Posted By Katye

Katye is taking a break from blogging.  But I did give it a good old college try.  I've been completely sucked in to Facebook (not to the games and farms and pets and quizzes, but to catching people up with short snippets and pictures so easily).

Thanks for reading!

Posted By Katye

I haven't forgotten.  It's been on my "To Do" list FOREVER.  Unfortunately, it falls down to the bottom of the list each day (and then falls off of the list).

We had the baby!  You probably figured that.  James Braden Campbell was born Friday, March 27th at 3:53pm weighing 6 lbs. 15 1/2 oz., 19 1/8 inches long.  He was a little guy.  But not anymore- he's a little chubber now.  The prettiest baby boy you ever did see, see...


Next week we're going to Texas to show him off, I mean, to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.  Wow!  40 years- and they are still so young!

In August we're going to Alabama to show him off, I mean, to go to Jim's family reunion.  The summer is flying by, but that's a good thing.  I thought I was going to go insane with all 3 kids home.  But we've had company (Emily and kids), VBS, swim lessons, etc.

Here are the big things coming our family's way: Jim is going to be the pastor of a new satellite campus for our church- Bay West Church in Palm Bay, just south of Melbourne.  We're not moving, but it means that Jim has been VERY busy, trying to keep the Young Adult ministry going while getting ready to "launch" the new satellite (appropriate vocabulary for this area- the Space Coast).  Ann Marie is getting ready for Kindergarten- she got into West Melbourne School for Science, a magnet school in our district right around the corner from our house.  It is the 3rd highest rated elementary school in the STATE of Florida- woo hoo!  We're very excited to have gotten in off of the waiting list (it's chosen by lottery).  I just dropped a wad of money at the uniform store on Friday- eek!  But, oh, the wardrobe battles we won't have to face!  "Do you want to wear your khaki skort or your khaki capris today?"

Anyway, I'll post some more another day.  If you're out there reading this, drop me a comment and let me know what you want to hear.

Posted By Katye

In four more days, we'll be at the hospital holding baby Braden in our arms.  Hard to imagine, even though it's the 3rd time around.  At this point we still have a big list of things to do, and only a little amount of energy each day to get them done.  But God has been so good, as always, to provide friends to help!  And after all, all we really need to have in place are a carseat (check), bassinet (check- except it needs the cover put on), diapers (check, check, check,...), and some clothes (again multiple checks- thanks to a terrific shower and the loving folks at FBC Melbourne; plus I'm sure G-ma will come Wednesday with a suitcase full).

Jim is ready/excited/busy getting loose ends tied up so that he can be the SuperDad he always is in the hospital.  He does pretty much every diaper change while I look on from my comfy hospital bed.

Ann Marie is counting down the days and jumping up and down as she tells everyone she sees our happy news.

Susanna is getting ready for HER baby to come out (Yanna) on the same day that baby bud/Braden comes out.  She wants to make sure that her baby will have a bed and a carseat and people to help her take care of it.  She's hilarious.  By the way, this is the 4th baby she has had in her tummy during this pregnancy.  Two boys and two girls.

Mommy is getting geared up for the anatomy lessons that will be delivered the first time the girls observe a diaper change and the first time Susanna watches Braden "eat".  Whoo!  I'm also trying to be realistic about what REALLY needs to get done before Friday and what can wait.  Even though I know that sleep-deprived days are coming soon, in a way I'm looking forward to the next few weeks of rest- a different kind of rest.  The calendar-is-cleared-so-I-can-recoup kind of rest, no chores I'm allowed to do besides feed the baby and tell people where to find things, visiting with family and friends, etc.  All of that will be nice, a happy bonus to having a sweet baby to snuggle on the outside instead of being kicked and stepped on from the inside!

Posted By Katye

from 1 Chronicles 20 (NLT)-

Messengers came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea.... Jehoshaphat was terrifed by this news and begged the Lord for guidance.  He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting.  So people from all the towns of Judah came to Jerusalem to seek the Lord's help.

Jehoshaphat stood before the community of Judah and Jerusalem in front of the new courtyard at the Temple of the Lord.  He prayed, "O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven.  You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth.  You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you!  O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people Israel arrived?  And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?  Your people settled here and built this Temple to honor your name.  They said, 'Whenever we are faced with any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we can come to stand in your presence before this Temple where your name is honored.  We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.'

And now see what the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir are doing.... For they have come to throw us out of your land.... O our God, won't you stop them?  We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us.  We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help."

As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there...  He said, "Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem!  Listen, King Jehoshaphat!  This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid!  Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's.  Tomorrow, march out against them.... But you wil not even need to fight.  Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord's victory.... Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!"

Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground.  And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the Lord.  Then the Levites... stood to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud shout.

Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa.  On the way, Jehoshaphat stopped and said, "Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem!  Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm.  Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed."

After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor.  This is what they sang: "Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!"

At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start  fighting among themselves.... So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see.  Not a single one of the enemy had escaped.

King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder.... There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all!  On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there.

Posted By Katye

I've been 34 for over a week now, and looking back, I thought I'd make a list of things I thought I would NEVER do.  Here goes:

1.  Move to Florida- hurricanes, fires, so far from home, etc.  I better stop saying that I'll never move to California!

2.  Handle my children's runny noses.  I always said that Jim would have to do that because I have a nose thing, kind of like my sister, Daphne, and my friend, Winn, have a foot thing.  But I forced myself to do it.  I even used the bulb sucky thing (we call it the "snorker"), and I'll be using it again this year I'm sure.  But then I'm done, no more snorker, that's it.

3.  Be the youngest of my siblings to get married- 22, right out of college.  For a while I thought I would be single forever or at least be an old maid for a while.

4.  jklllll;;;;l;l;l;l;lkkl;;;;l=- Susanna wrote that.  I still don't think I'll ever do that.

5.  Buy a minivan.  Now, I wasn't incredibly opposed to the idea like many of my peers.  I just thought we'd probably get a bigger SUV.  But I LOVE IT!  It's so comfy and will definitely be a plus with Baby Campbell on the way.

6.  Get on Facebook... and get halfway addicted... and have flair... and have almost 300 online friends... and make comments... and post notes about myself... I still can't believe this one.

7.  Have beautiful children.  I tell you what, they definitely got the best of our genes.  Long dark curly eyelashes, big brown eyes, gorgeous hair, and cute little bodies.  And they're growing beautiful on the inside, too.  They may go through an "ugly stage" as my dad says every kid does, but I'm telling you what- prejudice or no prejudice, my kids are darn cute!  (Even Baby bud looked pretty cute on the 3D sonogram)





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