Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

Memorable Moments Down Wedding Day Lane

On Saturday, October 13, 1956, my parents tied the knot.

Wow! Sixty years ago today.

To mark the occasion of their sixtieth wedding anniversary, hubby and I presented them with a congratulatory certificate from the Prime Minister of Canada this past Thanksgiving Sunday.


Last week, while chatting with my mom on the phone, I asked if she’d share a memorable moment of her wedding.

Mom chuckled. “Do you really want to know?”

“I wouldn’t have asked if I didn’t want to know,” I said with pen poised.

My pen barely kept up with the memories that tumbled out. (I didn’t include them all. Grin)

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Wedding Ceremony

Dad and I were married at the Finnish Lutheran Church in Timmins, Ontario. I believe the ceremony was at one or two in the afternoon.

One memorable moment that struck me was the mural at the front of the church. It was of Jesus, knocking at a door—much like he knocks at our heart’s door.

Wedding ceremonies sure have changed. The minister didn’t even ask the guests to sit down while he performed the ceremony. I felt especially bad for my father-in-law. He was not well. He had Silicosis.

It was an unusually hot, October Saturday. It was so hot that right after the ceremony our female guests had to go home to change out of their knit dresses (which were in vogue at the time) before returning to the reception at the Airport Hotel in South Porcupine.

Mom’s Memorable Moments – The Honeymoon

After our reception, we drove to New Liskeard, Ontario. My brother, Martti, was kind enough to lend us his new 1955 Pontiac. We didn’t have much money back then.

And the only clothing I owned that was suitable to pack for our honeymoon was a sleeveless, black and white dress with a matching, patterned bolero jacket, a skirt, sweater, bobby socks and saddle shoes.


My late, uncle Martti with my mom in 1954.

Later that night, after throwing open the door of our motel room, your dad and I laughed.

Our sleeping accommodations consisted of two twin beds.

The next morning, we headed to Niagara Falls (the honeymoon capital).

Our first stop, though, was Crystal Beach. Your dad wanted to visit his cousins. That second night, his cousins kept knocking on our motel window.

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Dad’s Memorable Moments

“Mom, please ask Dad to come to the phone. I want to hear all about his memorable moments.”

Dad wouldn’t come to the phone. He was far too busy unloading the dishwasher.

So Mom relayed my dad’s profound memorable moment.

He said, “I got married.”

I heard a muffled chuckle come through the phone.

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Well, on that note I’ll end with . . .


May God grant you many more memorable moments.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

Sixty years of marriage is truly a memorable moment!


Until next time,




P.S. How long have your parents been married?

Finding Joy in Each New Day

Finding Joy in Each New Day

Linda Martin Andersen’s post, Look for Joy, ignited my joy spark.

She suggested starting a “Joy Journal”.

Pop on over to A Writer’s Playground and learn how to implement Linda’s three joyous tips.

Here are my three joy journal entries for today:

  • Found joy in exercising for twenty minutes,
  • Found joy in spending quiet time with my heavenly Father,
  • Found joy in preparing this short post.


For coloring enthusiasts, click HERE or on the “Oh Happy Day” page above, and then color your way into a joyful week.

Have a joy filled week,




 What are you joyful for today?

Interested in a Back to School Special?

Interested in a Back to School Special?
Interested in a Back to School Special?

Some students are back to school.

For most, the first school bell will ring Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

To mark the occasion, I’m offering FREE back to school bookmarks for you to color.

The first bookmark, For My Teacher, will appeal to any student who wants to get into their teacher’s good books. Grin.

The second bookmark, Wise People, is for any studious person eager to learn more this fall.

Proverbs 18:15 says, “Wise people want to learn more, so they listen carefully to gain knowledge.”


Are you ready to claim your FREE printable bookmarks?

I sure hope so because this offer ends Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

To claim your back to school bookmarks, click on the image above OR CLICK HERE.

When you arrive on the doorstep of my online whimsical shop, float on in, and follow these easy prompts:

  • Click “Buy It Now”,
  • Type the code word, SCHOOL, in the discount box,
  • Click “Apply”,
  • Enter your name and email address, and
  • Click “Continue” twice.

