Okay... so much to respond to!
cbaa - I love your new userpic - where did you find that? Also, it's strange, but I know another Caitlyn from MDC whose husband is also Brian - but they have 3 kids, so obviously not the same person! When is your beta, again? And are you going to be POAS any time soon? Inquiring minds want to know!!
CACG - Do you mind that I abbreviate your name that way? Also, do you know where your parents got your name from? I've definitely never heard it before! (Outside of Star Wars, of course.) I may have to hit you up sometime for a book recommendation for dh (my 'reluctant reader' ), though I think we've got one to listen to now that he likes. Where in Brazil did you live? My brother just got back from two years of missionary service there. He lived mostly in Macapa and Castenhal. (I forgot which state they're in.) Also, I hope your doggy is doing better - that sounds really traumatic!
LTB - How do you make shoes?? That sounds like an interesting hobby! Also, I love all the Max Lucado children's books. My mom actually bought a copy of You are Special for each of her kids... when we were teenagers! As far as Clomid goes, I've also heard that it's not recommended that you use it more than 6 cycles. I think it's both because it's unlikely to work after that, and because it increases your risk for something... cancer, maybe? after 6 cycles. Anyway, best of luck in deciding what to do!
milk8shake - Eeek! Sorry you had to go to the ER. But glad you have a heartbeat! Still hoping and praying for you! I want to go to Thailand, too. My college roommate was Thai, so I would have a local guide. Which would be great, because traveling to a country where I don't speak the language actually kind of terrifies me. I realize millions of people do it every year, but I still haven't figured out how. As far as animal rights - I definitely agree that animals should be treated humanely. I admit I'm not the best a putting my money where my mouth is on that matter, though I would like to improve. Most of the people I personally know who care about animal welfare are super nice, and definitely aren't lunatics. The lunatics are the ones I read about in the news, mostly. So while visiting the PETA website actually makes me want to go and eat a hamburger just to spite them, I would actually like to move toward less meat in my diet, and having more free-range, local meat when I do eat it. All that to say - go you, I'm sure you're not a lunatic!
beautifulnm - Baking! That's something I forgot to put on my hobby list. I love baking! I wish cookies were health food. I'm also a huge fan of juvenile/young adult fiction. I've been wary of Lemony Snicket, though, because I heard it was super depressing. Maybe I should give it a chance? Anyway, good luck with your TWW!!
Kinza - It's been a long time since I've read all the Anne of Green Gables books. I should put them on my re-read list. I remember loving them when I first read them. Also, I totally want to visit Ireland! And ITA about education being the key to fixing so many problems. Good luck with your IVF!!
GreenMum - Yay for a good heart beat! I have put you on our due date list!
lilmom - That is interesting about your name - it never even occurred to me that your name would be Lily - I always assumed it was just short for 'little', though I wasn't sure why you picked that. I love that it's an acronym! I haven't done cross-stitch in years, but I really enjoyed it when I was little. Maybe I should take it up again - it's a lot more precise than crocheting, which is my current crafty hobby (not that I've done that in a long time, either). I mean, there's a pattern, and there's little holes, so it takes a lot of the work out of trying to make consistent stitch sizes (something I struggle with). I'm sorry you're going to have to take a cycle off from TTC, but I'm hopeful that the break will help your body get back to the way it should be so you can have a nice, healthy pregnancy. And no, I haven't given up on having a large family yet, but God is constantly reminding me that He's in charge, not me, and that my life seldom goes the way I plan it. So I am trying to let go of my personal expectations, and just accept what comes. I have tried metformin twice, to no avail. I also know people with PCOS that just need metformin to get pregnant, but I am not one of them. Either that, or I haven't been able to take it long enough to get that result. It makes me really nauseous and gives me terrible headaches, so I doubt I'll take it again, unless I can get a doctor to prescribe the extended-release version and see if that works better.
Gemmine - Fingers crossed that you get a BFP! The chart definitely sounds like a pregnancy chart!
praha - I'm with milk8shake - BFPs go at the beginning of messages! I was also doing the math, but since you said you were 'on' your fifth pregnancy, I decided to scroll down to the bottom and read the end of your message first. Congrats!! Hope you see good things at your second beta. Let me know when you're read to be put on our BFP list. My dh also loves Inception, btw. He says it's his new favorite movie.
wissa - I'm totally with you on the student:teacher ratio thing. How on earth am I supposed to provide individualized help and support to students when I have 25+ kids in my class? And I was lucky that the biggest class I ever had was 28 students. I know a lot of districts routinely have 30-35 students in a classroom. Which is completely nuts.
sol_y_paz - Welcome! Do you want to be added to our list? If you do, let me know what you want your blurb to say! Also, thanks for the reminder - my faith and family are also something I'm passionate about. :)
AFM, well, I feel a little exhausted after responding to all of that! I guess that's what I get for not making time sooner. dh got home from work very early yesterday, and I slept in late, so I only ended up having about 4 hours where I was both awake and alone at home. I woke up this morning not feeling like completely crap for the first time in over a week! I didn't feel awesome, but I didn't feel like dying, either. I'm hopeful this really is on the way out the door, though it will probably be several more days before it's completely gone. dh is getting sicker, but so far shows no signs of getting as sick as I did at my worst. But it's completely lame, because now that we're actually home, we'd like to go do fun things and hang out with friends, but we can't because we feel like garbage and don't want to make others sick. Anyway, baby steps!