5.24.2009

3%~


One of my favorite things about having an Etsy store is getting to create special one-of-kind items for people. Even better than that is when these people share the stories that inspire their special requests.


Recently I had a customer request one of my custom pillows with "3%" on it. Her story was just lovely, so I asked her if I could share it with my readers. Lynn and her husband were struggling with infertility and had received news that they only had a 3% chance of ever being able to conceive.


In her words...


"Going through infertility is still such a big secret we all keep. I think that is why when some women (like myself) go through it it is quite lonely. We had gone through numerous treatments and three IVF's. All failed - zero fertilization - egg issue. To get that 3% news was beyond devastating. Fast forward a few years and what I thought was a bad case of the flu turned out to be me 12 weeks pregnant. Took the pregnancy test and heard his heartbeat all in the same day! Zach is 3 1/2 now. There is not a day that goes by that I don't just look at him in awe that he is ours. I feel truly blessed and I am a very thankful mom! "


She wanted the pillow because whenever anything seems impossible or difficult for her and for her husband, they look at one another and simply say "3% chance."


Having struggled with infertility for about 5 years prior to the birth of our first child, I related in a very real and personal way to this story. It meant the world to me to be able to create something for this family that has such a wonderful story behind it.


Thanks Lynn!


Isn't life wonderful?~

46 comments:

Brenda said...

How wonderful! You must feel proud to know what they're thinking when they look at it. And it came from your hands to their heart.
Brenda

Joanna said...

Life is wonderful, we need stories like this to remind us every once in a while.

Dianne said...

Thanks for sharing such a lovely story!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

That is a great story! I currently struggle with infertility myself so that is very inspriational! thank you for sharing :-)

Tammy said...

IVF is such a lonely world. I am glad that their little 3.5 yr old proved that is all that was needed to make him - 3%. I bet that is the best 3% ever.

thanks for sharing the story..

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

IVF is the loneliest road I have ever traveled but I too have the babies to prove everyone wrong! Great story!

Astrid said...

Beautiful story! Thanks to Lynn for sharing it.

Melanie said...

What a beautiful and inspiring story to go with a beautiful and inspiring item. Thanks for sharing that! My husband and I share similar inspiration in the odds we were given during our infertility issues. We were told that if we did 3 rounds of IVF, we had a 97% chance of getting pregnant. We have completed 5 IVFs, all without getting pregnant. We were the "other" 3%. However, I am now pregnant with our 3rd child (all conceived while we weren't trying between the failed IVFs). We were told that conceiving on our own would take a miracle. I am grateful for each of our miracle babies, and find comfort in knowing that the odds are up to someone more powerful than a doctor or myself.

Erin said...

oh gosh that's such an endearing story. and such a cool pillow. they're both one of a kind.

JulieP said...

What a touching story!

Amy said...

That is a beautiful story.

Glitter and Bliss said...

What a wonderful story!! I love it!! Leslie

Shilo said...

That is soo precious!

Jamie said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jill said...

What a great story...love it!

Andrea said...

what an amazing and ispiring story! my hubby and i are now dealing with the very same issue. to know someone else got through it is just inspiring! thank you for sharing.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

That is really a fantastic story. I love that, thanks for sharing it!!

Elyse said...

that is a heart-warming and inspiring story. so sweet!

xo

DESJ and Company said...

warmed my heart.
lovely!

Angie said...

Great story! She will cherish that pillow forever!

Jen r. said...

I love it, what a great story! jen

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful story and what a wonderful, visual way to remind them of being able to rise above those odds. Just beautiful! (the story and the pillow!)

Kara said...

That is an amazing and beautiful story! I have learned that God can always find a way around statistics. :)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

WHAT A GREAT STORY! I LOVE THE PILLOW AND WHAT IT REPRESENTS.

MidniteScrapper said...

Wow. Beautiful story and great pillow to remind them.

Mandi said...

Sweet story, thanks for sharing it. 3 was my lucky number in fertility treatments, I was fortunate to get pregnant on the third round after trying for years!
Blessings to all...

~Carole said...

What a great story. The 3% pillow will always inspire them.

Flax and Spindle said...

What a beautiful story, thanks for sharing that! that pillow certainly is a true conversation piece!

xo
Darlene

Songbirdtiff said...

What a beautiful story. Very inspiring. :)

Christina said...

What a beautiful story. Having someone close to me that is struggling with infertility right now, this hits home.

Beautiful pillow too!

Amber said...

Thanks for sharing her story. What a sweet one it is. I love that God doesn't work in ways bound by %'s!

Tiffany said...

Wow, what a story. That is amazing. Thanks for sharing! God is so good and always 100%, so glad we can count on that! LOVE the pillow.

Jessica said...

oh wow. . .

how amazing. you know. . .my oldest is named sam. . .samuel david runyan.

his first name is after:
for this child i have prayed. and boy was he prayed for. we tried for almost 3 years. . .many many infertility treatments, but it is all in god's plan!

now, i look at my precious boy. . .and i'm so thankful that god's plan is always the best! wonderful story! love love love the 3%!

i'll have your pic up soon. promise!

happy monday!

Fiffer said...

Hi Wendy! Just became your newest "follower"...linked to you from somewhere(?) and liked all your decorating ideas. I live in a 200-year old farmhouse and am always looking for more decorating tips. Thanks for sharing them! Happy Memorial Day!

Melanie said...

Great story. I also suffered from infertility. After finally having one, we were shocked to have conceived a second on our own.

Children are truly a blessing and a miracle!

Laura said...

What a wonderful story and a reminder of how precious life is!

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

I love stories like that!

Marie said...

What a sweet story! Thank you for sharing it. Love the pillow.
Blessings,
Marie
blog: http://emmacallsmemama.com

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

Wende - this is perfect!

i'm struggling with infertility, now - and you're right...it is a secret we keep...mostly to protect our fragile hearts during this time of struggle.

LOVE this story, it is so special, and what an amazing perspective you have - you get to create a unique treasure for their home!

xo

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Now that is a wonderful story behind the pillow! I do love original ideas...so happy for this couple.

~Misti

kaylin rose and mara anne said...

Love the story and IVF is very lonely...I have been there and done that...with a wonderful outcome of 2 beautiful girls who will be 2 in 3 weeks.

What an great gift you have and how wonderful to share it.
Thanks!

Perfectly Pleasant said...

What a great story, thank you for sharing!

Ashley said...

This is precious. How special!

renae said...

Wow - that is awesome!

Darlene said...

LOVE this story!!! It took us 18 years before we finally conceived our daughter!! Technology finally caught up. I always tell people NEVER, NEVER give up!!!♥

Ms. Tee said...

What a tender, sweet momento - I love it.