Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Most Amazing Gift.

Since I've started blogging again, something pretty big has happened in our family. Very, very big. Well, actually, something little. And too stinkin' cute for words...

Meet my sweet niece, Chloe.

If you don't know the story of Chloe, let me tell you, it's a doozie. A shred-your-way-though-a-box-of-Kleenexes humdinger! An incredible testament to God's love and faithfulness. One that I guarantee you will leave you changed, having experienced it.

The morning before she was born, I was a mess. Waiting for updates, pacing a hole between the telephone and the computer. Battling nervous energy. Trying to fight back tears. (And I'm just the aunt, for Pete's sake! I knew Walt and Annie were feeling so, so much more.) To try and calm myself, I sat down. And attempted to put into words what I was feeling. This is what poured out:

My heart is full today.

Thinking of Walt and Annie. Their years of praying, waiting for their heart's desire. Their years of uncertainty - rejoicing in the birth of new nieces and nephews, wondering if their moment of joy would ever come. Their years of hoping, trusting, remaining faithful to God's will for their lives and to His perfect timing for their family.

Thinking about their sweet birthmother. The bittersweet emotion she must be feeling. The happiness she holds for her baby's future. The crushing sadness in letting her go. One decision that involves so much. Selflessness, maturity, sacrifice, heartbreak. A decision that involves giving someone an amazing gift - one that more often than not, you wish you could keep for yourself. The bravest choice. Made from the purest kind of love.

Adoption is an incredible thing. An amazing, life-changing, beautiful thing. A thing worth hoping for...worth waiting for...worth taking a chance on.

A blessing.

With tears flowing, I remember it well. We love you, Chloe. And we cannot WAIT to meet you.

“My hope in God is the anchor of my soul, both sure and steadfast." Hebrews 6:19 One little girl. One gigantic answer to prayer.


Walt, Annie and Chloe return to Germany on Thursday. While it thrills me to know they'll finally get to go home together, it saddens me to know how far away they'll be again. These past few months have been a treasure. So much joy, so much laughter, so many, many memories made. Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you bestow.


Sarah said...

The Lord is so good!
Beautiful post, Kristy.

Jamie said...

She is SOOO cute! Great post!

Anonymous said...

Such sweet thoughts!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing them with us. I wish I could have met my precious little Great Niece before she flies away.
Love you,

Lisa said...

Beautiful, Kristy. Such a sweet post!

Anonymous said...

Great story! I should have taken the box of Kleenexes thing more seriously.


Kristina said...

That is such a wonderful story! I've been following your blog for awhile now, and I have to say I'm glad you're back! You are a great writer, and your stories about your Sophie are so much fun to read! Your blog (and this post) hit a particular nerve with me. My husband and I recently found out we are not able to have biological children, and we are starting on the adoption journey. It's overwhelming at times, but reading your blog makes me remember it's all worth it. Thanks for sharing your story, and your brother's! Congratulations to your whole family on the new baby!

Kritter Krit said...

Thanks for the sweet comments, you guys.

Kristina, thanks so much for sharing your story. "Overwhelming" is definitely the right word to describe the adoption journey. Between the mountains of paperwork, and the waiting, and the ups and downs...and the waiting, and waiting, it can really drain you. It's hard not to become discouraged. I'm glad you found encouragement in this story, and in ours. I truly think adoption is one of the most amazing experiences ever! I still get pretty teary whenever I see Walt and Annie holding Chloe. They're both such amazing parents and sweet Chloe is such a blessing - to our entire family. God is good! :-)

Anonymous said...

Amazing story! Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing.


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