Thursday, November 16, 2006


We drove home from the hospital this afternoon on a sunny seventy degree day. The sky, washed clear by last night’s rain, was bright blue and filled with fluffy clouds. It was another one of those perfect autumn days. Katy and I chatted about all the things we were missing about being home. Then we pulled in the drive. She said, “there it is… home!” We came into the back door and it was fun to hear her exclaim over everything, always adding, “I’m really home!” It feels so good to have her here.

Katy and I talked about our projects and things to be done first. We decided to begin working on our cradle, sprucing it up with new sheets and a baby bumper because Colin and Jenn are due to have their baby in two weeks. We made a promise to do things we enjoy for awhile, and soak in the goodness of being home. She also opened a letter from Mary Baldwin College and found that they have generously extended her Constitutional Law class to meet her need. We are thankful for everything we’ve learned over the past six weeks, but we’re looking ahead to all the wonderful things God has in store for us. Every day is a gift.

We send our love to all of you prayer warriors. You prayed us through a life threatening situation, and we will always be grateful. Tonight we are resting at home, but more importantly, we are resting in the peace that only God Himself can give.


  1. Jen L. Says:

    SO glad you’re home and going to sleep in your own bed tonight! I too am looking forward to the newest Campbell’s arrival (mostly because it’s killing me to not know whether it’s Ian or Annaliese, but also because it means my Princess will soon be here). =)

    God is SO good to us and He continues to amaze me through how He’s working in your lives.

    Much love and a big hug,
    Jen Larson

  2. Laura Griffith Says:

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home….. I few days ago Lorien said her name was Dorothy and her stuffed dog was ToTo (not sure on spelling but I’m sure you know what I’m saying)and she wasn’t in Kansas any more. Lorien went through surgery well today and I thank you for your prayers. Glad to hear the good news on your end :)

    Still praying,

  3. Irene Shumate Says:

    Dear Katy,
    Praise God you are HOME again! And what a wonderful blessing to be getting ready for a new “little life”.
    Take care and know that I am praying for you OFTEN and praising God for hearing and answering prayer on your behalf. I am checking your blog daily and thank the Lord for the updates.
    Bless you Dear Sister in Christ,

  4. Adam Thompson Says:

    Well, If I can say it from 11 miles away, Welcome Home! :-D

  5. Oma Collmus Says:

    Dear Katy, what a blessing and inspiration you are to all who read about the ups and downs of your recovery! Each day I look forward to reading your news. And now how happy you and all of us are that you are home again and already planning projects with your family. You are so precious. Much much love, x0×0x0×0x0×0x0×0x0 Oma

  6. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    What joy! God IS good, isn’t he!
    Ib & I arrived safely home 2 hours ago.

  7. Sarah Meador Says:


    Welcome home!!!! My face lit up when your page loaded today and I read that glorious word! Praise God!!! What a joy your are! Even through simply reading about your first excitement-filled moments returing home made me so glad. Your joy in the Lord is contagious!! I continue to pray for you everyday. God is definitely at work, and He continues to hold you and bring you through this time. I love you and am eternally thankful for you. Truly, there’s no place like home. :-)


  8. Mary Says:

    Hi Katy i am one of your uncles (i think he’s your uncle!)students. i have heard a lot about yu over the past couple weeks and i want to tell you that i’m very happy that you are feeling better and that you are at home with your family! i’ll tell Mr. Collmus that i read you blog and i’ll have him say hi to you for me!
    God Bless!

  9. Sharon Pierce Says:

    Dearest Katy,
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We’re so happy to know that you’re back at your beloved home surrounded by your loving family. We too, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new little Campbell person. Have fun getting ready for him, uh, her, uh, God’s best for Colin and Jenn!
    Love you,

  10. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    WELCOME HOME!!! I’m so excited that you are home and doing so wonderfully. Just in time for Thanksgiving, and what a Thanksgiving it will be!!! God truly is faithful and so good to us. Thank you for being a shining light of encouragement to all of us.
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  11. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy Lady!
    Glad to hear that they released you! :) That is just wonderful news! What a joy it must be to be out of that small room and into your wonderful home! We drove by this morning - on our way to WalMart for the 500th time this week - and the creek was so high from all the rain! Did you notice it?

    So here’s the funny Ellie story for the day…I left the kids with a sitter (Lauren) this evening so I could go to the ladies night at the church (W.O.W). I told Lauren that Ellie usually just has the run of the house but will “probably” stay with her - where ever she happened to be at. So I come home and the Lauren says “That dog LOVES your kids!” I asked her what she ment and she said that after the kids went to bed, she went downstairs to watch some TV. Well, the dog kept disappearing, about every 20 to 30 minutes. One time, she decided to “follow” Ellie to see what she was up to, but Lauren got a late start and just saw Ellie’s tail disappear as she went upstairs…but didn’t see where the dog went…So she went upstairs and BOTH the kids doors were open (She said she closed them when she put them to bed.) AND the dog was missing! She almost had a heart attack - thinking that there was somone in the house and bad guy had been in the kids rooms and had gotten to the dog as well! :) Then Ellie popped out of Noah’s room and she realized that the dog had been ‘checking’ on the kids - making sure that they were all ok and still in their beds! I just had to laugh at what a good little Nanny she is!

    I hope you have a good night my friend! We love ya!

  12. Karen Tillman Says:

    In the words of a great movie!!! “There’s no place like home” I am so glad to see that you made it home and that you are feeling so much better. Just don’t overdo it. Hope your weekend goes well, and once again you are proof that God is and Awesome God.
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman Regional Coordinator Mid Atlantic USA
    Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc
    NC phone:336 954 3604
    NY home office 1.800.789.9477
    my email
    my website

  13. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy! SOOOOOO glad you’re home! And Lord willing you will be home for the holidays and well beyond! What an appropriate time for your return as we give God thanks for all of His many blessings.

    At the CCEF conference, I attended a session titled, “When you can’t fix what’s broken,” relating to counseling those with life-long struggles such as a permanent medical condition, or issues which don’t easily go away. The teacher used a real life illustration about a successful attorney who suffered a stroke leaving him unable to work or do many of the things he normally did. The man became depressed and frustrated with his circumstances and could not see God’s purpose for his suffering and felt useless and without purpose. The teacher then read the parable of the talents and said that the key is faithfulness — to be faithful with what we are given. And like Gideon, to “go in the strength you have.” The call to obedience is the same for all, regardless of the number of “talents” we receive. Our circumsances may change, but the call is the same, to be faithful.

    Even in your worst days, Katy, you have been a light in the darkness around you and have truly proven faithful with God’s gifts. Some days it has felt like you were holding ten talents, and on other days, perhaps only one, but the increase you have produced is innumerable, and I thank you as one of the grateful recipients of your labors!

    -Jennifer B.

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