We have had a terrific weekend and it is not even over yet. Katy has struggled with the pain in her back which is quite intense at times, but we all do what we can to comfort her when the pain becomes too much to bear. We are trying a new lotion treatment that we massage into her spine. It was recommended to us and is a topical ointment. Although the pain gets intense and miserable we have still so many reasons to be thankful. When things are tough and we begin to thank the Lord for all the good things, that we are not at the hospital is right there at the top.
Last night we celebrated Colin’s twenty-ninth birthday. Even Annelise had on her party dress. I served dinner while Annelise slept nearby and around dessert time she woke up and started looking around. Jenn baked a carrot cake for dessert that was so delicious that I woke up this morning thinking about it. We had one of those Campbell family evenings. That means there is always time for music somewhere during the evening so Katy and Grandmom got to try out Whitney’s harp. Grandmom was shown where to find notes on the strings and started playing a hymn in no time. I could tell by the way Granddad was grinning that he might just be thinking about a harp for Grandmom. Colin and Jennifer looked at the old family photos and at one point discovered by the pictures that they had some of the same toys. They are good friends, and it is fun to see their joy over the little things. Paul Burton and Whitney played some hymns together. Sometime after midnight when everyone had left, Paul and I straightened the kitchen and reminisced about the evening.
One of my favorite things about entertaining is the fun I have with Paul after everyone is gone and the house is quiet. We recall conversations and the interesting things that were discussed. We laugh over all the funny things that were said, and we always feel so thankful that we were able to share time with people we love. Just after we were married we started having the church youth group over on Sunday nights, and thirty-three years later we still enjoy doing things like that. I hope when you see the following pictures you’ll feel like you were here, too. In many ways you were. It is your prayers that sustain us and give us the strength to keep celebrating.