Our Home Office

June 11, 2013

For those of you that don’t know, my husband’s daily commute is 10 steps from our bedroom. Originally it was supposed to be in the basement, but due to some technical difficulties he is working from our eventual guest room indefinitely. We hope to someday build him an awesome space just his own downstairs, but not in the foreseeable future. I wasn’t sure how it would be having him work from home, but so far I LOVE IT!! I see him maybe a total of 15 minutes a day during work hours, but I love that he pops in to say hi to Ellery when he takes a bathroom break or comes down to grab lunch or a snack. Every once and a while he takes a lunch and we’ll take a walk around our neighborhood which is just an added bonus. I love that there is another adult in the house with me all the time and I can hear him talking part of the day which makes me feel a lot less lonely. And the number one reason I like him working from home….

Accountability!! I thought I did a lot during the day when we lived in Austin and he worked downtown, now that he works from home I realize I didn’t really do that much. I found out that I watched a lot of Netflix and took naps and kinda cleaned sometimes. Now that he is home I feel the pressure to work all day long. He doesn’t put any pressure on me, he says he completely doesn’t care what I do, but knowing that he’s in the house working makes me want to work all day too. There are a lot of days now that I don’t really sit down and relax until Elle goes to bed. Lucky for me, Stephanie and I have started Monday morning chore chats. We each make a list and when Ellery goes down for her morning nap I call and we chat while we work on our lists. This is the perfect start to my week because I feel so good from being productive that I keep up this list thing all week. This is not to say I never slack off, today I took an hour nap because I was exhausted and have been crashing at night, but I’m just more conscious of what I’m doing all day.

The other thing I love is Andrew is tired of being cooped up all day so he wants to get out in the evenings. We try to eat dinner really early and get out for a bit afterwards. Tonight we went down to the river and walked the path, then drove around downtown and past my dad’s childhood home. Before when he got home we stayed home which means there were MANY days I didn’t leave the house. I’m definitely enjoying this new lifestyle.

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Yep you read that right, we are moving!! If you are finding out from our blog and not from my voice I sincerely apologize. Believe me when I say I have a mental list of people I wanted to personally tell, but preparing to move while raising a baby is proving to be a little time consuming. If this is coming out of left field for you welcome to the club, it hit us like a tidal wave, but a really good refreshing one. I am going to attempt to explain what’s going on while keeping it brief enough to give you a shot at actually finishing this post.

As many of you know we were going to go on a church plant to Peoria Illinois in 2011 (if you are new to the blog or want to reread my letter to the plant team in 2010 here it is) At the time there was one thing keeping us from going, a job for Andrew. Now we see it differently and we feel confident that we came to Austin for a purpose. That purpose has been fulfilled, as far as we can tell, and it’s time to reunite our bodies with our hearts in Peoria.

While living here we continued to keep in touch with Ben and Tina and they kept challenging us to consider leaving Austin and move to Peoria. I kept saying we were not even considering moving and they might as well just give up asking. When we moved to Austin we really thought we moved here for life. We bought a house, started a family and really enjoyed spending time with my siblings and watching Big H grow up. But our hearts were never at home here and we lived in a state of unrest. One night after Tina e-mailed me some job postings for Andrew I went to bed and cried sobbed myself to sleep. At that point in time that just wasn’t an option, but we wanted it to be, the timing just wasn’t right.

In October I felt The Lord stirring my heart. And a still small voice told me to start packing. Um what? So I did. I started purging our house, organizing, and every time a box came into our house I packed it up. In November we went home for Thanksgiving and scheduled our trip around going to the Peoria Vineyard on Sunday before we left. That morning I got a text that the worship leader was out with the flu and could I get there in time to practice and co-lead with Jenna? At first I said no and then Andrew said, let’s do it. We rushed there and I’m so glad we did. While leading I will Trust You I had this overwhelming feeling of being exactly where I was supposed to be. I felt at home, truly at home for the first time in over 2 years and we started seeking out a way to get there.

Little did we know our ticket home would come the following Tuesday!! Andrew went back to work and his boss asked if he had any “aha moments” while on vacation. He said well I need to move my family back to Illinois. His boss without hesitation said,” well you know this goes without saying, but you can keep your job and move to Illinois and work from home.” Uh no we didn’t know that! Andrew texted me and I was cautiously optimistic about our future. I wasn’t feeling confident about this because I wasn’t actually in the office for the conversation. On January 6th I met Andrew’s boss and a co worker and we talked about the relocation, I went home feeling excited about the future and sure that it really was going to happen.

