Thursday, June 26, 2014

Companion Series: Katie


Meet Katie. Katie Marie Westfall Campbell. My beautiful Kaddie Lou. Read here about how I met Katie many many years ago.

Katie is a dear friend of mine who I look up to so much. She is wise, slow to anger, detail oriented, sweet, thoughtful, encouraging and extremely loving. Katie has been married for 2 and a half years and recently her and her husband Tim moved to Berkeley California (right outside San Francisco). Katie also just received a full time teaching position at an elementary school in Berkeley!! God answers prayers, and I think he answered Katie's because of what a relentless faithful servant she is.

Katie's husband Tim recently went into remission for the second time in his three year fight with cancer. Katie is brilliantly encouraging in her faith and her dedication to not only her husband but to her relationship with The Lord. Her faith never ceases and her hope always endures. I look up to and respect Katie so much because of her bravery and her relentless optimism. This is not to be mistaken for lack of expressing emotion. Katie will be honest and raw with you, and share how some things in life have not been easy for her. Regardless, she remains positive and outward focused. To explain Katie in one word: Selfless.


You have no idea how much I look up to you (even though you are younger ;) I am constantly amazed at the grace in which you handle situations, relationships, life. You are truly a beauty and you display loveliness with every whisp of your dark brown hair and every encouraging word that comes from your mouth. You know me so very well and can often speak truth into my life that I cannot see about myself. Your joy is contagious and I am beyond thankful for your friendship and sisterhood. Remember that one time we wore our Conestoga Basketball Shirts tucked into our L.E.I jeans with our vans and pigtail french braids to the Z Dance?? Yeah... we will never forget, nor live that down... But regardless there is no one I would rather be a twin with. Thanks for moving in down the street all those years ago. You, Lindsey, Kevin and Alex represented the first real community I had besides family. I am so fortunate to have you in my life and am constantly encouraged by the faith you share with those you meet. You are an amazing wife, sister, daughter, friend, teacher and one day mama. I love you my dear Kaddie Lou.

I want to be brave and fearless like you when I grow up.

Love Kaddie Sue

Monday, June 16, 2014

Baby and Me

My sister in law Summer went with my brother on a business trip to central Oregon. They took baby Max and this lucky Auntie got to spend time with Malachi. Words can only barely describe the joy I had in my heart as I took care of my sweet nephew. It was the first time I had him overnight and woke up with him in the morning. I felt like such a mama, and it comes so naturally to me. We went to the zoo, to the park and to the fountain. We spent time at home dancing in the backyard and running through the sprinkler. We laughed and played and got so many sweet snuggles and kisses. My heart was so full. Putting him down for bed the second night, I layed him in his crib and told him how much I loved him. As I closed the door to his bedroom my eyes filled with tears as I thought through the depth of emotion I was experiencing. I love this toddler to the point that it almost seriously is painful. I don't know if that makes any sense, but I'm his Aunt. What will it be like when I have carried my child in my stomach for 9 months and he is mine to protect, love, serve and teach? And to think that this is how God views ALL of his children? My goodness what a powerful thought. I am so incredibly blessed to have two beautiful nephews and to get to learn more about what it will be like being a mommy. Thank you to Ben and Summer for letting me care for this sweet boy, it made my heart so full.

Love and I Freaking Love Babies


Monday, June 2, 2014

Here's To Never Growing Up

Christian was in town for the weekend!

I do believe summer has arrived friends and there is something about the summer that makes you feel like a kid all over again. Spontaneity coexists with summer and spontaneity doesn't always coexist with being an adult. Perhaps that is why I feel like a kid in the summer. Friends call you up to get happy hour on a nice day or go for a hike and you drop your current plans to have fun in the sun. I also get easily excited about summer time BBQs and floating the river and all the other fun summer time activities. Already so much going on and so many plans in the works! It's fun and it's crazy and the summer always comes and goes in the blink of an eye. Rodeos, concerts, dancing, weddings, and LA at the end of this month!! I had a 3 day weekend scheduled so I immediately called my friend Ali and booked my flight! I always get an LA craving around this time so I'm excited to go to Cali for a quick visit. I have been missing Ali too, looking forward to some Q.T with her. Washington DC and NY is in August, so I just have a lot of fun stuff planned! Bought Zach Brown Band tickets for September, which has been on my bucket list for 3 years! Love the summer time and looking forward to enjoying it. 

Cheers to Summer Time!