the local theater. Also, she can't get enough coffee mugs. Melissa will speak in the breakout session “Believing God in Every Season.” To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
Beth Anne talks about infertility every day—at home, in support group, and at work. She and her husband Ryan began their infertility journey in 2014 and after several failed treatments they finally found success through in vitro fertilization.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, graduate of both Sarah's Laughter Infertility and PAIL support groups and leader of Sarah's Laughter Moms of Miracles support group. She works in private practice specializing in perinatal mood disorders and counseling for infertility and loss.
She and Ryan live in Baton Rouge with their six month old son and two boxer daughters Ruby and Molly.
Join Beth Anne in her breakout session Grieving in Silence: Infertility, Embryos and Early Loss. To listen to her interview on our podcast, please click "read more."
My daughter, Sawyer, was born on 2/28/15. We found out that she passed away while still in my belly, so we chose to induce labor right away. I was overwhelmed with pain and heartache, and that's when Sarah's laughter became my refuge! I will share how I keep the memory of our daughter, Sawyer, alive, and how you can do the same in your situation.
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