Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Ian Campbell

GOFFSTOWN -- Ian Campbell, 57, died March 29, 2009, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, June 23, 1951, to Michael John and Anne Campbell. He family came to New Hampshire when he was a teenager. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

A mutual love of music brought him together with his wife of 35 years, Anne Marie. Together they blessed many people with their music. He was a very talented guitarist and enjoyed teaching this musical art to his children and others.

He and his wife raised seven beautiful children at their home in Goffstown. He was an amazing father and provider.

He founded Grace Limousine in Manchester, in 1990. He had been the owner/operator for the last 19 years. He was loved and respected by his employees and coworkers.

He also had a church family at Shiloh Christian Fellowship in Manchester.

IN HIS LIFE: Members of his family include his wife of 35 years, Anne Marie (Alix) Campbell; five sons, Geoff Campbell of Manchester, Michael Campbell and his wife, Mary, of Manchester, Collin Campbell and his wife, Vanessa, of Tulsa, Okla., Isaac Campbell of Goffstown, and Joseph Campbell of Goffstown; two daughters, Heather MacKay and her husband, Jeff, of New Boston, and Shaunna Pearl and her husband, Josh, of Loudon; three grandchildren, Josiah, Levi, and Ian; his father, Michael John Campbell; his brother, Michael Campbell; and several other relatives. He was predeceased by his mother, Anne (Johnston) Campbell.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held at Shiloh Christian Fellowship, 55 Edmond St., Manchester, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.


Monday, March 30, 2009

My Mom's Thoughts

My mom (Carol) left a beautiful response to my last post about Collin's dad passing on. Thought I'd share it with all:

Blogger Carol said...

I only met Ian on two ocassions, once when Collin and Vanessa were boyfriend and girlfriend, Labor Day weekend of 2007. The Campbells had come to Tulsa to see Collin and attend Family Church.tv where Collin is the Worship leader. Tim and I and Vanessa went out to lunch with the Campbell Clan. It was one of those God-moments, because the only table large enough to seat all of us at TiAmos was off to the side in a private area. We had this long leisurely lunch that lasted for about 2 hours. Tim and Ian were definately feeling each other out! And Ian had such a sharp wit. It was the meeting of two very loving and dynamic families. I think both families came away with the feeling that Collin and Vanessa might just possibly on the right track together. Tim and Ian had several conversations by phone as Collin made plans to take Vanessa to New Hampshire for Fall Break. Ian wanted Tim to know they would take good care of Vanessa when she came to visit. 

When Collin met privately with Tim and I to ask about proposing to Vanessa, he had already visited with his parents about his desire to marry and even though Collin and Vanessa were only about half way through their college career, Collin had his parents' blessing. Tim and I were so appreciative that Collin had taken the time and effort to ask his parents their thoughts. We could see he had a great relationship with his mom and dad.

The other time we met Ian was on the weekend surrounding Collin and Vanessa's wedding. We had the Campbell Clan over for dinner at our house their first evening in Tulsa. It was a very wonderful evening and kind of our only time to focus some attention on Ian and Annie. We had already become convinced that they must be amazing people, to raise such an incredible son. Ian had to take it a little bit easy during the course of the weekend's events, but Tim and I were so amazed that Ian and Annie would join in all the festivities, including the Rehersal Dinner "open mike" session. (we found out later, they weren't used to that Rehearsal Dinner routine , and it took them by surprise....we just figured everyone did it that way!) Ian and Annie sang together as the wedding guests were being seated....a family lullaby they had written and sung for their children. Ian played guitar...something he and Collin shared as a gift. And Ian was obviously proud, the men of the Campbell family stand TOGETHER when the moment arrives. 

What can I say, our time to meet and get to know Ian has been too short. He has obviously been a tremendous father and a force for love and solidarity in his family. Tim and I appreciate Ian and Annie so much.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Home Going

Ian went home to be with the Lord this morning.
(Collin's sister Shaunna's wedding, 2.29.08)

Please continue to lift up Collin's family in prayer.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Week's Thoughts

Collin & his dad Ian

Ian & Annie at Collin & Vanessa's wedding 11.22.08

This week I have been at a loss for blogging. I had fun pictures to post from Sunday with my family and pretty cupcakes I was attempting to make. But then Collin & Vanessa rushed off to New Hampshire on Tuesday afternoon. That's all that's been on my mind this week. 

