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Do Small Things with Great Love

Do Small Things with Great Love
Do Small Things with Great Love

I could not stop staring at the hand-painted design on the manilla envelope.

Who sent this beautiful package? 

My gaze zeroed in on the return address.

Lori-Anne?! Our paths haven’t crossed in quite a while.

I peeled the envelope flap back and pulled out the contents.

My jaw dropped.

I pressed the hand-painted journal against my chest.

Notepaper floated out of the journal like gossamer-winged angels.

I picked up the hand-written notes off of my lap.


I hope you don’t mind that I’ve taken creative liberty with one of your designs . . . Just for You.

You have been popping into my thoughts. For me, this usually means that person needs something . . . 

Maybe just a note, a smile or some little thing that tells them they are being thought of. 

Please accept this gift in the spirit of a Random Act of Kindness. On this snowy, grey day, I hope it brings you Joy.

May this new year be filled with more joyful surprise, adventure and wonder-filled days.Be excited for all the good things to come.

Love Lori-Anne

Tears streamed down my face and then turned into sobs of gob-smacked joy.

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A year has passed since I received this “Random Act of Kindness”. And as I write this post, tears freely flow and my heart still bursts with gob-smacked joy!

Lori-Anne also painted a matching pen. A pen I use in my precious journal where I record encouraging notes others have sent me, inspiring quotes, my art and book ideas, Big Bible Blessings, and prayers of gratitude.

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Lori-Anne, if you’re reading this, thank you for breathing new life into my coloring page, Plant Seeds of Love. I don’t know your belief system, but what I do know is that my heavenly Father used you in a mighty way. And I say this with confidence because the Big Bible Blessing that accompanied that coloring page read:

“I am with you and will help you. People will till your soil and plant seeds in you” (Ezekiel 36:9 ERV).

You definitely tilled my soil and planted seeds of love. Thank you, again, for the hours I know you spent on hand-painting the envelope, the pen, and the journal. And thank you so much for sharing your heart of love with me. You’re a gossamer-winged angel.

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I met Lori-Anne many years ago at a craft show. In fact, the very first journal I ever bought was a Lori-Anne original.I do hope you’ll take time to follow Lori-Anne’s Facebook Shop, A Simpler Time.

Blessings of Love,



P.S. Check out the coloring page “Plant Seeds of Love” in my inspirational coloring book, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart).


This post first appeared on Tracy Campbell’s blog.

What Are You Thankful For?

What Are You Thankful For?

Each morning, I roll out of bed, stretch, and then I say, “Thank You, GOD, for giving me another day”.

“And here I am, we are, O GOD, our God giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name”

1 Chronicles 29:13 MSG.

Copyright Tracy Campbell | All rights reserved.

Being thankful helps me focus on the good things in my life.

Good things like my:

             hubby (who works extremely hard),

             parents (who are still alive and kicking),

♥             home (overlooking the Nottawasaga River),

♥             extended family (that includes you—my virtual friends), and . . .




Have a Happy Thankful Summer Day,




P.S.  Tell me, tell me, what are you thankful for?

Happy 4th of July to My American Neighbors

Happy 4th of July to My American Neighbors


Happy Independence Day to all of my wonderful American friends!

Happy Heart Hugs,


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

Click here to claim your very own coloring book.

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

After seeing the success of my new eBook, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love, over the last two days, I’ll never wonder again.

Due to the amazing generosity and support from all of my friends, my launch into the authoring world was a HUGE success!

The free promotion is officially over. And here are the final stats as of last night:

On Amazon.ca

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.ca at 9 15 AM (1)

On Amazon.com

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.com at 9 15 AM (1)

And . . .

A total of over 750 downloads!


This has been an incredible learning experience. And I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of spreading God’s message of faith, hope and love to so many readers.

Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done for me during this intense time.

It’s hard to put into words just how much I appreciate the love you’ve shown me.

After today, I’ll never wonder again about what the power of friends can do!

My hope is that Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope, & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart) will continue to help those aged 9 to 99 walk by faith, soar on wings of hope, and blossom with sunshiny love when they meditate, memorize, and pray over 30 designs of inspiring whimsy.

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3D Mock-up created by Chris Graham (The Story Reading Ape with Heart)

Blessings and Happy Heart Coloring,


By His Stripes We Are Healed – Calm Coloring

By His Stripes We Are Healed – Calm Coloring

I missed the boat.

Creative Tuesdays’ boat sailed without me.

So I’m on my own this sunny, Thursday morning.

Creative Tuesdays’ prompt didn’t have anything to do with boats.

Instead, the challenge was to draw striped socks. I had every intention of drawing striped socks. But as my pencil pressed down on paper I felt inspired to draw, not socks, but a quilt of stripes with a cross.


I cried. I wept. I sobbed. Not because I was sad. Quite the opposite.

I was overwhelmed by Jesus’ sacrificial love for me. I tear up thinking about the nails driven into his hands and feet and about the blood He shed when He willingly carried my sins on an old rugged cross.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, AMP).

“He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness; for by His wounds you [who believe] have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24 AMP).

I smiled. I was healed. I am calm.

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P.S. If you would like to color this exclusive design, Sacrificial Stripes, just MESSAGE ME. And I’ll happily email you your very own high-resolution, printable coloring page. This inspiring design is not included in my upcoming book, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart).

3D mock-up created by Chris Graham, the Story Reading Ape with heart.