We told our families and started getting our house prepped to move. We are meeting with our realtor at the end of this week and hope to have our house on the market by the end of the month. Please pray for a quick sale. We have a house “picked out” in Illinois so a speedy house sale would give us a better shot at getting that house. Obviously if that doesn’t work out there will be another house for us, but we really do want to get this show on the road. In the meantime we are enjoying Austin, loving time with friends and family and soaking up the sun. I was re-reading our blog the other day and stumbled upon this post.

I feel like we finally have some answers. Not that we deserved answers, but I feel like He has been shedding some light on the past two years. Maybe someday soon I’ll share some of that, but for today I’ll leave you with this truth. God is good, all the time, no matter what and His timing is not always ours.

2012 in review

January 2, 2013

I found these stats to be really fun.  If you are into that kind of thing click on the link and check it out.  The amount of countries that viewed this little blog BLEW MY MIND!  Thanks for following along with our life journey.  I don’t intend on shutting this down anytime soon, I’m having way too much fun.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Never Before

October 30, 2012

Tonight we went to Best Buy to sell back my iphone and get another phone for me.  Unlike most people I know I sold back my phone for the exact same phone I had, well the new one is white, but I traded in my 4 for a 4.  I asked the guy if he has ever had anyone do this before and he said, “actually never, and I’ve worked here a long time.  Our computer crashed a couple months ago and since then I’ve been using Andrew’s really old Mac to blog and do a few internet functions.  It doesn’t have word or anything fancy, but it has gotten us by and for that I’m really thankful.  Then I got this idea, let’s get an ipad.  Can we afford an ipad, um no, will we go into debt to have the lastest and greatest things, no way, but do we have credit card points…mmmhmm.  So we have enough credit card points to pay for a little over half of an ipad 3 and then I got $170 for my phone.  So we might have to pay a little tiny bit for the ipad, but we’ll have what we want and won’t feel the need to replace our broken computer with another laptop.  We are SO EXCITED!!  Alright if you know us then you know that I’m excited and Andrew is sorta looking forward to it, he doesn’t exactly get excited.

Flowers for Four

September 1, 2012

Every year in lieu of anniversary gifts Andrew and I go away for the weekend and purchase the yearly gift. This year the gift was flowers, but since we didn’t go away, because of the birth of Ellery, we decided to spend a little bit more and get something permanent.

Year one, paper: thank you notes
Year two, cotton: cloth napkins
Year three, leather: our couch
Year four, flowers: this picture

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Unspoken

June 12, 2012

Have you ever been in a small group of people or even in a small church where people are sharing prayer requests? If you’ve been in this situation you have almost inevitably heard someone share an unspoken prayer request. Andrew and I have always disliked these. We feel like church and small group are places that you should be able to be transparent, share your struggles and not be judged. I’m a public person. You want to know anything about me, just ask. You want to know what I think about you? I’ll tell you in the most loving way possible. Therefore I’ve really struggled writing this post. Andrew and I are going through some things, not so much in our marriage, but some life things, potential changes, apparent changes, disappointments, stresses, and to be honest CRAP! I want to share all the intimate details of our lives, share specific ways you can be praying for us, but I can’t. The blogosphere is a little too public of a place to share these things at this time. So for now I’m asking all of you who pray to lift us up this week and in the coming couple months. I can promise you this, when I can share, I will!!

I did it, for the first time in my life I’m sharing an unspoken prayer request, I’ll try not to judge myself.

9

June 8, 2012

You won’t believe any of this, all these things will shock you!

I have 9 days of nannying left. My permanent job is only 3 days per week and I’m done at the end of the month. I’m in the single digits of seeing this sweet little boy. I’m pretty stressed about him going to “school.” Not that he won’t love it because I think he will, but I’ve been with him since he was 8 months old and he’s just about to turn 2, I’m a bit protective! He calls me WUWA and it’s pretty darn precious. I will miss him, but I won’t miss lifting his body into the crib or onto the changing table. He’s getting a little heavy for me!

