Looking back at the last couple weeks of posts, I’ve had a pretty serious theme going. That isn’t a bad thing, but laughter is a pretty good thing too. I shared last year that I added a letter board to our kitchen. Maybe one day I’ll fill it with inspirational quotes, but for now I’m using for laughter.

These were the December and January (resolutions) puns…

On Valentine’s, I told the boys I put up a sign for their dad. My oldest is like a walking Abraham Lincoln textbook. He was not impressed with my board…I got a big, “Really, mom?” Mission accomplished.

letterboard-2Last spring I saw this saying on the sign of a little country church. It stuck with me. When I got my letter board last fall, I could not wait for spring to almost arrive. It is by far my favorite pun…it will be staying up for a while!
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I am trying to post on Instagram a picture of each saying I put on our letter board. My plan is to make a Chatbook once I have enough. To access them all easily for my own reference and for the Chatbook later, I’ve been adding the hashtag #Campbell7PunnyBoard

Hashtags are my favorite way to organize my instagram pictures.

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If hashtags are completely new and confusing to you, there is a SnapShop lesson by Sara Parsons on how to use them for your personal photos. Use the code HASHTAG for $10 off your SnapShop registration.

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  • Lacey - These are super cute and I sure bet your kiddos look forward to reading what you come up with. 🙂 I really like the ‘outstanding’ one … that totally cracked me up!

  • Julia Cox - Where did you get this letterboard and letters from? I love it!

  • susie - Those are great!

  • Niki - I ADORE your letterboard posts! I got one for Christmas and have been pinning of your punny boards for future use! I also follow Letterfolk on Instagram and was so happy to see that they reposted your “wet my plants” quote. 🙂

  • Flunatje - Haha too funny 😉
    Love them all! Thanks for sharing!

Five years ago, February 27th also fell on a Monday.

In the last few weeks of pregnancy, I often woke up each day wondering, “Could this be the day?” On February 27, 2012 I woke up wondering the same. It was the first day we had the realistic potential to be matched with our youngest daughter. After years of waiting and trying to adopt, all the paperwork was finished and we waited for an email to land in my inbox. Based on time differences, the email would not be coming until the evening – if it even came at all.

February 27, 2012 was quite possibly the longest day I’ve ever known. It was brutal. The evening finally arrived and a sweet text came across my phone:

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I wrote about the day and all the random little things that kept me busy in a post – you can read it here. As evening rolled on, we did get that much anticipated email. We saw our daughter’s face for the first time. We read her name. The part of me that always felt missing, felt a little more complete.

What I didn’t share back then was the pictures that came across our computer screen. It is so fun to look back on them now and remember all the emotions of finally having a face and a name….of finally beginning to know our daughter.

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Five years. It feels like it was yesterday I was a blubbering mess looking at her picture on a computer screen. Seasons change. Time passes. Kids grow. And I am ever so thankful.

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  • Beth - !!!!!!!!YEAH!!!!!!!

  • Nikki - I love this so much. What an awesome post. <3

  • Southern Gal - Five years! Beautiful words for your beautiful girl.

  • Karen Taylor - Ashley! I remember reading that post five years ago, and I recall you saying you were choosing to keep those photos private for a while. Thank you so much for sharing them! She was as beautiful then as she is now. What a journey you have been on together xx

  • Shira - Awwww, all the feels – good tears sprung to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this. What a day!!!

  • Danielle - What a sweet memory for your family. My daughter was born 2/14/12 and I started reading your blog shortly after. Now we are going to a foster to adopt orientation meeting. Thankful for this platform God’s given you to encourage others in many ways 🙂

  • Tammy - Yes, yes…. all the feels and happy tears here, too! She is so beautiful.

  • Michelle Hill - thank you for sharing this memory with us, a memory that has been so monumental in your lives, but more so inspiring. In case you didn’t already know, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess blog, has referenced you and your story a lot in regards to her inspiration to adopt. And I would be lying if I said you didn’t have an influence on me either. Again, thank you for always sharing your life stories and thoughts, I think it affects us all, and this world, for the better… more than you know 🙂

  • Mel - Love love love this. I have been following you since before your oldest daughter was born, and watched from afar your sweet, and hard journey to hold your youngest daughter in your arms. This brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing those first pictures of her.

  • Cecile - ??????? My heart is full for you and your family.

  • Cecile - Oh no… All my hearts came out as question marks. Please imagine them as a shower of big hearts!!!

  • Amy - So much beauty.

  • Sarah - Your daughters eyes in the pictures of her when she was a baby speak volumes to me, she’s a fighter!

  • ellen patton - You are lucky to have each other!

  • Angie - What a tiny little thing she was! Such an incredible adventure. She was beautiful then and, she is beautiful now.

  • Carrie - How precious. I remember those pictures of our daughter. Still on our fridge.

  • naama - It was about that time that I began following you blog. I love watching and reading about your journey as a family and as a mom. I don’t know you but you are in my heart. Thank you.

  • Julie - I remember following your blog back then and can’t believe how quickly those five years have gone!! What a lovely daughter you have and how lucky she is to belong to such a great,caring family. x

  • Debbie C - My eyes are a little teary remembering those posts. Wow, 5 years already. God is good!

  • Ashley B - Ohhh I love this!!! 5 years I’ve followed your story and prayed for this little family on so many ovvasions! I love how God has showed up everytime for y’all! I love moreyour ministry and the things he’s totally using for! Happy post!!! 🙂

  • Laura - I also remember reading that post! Can’t believe how time flies.

    She looks lovely and so you do.

    Congrats for that beautiful girl and family.

