Cam Pak

We Became an Instant Family • 4 min read

Becoming an instant family was a mix of every emotion in the book. From the initial phone call, to the prayers that didn't make sense, to the next day picking up two 19 month-olds, Hannah and I were new to this, naive, and yet full of hope.

And, I had never even changed a diaper before…

From having zero kids to twins who could barely communicate their needs and wants was a very hard transition. "Oh, I can't imagine taking in two kids versus one…" people said to us, as if we were on some impossible journey against our will. (I know it came from a good heart, but even words from a good heart don't always feel good to hear.) Truly, Hannah and I didn't know what it was like to have one kid! So, in this case ignorance was bliss. Plus, our heart are to serve God, and He made it very clear in our hearts that we were to take the twins in our home and love on them.

In all ways, it didn't make sense, but how often do faith and love make sense? Good things often do not come easily.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. — James 1:27 NLT

Here's some learnings or fun experiences we had with them:

We did our best to love on those kiddos, and I am confident they felt seen, heard, known and loved deeply. And yes, past-tense… After loving on them for a month, court cases, and All The Things™️, through prayer, tears, and a lot of hugs, we determined it was best to loose control and allow a foster family to love on them for the long-term.

Nothing is harder than saying "good bye" or trusting in God's promptings when it doesn't make any sense. We wanted more than anything to control the situation and us become their savior. God made one thing very clear to us in our prayers, "I [God] am their Father". It was a assertive and full of love statement showcasing that He is in control, and as a Father to them, He has the best plans and intentions for them.

We are forever changed because we said "yes" to those sweet kiddos. God's love for us seems so much bigger now when I consider how much we loved those kiddos, and yet His love is even greater than that. With heavy yet warm hearts, we know they are in God's loving hands with a wonderful foster family and will be taken care of in the best ways possible.

Cam Pak

Cam Pak

— from honorary Uncle Cam and Aunt Hannah, we love you two