Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tuesday Night

The wind is from the north and has a bit of a sting to it tonight. I thought Ellie wanted to go outside but when I opened the door for her, even she decided it was too cold. But inside, our home is warm and our hearts are even warmer. We are getting ready for our Thanksgiving feast. The turkey is defrosting. Grandmom is bringing her best loved pies, and we girls are pulling out the family favorite recipes.

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, please know how thankful we are for you. You have stood with us and prayed with us through so many hardships and challenges over the past four months. Know that when we say our Thanksgiving prayer we will be remembering you around our table. Know that when Katy takes a bite of her cranberries, you can share in the joy of answered prayer. You can rejoice that God hears, even when it seems like nothing is happening. You can know that when it is your time to walk through deep water or fiery trials, the God who heard your prayers for Katy is in the water and fire with you, too. Thank you, family, friends, and the many prayer partners we have never met.

We did not hear any news from Katy’s doctors so there is nothing new to report today. Tomorrow morning we will be seeing Katy’s surgeon for the removal of the central line. Katy is looking forward to that as it will make getting dressed and bathing so much easier. We’ll have blood test results tomorrow so we will post those.

Katy made the most of her day by napping in the sunshine while I sewed the cradle sheets, blankets, and bumper pad for our first grandchild. When Katy woke up we assembled everything and she stood back and said, “Oh, Mom, now all we need is the baby!” Our cradle is handed down to us and it is probably more than one hundred years old. Colin slept in it when we brought him home from the hospital almost twenty-nine years ago. It was so much fun for me to have a little sewing project this afternoon. I’m thanking God for another “normal” day.


  1. Adam Thompson Says:

    That’s really cool that Colin & Jenn’s baby will get to use the same cradle Colin slept in…

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m so thankful. My heart is full of everything, and especially knowing that you’re home and feeling so much better. :-)
    May your Thanksgiving be truly blessed and a joy! And eat lots of cranberries!!
    Love and prayers,

  3. Sharon Pierce Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    It’s a pleasure and joy praying for you and witnessing God’s awesome power at work. My faith has grown as a result, and I’m able to trust God more for the impossible things.
    The cradle is beautiful! Yep, all we need now is the baby! In God’s perfect time.
    May your family Thanksgiving celebration be a time of great joy and praise to our glorious God!
    Love and blessings,

  4. Aunt Carrie Says:

    I’m very happy for you! “Normal” is answered prayer. :~) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Aunt Carrie

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Dawn,

    We all have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I hope your day goes smoothly. So, let me say Happy Thanksgiving as I don’t know if I will be online much this week. We leave to go to my sisters house tomorrow, and I’d like to give her an update. Her husband is the pastor of Summerfield Baptist Temple, and they have been remembering you in their prayer time as well. I thought you might like to know that. Anyway, the cradle is absolutely beautiful, and it is wonderful to see Katy up and enjoying life. You guys take care and Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

  6. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Dearest ones, I am remembering with SUCH POIGNANCY our Thanksgiving with you all in 1989. The day after we arrived Katy saw her first snow! do you remember, Katy?
    and went sledding down the hump in the back yard. And Paul and Cile and Jackie and John and family were there, am not sure Judy was? but what a family feast of food and love we had! And you had the Christmas decorations all up, Dawn, and we celebrated Christmas with you… the last time I got gifts for everyone, I think! And a few years later it was a wonderful Christmas - was that the time I was so sick? I pray God it may happen again, (NOT the sickness!) and may you all just be SOAKED in the glory of the Lord as you celebrate this Thanksgiving together. “Bless the Lord, OH MY SOUL, AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, BLESS HIS HOLY NAME!” Much love, Aunt Lil, for Uncle Tony, too.

  7. Rich Kochendarfer Says:

    I love reading the comments from your family and friends about “good times” in your past. The most recent one from your Aunt Lil was a beautiful memory. Mac and Carole McFarland and Nathan and Toni-Anne are coming for dinner tomorrow; I’m looking forward to the fellowship. On Friday afternoon, Rich and I are going to the Green Valley Book Fair (if you’ve never been, I’ll tell you about it soon). If there are any subjects you’re interested in, let me know by Friday. I would be glad to see what we can round up for you to enjoy. (Gardening, cooking, civil war history, travel, classic literature, etc.?) It was so good to have you in church Sunday; may God give you a blessed Thanksgiving with your family; rest in the Savior, Katy.
    Mrs. K

  8. Gene & Shirley Murphy Says:

    Dear Campbell Family,

    We are so glad that Katy is doing better and that she is able to participate in the Thanksgiving and baby preparations. We have so much to be thankful for and Katy and her family rank among the top! May your day be filled with praise to the One who gives so graciously! You are all so special to us! Looking forward to news of the baby! Guess what-I’m going to be grandma again! Miriam is due in June!


    Shirley and Gene

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