The Catch-Up Post

Whenever I start writing again after a long hiatus, I feel like I should do a sort of “catch-up.” Where I am, what I’ve been doing. Not just to satisfy this drive to have some sort of chronological record of those months that have passed, but also to set the stage for what I really want to say later.

Of course, when so much time has passed, the “catch-up” phase that I feel I have to do just begins to seem more and more overwhelming. Where to begin? What to talk about? And so I keep putting it off and putting off and getting further and further behind.

I could talk about our new job and ministry at Camp Bellevue. How much we are enjoying it. How settled we feel. How thankful we are to have followed God’s leading to this place and for the chance to do Kingdom work together as a couple and a family (which is something we never really had with the jungle ministry Rusty was involved in before).

I could talk about our new home. How beautiful the area is where we live. How much I enjoy living out in the country as opposed to the noise and congestion of the city. How these things come with a price, because now that we live an hour and a half from Quito, I don’t see my sister nearly as often and can’t participate in our homeschool group as much as before. How there have been times since moving out to the camp when I have felt profoundly lonely and out-of-place and found myself missing even more the camaraderie we had with the Angola Team.

I could talk about our new baby. How beautiful and perfect and amazing she is. How thankful I am to have a daughter and how much I am enjoying little girl clothes and hair-bows! How fiercely I love her and want to protect her. How she is changing the way I think about church and the “women’s role” issue. How desperately I want her to grow up in a faith community that values her gifts and her voice and doesn’t try to shunt her into a specific ministry based solely on her anatomy.

I could write about the week I spent in Brazil in October with about 50 other missionary women. How wonderful and refreshing and soothing it was. How neat it was to look back and see how far I had come emotionally since the first Continent Care Connection conference I attended two years before (I was really a bit of a mess at that first one — yikes!)

I could write about “home ministry assignment” and all the places we’ve been and people we’ve seen since coming back to the States in October. How special it was to spend Elizabeth’s first Christmas with my parents. How, despite how truly good it’s been, we are also so tired and really ready to get back home and back to our own beds and our routine.

So that’s the background — where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing over the past year and a bit. And if you read my other blog, which focuses more on family / ministry news, or follow The Campbell Family in Ecuador on Facebook, then you are already aware of most of the above. And if not, well, now you know! The Campbell Chronicles has been sadly neglected too, of late, so part of my New Year’s resolution of writing more will include trying to get caught up over there as well.

Catching Up

I’ve been blogging again over at The Campbell Chronicles, trying to recap the last few months of 2013. You can catch up with all our family news over there. I will link to individual posts below as I get them up.

Eventually, I’d like to start writing here again, but I’m not sure when that will happen. I think it’s safe to say that the Writing Project 365 was a total bust. But I did enjoy writing again, doing something just for me. I should probably rename this blog at some point, though, since I doubt I’ll try to write daily, at least for awhile.

Playing Hooky

I’m playing hooky from my blog for the next few days.

Okay, not really.

But I will be doing my writing practice for the next few days over at The Campbell Chronicles. Our family blog has been sadly neglected over the past few months, but I’ve finally been inspired to do something about it. I’m calling it a “blog reboot.”

Anyway, if you’re looking for me, that’s where I’ll be. I’m listing links below to all the posts I will be making there over the next few days:

CCC Conference

I blogged today on our family blog about the Continent Care Connection (CCC) Conference that I attended in October. I won’t always count the posts I do there as part of the Writing Project 365, but since this post was reflective in nature, I don’t feel like it’s cheating to count it as today’s writing practice.

Hop on over and read “Soothing.”

New Year. New Blog.

The new year is a time for goal-setting and resolutions. The idea for this new blog has been percolating in my mind for some time now, and the New Year seemed like the perfect time to begin. It’s true I already blog at The Campbell Chronicles, so why the need for this second blog?

I have increasingly felt a little stifled when it comes to writing on our family blog. It certainly serves its purpose. It keeps us connected to family and friends all over the world, and now that we are on the mission field, it serves as a window into our world for our supporters and churches back in the U.S. On a personal level, it serves as a sort of online family scrapbook, a record of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve done. But, as I alluded to in this recent post, I often find myself engaged in an internal censoring process when I write because you just never know who will be reading!

It’s true that the same holds true for this space — I don’t really know who (if anyone) will be reading! But I don’t come here as a missionary to report on our work, or even a proud mama to post pictures of her kids. I just come here as a person with doubts and fears, longings and dreams, opinions and ideas. Don’t come expecting to find someone who has it all together — I most definitely don’t! This blog will give you a glimpse of life as I see and experience it… the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.

What I want most of all when I write here is to be real. To write unmasked. Vulnerably. This is something I feel like I haven’t been able to do for a long time now. But I’m ready to try. I want to try.

I really hope I’m up to this challenge!