Our Story Isn’t Over Yet- Nathan & Christen Hoping to Adopt

Christen Woody
Christen Woody Signal Mountain, Tennessee

We met in the restaurant industry back in our college days. Our friendship eventually got closer, and we started dating. Four years later in 2008, we tied the knot in our hometown.

We waited a while to begin to start our family. We wanted to enjoy being married first and enjoy just being “us.” We were blessed to travel and do so many fun things before we began trying to grow our family. We also both went back to school to further our education. We wanted to be ready. We had always talked about wanting to adopt, even at the very early stages of our relationship. We also wanted biological children.

We began trying to conceive, and after 6 cycles Christen got pregnant but miscarried very early. We got pregnant the very next cycle and conceived our beautiful and precious son Keaton who is now 6 years old. We wanted to space our kids apart 2-3 years, so when Keaton was 2.5 we started trying for baby #2. We got pregnant very quickly after 4 cycles to go on to miscarry at 10 weeks. It was heartbreaking. After Christen recovered from the miscarriage and surgery, we started trying again & got pregnant fairly quickly but miscarried again very early.

It was then that we went to a reproductive specialist, and Christen got diagnosed with “diminished ovarian reserve/premature ovarian aging.” We decided early on that we were not comfortable with pursuing IVF, but we were willing to try supplements and meds and give it a shot to see if we could have another healthy pregnancy. We prayed, we cried, we gave it a time frame. Then, 8 cycles later, Christen sat in the bathroom in tears holding a positive pregnancy test. Nine months later after a very healthy pregnancy, we were holding our baby girl Kamryn. Christen had a tubal ligation performed during the birth of our daughter due to our many pregnancy struggles. We were so incredibly happy & felt so blessed. “God had heard our every prayer and counted our every tear, and it was all worth it now,” we thought.

But on Oct 27, 2018, our sweet baby girl passed into the arms of Jesus at exactly 10.5 months of age. She had a fever the night of her passing and did not wake up the next morning. Our world was shattered. Our hearts were in pieces. Her cause of death was determined to be SIDS. Our lives were forever changed. We grieved, we prayed, we begged for direction.

Springtime came, and Christen was looking online at “adoption” and came upon the topic of “embryo adoption.” She continued to read on and hope came over her as she thought of this as a potential possibility (being that the embryos were already created, the IVF process would not be necessary, and she loved the connection that she could be both the birth mother & adopted mother to the baby…). We joined an online registry and 3 months later had 5 embryos donated to us. After their thaw & culture, only 4 remained. We did a frozen embryo transfer of a perfect day 5 blastocyst in July 2019. We got pregnant, and we were over the moon.

Later, a few complications arose…we held on to hope that they would resolve, but they did not. We miscarried a baby boy at 10.5 weeks. It was then that we were certain that our pregnancy journey had come to an end. We knew immediately that we wanted to close that chapter of our lives, & we were at peace with this. We started the adoption process a month later & gave the remaining embryos back to our donor.

All these experiences have in turn led us closer to Christ and have changed us forever but not necessarily for the bad. We savor each and every minute of this life that we have been given, we hold each other and our son even tighter, we sweat less the small stuff. We are so thankful for all the things we have been gifted from our merciful God. He has been there for us from the beginning, and he is sure to not leave us now. We are blessed beyond measure.

We signed with Bethany Christian Services in March 2020 so we are home study approved & are an “active waiting family.” We are asking for friends and family to support us towards this journey! Unfortunately, even domestic adoption is extremely expensive. 100% of funds received will go directly into our account and then to our agency to help bring home our rainbow baby! Any amount will help.

Also, we have graciously been awarded a $3,500 matching grant from Brainerd Baptist Church administered by Lifesong for Orphans!  Knowing that every donation up to $3,500 will be doubled, is amazingly encouraging as we seek to meet this financial need and pave the way to make this adoption possible.

These funds will also greatly assist with our legal fees for finalization, potential travel expenses, post placement visits, and for maternity leave income so that Christen will be able to take a reasonable amount of time off from work to bond with the baby.

THANK YOU!!!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Woody 09055”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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My Story

We met in the restaurant industry back in our college days. Our friendship eventually got closer, and we started dating. Four years later in 2008, we tied the knot in our hometown.

We waited a while to begin to start our family. We wanted to enjoy being married first and enjoy just being “us.” We were blessed to travel and do so many fun things before we began trying to grow our family. We also both went back to school to further our education. We wanted to be ready. We had always talked about wanting to adopt, even at the very early stages of our relationship. We also wanted biological children.

We began trying to conceive, and after 6 cycles Christen got pregnant but miscarried very early. We got pregnant the very next cycle and conceived our beautiful and precious son Keaton who is now 6 years old. We wanted to space our kids apart 2-3 years, so when Keaton was 2.5 we started trying for baby #2. We got pregnant very quickly after 4 cycles to go on to miscarry at 10 weeks. It was heartbreaking. After Christen recovered from the miscarriage and surgery, we started trying again & got pregnant fairly quickly but miscarried again very early.

It was then that we went to a reproductive specialist, and Christen got diagnosed with “diminished ovarian reserve/premature ovarian aging.” We decided early on that we were not comfortable with pursuing IVF, but we were willing to try supplements and meds and give it a shot to see if we could have another healthy pregnancy. We prayed, we cried, we gave it a time frame. Then, 8 cycles later, Christen sat in the bathroom in tears holding a positive pregnancy test. Nine months later after a very healthy pregnancy, we were holding our baby girl Kamryn. Christen had a tubal ligation performed during the birth of our daughter due to our many pregnancy struggles. We were so incredibly happy & felt so blessed. “God had heard our every prayer and counted our every tear, and it was all worth it now,” we thought.

