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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.
Follow the Nichols’ Story at http://www.discoverthedream.wordpress.com
I took a deep breath this morning as I read through this passage in Job where God is reminding Job of his Omnipotence:
“Where were you when I created the earth? Tell me, since you know so much! Who decided on its size? Certainly you’ll know that! Who came up with the blueprints and measurements? How was its foundation poured, and who set the cornerstone, While the morning stars sang in chorus and all the angels shouted praise?And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night.Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose,And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.’ You can read more at Job 38.
I am very grateful that God is in control and I am not. This past year and a half of surgeries and hard news did not come at a surprise to God. Without him being thecornerstone of my life I would have had no idea how to navigate through these waters.
I am now that much more grateful for my voice, my facial structure, modern medicine, bike chains that can be dubbed as jaw bones, family & friends, doctors & nurses, and most especially the fact that I am not in control and it is ok that I don’t have it all together. It is in Him that we live and breathe and move and it is in Him that I will continue to put my hope for all my days to come.
Have you thanked God for a loved one today? Have you thanked God for mobility in your jaw today? Have you thanked God for his amazing ability to hold the world in His hands?
Perspective is everything.
Lots happening lately and a lot of new things on the horizon. Can’t wait to unveil but it all good things are worth waiting for.
My recovery from my last surgery is going well. I just wanted to touch base and share the love. I should be up at back at it in the morning. Thanks so much for all of your love and support. I feel it!
I will be revealing the new band page and blog page this month! I hope you are going to like it. There will be many opportunities to interact and get involved with the album and the orphan projects. Stay tuned!
Thanks again for your beatifulness…
Here is the video from my “TED” style talk at NCC’s Leadership Summit. I hope that it can bring you some encouragement and inspiration as you strive to make a difference in your world. Remember, leader must…find gaps and fill them.
In our world there are gaps all around us. The difference between leaders and followers is that leaders don’t just notice the gaps and pass them by. Leaders fill in the gaps.
In 2009, Jeff Shinaberger, an Atlanta native, was driving down the interstate observing all the large billboards and had this though, I wonder what happens to the materials once the contract is up and they put up a new one? At the same time Shinaberger had this pondering thought about how he could help refugess find jobs in ATL. After putting two and two together Jeff started a business, PlywoodPeople, that recycles the billboard materials and makes them into trendy messenger bags, and guess who is employed through this business, you guessed it, the refugees in ATL. Jeff Shinaberger found a gap and filled it.
In 2004, Scott Harrison had an epiphany. After living large in NYC and promoting top night club and fashion events he became increasing unfulfilled and decided to go on a journey to search for gaps. During his travels with the Mercy Ship to different parts of Africa he noticed an enormous gap in their everyday life that was causing massive amounts of disease and death. This gap was the scarcity of clean water. Scott later returned to the states and figured out how to use his past experiences for a greater good. He gathered up all his high class and well networked friends and started what we know today as Charity Water. Today they have provided clean water for 1, 794,983 people. Scott found a gap and filled it.
If you notice in Jesus’ life here on earth, he was all about the gaps. While everyone else was focused on the direction of the crowd, Jesus was concerned about the gaps.
Everywhere Jesus went he looked for gaps. Can you see the gaps in your world, if so, what are you doing about them?
We recently received information about the orphanage in Haiti that we are working with. It seems that Cholera has broken out among the children. One child has gone to be with the Lord and is now whole and free from suffering and we thank God for that while we mourn his precious loss. At this time three other children are fighting dehydration as well and need our prayers. One of the three is a New Rhythm child, Fritzner. Please join us as we pray specifically for physical healing, strength and wisdom for the care takers and doctors, & that the spreading of Cholera would cease among the children.
One of our New Rhythm mothers, who happens to be a RN, is heading out in the morning with medical supplies to assist in caring for the children, providing support to the care takers, and fulfilling her motherly duties for Eli & Fritzner. We are so blessed to be able to provide this care and trust God in everything. We are so grateful for your prayers and support as Kelleigh goes on-site to care for those in need.
Thanks again for your prayers. We will keep you informed via twitter for real-time updates. You can follow us @new_rhythm.