About Me

imageHELLO and welcome to my blog! My name is Jil Davis. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a writer. I loved all things “bookish” and… well… organizing them in my pretend library. However, I still don’t know how to do the Dewey Decimal System. 🙂 I never thought I would do anything with writing. Simply put, I loved this form of self expression.

I started college pursuing a degree in Biology & Chemistry in hopes of transferring to the Vet School at Tech. But something happened midway through my freshmen year. I surrendered my life to God. Once that happened everything I thought I would be doing changed. I went from pursuing a career in veterinary medicine to studying business & accounting. Boy, am I glad that God led me down that path. He has used my skills as an accountant not just for making a living but for extensive ministry through churches and our home businesses. God really knows what He’s doing!

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{Photo Credit: Ashley Duke, Faith Photography}

I met my husband, Brooks, in the 11th grade. We met in chemistry class and as he would tell you “we had chemistry between us”! We knew after 4 months of dating that we would one day marry and, five years later, we did. It was a long 5 year wait but I always have to remind myself that hey, we were only 16 and 17 when we met. It seems like an eternity when you are so young! We were 21 and 22 when we tied the knot. He is the love of my life and if you met us you’d know it. We are 15+ years in and we still “oogle” each other like teenagers.

We own & operate ThorneBrook Farms in BEAUTIFUL Virginia where we raise all natural grass fed beef and lamb. We also have our own small flock of chickens, a pet lamb named Lambie, and two dogs Jack & Annabelle.

We have not been blessed with children. The wait, as of now, will reach 10 years November 2015. We decided to remove birth control about 3 months after we married. At first we weren’t all that worried. We thought “well we have plenty of time” and thought nothing of it. We were busy building our businesses and learning to be married. But after about 5 years, we (I especially) began getting antsy and wondering why it had not happened for us.

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{Photo Credit: Ashley Duke, Faith Photography}

For years, we talked about seeing a fertility specialist but felt we needed to wait for God’s perfect timing. That wait was 9 years. It took a lot of prayer and study of Scripture before I felt comfortable & at peace with that decision. According to the doctor, because so much time has gone by {without a single positive pregnancy test}, our best option is IVF.

Since then, we’ve completed one IUI. That ended in a negative. Fast forward to today, we were funded for IVF, have completed that process and transferred our first frozen embryo (FET)!

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FET Day! 6.8.2016

That transfer happened on June 8, 2016 and was successful. We were pregnant with TWINS! However, they both stopped growing and we officially miscarried on August 22, 2016… our 13.5 week mark.

That’s where we are at now and why I started this blog. In doing research for my own knowledge and seeking encouragement in my journey, I found there are no where near enough resources out there for this kind of trial. In addition to that, I found a lot of women and couples had understandably made infertility their whole life. I don’t think this is healthy. So, I want to share a message that there’s life outside our struggle(s), be it whatever it is, and we can live a full life outside them.

Enter the love of writing. I want to share my and Brooks’ journey with others in hopes that you would be encouraged, convicted, and helped. I hope to be a resource of whatever you need in whatever season you find yourself.

Brooks and I lead a crazy, chaotic life but it is a beautiful life – disappointments and all. We are blessed and excited to share it with you.

Page Content Edited: August 24, 2016

6 thoughts on “About Me

  • April 30, 2016 at 1:13 PM
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    I’m so excited that I found your blog… I just had the courage this year to share our story and hope it will continue to give me the boldness and courage to help others in this journey and educate those around me. I cant totally identify with the waiting on God and wanting peace to move forward thing… that’s where we are, and I’m excited to hear that when the time is right God will give that peace and direction to move on to ‘whatever is next’. But for now, i’m happy here 🙂 blessings in your IVF cycle..

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    • May 2, 2016 at 10:16 AM
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      Hi Julia! Waiting on the Lord was the hardest part of all of this. For 9 years, He said “wait” on going to the doctors. It was the longest and hardest wait so far in my life! But, hindsight 20/20 I see now why He had me wait for so long. It has nothing to do with me but everything to do with His plans and His people. Had I done all this years ago, I wouldn’t know the TTC Community that’s out there right now. The people I have surrounding me right now – friends, church, Instagram TTC Community, etc. – are the very people He had specially selected to be with me. They’re also the specific people He chose for my testimony to witness to. Once I started focusing on that, it made the Infertility Walk that much easier to do. I know all this has a purpose that I can’t see and the hearts of others is in the mix, too. Slowly but surely He’s revealing that timing and purpose to me!

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  • April 29, 2016 at 6:21 PM
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    Praying for you.

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  • April 29, 2016 at 2:50 PM
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    Wow!!! I had no idea what you did. How interesting is that. Love me some grass fed beef.

    You are so right.. even in the disappointments we are all so blessed. Love your perspective and excited to see how the rest of your journey goes!

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    • May 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM
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      Hey Caroline! Yes, your comment went through. I chose to “approve” the comments before they post because I get A TON of spam from hackers, etc. So, to keep my comments section de-clogged I have an approval process. 🙂

      We are head over heels for our farming lifestyle! It is def frustrating and disappointing at times but the pros outweigh the cons for sure!

      Thank you for your support to not only me and our blog but to all of the TTCers out there. I am so thankful for modern day technology! I get so much encouragement from other’s blogs, testimonies, emails, IG pics, etc.! Amen!?!

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