When considering stories and the subject of hope, I often think of Abraham:
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:18-21 ESV)
I love Abraham's story for many reasons, one of which I see in his story my parent's story and our parenting story as well. My parents were not able to conceive for the first decade of their marriage. Eventually, my mom underwent experimental surgery on her pituitary to deactivate a tumor - and voila, here I am:). For my wife, it was endometriosis that kept her from having children. Our story is that our church community in Dallas, Tx rallied around us for a ten day period and worshiped over Christy; the next week we were pregnant. In both stories, the temptation to jettison hope was there. This is why Abraham's story is so powerful, 'in hope he believed against hope', when he and his wife were old and barren, year after year he held out hope in God related to God's promise.
I hope you can find encouragement from those brief stories of real hope amidst adverse circumstances. And I hope you will find hope from the stories you hear on our podcasts during this season. Each couple will share a different story, their story. May these stories fill your marriage with hope during this season. Please listen to Stephen and Wynne's story above and be encouraged.