This sweet couple just happens to be celebrating eleven years of marriage today! That makes sharing their story of adoption and love even more special.
The way that Brad and Christie have cared for one another throughout their long journey to parenthood is pretty remarkable. It’s so easy to be consumed in the waiting, losing sight of the precious gift of marriage while waiting for the precious gift of a child. But this couple was committed to prioritizing their relationship come what may.
They came to CAC in 2014, were matched about 9 months after they applied to agencies, and their adorable son was born this July. They happily wanted to share their story:
“When we first married, we intentionally waited to begin growing our family. We wanted to cherish our time together for a few years and really build a strong foundation for our marriage.
With every infertility hurdle, we became closer. While getting things in order to begin adoption, we had fun spending those years traveling to Italy, tailgating at football games, playing golf, and playing like the big kids we were. While waiting to be matched, we prayed harder, loved bigger, and grew even closer. It was the most difficult thing we have ever experienced, but God made good on that desire he put in our hearts! That is the blessing of it all. Our hearts melt when we look into Connor’s eyes. He makes all those negative pregnancy tests and adoption match ‘No’s’ more than ok. All they really meant was that it wasn’t time.”?
Another thing about this couple that stands out in my mind is the way that God worked in their hearts about a building relationship with their little one’s birth mama. When I first talked with them about CAC, they were very hesitant about the idea of any ongoing contact with birth parents in adoption. But God had another plan for them. As they humbly laid their hearts out before Him, listening for His voice, their hearts were shaped and molded to match the plan He had for them. Christie shares,