We are Paul and Bailie. A young married couple living a pretty quiet life in rural Nevada. Together we enjoy the outdoors, its always some kind of hunting season around here. We also enjoy working livestock, spending time with our families and just being together.
I (bailie) own a photography business with my wonderful mother in law (visit RBM Photography) and spend a great deal of time behind the lens of my camera or working on the newest photography blog behind my computer screen. I also work full time at the local mine, raise ACDs (Australian Cattle Dogs) and really enjoy being a wife (keeping the house picked up and making sure dinner is ready).
Paul lives to hunt! Its always a season around here from dove season to deer season and trapping season he doesn’t ever sit still long. Since moving back to his hometown he has been able to get back into working on his dads show pig operation (Malay Show Pigs). He works for the state and loves the idea of having full retirement benefits at the ripe old age of 42 :-P
We were married in 2009 and in 2010 when we still had not been able to conceive on our own we went looking for answers. Answers that were unfortunately not very clear. I had an exploratory surgery to check for endometriosis (read more here); of which there was not clear evidence. But we did find that I had one completely block fallopian tube and the other was 80 – 90% blocked. There was our answer. We researched and researched our options not wanting to concede that IVF was our only option. But after researching some more we realized that was the option. And not one that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. Failure is the word I remember coming to mind.
Aside from the very cold and scientific feeling that IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) gives a couple trying to start a family its also very costly. After a few consultations with a few different doctors and different clinics we quickly realized that starting a family was going to have to wait because we didn’t have an extra $15,000 in pocket change just hanging out. Now over 4 years later we have decided that we are better prepared financially, emotionally and are now set in town where we want to be so its time to start raising the money. We are having a fertility shower September of 2013 (details here) to ask for help from our wonderful friends and families. I have also spent a ridiculous number of hours filling out grant applications and ‘scholarship’ applications in hopes that we may be able to find the money somewhere :)
We know that raising the money may take a long time but we are getting the ball rolling! And as my grandma used to say ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’……oaky maybe it wasn’t my grandma that used to say it but someone coined that term a while back (pun intended).
We invite you to follow our journey through this process and please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. We are so blessed to have such a supportive and loving family and friends!