Friday, December 31, 2010


James and Karen Upshur.

Bridal Luncheon... which was beautiful!

Some of the old Spurgeon Foundation group

Enjoyed a great weekend celebrating the marriage of Karen Reeves and James Upshur... it was such a special weekend and a beautiful wedding! Just arrived at Hilton Head- ready to bring in the new year!!

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Lucky Charms.

Hearts, stars and horse shoes, clovers and blue moons, pots of gold and rainbows... and royal blue balloons! (old camp cheer....)

So happy that I was able to enjoy a nice, healthy bowl of lucky charms for breakfast. :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Syd and Teresa :)

Thankful for old friends... last night I was able to go bowling with my best friends from high school (missed you, Caralee!!), and I was reminded how blessed I am. I thank God that at every point in life, (childhood, high school, college, and post college!!) He has provided amazing friends for me!

Syd, Teresa and me... ghetto bowling :)

I hate that Florida stole this girl.....

Christmas Tree downtown Pendleton

So glad Victor and Jules could meet my high school friends! Thankful for them!

Monday, December 27, 2010



Just had the most fun in all of the world... went to see Tangled with Grammie and some friends and we just laughed and laughed. Imagine 6 grown adults paying good money to watch Rapunzel (and 3 of them were not female :)). You should see it- it's really cute!!!

So thankful for my sweet Grammie and the joy she brings to my life.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Two for One...

Today you get two posts for the price of one! I have been overwhelmed by the truths that are spoken of in this song, and thought I'd share. We just celebrated the birth of Christ, but it's so neat to remember that our God was the Uncreated One... He has always existed. Pretty powerful. Hope this is a blessing to you.

"Holy Uncreated One
Your beauty fills the skies
But the glory of Your majesty
Is the mercy in Your eyes

Worthy Uncreated One
From heaven to earth come down
You laid aside Your royalty
To wear the sinner's crown

O Great God, be glorified
Our lives laid down
Yours magnified
O Great God, be lifted high
There is none like You

Jesus, Savior, God's own son
Risen, reigning Lord
Sustainer of the Universe
By the power of Your word

And when we see Your matchless face
In speechless awe we'll stand
And there we'll bow with grateful hearts
Unto the Great I am


Merry Christmas.

Wow. I don't know where to begin. It's been a quite eventful Christmas, and I think so far this was close to my favorite. I did miss the family in Texas, though. As I sit here thinking back over the last day and a half I'm feeling somewhat sentimental. Partially because I'm exhausted, partially because I just am so thankful for the family that God has blessed me with.

My Dad and Mom... I thank God for them

So, a walk through the last couple of days (feel free to skip the writing and just look at pictures :))... On Christmas eve I was able to go spend some time with my good friends Bryan and Rachel Burton, and it was so neat to catch up with them. Then my family had Christmas dinner at our house at 4:30, and both Grammie Campbell and Grandma Kline were able to join (all of my siblings were there minus Monroe and Katie- we missed them!!).

Grammie Campbell, me :), and Grandma Kline
We then went to a Christmas Eve service at UBC. It was so encouraging to stop and take time to focus on the Word, and to remember what Christmas is truly about. I want to thank God for sending Jesus Christ to the earth as a little baby, so that He could be the SAVIOR of the world- Savior, Christ, the Lord.

So, after the Christmas eve service, we continued our family tradition and headed to the Bundrick's house to throw reindeer food in the yard. This is a tradition that goes years back with our neighbors who have literally become family. If you have noticed that you don't get good gifts from Santa, I can get the "reindeer food" recipe for you :) (it works!)

I'm so thankful for such wonderful neighbors!

Matt, Benton, Matt, Forrest, Mrs. Bundrick, Dad, Elizabeth, Sarah Lou,
Dan, Dnaiel, Carrie and Mr. Bundrick... throwing Reindeer Food
 After throwing reindeer food to secure Santa's stop at our house, we proceeded to watch Daniel and Benton open gifts. They had a BALL- could have cared less about any of their gifts, they just wanted to unwrap anything and everything. I must say they didn't have any trouble knowing what to do. They've been unwrapping gifts under the tree for weeks now.

After we opened gifts with our family, our friend Stephanie Richardson came to spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with us. She brought a Richardson family tradition to our household... paper bag stockings. You see, these are GREAT stockings filled with LOTS of exciting foods....
We want to give our dentist lots of business this year....

Carrie was making some additions to Rachael's artwork... hmmmm :)

Stephanie Richardson... is a blessing!
Fast Fwd: Christmas Morning...

Our first step in the morning on Christmas day is always the Christmas morning run with Sarah Louise... then off to the Bundricks to see how much the reindeer liked the food we left them. This year Santa brought lots of presents to the Bundrick's house... I'm telling you, the reindeer food works! :)

Daniel was so excited to see what Santa brought!!

I love these two beautiful, sweet ladies
After lots of laughs and coffee at the Bundricks, back to the house to prepare for the Campbell clan to come over for lunch...

