Join Me?

December 5, 2012

First of all I want to say hello to all the people checking me out from yesterday, who knew my Babywise post would attract so many readers? I sure didn’t! This post has absolutely nothing to do with Babywise, if you are new around here you should know this blog has no real theme, it’s just a lifestyle blog where I talk about whatever I want, I honestly rarely talk about motherhood.

Which brings me to my post today. I’ve been reading 1,000 Gifts. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, but this lady challenges herself to write down 1,000 things that are gifts from God. A couple examples are soap suds in the sink and curls of cheese to make Mac and cheese. Just stuff in her day that she realizes are simple gifts that bring her joy. I personally think this is a hard read. Partly it’s because I read it aloud to Elle and her writing is really not conversational, my mom’s says it’s hard to read because she’s Canadian, I don’t really know. It has really made me start seeing things in my life as gifts and I thought it would be fun to catalog them using Instagram in 2013. Would you join me? If you want to, please comment below so I can follow you and/or when posting them use the hash tag #2013gifts starting January 1st. I am going to try to make this a daily thing, but to minimize feelings of failure I want to encourage myself and you to just post whenever it strikes you!

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Thanks Big Poppa

June 18, 2012

Sometimes people get tripped up with God being called a father, especially if they had a crappy dad. I was fortunate to be blessed with a great dad who would do anything for me. So when I want something and it’s provided for me I can easily attribute this to God being my dad who wanted to gift me something. Two weekends ago Andrew and I worked on Ellery’s closet as well as the guest bedroom closet. We realized we have way too much stuff to fit into the closets and I decided on Sunday I would begin the search for a cheap armoire that I could paint and put in the guest room for additional storage. I figured between Craigslist and garage sales I could find something. My search had not even begun when God gave me a spectacular armoire and guess what I had to pay for it? NOTHING!! Yeah it was a free gift from my big poppa. Now some of you might be wondering what the practical story is behind this gift so here it is:

Last Tuesday I walked into the house I work at and the first thing the dad asks me is if I would have any interest in an armoire. They were looking to get rid of one and he was willing to not only give it to me for free, but to deliver it to my house with his truck. I was pretty blown away that within 2 days of deciding I wanted one I was given a free one delivered to my house. It’s really nice and soon it will be getting a facelift, it really does have to perfect bones and it’s a great size for the space. So here it is, I’m like a kid at Christmas with this thing!


This week I have a lot to share with you for my Thursday latelies and because I know that no one besides my mother would watch a 20 minute video of me blabbing about how great my week was I will share a couple of my happy things in a post today.

Saturday was a fantastic day.  So I’ll share my joy from just that day and save the rest for tomorrow.

1.  OUR COUCH ARRIVED.  Finally the long awaited “final” piece of furniture arrived on Saturday and it fits so much better in the room than you would expect.  We thought it would be majorly tight quarters, but there is ample walking space around the perimeter.  We only had time to sit on it for about 10 minutes on Saturday, but we were so happy to have this massive comfy sectional.

2.  JENNA IS COMING.  Yeah can you even believe it?  She surprised me by deciding to come to Austin in January.  Saturday she booked a ticket and sent me the itinerary.  Her flights could not be timed any more perfectly with my work schedule.  We will have maximum hang out time and I’m really looking forward to it!  Now I need to decide when I can fly to Denver to see her new stomping grounds.

3.  BAKING.  A couple friends came over Saturday night and baked Christmas goodies until almost one in the morning.  It was a lot of fun and it was really the first time I baked this Christmas season.  We are having a baking extravaganza on Sunday with my family…should be fun and tasty!

4.  FACETIME.  Thank you apple.  My BFF Steph got a new fantastic toy for her early Christmas and she “called me” from her IPAD.  We both have Iphones, but Facetime from the IPAD is way nicer because it shows you a lot more in the room and you feel more like you are sitting across from the person.  Sorry my phone shows such a little strange image of my face 🙂  I miss you dearly friend!

I wish I had a 5th, I really like to round things out, but that’ll have to do for now.  Be sure to check back tomorrow and see the full list of things that are making me smile this week.

My 120 Pound Journey

November 21, 2011

This video makes me want to cry and it makes me want to become a runner!  I will be light on the posting this week because we are home with family, but I wanted to give you a little something to inspire you!

Thank you DST

November 7, 2011

I am so appreciative of Daylight Saving Time!  I have been wanting to get up earlier and go to bed earlier, but I’ve struggled to be able to fall asleep and I really have struggled to get up!  Then we fell back and TADA I am now totally on the schedule I want to be on.  I am now (well for the last 2 days) wide awake at 6:30 and fast asleep by 10:30.  Before work this morning here is the task list I completed:

– Handwashed the pots and pans

– Ran the dishwasher

-Made a grocery list so I could go straight to the grocery store after work

– Sorted the laundry so I could finish it after getting fabric softener at the grocery store

– Hung all of Andrew’s dress shirts to dry

– Made the bed (not too unusual)

– Read 2 chapters in our small group book

– Packed my lunch (ok that isn’t unusual)

– Pulled things out of my closet and put in donation bag

– Cleaned the kitchen sink

– Took down the wall clock and changed the time

AND perhaps my favorite thing…I actually saw Andrew for a half hour before he left for work and I got to hug him and smooch him more than once!  I really hope I can keep this up, I feel so productive!!


