God’s faithfulness.

Thirty-eight months after beginning our “maybe we should try for kids” journey, we finally heard the news I truly never thought we would hear. A positive pregnancy test. And more than anything, I am struck by God’s faithfulness in all 38 months. He is constant. He doesn’t change. And that faithfulness was and is enduring.

I have shared our struggle on this blog, here and here. We left off with a few questions to the world. Inquiring about international adoption. Inquiring about fostering. Inquiring about knowledge of a young girl seeking to find a forever family for her child, perhaps without using an agency.

Many graciously reached out with their own experiences. Those that shared, provided insight that helped Scott and me guide our next steps. I heard from high school friends. Long lost friends. Friends of friends. I am grateful for each contact. They made a significant difference. We did not know what we were looking for, other than something that felt like the right thing. We were looking for God’s guidance through his people.

A few of my observations from the experience:

The calling of a foster parent is no joke. My respect, admiration, and love for those super heroes runs deep. But that calling is not ours.

International adoption takes years. And lots of trips elsewhere. And well, there were a lot of reasons why it did not feel right to us. But my goodness, the steadfastness of those waiting for children overseas is inspiring! But it is not for us.

I won’t talk on the blog about all the ins-and-outs of how we got to where we are, other than to say that God was creative and good to us to reveal an avenue to carry a child, thus having a much needed gestational period for a much needed opportunity to get used to the idea of a child coming into the mix. If God made a gestational period for anyone, he made it for us. And I am grateful.

So here we are. Fifteen weeks pregnant, scared to death about caring for a little human, with gratitude coming out our ears. We utilized the help of Texas Fertility Center and just had to do one round of IVF. This one round opened my eyes to those who suffer multiple unsuccessful rounds. All the shots, the prohibitions, exams, blood work, and appointments could be endured because of our end result. It just seems like salt in the wound when a baby doesn’t reward all that junk. God bless each one who has endured that heartache.

October 8 is our due date. That gives us plenty of time to wrap our brains around all this and avoid mosquitoes with a vengeance.

Thank you to each one of you who has diligently prayed for us, encouraged us, and loved on us in the valleys of these 38 long months. We have felt prayers from all corners of our world. Thank you for lifting our names to God even when we really didn’t know what to pray. Keep it up because I think we will need all those prayers and encouragement as we make this transition to parenthood.

17 responses to “God’s faithfulness.

  1. Chris Ortner

    I am so incredibly happy for you! I had my twins at 38 years old and it is really a great age to have a baby! I am praying for a wonderful pregnancy!

  2. Ashley Core Nelson

    Congratulations! Ours son, Corey, was a result of our 6th infertility procedure. God is faithful. Even in negative tests, He was faithful. But , oh want joy it was and is, to celebrate His faithfulness in positive pregnancy tests. Will be praying for your next few months. Ashley Core Nelson

  3. This is MOST WONDERFUL news. You two will be amazing parents. Love it

  4. ❤️Love❤️

  5. YAY!!! I am so happy for you! You guys will be wonderful parents! Congratulations!

  6. This is the happiest news! I’m thrilled for your family! Love to you all!!

  7. Danna Griffith

    This is such wonderful news, and Frank and I are so happy for both of you!! God is so good!!! Praying for a wonderful pregnancy!

  8. Tunisia Singleton

    What wonderful news, so very happy for you both. God is good!

  9. Shelley Johnston

    Absolutely wonderful news! May you both continue to be blessed and enjoy this special time! What an amazing gift!! Congratulations!!!

  10. Allison Wells

    Yeah! We did IVF with Nate one round.He was born on October 9! What a blessing! So happy for you! God is good!

  11. I am so happy for your pregnancy!! That is one special baby!

  12. Debi Stevenson

    Chelsea and Scott,
    Wow. So happy for you! Praying for healthy pregnancy and beautiful sweet baby. Kevin and Debi Stevenson

  13. Tina Whitehouse

    WOW !!!!!!!! I have just come into work on this cold Monday Morning turned on my emails and saw your blog I cant tell you how happy I am for you both John would be thrilled, your dad has retired at the right time extra grand pa duties fantastic love to you and mum dad and megan from your family across the pond in good old England.

  14. Sharon McMichael

    So happy for you both. You will make wonderful parents. May God continue to bless you with this journey into parenthood.

  15. Chelsea, I literally was thinking of and praying for you last week, randomly on my way to work. No clue this was coming, but hopeful. I cannot express my joy and relief for you, and sincere excitement for your journey. I, too, felt that your own little person would be such a fun addition to the world (biological person, that is) and am so happy that God agrees. I am thrilled for you and Scott. You will love parenting. Just keep in mind that it’s all new to everyone, each time. No one knows what they’re doing–that’s the key. I can’t wait to watch it unfold. Congratulations, my dear. 😊

  16. Congratulations!!!!!! So excited for you and Scott!

  17. Congrats on baby!!! I’ve found your blog twice now. Once when I was looking for bathroom tile ideas and this time when I was looking up Sherwin Williams Rosemary (which I painted in my boys’ room on shiplap – trying to decide if I should go the whole way and paint the trim too). I know you are extra busy now, but I would love to see more finished pictures of your bathroom and kitchen. I hope you’ll post about nursery progress too!