Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times Justin and Marcy Samples have spent the last six years working toward their goal of having a child, and along the way the two have prepared a baby room, complete with decorations crafted by their church family, because of their faith they will succeed.

Ethan Steinquest/Macon County Times

Justin and Marcy Samples have spent the last six years working toward their goal of having a child, and along the way the two have prepared a baby room, complete with decorations crafted by their church family, because of their faith they will succeed.

"For with God, nothing shall be impossible."

That Bible verse, found in Luke 1:37, has driven Lafayette residents Justin and Marcy Samples through their efforts to have a child over the last six years, even as they discovered the only way for them to conceive is through an expensive series of fertility treatments.

"We got married on July 6, 2013, and as soon as we did, we decided we wanted a family," Marcy Samples said. "Every month for six years, I've cried, but through all that we know that God has a plan. Our church (New Beginnings Church of God) has prayed for us and stood by us the whole way."

Justin Samples said the two tried to have a child for four years and that they began seeing their regular doctor for a year after that before being referred to a specialist.

"We understood that sometimes it takes time," Justin Samples said. "But every month for four years, we wondered. We should have bought stock in pregnancy testing, because we bought two or three every month hoping that was going to be it. One day, I said enough is enough because I was tired of seeing her cry every month (wondering why)."

After visiting a specialist to figure out the problem, the two discovered that Marcy Samples had a blocked fallopian tube that was preventing conception.

"They told us there would be no possible way we could conceive on our own, and in vitro fertilization (a process where the egg and sperm are combined outside of the body) is the only option," Marcy Samples said. "That was the most devastating day I've had in this whole experience, but we choose to trust in God."

Justin Samples immediately began looking into health-care options to cover the cost, which Marcy Samples estimated is between $10,000 and $12,000 more than what they could spare.

"I've looked at all the different avenues, and they don't have coverage or plans for (IVF)," Justin Samples said. "As a veteran (Samples served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and was also part of the Army National Guard), I started looking militarily, and they said they would only step in on the veteran's behalf. I got discouraged, because I want to be the provider and make sure that all this happens."

The two did have enough to cover an initial round of treatments, which their doctor said had likely not provided a high enough dosage of medication, and they are currently on a waiting list to continue.

"I have to have shots at the same time every day, and take regular rounds of medicine," Marcy Samples said, noting that she takes five doses of medication at a time. "Then, I've got to have surgery after to remove the blocked tube."

If the Samples are able to raise enough money, they can start another round of treatment by August and undergo IVF in the fall.

"People have started helping us in every way," Marcy Samples said. "Our church has done a bake sale, and they also took up an offering. We had a small benefit in Gallatin that raised $2,500, and people have been starting to donate individually."

The latest benefit for the family is a benefit ride and poker run in Red Boiling Springs, with sign-ins beginning at 8 a.m. at the old Oshkosh building (located at 741 McClure St.).

"My stepmother, Lisa Carter, has been a really big help to me," Marcy Samples said. "She's the one who started to organize the benefit, along with Varonda Jenkins. There was a time when I got really depressed and didn't feel like there was anybody there for us, but then, people started to show us how much they cared ... it was very special."

Justin Samples said that the two have drawn strength from their family and friends' involvement as well as their faith.

"To know that you're not alone ... even though she and I are together, to know our community supports the decision we're making is huge," Justin Samples said. "I've heard that some people think IVF is going too far, but we've never had anyone question or look down on our decision."

The Samples are confident that they have found their solutio, and have spent the last several years putting together a room for their child. Members of their church have chipped in as well by creating handmade toys and room decorations.

"We want our children to experience what we did as kids," Justin Samples said of the couple's decision to raise a child in Lafayette. "Even though Lafayette has been growing, it's still really the hometown, close-knit community it's always been."

Those interested in supporting the Samples' efforts to start a family may donate to their baby fund at Citzens Bank (the Justin Michael and Marcella Nicole Samples Baby Account). If more money is raised than required for their current treatment, the two plan to put it toward another fertility treatment, because they are interested in raising more than one child.

"I want to experience the morning sickness, the sleepless nights and everything people say is a nightmare about having children," Marcy Samples said. "We want to have kids opening presents in the house on Christmas morning, and we hope our story can help someone else that's going through something like this. Trust in God, and don't give up ... search out those answers, because with God, all things are possible."