Magnanimously homeschooling, worshiping, creating.......

Join us on a journey of faith, healing, learning to live with part of our hearts missing, and recovery, as our family rebuilds our lives, after our son's long battle with cancer....and his eventual rise on eagle's wings into Heaven...victory is his...he is serving the King!!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

he's our racin' man

Isn't he cute??

We all decided to go out and watch daddy racing one recent Saturday. Bryce was feeling up to it, although he didn't last long. Thankfully there was a shady tree mixed in among the concrete and hot sun. Dylan usually races with him but he took the day off this time. It is a good stress releaser for Glenn, not to mention a dream come true. After baking awhile and enjoying our favorite racin' man, we headed back home. It was fun.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

rockets with dad

We actually had a Sat. that everyone was home together and Bryce felt well enough so dad took both the boys to a cub scout outing where they built and shot off rockets! They had a blast. I love the shots Glenn got of the boys in mid air. It makes my heart feel joy to see Bryce well enough, between treatments this phase, to jump into the air. Visions of him unable to go upstairs unaided still linger in this grateful mother's heart!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

home milled flour

When I was a little girl, I used to love old fasion type stories and the homemade food they prepared and ate. You could say I have a bit of interest in little house on the prairie type food . Today, people call it a simpler way of life. I am not sure if simple is the right word but there is something in me and many others that is drawn to wholesome, home made goodness. I can't explain it, but I am so glad I have a grain mill now, since I especially want to enrich Bryce's diet more than ever with wholesome foods. Although good nutrition is nothing new in this house I do have to step it up a notch. Admittedly, I have had seasons of increased laziness in this area as well. Now, I am learning and relearning many things about nutrition, cancer and ways to help his body fight that cancer with proper foods.

Last year I invested in a grain mill and waited a long time to get started as it sat for some time this summer as one can imagine. Finally, I have had a day to schedule in a moment to pre-grind some flour for the freezer. The mill does all the work and it's loud so there is no relaxation during that particular part and yet the rich, nutty smell of the flour waifs into my nose...the warm, soft feel of the flour in my fingers after it's done. (the kids love that part) The taste of home made waffles, muffins and other goodies with fresh milled flour...I can hardly eat the store bought now. It is incomparable.

One of the best things I love best about it is having children who love to make things with me. All the kids get their turn, but today my daughter, my 'mini-me' is the icing on the home milled flour...see for yourself.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

t-shirt orders

I don't know why the verse side turned out sideways...

Bryce designed his own t-shirts to sell as a fundraiser for the LIGHT THE NIGHT walk coming up on Oct. 4th. The shirts are very tasteful, white and there is lime green wording 'cure lymphoma' on the front and a small verse on the back. They look real nice so far. I will be putting my current order in Monday and hope to place a second order in a week. Please send your orders to me if you haven't already. They come in all sizes and will be $12 each. I am trying to keep the cost down and these are the real nice kind with the ink set in the shirt.

Also, if you want to come to the walk it is Oct. 4th at Modern Woodman Park in Davenport. The food and games for the kids will start at 5:30pm and the walk starts at dusk, approx. 7:30pm. Come check it out or join TEAM BRYCE and walk with us on our team. To register to walk just go to

Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 19, 2008

life giving blood

We had a fabulous turnout for the blood drive! I think the total was at 26!! Wow. I am so thankful to all of you who came out Monday night, taking time out of your precious schedules. The blood center was in some real need. Kudos to those who were scared and/or it was your very first time and you came to literally give of yourself. I am proud of you!! Some of you already give regularly, but those who don't, I know how easy it is to hold that off. I encourage any of you that couldn't get there Monday to go out and make an appt. at the blood center to give as well. They have several easy locations. This would be a great way that any of you can indirectly help Bryce from afar besides praying. I know some of you couldn't make it or live far please go give today!! You never know, as I didn't, when you may have that need right in the bosom of your own family!

I am still in awe of how God made our bodies in this special way that we can do this..He knew from the beginning of time and it still amazes me continually.

Praising the Lord above for the good work you did for others....

The Campbell Family!

PS. I will try to post all the pics as soon as I figure out how to do the roll thing. Otherwise, if you're on Facebook you can see all the pics there. Thanks.

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blood drive

Sunday, September 14, 2008

they just grow because of Him

Just before we began our journey with B's illness, the children were helping me start our garden. We had some pumpkin seeds that we have been using for years! We wondered if we could yet squeeze another batch of pumpkins out of this packet, so we just 'threw' some seeds in the ground, next to the compost bin full of rich dark soil and left them alone. Alone has been the common theme of our garden this year. Yet every time I managed to sneak to the garden for some tomatoes, I would peek over at the compost bin and there was the most luxurious vine weaving in and out and around the unattended flowers, asparagus 'trees' and the fence nearby. What green beauty, so flowing and appealing to the eye. I am still amazed that we were able to get a little harvest of pumpkins to put on our porch. Even with no attention and little rain, God made these pumpkins so hardy and He attended to them and blessed us in this little way. I am continually amazed by His goodness.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Well, I have been wanting to start a blog for some time. It always ends up on the bottom of my list. I guess I don't really have time these days and yet I don't have time not to. I find writing about our family's lives a bit like a theraputic hobby; a way to let friends and loved ones know how we're doing and what's up with the children's school. I used to just send out emails, but this is so much better since only the 'truly' interested people will read. Not to mention the part I like my friend Stacy puts it...."my scrapbook without the mess." I love that, especially in light of our families current assignment. The carepages have been and still are a theraputic outlet for us and a sure way to stay in touch and request prayer while we are isolated here, but I long for an additional way to share more of our entire family experiences.
So here I am at the hospital trying to figure this blog out, so I may mess this up, I'm not sure. Either way, you may be wondering why I labelled this blog MAGNANIMOUS. Well, I found this word many years ago when I was at the beginning of my homeschool journey. What does it mean?

1. Courageously noble in mind and heart
2. Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.

I immedietly loved this word. I guess, as far as words go, you could say we were friends. Like many friends, we haven't seen each other in our busy life for some time...until Bryce became ill. Suddenly I can't keep magnanimous away. Precluding the blessing and strength we derive from God's word, MAGNANIMOUS is a word that just fits lately. People often ask me about Bryce, what he is like or comment on his attitude through all the trials and tribulation he has endured in his young life. I often use this word to describe him.....MAGNANIMOUS!!!!


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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.