Congratulations Kip and Amy

Sometimes you meet someone who you hope will be a close friend for life.  For me, that was Amy.  I met Amy and her husband Kip in late 2011 after they had contacted me about adoption.  God was stirring their heart to adopt a child, and although family members had adopted children internationally, they weren’t familiar with domestic adoption.  We met and talked for a while.  We talked about the adoption process, the blessings of adoption, and the risks.  I noticed that every time we talked about birth parents, they became emotional.  They shared with me their desire to meet a need.  About wanting to love and support birth parents through their adoption journey.  As our conversation continued, I realized that God had them on this journey for far greater reasons than they were aware of at that very moment.  The child they adopted would indeed be blessed and be a blessing, but there was a much bigger picture involved.  I believed God was going to use them in a mighty way to minister to others, to share the love of Christ with those they came in contact with, and to meet a great need in the life of a precious child.  All through this process called adoption.

Fast forward a few months.  Kip and Amy’s Home Study was completed, they signed up with CAC, and they applied to agencies.  So far, so good.  But then things began to get tricky. They said yes to baby after baby after baby, but God kept saying no.  They went through the trenches time and time again, getting their hopes up only to have those hopes dashed in the end.  They hit hurdle after hurdle and disappointment after disappointment.  Three different times they matched only to have the birth mom change her mind.  Once after baby was born.  Once after they met and cared for baby.  And once toward the end of the pregnancy.  But you know what I noticed?  I noticed that they never became bitter. They never yelled and screamed and questioned God. {Now me, on the other hand…} I noticed that their total trust in Christ carried them through.  The hope of their calling carried them through.  The love they had for one another carried them through.  Their choice to count their blessings, rather than focus on what wasn’t working out, carried them through.

In early April I received an email regarding a very messy, very difficult, very risky adoption.  And in true Kip and Amy fashion, they said yes.  They believed that God had them on this journey to meet a need, and they were determined to be obedient.  Six very long weeks later, they received word that mom was headed to the hospital.  Over the next 5 days, they received very little information and next to no reassurance as to whether this adoption would actually pan out. It went something like this…

Mom checked into the hospital.

Mom checked out.

C-section scheduled.

C-section postponed.

Baby is here.

It’s a boy!

No word today.

DCF is involved.

Time to book a flight but still unsure of details.

Unsure of where baby is at this point.

Can’t reach DCF.

No consent signed yet.

Then the email that I had been waiting for….
“Birthmom signed consents. Tonight we were cleared from DCF to care for baby. The attorney is meeting me in the morning at the hospital and I will get to meet baby.”

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Baby is theirs…signed, sealed, delivered.  🙂  I can’t wait for the rest of the family to meet this little guy.  He is a miracle.  He is fearfully and wonderfully made.  And he is safe in the arms of his Mama!

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3 Responses to Congratulations Kip and Amy

  1. Colista says:

    Love, love, love this. Congratulations Kip and Amy! Praising God with you! Saying a prayer for the start of your journey…

  2. christina sholty says:

    Speechless………..Having just met this couple and knowing some of the back story, I am just AMAZED and so full of gratitude for our God who finally revealed the last chapter to this story. This couple is BEYOND amazing.

  3. What an awesome testimony! It’s so easy to get discouraged on this journey – I feel that way FOR my families sometimes! But, seeing such faith and such dedication to God’s will is such an inspiration. The children God means for us truly do find their way home! 🙂 Loved this story!

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