Cam Speak

Cam CamCameron sure is a fun person! He’s full of spit and vinegar, too, but mostly he’s full of zest and spunk and… life!

He also says things interestingly, as small people are prone to do.

Here are some Cam Cam word pronunciations that I’d like not to forget!

  • Sugar = SHEE-ger
  • Normal = ner-mal
  • Touchdown = CUTCH-down
  • Almost = all-MISS
  • Pretend = pre-TEM-ber (that is from big sister, Emma) 🙂
  • Her = she’s (he’s allmiss correct…)

I’m quite sure there are many more, but that’s a good start for now. We love it!

Keep up the Cam speak, Cam!

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream SandwichIce cream sandwiches are a hit in the Campbell home. And at just over 16¢ a piece, that’s not a bad price tag for a happy kid!

Tonight Emma came to find me in my reading chair, in search of the permission needed to enjoy another of these favored sweet treats. (Unbeknownst to me, she had already been told no by her mother, because this would be her third on the day!)

“Dad, can I have an ice cream sandwich?” asks sweet, innocent, little smiley Emma. (Knowing, I believe full well, that she was supposed to talk with Dad about why she couldn’t have that very same ice cream sandwich. (Mom filled me in later.)

“Well…” I said only partially pondering, because really, how can you refuse that cute little face? “Sure.” My permission granting came with an I-love-you smile, and I sent her on her way to enjoy her granted treat.

“I just love ice cream sandwiches…” says the departing Emma, dreamily. “I mean, they have chocolate bread… and ice cream! And … they stick together… how do they get it to stick to-GETHER??” She is passionately wondering about the greatness of this snack.

I match her passion, “I know, right??? They are sooo GOOD!!”

Happily she leaves, on her way to her well-earned, yet equally ill-gotten wonder snack.

And really, who doesn’t love ice cream sandwiches?

(And how do they just stick them together like that??) 🙂


Check this out: ice cream sandwich history, and recipe for home made ice cream sandwiches! Maybe we’ll find out how they stick ’em together!!

The Wisdom of Emma

Emma's Eyes

Last night was an OK Night with Emma (“One Kid Night”). Those are always a source of fantastic verbal “gems”. Here are a couple for your enjoyment:

The Funnest Words

After sharing a bit of her wisdom with me, I said to Emma, “Emma, you are so clever!” In response, almost to herself, with a happy, satisfied giggle, she said, “I get the funnest words.”

Good At Rhyming

At Emma’s request we found some music on the radio, and turned it up as to play as loudly as our ears could stand. Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock ‘n Roll To Me” was playing when from the back, in a loud, confident, quite sincere voice, Emma asserts, “This boy is good at rhyming!!”

🙂

A New Writer

ian-mustacheWell, only new to this website. Actually, he’s been writing for quite a while. (Have you seen his previous blog? His writers group website? Anything in print? … I can’t link to that…)

Ian J. Campbell is an aspiring young author, and I thought it would be fun to make better use of this website by asking him to publish his thoughts here at least weekly. It will be good writing exercise for him, and hopefully entertaining, insightful, and perhaps even educational for you, the reader.

I’m not sure when he’ll post his first work to this site, but… stay tuned. It could get interesting!

(And how about that mustache he’s got working here?) 🙂

Cute story

I was helping Julia write a letter to Grammy tonight. We got to the word DOGS and she wrote the D, knowing “dogs” starts with “d”, but she is pretty shaky on which vowel says what sound. So I was saying the “ah” that the “o” in “dogs” says, seeing which of the 5 vowels she would pick. She guessed one of them (I forget which one now), not the “o”. I said, “No… “o” says “ah”.” She looked me straight in the eye and boldly said, “No, it doesn’t.”

That was classic Julia. She is very black and white/matter-of-fact 🙂 I love that about her 🙂

From The Mouth of Julia

“AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!” I (Dad) let out a mock yell at something that was mildly frustrating. It was a sudden, loud outburst.

“That was loud!” said two-year-old Julia. She followed up with, “Not like lightning…”

“Not like lightning?” I inquired?

“No, not lightning. It’s that loud thingie… your mouth!”

At that point, I was on the floor laughing. 🙂

Trusting God

A long time ago we decided to live life differently.  The definition of “differently” continually changes, but along the way has included raising support from friends and family who helped financially free us to work in campus ministry here in New York, and accepting any invitation to come and sing and never ask for money from any of those engagements.