Wednesday morning I got a text from Nessa saying that a decision had been made to bring Ian home to be comfortable. 

I'm grateful Ian has been surrounded by all 7 of his kids and their families these last few days. 

I'll leave you with one of my favorite Hillsong United songs From the Inside Out

"From The Inside Out"
A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
Should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame

Your will above all else
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame

In my heart, in my soul 
I give you control
Cause you heal me from the inside out
Let justice and praise 
Become my embrace
To love you from the inside out

Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame 
And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

From the Inside Out

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Prayer Request

Please pray for my sister, Vanessa's, father-in-law, Ian. He is in kidney failure~ Coll & Nessa are flying up there right now to be with him and the rest of the family.
Collin's parents, Annie & Ian, practicing their songs for Collin & Vanessa's wedding- Nov. 21, 2008

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mini Road Trip

Tuesday, March 17th: We woke up at 3am, had breakfast, packed snacks, got dressed and headed out the door. 

Mission: to pick up a vice and a dolly in Kansas City, KS and make it to Jason's brother's basketball game in Springfield, MO at 2:50pm.

P.S. Jason let me borrow his camera for the day!

1st Stop: photo with the sunrise!
(I love that you can see our eye color in this photo so well...our eyes are almost identical "honey yellow")

2nd Stop: to pick up a 100 lb. vice in Shawnee, Kansas that Jason won off Ebay. This wouldn't have been a great deal if we'd had to pay to ship it!

3rd Stop: to pick up a Magliner dolly in Pratt, Kansas that Jason found on Craigslist. These dolly's are $300 new and we got it for $50!...Another item we wouldn't have wanted to ship!

Then we drove about 4 hours over to Springfield, MO. We started listening to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand on audio on this trip.  I completed 25 shower invites for Jason's sister's wedding shower and started the hand-stitching on the binding of an RFKC quilt! 

4th Stop: The real reason we went on this whole trip- to see Jason's brother play in a basketball tournament in Springfield, MO. The vice and the dolly kinda fell into place and "while we were out that way" we figured we should stop by to get them!

While flipping through the program, we discovered that our friend, Thomas Carlson, is also the Mayor of Springfield! He sure is a busy man!

5th Stop: Grizzly Tools = Jason in tool heaven!

See, he's even a little giddy about all the mills and lathes and saws.....

Jason's brother, Kevin, and mom & dad joined us at Grizzly Tools.

I however got a little bored by all the tools, so I went to pet the grizzly bear. (It didn't have a "do not touch" sign like the suit of armor over by the knives counter did!?)

We were going to go to Lamberts, Home of Thrown Rolls next, but when we got there apparently every other family in town for the basketball tournament had the same idea. So we just headed home. 

6th Stop: Did you know that Oklahoma is home to the WORLD'S largest McDonald's. We stopped and had ice cream on the way home. I don't even remember the last time I'd been to the "McDonald's Over the Road"...as a kid though we always stopped here and had hashbrowns on the way to see my Grandparents in Illinois!

Hours awake: 3am-10pm
Hours in the car: about 12
Miles traveled: 685
Whole day spent with my husband: PRICELESS!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Baby Belle

You know how I said "Little Guy" has a baby sister? 

I got to meet her today! 

I call her "Baby Belle." She is just over 4 lbs~hardly weighs a thing!(2 weeks old today) And every single feature of her is SO tiny! 

(Little Guy and Baby Belle are our friend's foster children ~they so quickly emailed me these photos! I'm thrilled since I am sans camera for a couple weeks!)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Laugh & A Look Ahead

My college roommate, Kara is living  in China right now~teaching English. If you are in need of a good laugh today, go read this story from her!

