A Journey of Love: by Phyllis Staton Campbell

Phyllis Campbell

To the casual observer there is nothing remarkable about the Philips family of Aliso Viejo California. Yet they are remarkable in those things of the heart and spirit which can’t be measured in appearance or dollars and cents,-faith, a willingness to sacrifice and that priceless thing we call love.

Todd and Kim have been married for twelve years, and the joy of that marriage is evidenced by many things, not the least being their three children. It might sound silly, but that happiness is evident in Kim’s very voice. One can actually hear a smile, especially when she talks about her family. Although she is a stay-at-home mom she leads an active life, running a tutoring business and home schooling her three children. She also takes great pleasure in walking their dog, Charlie who she describes as, “A fun loving mellow tempered GoldenDoodle, who likes to take showers and lick people.”

Todd works as a technology manager. He enjoys playing music. He also enjoys tennis and ultimate frisbee.

Their eldest child is Jonathan who is eleven-years-old. His parents describe him as “An amazing guy. He’s funny, he’s a natural artist, and he loves making people laugh!.”

Jonathan is further described as an avid Lego home movie maker. He’s made up his own comic strip called “Mixed Up Town.”

Abagail, who is nine-years-old is described by her parents as our sweetheart. They go on to say that she is “always ready to give a word of love and encouragement.” They say with pride, “She is a tender soul.”

Abagail loves to read and enjoys playing with her little sister as well as friends of her own age.

Hannah is four. She seems filled with the joy of life, and manages to keep everyone entertained. She dearly loves her big sister and brother. Her family loves seeing her grow and develop as she expresses herself in so many special ways.

About two years ago Abagail heard about the large number of unwanted babies in China. Where most little girls’ ambitions may range from growing up to be everything from a scientist to raising a big family Abagail’s ambition was to grow up and adopt a child from China. She immediately began to save all of her money, and I mean all of her money, allowance, Christmas, birthday, any and all money that found its way into her hands. One would expect this to grow old in a big hurry, but not for Abagail’s ambition. She kept at it for over two years, managing to save $395.00

With Abagail as their inspiration Kim and Todd began to seriously consider a Chinese adoption. Like Abagail they began to think “How much money?” They sat down and when the figuring was done they came up with the staggering amount of $25,000.

The decision hadn’t come quickly nor easily. It represented much prayer and thought and more prayer. It was what might be called a family project because only if everyone participated in the decision and the sacrifice and the work could it become a practical reality.

Nowhere on the Web site nor in my interview with Kim was the word “sacrifice” even implied, yet many untold sacrifices had to be practiced. They knew what they wanted and what God wanted for them, and they went after it, and went with joy and love.

They were warned that an adoption could take several years, but told that there were many children with special needs who were desperately in need of adoption. This would be the way to go they felt. That couldn’t be too hard, maybe a child with a cleft-lip or perhaps an extra finger. They could manage that! It was a big decision, but they felt at peace about it.

Not long after that they met a woman from Tennessee through the Internet whose name was Jan. Jan had adopted a baby from China in 2006. She shared a lot of information about the adoption process with the Philips’s, and they soon became friends through email. One day they received an email from her telling them about a blind baby in China whose name was Li Hao. Her file was about to be sent back to China because she had been up for adoption for a long time, and so far nobody had wanted her.

Jan asked if they would be interested, and Kim quickly told her that they wouldn’t. Kim’s refusal wasn’t because she didn’t want a blind child, but she felt that she simply couldn’t meet her needs.

“I’m not very organized,” she told me, “and I thought everything would have to be put right back in its place. I hadn’t had any experience at all with the blind.”

She remembers feeling sick at her stomach as she said she wasn’t interested. “Something about this little girl was drawing me to her, but I didn’t want to acknowledge it.

A couple weeks later they got an email from another friend named Kellsey who lives in Kansas City. She told them that a friend, Pam, who lives in Ohio, told her about a little blind girl named Li Hao who was in desperate need of adoption. The email included a picture of the little girl.

Kim says that when she looked at the picture her heart began to pound. Something told her that this was their child, but still she struggled with doubts. Could she meet her needs, along with so many other doubts crowded in.

Late that day Todd expressed the feeling that from the time he saw the picture he had felt “really drawn to her as if she was the one they were supposed to adopt.”

Kim says that this was the most interest Todd had shown in the process. Suddenly Kim realized that this was probably the same child that Jan had told her about. They decided right then to get more information from their agency.

So it started, the paperwork, the fund raising, and more and more prayer. It was decided that the entire family (with the exception of Charlie) would make the trip to China to bring home the new member. Even Hannah could hardly wait for the day to come.

Kim remembers that at times they seemed to be in over their heads in paperwork, but she knew that God was there, helping with the paperwork, with fund raising, every step of the long journey toward their little girl they call Hope.

A high point for the family during the waiting period was being able to talk to Hope using Skype. They were actually able to see her through the Webcast.

Finally on March the third 2008 they received the letter of Approval, and on March thirty-first their Travel Approval. The big day was set for April thirty. On that day they would leave for China after two years of prayer and hard decisions and nine months of actual preparation they were on their way to their dream.

There is no way to describe Kim’s emotions when they first saw Hope in the Lobby of Bethel Foster Home, a facility for children with special needs. Kim told me that Hope herself seemed smaller than she thought and that the whole experience seemed larger and more wonderful.

The two weeks they spent in China were an experience of a life time, but nothing to the joy they all felt on returning home with their treasure, the tiny girl named Hope.

Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.

Books by Phyllis Campbell.

New Release 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…


FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997

The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.

Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012

A Place To Belong August, 2012

Out of the Night February, 2014

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
ByAFBon February 24, 2018

This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.

If you would like to contact Phyllis email her at: Pcampbell16@verizon.net
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About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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2 Responses to A Journey of Love: by Phyllis Staton Campbell

  1. pcampbell16 says:

    Thank you Patty for posting this. A nice surprise on Monday morning.

    Blessings to all of you bloggers.



    • Patty says:


      It was my pleasure. Honestly I thought I’d used it but after a quick search I realized I’d not done so and was happy to post.

      We bloggers look forward to your next contribution.


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