Sunday, August 20, 2006

Birthday Celebration for Granddaddy

Katy had her wish to be at home to celebrate a great day with grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. So I thank her doctors and home-health care for making it happen. There were 25 of us here for lunch. Katy had eaten a little jar of banana baby food just before everyone arrived (and it stayed down!). She decided that she would sleep through lunch and join the family for singing and devotions. Her daddy gave the devotions from Psalm 78, in which there is a reminder to tell of the marvelous works of the Lord to every generation. In our family, we know Mom and Dad Campbell have always prayed for all of us, and have passed down the legacy of loving God, His word, and the Church. Then John Collmus, Katy’s uncle, had several of the grandchildren read from Proverbs. The theme of Uncle John’s message was how important it is for our sons and daughters to remain faithful in the instructions they’ve been given, and that it is now their responsibility to carry on the traditions of their grandparents by the grace of God.

I sat beside Katy and several times she squeezed my hand to let me know she was loving every bit of it. When we had a time of sharing, she thanked everyone for praying for her, and when we sang, she signed a couple of songs (she learned sign language during her two years at the school for the Deaf and the Blind). Our praise and worship as a family was rich in appreciation for God and His mercy, and for each other. It is rare to have three generations celebrating together, all professing Christ as Savior and Lord. It gives us a bond that is precious and rare in these days.

I was thinking about Katy and the fact that it has now been over a month that she has been able to enjoy a meal. She still smells food and comments on how wonderful it smells. She still tries to take some into her mouth and enjoy it without pain, but it is a struggle. So while we were eating the wonderful lunch provided by our family, Katy was resting and conserving her energy for praise and worship. “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6. It was a great day.

Katy will try to write tomorrow and has a picture to post. God is good to every generation. Happy Birthday, Grandaddy.

  1. Laura Says:

    Can I be adopted into your family?! I love your family. They are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome!!!!! Especially you Katy. I wish we lived closer so that we could join in your great Christian family. It’s so great that you get to be home now. You’re lucky that u have an excuse to eat bannana baby food. hehe That stuff is so good. Love ya bunches.
    Your sister in Christ,

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Katy,

    As the saying goes, “There’s no place like home” I can remember being in the hospital for weeks, and when you finally get to ride in the car and just enjoy and revel in God’s creation as it passes by you. words cannot even begin to describe it enough to do it justice. I am so glad that you are home, and can actually get some rest. I am also sorry I haven’t posted for a couple of days, but I got busy with my yard sale stuff, and my brother came to visit who lives about an hour away, so it was very nice to see him. Not to worry though, as I called Heather Kirkwood, as I knew she would be keeping close tabs on you!! Heather is really an awesome person, and quite amazing!!! But then again, I think all we HPSer’s are pretty spectacular!!!! Take care and have a good night.
    Love in Him
    Karen Tillman
    Regional Coordinator Mid Atlantic USA
    Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc
    NC phone:336 954 3604
    NY office 1.800.789.9477
    NC email:

  3. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Are you still in need of someone to read your exciting textbooks to you? I’ll be glad to help in any way you need. So glad you’re home!God is good.

  4. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I am so glad the Lord allowed you to go to your Granndad’s birthday party! I am sure you had fun. I am praying for you, sister. :-)


    P.S. Jeb keeps asking, “Carrie, can you show me Katy’s lamb on the computer?”(Your Blog)

    Have you named your lamb? Haha. :-)

  5. Melinda Pruett Says:

    Hello my name is Melinda Hollandsworth Pruett, we live in Salem, Virginia and my son “Dakota” is 10 years old living with HPS. I would love to get in touch with you and your family and discuss life.

    We have had many long days in our past and look forward to many more, but Dakota has a great spirit and know God loves us all.

    My work number is 540-389-7535 Ext. 128 if you get this message.

    God Bless,
    Melinda Pruett

    PS. We know Donna Appell and Heather Kirkwood and that is how I found out how to get your story.

  6. Jess Says:

    Hey Katy-lady! :)
    I was praying for the birthday celebration and for your strength! I’m so glad that you were able to be home and enjoy that very special time with family! You know - your mom is right - it is SO rare to have three generations worshiping together and praising God! God has blessed you with an amazing family!

    I love that you were able to sign the songs along with the singing…I’ve often sat behind you in church and watched you praising God with your hands - it’s so awesome! We are working on teaching Noah signs for different things - I’m hopeful that someday he’ll be able to ’sign-sing’ as well! :)

    I hope you have a good day to day my friend! I will be checking back often - in hopes of a new Katy update and picture!

    We love you!

  7. Aunt Doris Says:

    Katy, so glad you were able to attend Grandad’s 80th birthday celebration! I wish I could have been there. He is my favorite (half)brother! It is so good to see the many generations of a family serving the Lord. I am sorry to say that none of my children or grandchildren are in that number, but I’m praying that the Lord will change that soon.

  8. Laura Says:

    *edit of the last comment*
    Love ya bunches of bannanas, baby food that is. hehe

  9. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    You, your dad and the dog look great down by the spring! I’ve outlined information to do an article for the ARP magazine about our small group’s PLACE project; your mom’s comments on your blog will show others that the chair is doing double duty. I praise God for your keeping down your cereal and being able to aleveate your pain by walking. Know that you stay in our prayers as do your mom, dad and Paul Burton. We love you.
    Mrs. K

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