The Nichols Family found a New Rhythm: We are so honored to have the opportunity to walk along side the Nichols family as they embark on the journey of offering a safe and loving family to a beautiful two-year-old girl from Haiti. Their story is striking and inspiring. We are so encouraged by their unwavering faith and openness to do whatever it is that God is calling them to do. They have embraced every step of the way with trust and hope as their foundation. If fact, we have been so in awe of their story that we wanted to give you a chance to get to know them as well. Here is our recent interview we had with the Nichols about their life, their family, and their adoption story. Enjoy!
NRP: Tell us a little bit about your family.
the Nichols: We are a large, fun-loving family of seven, soon to be eight. Our oldest, Lauren (24), lives in Chicago; Michael (22) lives here in Salisbury; Brock (14); Mitchell (13); and Ellie (8). With the range of ages, all of our children have always been close and mixed well together.
NRP: Where did the idea of adopting begin for you and your family?
the Nichols: In a dream. God gave me a dream during the time of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. I got up that morning and went into the bathroom where Mike was shaving and said, “I think there is a little girl in Haiti that is calling for us.” He turned and said something like, “I’m sure there is,” appeasing me as a good husband would. I went on to tell him about the vision that I had, of a little girl, about the age of two, sitting in the middle of a dirt road with rubble all around her. She was sitting in the middle of a cleared space and there was dust all around. She had little knots in her hair, a white diaper, and she was crying. I can still see the exact way she was sitting. I found myself watching every second of news from that minute on, looking for her. I eventually had to stop watching. I would like to say that we began to pray about adoption then, but it wasn’t until I made my first trip to Haiti that we realized God was serious.
NRP: What are some of the obstacles that you have faced during this adoption process?
the Nichols: We have had to overcome so many things of our own “plans” that we had for ourselves when we began to pray about whether or not adopting a child was “right” for us. I knew God was calling us to step out in faith in the middle of what looked so impossible. We own a business and the turn in the economy had changed everything we ever knew about a secure financial plan. As the head of our household and the leader of our family, Mike was struggling with trying to figure out how we could ever afford the cost of not only getting her here, but her future. Not only that, he was concerned about his age (and mine). We then had to think about our retirement. Bringing home a young child was going to throw quite a large, loud, clanging wrench into “our plan”! Jeremiah 29:11 says, “He knows the plans He has for us”. We were quickly learning after months of praying and fasting, that the plans were HIS plans, not ours. Were we holding back because we wanted it to be our way? We wanted to give God all but just our little nest egg? I had already left it up to the Lord to change Mike’s heart if this was His will. He did just that. One Monday afternoon when I got home from work Mike’s heart had more than changed, it had exploded! Looking back, it is hard to believe we ever second-guessed ourselves.
NRP: What would you like to say to those families and individuals reading this interview right now who may be thinking about taking some steps towards adoption and/or orphan care?
the Nichols: We were a couple, going along with our five healthy children, never having the idea of adoption on our minds. I am so thankful that God opened my eyes and our hearts to adoption. It is not something we have gone about blindly. We have put our trust in the Lord and continue to pray for His guidance. We know that we can’t do this without Him. I would say, that if you are like us and it is laid upon your hearts, seek Him. Position yourself to hear from Him and He will lead you on the path to take. We are forever grateful for what He is doing in our lives.
NRP: Tell us about Natasha
the Nichols: Her biblical name is “Gift from God”. She is beautiful. (Of course, what mother doesn’t say that, but seriously, she is!) I did not mention before, but when I first met her and, might I add, I was not looking for her; she had knots in her hair and only a white diaper, just as she was in my dream. She is full of joy. She loves to sing and dance. She had a best friend in the orphanage named Lydia. She often climbs from her crib into Lydia’s to go to sleep. She is a leader already and knows what she wants. We have been very fortunate to be able to see her separately three times. We are going to get to travel together this month to spend an entire week with her! She is two years old and her birthday happens to be my parents’ wedding anniversary! We both fell in love with her the minute we each met her. We know that our visits are going to continually get harder because she is growing so fast. We didn’t miss anything with our other children and we are missing a lot of firsts with her. God had reminded us often that He is taking care of her, so until we can have her here, we are walking by faith.
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