Dave and Nikki Hampson
Infertility. Who knew one word would define a marriage for such a long time? After five years’ of marriage, David and I decided that we wanted to start our family. We tried for over two years with no success and no explanation from the doctors as to why. We both struggled mightily with God and ourselves as to why we couldn’t get pregnant, the emotions ranging from sorrow to anger. It was the Spring of 2012 and we had been attending CFC regularly for almost four years. David was participating in a Discipleship training, reading through the book of Romans. He was led to
Romans 8:15: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship…”
After praying on this verse, David knew that we were supposed to adopt a child. During this same time, I felt God urging me to quit all of the fertility medication and go the adoption route instead. Adoption is strong in both of our families and we had always talked about adopting a child sometime in the future, after we had biological children.
God was definitely re-arranging our plans.
After talking about it and praying for clarification, we both agreed to follow God’s direction even though we had no idea how to start the process. A week later, my mother-in-law called; she had met with a former co-worker for lunch and somehow adopting children came up. Her co-worker mentioned she knew a family who had adopted two children through an Ohio agency and she was willing to pass their names so we could meet with them. That meeting only confirmed our feelings and we met with the recommended agency in the next couple of weeks – we were ready to go! A mere three months later, we had taken all the required state classes, completed all the paperwork, and had our homestudy approved. It’s only because of God that the process went so smoothly. Two weeks later we were preparing to go on our summer vacation when we received a call that a birth mother wanted to meet with us. After that meeting, she indicated she wanted to place her baby girl with us, not even meeting with another family. Through the long months of waiting, we always had a peace that we were following God’s plan and even through some rocky times, we didn’t question that we would be given this baby. Our young adult bible study gave us continual support and prayer, which really helped through this time. Almost nine months to the day that we started this process, Grace Lynn Hampson was born. Her birthday is in the middle of December, so she will always be our Christmas miracle, the most special gift that God has given us.