As of today I’m officially 9 weeks from my due date! Can we all just let that sink in for a minute? I’m in single digits people! I have my appointment today and so that I’m not tempted to post my weight gain I’m posting this before I go! I will tell you I’m retaining water so I’m anticipating a hefty number. My goal is to not cry. I’m taking this weight gain really hard, not so much because I’m worried about the after, but because with this heat every pound makes me feel that much more uncomfortable. My shoes are so tight at the end of the day, soon I’ll probably have to wear slippers or something!

Are you ready for the last one? Yesterday marked 9 weeks until our 4th anniversary. 4 years, that’s pretty crazy. I honestly feel like it’s been 4 years and if you watched our wedding video you would be able to tell that we’ve been married this long. I was a BABY when we got married. I still sort of feel like a baby, but since I’m about to have one, I’m finding myself growing up really fast!

SINGLE DIGITS!!!!!

Townies

June 4, 2012

The term townie always had such a negative connotation. In high school people always talked about graduating, going to college and then getting the heck out of town. I’d love to know the percentage that came back, I’m guessing it’s pretty high. I love my hometown, Andrew loves my hometown and if circumstances were different we would live there and I would proudly be a townie. Everything is 10 minutes away. The pace of life is so much slower than living in a city. The speed limit is 35!! I haven’t really experienced that in awhile and it felt strange. The University brings so much to the town, and it’s a small enough place that you actually know what’s going on. It has Seven Saints and Papa Dels!! Oh and Art Mart chocolate chunk cookies, oh my, if you haven’t had one, you need to go get one or two, heck buy a dozen, you won’t regret it.

The people are nice, genuinely nice, and they would do anything for you in a moments notice. At my shower on Saturday I looked around and was overwhelmed thinking about how these women shaped me into who I am today and how they still live in my hometown and I would be surrounded by their love and support if we still lived there. As we enter this new phase of life I’d love to be close to the wisdom of these women who have raised children already.

I have to remind myself that CU is not utopia. They have tornadoes and winter. They don’t have a hula hut or Moonies. There isn’t a life there for us really anymore, but it would be so nice to live 10 minutes from family and friends that I’ve known a lifetime and for Elle to experience that kind of love and community. Andrew is optimistic that Austin can be that place for us, I can see it, it’s starting to happen, it’s just going to take time. I had a fantastic trip , we’re already planning our next visit, only it’ll be different because we’ll be a family of 3!!

It’s a…

March 16, 2012

drum roll please……healthy baby.  Sorry I can’t tell you what we are having until next weekend.  We are telling our families next Friday and then I can make it public.  This might be killing some of you, I know it is absolutely killing my brother Bryan, he called me very frustrated that I wouldn’t tell him.  Here are some things I can tell you.

I am exactly 19 weeks today.

I have officially gained weight now, I’m up 2 pounds.  I’m on track for my 22 pound weight gain.  I just need to start watching my food intake now, I’ve been eating pretty much whatever I felt like, but I made a deal with myself that when I first gained weight I would make sure to eat healthier!

Sonograms can tell you a lot more than I thought.  The guy that did ours was amazing.  From what he can tell the baby has an awesome heart, great brain, no signs of down’s, and does not have cleft palate.  Today certainly eased this mama’s mind!

I think it’s weird that people post pictures of the inside of their uterus, but honestly this picture is too cute to not post so, I apologize if this is weird!

Last, but not least I want to know what everyone thinks we are having.  Please VOTE!!! Ok I’ve done my best to insert a poll into the blog and I’m just not that talented so just leave a comment! We will let you know next week.

 

Yep, It’s True

February 1, 2012

Here was our Christmas picture, and if you are actually looking for a third person then you don't get the point of the picture!

 

That’s right, the Campbell’s are becoming a family of 3 in August.  In fact we are due the week of our 4th Wedding anniversary.  The due date is sometime between the 8th and the 10th, our anniversary is the 9th.  I keep telling Andrew I am going to be holding it in because I am not going to be in the hospital on our anniversary, do you know what that means?  The baby will most likely arrive on the 9th, right?  The next question everyone asks is how are you feeling?  I’m ok, I don’t feel like myself, but I am not super sick, I don’t throw up.  I’m getting my energy back, I did enter my 2nd trimester yesterday so I am definitely on the upswing!  Here’s to hoping the record high winter doesn’t produce a record high summer!!!