But on Oct 27, 2018, our sweet baby girl passed into the arms of Jesus at exactly 10.5 months of age. She had a fever the night of her passing and did not wake up the next morning. Our world was shattered. Our hearts were in pieces. Her cause of death was determined to be SIDS. Our lives were forever changed. We grieved, we prayed, we begged for direction.

Springtime came, and Christen was looking online at “adoption” and came upon the topic of “embryo adoption.” She continued to read on and hope came over her as she thought of this as a potential possibility (being that the embryos were already created, the IVF process would not be necessary, and she loved the connection that she could be both the birth mother & adopted mother to the baby…). We joined an online registry and 3 months later had 5 embryos donated to us. After their thaw & culture, only 4 remained. We did a frozen embryo transfer of a perfect day 5 blastocyst in July 2019. We got pregnant, and we were over the moon.

Later, a few complications arose…we held on to hope that they would resolve, but they did not. We miscarried a baby boy at 10.5 weeks. It was then that we were certain that our pregnancy journey had come to an end. We knew immediately that we wanted to close that chapter of our lives, & we were at peace with this. We started the adoption process a month later & gave the remaining embryos back to our donor.

All these experiences have in turn led us closer to Christ and have changed us forever but not necessarily for the bad. We savor each and every minute of this life that we have been given, we hold each other and our son even tighter, we sweat less the small stuff. We are so thankful for all the things we have been gifted from our merciful God. He has been there for us from the beginning, and he is sure to not leave us now. We are blessed beyond measure.

We signed with Bethany Christian Services in March 2020 so we are home study approved & are an “active waiting family.” We are asking for friends and family to support us towards this journey! Unfortunately, even domestic adoption is extremely expensive. 100% of funds received will go directly into our account and then to our agency to help bring home our rainbow baby! Any amount will help.

Also, we have graciously been awarded a $3,500 matching grant from Brainerd Baptist Church administered by Lifesong for Orphans!  Knowing that every donation up to $3,500 will be doubled, is amazingly encouraging as we seek to meet this financial need and pave the way to make this adoption possible.

These funds will also greatly assist with our legal fees for finalization, potential travel expenses, post placement visits, and for maternity leave income so that Christen will be able to take a reasonable amount of time off from work to bond with the baby.

THANK YOU!!!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “Woody 09055”, to ensure it is credited to our account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 9, Gridley, IL 61744.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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Amanda

Aug 30, 2020

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Rachel

Aug 30, 2020

“Wishing you all the best on this journey!”

$50

AJ

Aug 30, 2020

“Thank you for sharing your story with me. So hopeful for you guys!!! ❤️”

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Bonnie

Aug 27, 2020

“Your sweet family is in my prayers!”

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Karen

Aug 23, 2020

“Keeping you guys in my prayers❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏”

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Charity

Jun 15, 2020

“Praying the perfect baby is placed in your arms.”

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Sherry & Doug

Jun 9, 2020

“Love you guys!!”

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Heather

Jun 9, 2020

“Praying for you as you go through this amazing journey!”

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Jamie

Jun 8, 2020

“Praying for God to bless your family! Jamie Breneman”

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Rebecca

Jun 3, 2020

“So excited for you guys!!! Love, Paul, Becca, Peter, and Kelly”

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Ron

May 29, 2020

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Amanda and Madison

May 29, 2020

“26 years ago we met in 5th grade. I look forward to 26 more and watching your beautiful family grow! Love you both!”

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Stephanie

May 29, 2020

“Prayers to your family! I love you both!”

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Angela

May 28, 2020

“Best wishes on your adoption journey. Love you all.”

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mary anna

May 26, 2020

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Meghan

May 25, 2020

“Praying for your family during this journey, and we look forward to watching God’s plan unfold!”

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Christopher

May 25, 2020

“Praying for you guys! - The Workman Family”

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Brittany

May 24, 2020

“We love you guys and can’t wait until you get to share your love with a sweet baby that needs you as much as you need him/her. ❤️”

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Tiffanie

May 23, 2020

“I remember the day we heard the news about your life one and how heartbroken I was for you. From experience much like yours I understand slightly. I prayed for healing for your family. God has a plan and this child was chosen for you long before you ever imagined it possible. Love and miss you guys.”

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Matt, Alexis, Chloe and Everett

May 22, 2020

“We love y’all and so excited. You and baby are in our continued prayers!!”

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Michael

May 22, 2020

“We Love you all and so proud of your obedience to the calling God has placed on your all’s hearts and lives.”

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Crystal

May 22, 2020

“Praying for y’all!! ❤️❤️”

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Megan

May 22, 2020

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Bob

May 14, 2020

“Best of luck”

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Ryan

May 13, 2020

“We are praying for you guys. I have always felt your family was my family also so anything I can help with let me know and I will do whatever I can to help. Ryan Hood”

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Brandy and Brian

May 13, 2020

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Kara

May 13, 2020

“We love you before we even know you!”

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Angela

May 13, 2020

“Adoption is very close to my heart. Any child will be blessed to become part of your family. 💜”

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Rachel

May 13, 2020

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VICKIE44

May 13, 2020

“I am so excited for you guys.”

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Katie

May 13, 2020

“Praying for you and your sweet family! ❤️ - Katie Cheek”

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Shelby

May 13, 2020

“We love you guys so much and are praying for you through this journey of adoption!”

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Sarah Beth

May 13, 2020

“We love your family! Prayers for y’all and your precious addition!”

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Jessica

May 13, 2020

“Praying for you guys!! Love you 😘”

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D M

May 13, 2020

“Love you and pray for the child the Lord has coming to your family.”