While admitting the years of infertility weren’t always easy, Wilkerson said that looking back, he wouldn’t trade them for anything.
“I learned so much about Jesus during that time,” he shared. “We learned that we are complete with or without a child. I’m just grateful that God decided to grant us this blessing.”
For other couples struggling with infertility, Wilkerson offered the reminder that a “waiting season doesn’t have to be a wasted season.”
“I think people think, ‘Oh, if I could just get pregnant, I’d be happy.’ That’s just not the truth. Whatever season you’re in, you can learn and grow and improve,” he explained. “Discover who Jesus is and find full satisfaction in Him.”
“I would encourage those going through infertility to talk to someone about it as well,” he continued. “People deal with shame and thinking they’re inadequate, and if you harbor those thoughts and feelings they begin to fester. I think it’s important to talk to someone. Know you’re not alone.”
DawnCheré echoed her husband’s sentiment in an earlier interview with People magazine.
“Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said. “Rich and I have both grown in our faith and grown together through this struggle in ways we never would have otherwise. We came to a place where we realized that whether we had a child or not, we would choose to live lives of joy and purpose.”
“I’ve been far more concerned with soaking up the moment than planning the perfect nursery decor or shower theme,” she added. “We’ve been given a gift and I want to enjoy it with those we love. Our hearts are so grateful to God. No rushing ahead; every step is a beautiful miracle.”
Today, the Wilkersons frequently post photos of their son on their social media pages, which together have over 600,000 followers.
“Everyday is a gift that presents a choice,” DawnCheré captioned a recent photo in which she snuggles with her son. “I want to value the gift and recognize the choice. I want to be present and engaged as I embrace change. I want to find new inspiration in the new moment, not just the past. I’m convinced there is more and I’m committed to stretching and learning like never before. Gonna take this tiny guy along for the adventure.”