    X!,
    Laura

  • Bek Ryder - I’m just catching up on your recent blog posts and came accross this one. tears! streaming down my face. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while and remember well your anticipation of waiting for this day. beautiful pictures! <3 Such a beautiful, strong, stunning little girl!

I function at about 25% during the cold weather months…just enough to get the necessary things done, but still pretty much hibernating. Yesterday was beautiful. The grass is starting to turn green. Flowers are popping up. And Ashley is coming back outside.

After a full day around our house, I told the kids to throw on their shoes and we were headed to my in-laws to soak up the last couple hours of the day.

pond-01pond-02pond-03While paddling around they looked up to see our dog running by with a squirrel in her mouth. I attempted to intervene, but quickly gave up out of fear of a beagle that had completely lost her mind. The kids’ expressions in this make me laugh. I’m so happy I was snapping pictures at just the right moment!
pond-04While they paddled around, I sat on the dock writing in my journal and snapping pictures. They came closer to me with smiles, so I picked up my camera – it is not often they are all close together for a picture. As soon I as started to take a photo, a bottle flipped towards me.
pond-05WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE RESURGENCE OF BOTTLE FLIPPING?! Seriously, I am a pretty patient person, but I think if one more bottle flips near me or I hear the sound of one more bottle flipping on a table I might completely lose it. Yesterday they were flipping bottles out of our second story window. Bottle flipping everywhere. All the time. Whose kid started this? We can’t be friends. 😉pond-06Between bottles flipping by my head, a dog running around with a dead squirrel, and taking a few pictures of my kids – I jotted a few notes from Oswald Chambers. I’ve been reading through my old copy of My Utmost For His Highest again. A couple sentences this week have really stuck with me and I am guessing they might be significant to some of you too.

“It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it hallows that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different.” (My Utmost For His Highest, Feb. 19)

It may be the most commonplace thing, but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. – I began thinking of all the people I know that when I watch them do certain ‘commonplace’ things – those things become anything but common. The way they move, speak, and respond makes that common thing, so very uncommon. It becomes hallowed and mesmerizing.

My thoughts also drifted to motherhood, specifically about how I mother.  My days are filled to the brim with what is considered commonplace. However, I look over at my kids and recognize how extraordinary the common is with them. I don’t want to be a mom that survives these days, but it is easy to slip into that mode. I want to mother in a way that life naturally pours out of me and into my kids. I want to mother in a way that makes the commonplace different. That it would be hallowed and maybe even a little mesmerizing.

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  • Jen W - Yes on the bottle flipping…or rather No! I had no idea this was a thing until wrestling practice this year and all the cool older boys were doing it. I guess they try to flip it and get it to land upright? Apparently there’s a very specific science to the amount of liquid in the bottle and the spin rotation of the flip. who knew?

    I want you to know that your sharing on your blog has helped me to parent and mother more intentionally. Especially the post you did ages ago about wanting to be a mom who says yes when she can. I think about that a lot. My default is always “no” for whatever reason, but you have helped me to say yes a whole lot more. Thanks for the time and effort you put into your blog. You are a blessing.

  • Jenn - I love reading your blog and encouraging words. they are so helpful to me in how i want to mother my two kiddos. thank you
    also…………..the bottle flipping. i am with you there. i DO NOT get it. the thunk…..and where does he constantly find bottles. hehe. the joy of a boy. 😉

  • Cindy Mandernach - Holy carp!!! when did Corbett get so old looking. that last picture of them….wow!!

  • Sarah Wolfe - I agree on everything, bottle flipping… SO annoying. And doing the even the common things to the glory of God and with HIM in mind. It’s sometimes harder than doing great things for Him.

  • Diana - Today has been a tough day and I needed this. Thank you!

  • Tammy - They are adorable, and I’d you’re starting to thaw out! I am the opposite, I dread summer and the heat, while the cold invigorates me.

  • Kaitlyn - Ha! My life. I had the dog dragging a dead squirrel a few weeks ago. After chucking many sticks at my dog to drop it, I actually had to go over and pry her mouth open for her to drop it. I thought I was going to puke. Good capture on the picture.

  • alice h - Bottle flipping is all my 7 year old does along with any kind of Dude Perfect thing he can come up with. I see a bottle, I trash a bottle. Bye bye flipping bottles!!!

  • Melissa V - Ya gotta teach the beagle to hand you the dead thing – 🙂 – Ours is trained to bring the rabbits, birds, squirrels etc to me (she is praised the entire time -even when she is chasing it – she is a beagle and it’s what they do) and she gets a REALLY good treat outta the frig – pizza slices, lunch meat, cheese – anything that is a really high value to her in exchange for the dead things. Worked like a charm – although I really have to work on her issues with the neighbors little dogs :/ She HATES them! Although at her age (almost 12) I guess she can be a bit grouchy.

  • Tiffany - Is the bottle flipping to see if it lands right side up? That goes on at my house too, not quite as much as yours though. Your blog makes me want to pick up my camera, argh!!!

  • Kaylan McCord - Yes, I’m reading My Utmost for His Highest this year too. I also was pondering this exact thing the other day. This is my first time through it, and I’m really challenged each day. I’m also reading Driven by Eternity by John Bevere. I’m three chapters in and can’t wait to read the rest! It’s some good truth that I needed to hear!

  • Jenny B. - Oh, the bottle flipping. I thought it was just the boys in our basketball league. I didn’t know it was a “thing,” or that it was in a resurgence (so… it was popular before??). Shows what I know. 😉 I always love how you capture things. Thanks for sharing your perspective. <3