Voila, your printable download will appear right before your eyes, ready for you to print, color, cut, and slip into a favorite book.

Until next time . . .

Happy Learning,




P.S. The countdown has begun. 

P.P.S.  I always appreciate the support you show by way of comments, likes, and shares. 

A Crying Bear?

A Crying Bear?

Crying Bear arrived less than an hour ago.

Now where did I put that bear cage? 

Nah, all I had to do was . . .

open an envelope, and pull out Virginia Wright’s latest paperback edition of Crying Bear: Yes, Bears Cry Sometimes, Too!  

After running my hand over the glossy cover, I flipped to page one and read a delightful, easy-to-read story about an adventurous little cub that wakes up during a long winter’s nap.

Little children who have wandered off from their “Mama Bear” will be able to relate, and they will fall in love with this poor little cub that has lost her mother.

I can just imagine Crying Bear’s thumping heart. Her mother is gone. And she is one hungry bear cub.

It’s a good thing Mother taught her some survival skills.

Hmmm . . . I wonder—

  • Will Crying Bear put those survival skills to the task?
  • Will Crying Bear find food?
  • Will Crying Bear locate her mother before it gets dark?

To find out what happens, please grab the paperback edition of Crying Bear by clicking on this highlighted link, and then join this very adventurous little bear as she wanders too far from the den in the snow covered mountains of Maine.

I almost forgot to mention that Virginia Wright’s unique photography and art also helps to bring this touching children’s story to life.

Virginia Wright's Crying Bear Front Cover - July 21, 2016

And I wasn’t surprised to learn that Crying Bear landed on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

#1_1 Amazon_Childrens+Bear_Books2_7_24_16

AIbEiAIAAABECMXQ3YzssoOlyQEiC3ZjYXJkX3Bob3RvKihlYWNjNjVjMzRjNDA5OGYzNmNlYWU3NjVmZGFmNmRjNzIyYTY1ZDU5MAHbzgLrXgRcC2p7mIuOG_U4FW805QVirginia Wright’s experience as a preschool teacher at a private Christian school in Mississippi taught her that children are always excited and eager to use their imagination in dramatic play and that everything is an adventure in the eyes of a child.


Please help me spread Virginia’s good news by tweeting, pinning, and sharing this Amazon link for Crying Bear, Yes, Bears Cry Sometimes, Too.

To learn more about Virginia Wright, author and award-winning illustrator of eight books, visit the following sites:

Until next time . . .

Big Bear Hugs (I borrowed Virginia’s phrase),



P.S. Virginia could really use some encouragement today, too, as her younger brother passed away unexpectedly last week.

There’s a Time to Be Still

There’s a Time to Be Still

Within weeks of launching the eBook edition of Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love on Amazon, I lost the desire to draw another picture or write another word.

I soon realized I felt this way due to exhaustion. So this past month, I took the time to be still.

Slowly, inspiration kicked back in. I picked up a pencil and this design was born—Be Still.

Be Still - Copyright Tracy Campbell


Now begins the climb up a steep mountain (I call marketing).

This morning I was encouraged to start climbing after I read this verse in my trusty guidebook.

“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am” Phil 4:14 (The Message).

I had a choice to make. A choice to change my mindset.

I’ve made my choice.

My new mindset will be . . .

#Marketing is about sharing one’s passion with others.

Since my passion is to share my writing, my art, and my love for God, that’s exactly what I’ll do.

The paperback edition of Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart) is now available on Amazon.

I must also tell you, there’s nothing quite like flipping through the pages of a real book.

Calm Coloring Books

Not to mention, this book makes a great gift for any and all occasions.

The other week, I put together packages like the one shown below.

A dear friend who had to move into a nursing home received one. And I gave another to my neighbor as a moving away gift. Others received these packages too.

CC Package

That’s it for today, so until next time . . .

Happy Heart Hugs & Coloring,


P.S. Please help me climb this mountain and share with your friends. I can’t do this alone.