Well, it’s National Infertility Awareness Week this week. Not like we really need a reminder in our home.
We bought our home (our first house) in October. We filled it with furniture and boxes of possessions. It gets messy and crazy with our three dogs… and yet it’s still empty. We long to fill our home with the laughter of children. We never thought we would have to go an unconventional route to do so, but God knew. He has prepared us for this moment.
But out of awareness and kindness to others, please take a moment and pray for those who struggle with this burden of infertility. It’s a tough journey, and everyone’s story is different.
And PLEASE be careful of your words… just as you never ask a woman if she is pregnant, asking a woman when they are finally going to have kids or another child is not okay. You never know what struggle she might be keeping quiet. Just a Public Service Announcement. Thank you.
This road we never imagined we would walk. Jagged and full of potholes. Painful and long. Hopeful and depressing. The journey to parenthood.
We thought, like everyone else, that becoming a parent would be easy. No instruction manual needed. How wrong we were. “Infertility” should be a four-letter word.
Five years. Four babies in heaven. No real answers.
We had always wanted to adopt. Adoption was never a “second-rate” decision for us. We simply thought it would be something we did later down the line.
Then the mounds of paperwork and cost stopped us in our tracks. But the call to adopt has become too strong to ignore. So if the Lord wants us to adopt, we will have to trust Him to provide the way.
So it begins. This is the start of a new journey. The road to adoption will most likely be filled with potholes and obstacles and pain like the journey of infertility was… but it also has HOPE.
” In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, [being] much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” 1 Peter 1:6-7