P.S. My blog posts are going to be a little boring right now. My camera (aka no pictures for now) is at Best Buy getting a tune up before a large number of events commence:
  • My mom's dad's 80th birthday (April)
  • Vanessa & Collin's college graduation (May)
  • Jason's sister Michelle's wedding (May)
  • Road trip to Jason's friend Daniel's graduation from the Air Force Academy in Colorado (May)
  • Meeting up with our church's Youth Pastor and senior's at Royal Gorge as sponsors for the Sr. Trip (May)
  • [Same] Daniel's marriage to dear Bonnie (June)
  • Family road trip to Minnesota to celebrate Jason's great uncle's 80th Birthday (June)
  • My mom and me going to Brazil for 9 days on a women's missions trip with several others from our church! (July)
  • Royal Family Kids Camp with our church (July)
  • [hopefully] Jason going backpacking in New Mexico with my uncle & cousin's (August)
And throw in there some berry picking, apple picking and time spent at the lake probably with family and friends. Whew. We certainly work hard so we can play hard!

Monday, March 9, 2009

First Week of March

Making homemade hamburger buns!

Finnigan checking out little guy!

Jason playing with little guy in our friend's front yard.

Eating some organic matter.
Little guy is now an Irish Twin- his baby sister was born this week. 
They are 9 1/2 months apart! 

Sushi stuffings for dinner with Jef & Laurie

Lu making smoothies! They were SO yummy!

 Jason & his brother, Kevin, making homemade ice cream: 

Beat together:
4 eggs
2 T. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1 lg. can evaporated milk
fill milk can with water, and add that too
1 lg. pkg. instant vanilla pudding

pour into ice cream canister
pour WHOLE milk into canister to "fill line"
layer rock salt and ice
have the guys get to work!

Jason teaching his brother Kevin how to use the drill.
(They are working on a that stand holds cow feed at Jason's parent's farm.)

Jason playing tag with the kids in our sophomore 
d-group on Sunday night. We were waiting for another group to bring the church van back so we could take hamburgers to the homeless downtown. 

 One of the guys we gave a couple burgers to. The kids wanted to go feed some homeless people since our group is reading Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Beautiful Day

The temperature gauge on my car said it was 82 today! Wow it was glorious! I spent the day drving around filling up our little candy vending machines.

Jason & I met up for lunch and I got to meet this pretty lady and her family for the first time! She is one of my mother-in-law's friends, but I've gotten to know Dawn through blog world! So that was fun! We ate at the White River Fish Market. Very tasty. :) 

Tonight Jason has a bball game at the YMCA! I really enjoy watching him play and am sad that tonight is the last game I can go to. But not too sad, next Thursday night I get to go to a cooking class a friend at church has at her home once a month! I was thrilled when she invited me last week! It's just something she does for fun to connect with friends and share a talent she has!

In other news, Finnigan lost his first kitten tooth this morning. I got pretty grossed out when it came out on my jacket while I was playing with him. I made Jason come get it off me. Apparently I can't handle the sight of blood very well. Hopefully I get over that when I become a mom. :)

I've also been booking photo sessions for the weekend of March 20-21st when our friend Kim is coming to Tulsa! So if you live nearby, sign up, she's awesome! $100 for session & photo CD! (She is the one who took our pictures right before Christmas.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


This is me & Jason's latest favorite song. Albertine by Brooke Fraser. (She is one of the lead singers for HillsongUnited, but this is from her personal album.) 


I am sitting still
I think of Angelique
her mothers voice over me
And the bullets in the wall where it fell silent
And on a thousandth hill, I think of Albertine
there in her eyes what I don't see with my own

now that I have seen, I am responsible
Faith without deeds is dead
now that I have held you in my own arms, I cannot let go till you are

I am on a plane across a distant sea
But I carry you in me
and the dust on, the dust on, the dust, the dust on, the dust on my feet


I will tell the world, I will tell them where I've been
I will keep my word
I will tell them Albertine


I am on a stage, a thousand eyes on me
I will tell them, Albertine
I will tell them, Albertine