December 2018 Column Winner

God did something about it, and you're it!
Kaycee Campbell, Countywide & Sun

Something popped up on my Facebook timehop the other day that shows me that God has a sense of humor. Three years ago I posted: “When people ask “How many children do you have?” I respond with: I have two dogs #IDoWhatIWant-WhenIWant, #ILoveMyFurBabies!
You see, God MUST have a sense of humor because fast forward three years, and I now live in Anna’s House Community with my loving husband, my fur-baby Hunter, and eight children … Yes, you heard me right: EIGHT.
In 2017 while listening to KLOVE on the radio, Matthew West’s song came on called “DO Something.”
Here is small part of the song:

“I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you”

That last line hit me like a ton of bricks — I CREATED YOU! I knew the need in Oklahoma but like most I had every excuse you could think of for why fostering was not for me and how I was already doing my part. But HE created me… every day I was reminded of the calling God was placing on my life.
I spoke with my husband about what I felt called to and he prayed that if it was what we were supposed to do that God would take away his anxiety, and God did.
So we opened our home. We accepted placement of a 4-year-old boy in April 2017. He had blown two adoptive placements and had been in custody since the age of one. His list of behavior issues was a mile long, and our list of parenting experience was barely an inch long.
Soon after getting him to a somewhat stable place, we received a phone call at 3 am about a sibling set of two, a 3-month-old and a 15-month-old who where being separated. The 3-month-old had already been placed and they needed a home for the 15-month-old.
My husband said yes to both girls, and at 4 am we were placing a 15-month-old in a pack and play and making arrangements with the worker to get placement of her baby sister the following Monday. We went from zero to three children in three months. Our family officially thought we were crazy.
God used this moment to show us just how big the need was for foster families who were willing to take in sibling groups and fight to keep them together; however with a 1200 square foot home, we were at capacity.
Fast forward five months and we were ringing in the New Year with six children — one for every age 0-5 in a 3100 square foot home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a playroom, and an office. You see, I told God I was at capacity and again He laughed.
Now, I am blessed to wake up each day in a beautiful home, in a beautiful community.
I am blessed to love on, support, and walk with my sweet children as they begin to heal from past trauma, as we get to witness “redemption” play, it’s winning hand.
Yes, it comes with a billion loads of laundry, a million mama, mommy and moms and I no longer get to hashtag “I do what I want!” But the blessings we receive, and our children receive, are worth every minute of stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
The next time that you want to shake your fist at heaven and proclaim, “God, why don’t you do something?” Just remember, He did — He created you!

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Joyce Stiles wrote:
Truly amazing young lady.

Wed, February 20, 2019 @ 10:03 PM

2. Joyce Stiles wrote:
Truly amazing young lady.

Wed, February 20, 2019 @ 10:04 PM

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