God and Free Undies

August 12, 2011

So this weekend I realized I was almost out of hair product.  I love Victoria’s Secret hair products, but they are a bit pricey for our budget.  I toyed with the idea of just settling on using Andrew’s Garnier Fructis.  Then I started to feel sad about it because we are going on our anniversary trip this coming weekend and I really wanted “my smell” for our special trip.  So I shot up a little prayer and asked God to send me one of those $10 off coupons so I could get my shampoo.  Low and behold it arrived on Monday!!!  I was so excited that I can go today, get my free undies and $10 off my hair products.  God is so good to me and his timing is impeccable.  The funny thing is I, Laura Campbell, do not get the coupons the mysterious Andrea Campbell gets them…she followed us from Champaign!  Yeah yeah I know a lot of people got these this week, but I choose to see God working in my life constantly and this is one of the ways I see him blessing us…think what you want, but keep it to yourself.

Why yes, yes there is.  While Andrew will not allow anyone to refer to him as doctor until he has deposited his dissertation sometime in the next couple weeks, I personally am celebrating his accomplishments.  I was so glad I had the privilege to sit in on Andrew’s defense and be the supporter in the back of the room.  I’ll give you a short play by play of the day so you all can feel like you got to be there.  Also for the record I wanted to let you know that I didn’t have ANY IDEA about what his talk was on, but it sounded pretty intelligent to me.

1:15  I arrived at home to an anxious ridden Andrew (understandably so).  We got our last minute things in order and headed out the door.

1:45 We arrived at the Krannert parking lot and hunted for a parking spot, it looked like we were going to have a hard time finding a spot, but Andrew stayed really calm and eventually we located a space.

2:00 We arrived at the office to get the projector supplies and headed to the conference room.

2:05 We encountered our first real glitch of the day…. none of the chords worked with our computer.  I began praying that we would find a chord quickly and that this wouldn’t wreck Andrew’s confidence.

2:15 Andrew arrives with a new chord, it works!  And then we begin to wait.  The clock moved SO SLOWLY until 2:50 when people began to arrive.

3:00 The time Andrew’s talk was scheduled to begin.  2 of his 4 committee members were there and so we sat in silence and waited, yes it was awkward.

3:05 All committee members were present, Andrew’s boss gave a short introduction including letting the room know that he met and married a local girl and is now FORBIDDEN to move back to the east coast…thanks for that.

Then Andrew rocked out the defense.  He presented with confidence and answered the questions to the best of his abilities.  The most amazing thing to me was after the questions they never said if he answered it or not, they just sat in silence so Andrew would just move on as if he didn’t feel totally awkward.  As his wife, this was the hardest part to watch.

3:45 Andrew finished up his talk and then they kicked us out.  No one really truly knows what will happen in the private portion.

4:15 I received this text: “We’re all good :)”

And that was that, this is the account of Andrew getting his PhD.  I can’t believe it’s finally over…for the most part.  Andrew will tell you constantly that he’s not done until he deposits, but I’ll take what I can get, I have my husband back.  And yes, you can call me Dr. Mrs. Andrew Campbell….haha just kidding.

He’s Got My Back

April 28, 2010

So this week has been tough.  I have been mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually challenged: luckily at different times in my day, but to sum up the week so far it’s been tough.  Happily our marriage has been great this week so no worries on that front!

I have been on the hunt for the last several months for a great pair of trouser jeans.  I wanted something dressy and sophisticated and unfortunately with skinny jeans being all the rage a trouser jean is very hard to come by.  I knew Banana Republic would have the style I want, but I struggled with paying $90 for a pair of jeans…that’s not THAT outrageous, but I like to make my clothing budget stretch.  This morning I looked up on our cabinet and lo and behold there was a coupon for 40% off a regular priced item at Banana Republic and it was only good for ONE DAY, today.  So after my meeting this afternoon I headed over in hopes of getting out of there spending about $60.  I found the pair I wanted, they had my size, I tried them on, I loved them and I went up to pay for them.  She rang them up, $68…ouch, but okay.  Then she rang in my coupon chaching, I got $90 jeans for $40.88.  Apparently starting today the jeans were an extra 30% off.  Can you believe that?  I told the girl that this made my day and she was thrilled for me.

When things like this happen I think, “God, could it be true that you are so crazy about me that you would perfectly align events like this in my life when times are tough?”  I’m pretty sure the answer is yes.  I’m super grateful that God reveals himself to me right where I need Him, in Banana Republic of all places.

[FYI: still no luck on the purse!]

The Shirt Off Their Back

March 18, 2010

Do you have any friends that would give you the shirt off their back?  I have been wonderfully blessed by my friendship with Jenna.  Last night she surprised us and came to small group.  When she arrived I immediately noticed her earrings, they were the ones I had been eying for several weeks at F21.  I looked at them all night and after group while we were talking I said, ” I just can’t get over how much I like those earrings and how bummed I am that I never purchased them.  Without a thought she ripped them out of her ears and and handed them over.  I was super embarrassed and kept trying to give them back.  She continued to hand them over saying she wanted me to have them and I would do it for her.  She’s right I totally would do it for her, that’s what friends do.  Today I am wearing these awesome earrings and thinking about how sweet my friend Jenna is.  My challenge to you today is to make someone’s day by giving them “the shirt off your back.”

Rabbit Rabbit

December 1, 2009

Happy 1st day of December!  I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Rabbit Rabbit day before, but I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to say it on the first day of the month every month.  I heard it on Nickelodeon when I was a kid and I think about it sometimes.  I hope you are having a wonderful Rabbit Rabbit day.  We are home safe and sound from our trip.  Last night we spent 4 hours of uninterrupted quality time together and it was absolutely fabulous.  We put up our Christmas Tree, rearranged our family room, listened to Christmas music, watched The Christmas Child (wouldn’t recommend it), drank hot chocolate and wrapped gifts.  CHRISTMAS IS UPON US! I love December