The current version looks a bit different, as I do certainly charge (a specific amount) for what I do, but I am still quite flexible and generous with my time. (Which is perhaps a very different thing?)

Bottom line is, we are happy to trust God to provide for us, instead of trying to do that for ourselves.

Many things have come together recently, however, to help us realize that we are not truly living a life of trusting God to provide for us.

True, we do trust him.  Implicitly.  We credit him for all provisions we receive.  And even when we do not receive what we wish we would have received, we know that He loves us, and that He sees more than we see.  And so we trust Him.

But what Jen and I have both seen—and Jen wisely alerted me to—is that we have been living with a foot in both worlds for some time now.

We have been on the one hand, trusting God to provide whatever he sees fit to provide, but on the other hand – while exercising frugal spending – going ahead of God and his provision, mostly in the form of paying for things we needed (or maybe didn’t?) with credit cards and other loans.

And now, the weight of that burden has caught up with us.

We are at least a month behind on most every monthly bill.  We were warned by our mortgage holder that we were in danger of losing our house (though that has been corrected) and there really is a great, heavy financial burden on both of us at the moment.  Seemingly more than we can work out from under.

We are taking steps to remedy this – including me working extra hours, Jen doing a little work for my dad, I applied for another job, etc – but I think perhaps the biggest step is really choosing what we believe.  And how we want to live.

And that “way” is trusting God to provide for everything we need.  Everything.

So we have decided from here forward to not use credit cards (barring perhaps a life-threatening emergency?) and see where that takes us.  So far, so good.  We have seen God provide tiny bits of cash when we need it, and we are much happier (when we are not thinking about the looming debt that is close behind us) spending the money that we actually have, rather than continuing to go ahead of God and pay bills or buy food or whatever we thought we needed on a credit card.

“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these [what they will eat, what they will wear], but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

That’s from the end of Matthew 6.  That’s a section of scripture that has always been very close to me, and I think maybe because that’s how God has always wanted me to live.  And the amazing this is, that’s what he wants from Jen, and what we want together.

So, we are embarking on a journey that I know will take us deeper… and actually, other than that we have no idea where it will take us.  Yes, it is frightening in a way… but, not when we remember whom we are trusting, and remember how He loves us, and has taken care of us so far… we know that he always will.

[PS… I do not write any of this to elicit some sort of financial response from anyone who might read this – which includes almost exclusively family and close friends.  Only wanting to share this decision/shift in thinking that seems very important – milestone-ish – in our lives right now.]

Tuna

Tonight we had to eat tuna sandwiches. We have sworn off credit cards here in the Campbell house and are really trusting that God will give us what we need. If we don’t have it… we don’t need it.

So, we have tuna. That makes it tonight’s dinner.

The kids are all cooperating differently. Ian ate it. Kirstie ate it and talked about how she didn’t like it, but she was going to eat it anyway (with a smile!) Julia ate it with mom’s help. Alex is not. (Par for the course with him.)

Should be interesting learning to live on what God gives us. Tuna is only one manifestation of that choice.

So far, so good 🙂

THAT ONE!!!

Today while Julia was telling me a story about Kirsten, she was using the pronoun, “She” when referring to her. I actually understood her, but for some reason she didn’t think I did. She kept saying it, and she was not pronouncing the “h”, so it came out, “See.” I figured she must mean something else, so I kept trying to guess.

Finally, in exasperation, she said, “THAT ONE!!!” pointing emphatically to Kirsten.

I cracked up, as usual. What a fun age! 🙂

I Eat Bark

I (Greg) made a feast for dinner tonight… just for fun. I baked some salmon with butter and dill, then made some home made mashed potatoes, and added some fresh cooked veggies. And, at the last minute, added some fresh brewed sweet tea!

Surprisingly, Julia loved the Salmon. A LOT! So she ate and ate, and when it was all gone, she discovered two pieces of the skin I had peeled off for her. Her eyes lit up, and she grabbed them in her tiny little hands and stuffed the WHOLE giant piece in her mouth! I expected it would come right back out, but she chewed, swallowed, and reached for the next one!! Hilarious! What kid WANTS to eat fish skin??

But the best part was a couple minutes later. I had gotten down to get something off the floor, and then stayed next to her for a moment longer. While I was there, she looked at me with her most sincere face, and said, “I eat bark.”

It took a second to understand what she meant, but once I figured out she was talking about the fish skin, I got quite a good belly laugh out of it. 🙂

She IS a cutie! A little gross… but a cutie! 🙂