Some adoption stories happen quickly: decisions are made to dive in and things miraculously unfold. But others are written over time, when months can even drag into years of longing to begin a family.
Dietrich and Christy's story begin like that. They battled infertility and went through months of treatments that ultimately failed. When they began their road to adoption, that was also met with disappointments. They began with a local agency in 2013 but were discouraged after almost a year and a half and very few situations. Most local agencies work with far more families waiting to adopt than birth families. Their agency was very up front with them that sometimes their clients end up not adopting at all. Holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day would come and go, and they would watch as friends and family announced their pregnancies and births with understandably heavy hearts.
But Dietrich and Christy were committed to building their family. When they came to Christian Adoption Consultants in May of 2014, they were already exhausted but hopeful. I walked with Dietrich and Christy as they presented time and time again to expectant mothers; offering their home as a place of unconditional love and honoring her choice for life and adoption. Each time the "no" resounded a little louder, stung a bit more as their journey seemed it would never end.
Another Mother's Day came and went. This last May there were honest and heartfelt conversations. "Maybe we really were not meant to become parents. Maybe we should give up. Maybe this will never happen for us."
But each time, I watched this amazing couple continue on. They knew in their hearts that pressing on was what they needed to do, regardless of the outcome. They decided to present one last time...
This year, just three weeks after a Mother's Day that was full of grief, they were matched with an expectant mother due quickly. And just like that, everything changed.
They welcomed their daughter into the world on July 1st. Dietrich and Christy have literally had an army surround them with support and love who are just as excited about this sweet little girl as they are. Dietrich and Christy have also been blessed to share a beautiful relationship with the birth family (they all thought they would like a closed adoption but after meeting have grown a sweet and natural friendship).
As Christy was looking over these past several years at their journey to bring their daughter home, she shared, "When people say God will provide, he does in a bigger way then you can imagine."
Every time I think of Dietrich, Christy, and their daughter, I will forever think of Ephesians 3:20.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us...