Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thoughtful Tuesday: My Bunch

Each Tuesday, I'm going to share something I am either: 
a) thankful for, b) something I witnessed that was an act of kindness, or c) something I did to "pay it forward"

I'd love it if you'd join me. One day a week. One thing. It can take 15 seconds or 4 hours. Don't you feel better when you are able to notice the pretty things in life? Leave a comment here, or share it in your own space, and enjoy being thoughtful...in more ways than one!

This Tuesday: Braces Bunch

Back when I started blogging, I was still feeling a bit alone in the blogging community--I wasn't sure where I fit in, especially since I hadn't found a lot of people talking about male factor infertility.

So I had this idea--"I'm going to ask people who I don't know to send me their mailing address!"

Crazy, huh?

But it worked! HA!

And those who trusted my idea, have become some of my closest friends--not just in blogland, but in real honest to goodness every day life. 

The Braces Bunch was formed on the idea that I never had braces growing up, and for some odd reason I felt left out because it seemed like all my friends had them--and even though they were painful, I wanted them too, because I wanted to fit in. I felt like getting the male factor infertility diagnosis made me a bit of an "outsider"--I was infertile, but it wasn't happening directly to my body, so I felt a bit like an impostor for a while...so I wanted to feel a bit more connected. 

Here's the original explination:

"I was one of the lucky few...I never needed braces. Probably a good thing too since I have a strong dislike of anything resembling a dentist chair. But in some strange twisted way, I sometimes envied my friends who had them. They got to get out of school to get their braces tightened or adjusted, they got cool color-coordinated rubber bands, and often times it was a discussion at the lunch table over what foods they missed eating or couldn't have. I found myself on the outside of many conversations...

And 3 1/2 years later, we had our first official gathering. There are currently 32 bloggers as a part of the Bunch, so not all of us could be there--just six of us this time. But we had a great time--and I am so thankful for all of these ladies who have swapped notes, emails, birthday cards--I cannot imagine the past few years without this immense support system.

I did my best to draw our logo!

Visit here to learn more about The Braces Bunch!

What are you sharing on this Thoughtful Tuesday? (Links open until Friday!)


  1. I think it was a fabulous idea and I know so many of the Bunchers would be lost without each other's support. You definitely deserve a great big hug for thinking of it. :)

  2. who would have thought you could make such amazing friends through the internet?
    you gals are lucky to have each other!!

  3. I was wondering about the origins of the Braces Bunch. What a cool way to connect as a group.

  4. The Braces Bunch has been a godsend for me. I love going to my mailbox when I am going through a tough time (and sometimes not so tough) and receive mail that gives me a both a smile and an emotional boost. During my IVF cycle and surgery last year (both overseas), I took the cards with me so I could feel better whenever I looked at them. I can't wait to meet other Braces Bunchers in the future and I thank you JJ (thank you, thank you, thank you) for the Braces Bunch!

  5. what a fantastic way to not feel so alone in the lonely world of IF..what a great idea and I'm so glad you found these women to share your ups and downs, goods and bads.


  6. Im thankful for the BB as well. Im not an active member, but it brought me great comfort at a time when I needed it the most. Thanks JJ for your thoughtfulness. You saw a need, and it fit the bill!

  7. I am so glad you started the Braces Bunch. You gals are some of my best buds! I really can't put into words the support and friendships I have gotten from you all!


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