Sara Margaret, Uncle Mark, Aunt Margaret, Grammie and Luke

Precious lady :)

Katie, Me, Aunt Margaret and Sydney (Glad Sydney could come!)
Will and Sara Margaret

Cousins... Lara, Sarah, Sara Margaret, Katie and Me with our scarves from Grammie
Oh Luke... never a dull moment

Aunt Jeanie and Uncle Blake

All in all, a great day... but not over yet. After the Campbell clan left for the afternoon, we opened our paper stockings (Needless to say we traditionally do things very untraditionally in our household....)

So the tradition has it, you design your own paper stocking, then Santa fills it... well, he definitely filled them!

Benton wouldn't put down his cereal box :)

Benton was just sooo happy... I love catching these moments
This is what we do for fun in the Campbell house...

So, after opening stockings, playing horse with Bopa, we decided to play guitar, take pictures with our good friend Brad at his church, relax, laugh some more, drink some egg nog... you know, the typical stuff you do on Christmas.

OH-- and it SNOWED!!!!!!!
... didn't snow much, but it was WHITE and CHRISTMAS on the same day :)

I found Santa in the Bundricks yard this morning...  oopsssss

Friday, December 24, 2010



Only in South Carolina can you spend Christmas Eve morning on the lake... in a kayak... AND feel comfortable at the same time!

Thankful for this crazy weather and the little gift of friendship... thankful for Mary Lee!

(Warning: Christmas Day post is going to be very long... lots of pictures to come... I'm just too lazy to download them to my computer tonight. :))

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Youth Group Ties.

Tonight I went to a Christmas party with girls I grew up with in youth group. It is always so much fun being around the "family". This year was especially exciting considering three of the seven of us are now engaged! We had a great time eating dinner (Corney Ham Bundles... made by the one and only Jenni Miller), hearing engagement stories, staring at BEAUTIFUL diamonds, and watching a Christmas movie. It's such a fun time of year to be able to stop and catch up with old friends! So, to show you the newest additions...

Congrats to Alli Heney and Ben Smith!!!

Emilyrose Heichel... notice the hearts on the band!

Cherith Fisher's heirloom diamond- so special!

All in all a GREAT night- so much to be thankful for!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010



I must say that I have the best neighbors in all of the world. Every year at Christmas time our street always exchanges gifts... it's like we're family. So the other day I hear the doorbell ring and I look out to see my neighbor, Mrs. Lew. And what did she have in hand for me? Sushi made out of sweedish fish and rice crispies!! 

So, thanks to Mrs. Lew for thinking of me!! SUCH a cute idea!!!! Made my day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010



My sister-in-law sent me an e-mail today that I thought was worth passing along. Yes, it's one of those sappy forwards that gets passed around e-mail, but it's pretty powerful. As Christmas is approaching, this story was a good reminder for me to look around for others to encourage.  It doesn't matter how difficult we might perceive our own circumstances to be-- we should never be so focused on ourselves that we forget to look around and encourage others.

"Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.
His bed was next to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.
The men talked for hours on end.
They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.
Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear the band - he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.
She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.
It faced a blank wall.
The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'


There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the blessings you have that money can't buy"

Monday, December 20, 2010


Happenings of the Little Guys.

So, during the Christmas Holiday, Matt, Rach and Benton are staying with us here in Clemson. Last night little Daniel joined the slumber party, so from the early hours of the day this house has been hoppin'!

Just wanted to share a few little smiles from the morning. As we are sitting in the living room drinking coffee, we hear the two little guys in the kitchen rustling papers. We walk in to find Benton and Daniel at their kiddie table with a Bible and devotional book... having their 'devotions'! :) (You know they can read... they are brilliant children ;))

So, after their devotional time, they decided to disappear into the abyss we call our home. You just can't leave these two alone. After we realize they are no longer studying deep doctrinal truths, we all dashed in different directions to find these two monkeys. Of course (once again...) we found them in the room of Yours Truly... and this is the sight we found...

"Uh oh, the tree fell... I PROMISE I didn't pull it down! (neither did Benton!)" -- (innocent) Daniel
Caught ya!!

I suppose they thought since they had spent sufficient time having their devotions, they were cleared for anything bad they might choose to do. :) They get away with tooooo much.....

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Stephanie Richardson. :)

Throughout life friends come and go. It's always amazing for me to see how God provides encouragement exactly how we need it when we need it. I am so thankful for Steph and the blessing that she has been to me. Such a true friend- always encouraging me through whatever is going on in life, pointing me to Christ.  It's neat how God brings people into your life for you to not only minister to, but to be ministered by. I am so thankful God brought Steph into my (and my whole family, for that matter) life, and I'm thankful for how she has reached out and ministered to ME!

So, pictures from downtown Greenville and Christmas lights...

Mast General Store... candy section! :)

Steph, Sarah, Jon and Caleb

Never a dull moment with this girl...

Yea, this is what I'm talking about! Merry Christmas!!