Salina Gibson is the founder of “Heart Reflected” blog. She spends most of her time behind a camera or laptop documenting God’s beautiful creation, teaching an adult women’s Sunday school class, and enjoying being with her husband. Her heart’s desire is to help women. She know what it’s like to feel completely hopeless, to believe you are all alone, and that no one else understands. She wants to use her experiences to be a light to those who are in darkness. She wants to extend the Hope that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can give.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Salina Gibson and I’m 43 years old. My husband and I have been married for sixteen years, and of those sixteen, we TTC for about eight years with no success. I had problems with my fallopian tubes, a tilted uterus, and endometriosis. [Look here for more information about Salina]

What are the natural family planning ways you’ve ever tried? Do you use ovulation testers? How do they help?

It’s been awhile, and I’m sure there are lots of new techniques, but I mostly did the temperature taking, charting, vitamins, and eating healthy. I’ve never used an ovulation tester.
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You write some book reviews on your blog, including Ever Upward. (The author Justine is one of our community experts.) Can you recommend the top 3 useful books for people who just started learning about TTC and fertility?

My favorite book on fertility is Ever Upward by Justine Brooks Froelker. I can’t recommend it enough. Justine and I are most definitely soul sisters, and her book has opened up a lot of healing for me. I also recommend Barren Among the Fruitful by Amanda Hope Haley, and Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty.

What are the questions you’ve been asked by your friends regarding infertility? How do you usually feel about those questions?

People and family always commented that we needed a few kids (as though we weren’t aware of the fact) I’ve been asked multiple times why I didn’t chose to adopt. I also received a lot of unwanted advice. The questions always frustrated me, and sometimes hurt and angered me.

We believe frustration happens lots during your TTC. But how about happiness? Is there anything fun, surprising happening when you are trying to get pregnant?

During my years of TTC I have to honestly say that I let the hurt and pain take over way more of my life than I should have. I believe the hardest part of TTC is knowing when to stop. That was an extremely difficult decision for me, but once I accepted it, I was able to move on, and now my life is very full and rewarding. Not having children has given me more time to devote to relationships, and new things in my life, like photography, writing, hiking and traveling with my husband, and attending concerts with my best friends.

Anything else you’d like to share?

TTC does bring a lot of heartache, and pain. For many of us, we feel like we have been robbed of so much, but there is one of area of our lives we still have control of, and that’s our happiness. It might not look exactly like someone else’s idea of happy, but as long as it’s yours, then that’s all that matters.


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About Salina

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Salina Gibson is the founder of “Heart Reflected” blog. She spends most of her time behind a camera or laptop documenting God’s beautiful creation, teaching an adult women’s Sunday school class, and enjoying being with her husband. Her heart’s desire is to help women. She know what it’s like to feel completely hopeless, to believe you are all alone, and that no one else understands. She wants to use her experiences to be a light to those who are in darkness. She wants to extend the Hope that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can give.