Six Items Everyone Needs to Have Hanging in Their Closet

Six Items Everyone Needs to Have Hanging in Their Closet

Summer officially began eight days ago. Yippee! I’m taking a blogging break to finish up a slew of writing and art projects, and I’ll spend time with friends and family, sipping tea and coffee on my porch.

Tracy Campbell - Coaster Tray - I Love Coffee, I Love Tea

Before I disappear for the summer, I hope you’ll lend your support and pop on over to Family and Faith Matters to read my guest post, “Six Items Everyone Needs to Have Hanging in Their Closet.” Now, I’m not saying I wear them well, but I try.

Have I piqued your curiosity?

I hope so. 🙂

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post below. 

Six Items Everyone Needs to Have Hanging in Their Closet


Growing up, my four siblings and I had clothes hanging in our closets, thanks to a dad who worked three jobs and a crafty mom who knit and sewed our clothes (minus the undergarments).

Mom even whipped up a faux beaver coat for me—one to match my childhood bucked teeth. Mom also scoured thrift shops. One time, she unearthed a treasure—leatherette pants that squeaked louder than a mouse whenever I walked or sat down.

I complained that I had to wear hand-made and hand-me-down clothes. Mom said I needed to be grateful, as we were fortunate and blessed. And she said that it was time I learned how to wear a shirt of humbleness.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, at the age of twelve, Mom dropped a bombshell. “Tracy, it’s time you learn some discipline.”

“Discipline?” I headed for the front door. “No thanks. I’ve had enough paddywhacks this week.”

Mom chuckled. “Not that kind of discipline.”

My clammy palm slid off the doorknob. I pivoted on one heel. “What other kind of discipline is there?”

Mom cupped a soft hand under my chin. “The kind you learn when you look for a job.”

“I’m just a kid. Why do I need a job?”                                                                                                             

“It’s time you learn how to handle money. And stop rolling your eyes. Next month, you’ll have to start buying your own clothes.”

And so I trudged down the street in search of a babysitting gig, rolling my eyes faster than a bowling ball lobbed down the alley.

Despite Mom cutting me off (my parents still bought the essentials—boots and snowsuits), I learned how to wear discipline. Today, that discipline helps me manage money effectively.

Mom also told me I’d have to wear compassion on my sleeve. Well, if compassion is what she wanted, I happily compiled. It wasn’t long before I brought home a stray. Not a cat or a dog, but a smelly kid.

Mom wore her kindness on a washcloth. She plopped the filthy kid into the tub and scrubbed her until a black film coated the sides. She included the girl in our family meal, and then sent the kid packing with a garbage bag filled with gently used clothing.

Mom wore quiet strength. Well, unless we kids pushed her over the brink. My mom deserves a medal for raising five rambunctious kids.

Above all, Mom modeled God’s love.

I wish I could report that the six items hanging in my closet are clean and freshly pressed at all times, but I’m still a work in progress.

I’m just grateful for a mom who taught me to “Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you me: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. And regardless of what else you I put on, wear love. It’s your basic all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Col. 3:12–14)

How do you teach and show your children compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, and love?

Until next time,

Tracy :-)

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Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

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30 Responses

    • Hi Linda,
      My list of goals is huge, so I don’t expect to accomplish all I want to but that’s okay. It will be nice to regroup, write, paint, and visit with friends and family. I hope you have a wonderful summer as well, and you know where to find me. Thank you for your interest in my coaster tray as a card. One never knows. 🙂

  1. Tracy I almost forgot I got chatting to a mom friend and turns out she sells cards via agents. She gave me a contact. I’ll find it in my bag and send it on to you. She sells in Canada and U.S. Have a great summer!

    • That would be wonderful Catherine. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I look forward to receiving the agents contact information. Thank you again. 🙂

    • Love your enthusiasm about my coaster tray. You make me smile, Virginia.
      I can’t wait to hear about the progress of new book at the end of your “sort of” summer break. 🙂

      • You make me smile as well!!! You will be missed. Your tray is gorgeous. Love your art. You are truly a wonderful illustrator, and wonderful person. You will be missed. I don’t know how soon in the future. It could be 2014, but I am progressing towards a new book! Have a great summer with family and friends. 🙂
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    • Thanks for popping in Pat, and amusing me with your rhyme.
      Now it’s time to unpack the boxes in your lair,
      And then you’ll find a wardrobe filled with care or is that flair? LOL 🙂

    • Hi Sherry, so glad you think the tray is worthy of a sale. I would love too, but only if I could mass produce them which is why having an art agent would be wonderful. If I made them individually and then sold them, I’d have to borrow money to live on. All the best with your move and I hope you’ll be settled in by the end of August. 🙂

      • It would be nice if you could mass-produce them. They’re so cute, and I’m sure they would sell!

        Thanks for the well-wishes. We’re getting settled into our new home. As you know, it’s a slow process, and it’ll take time for it to feel like home.
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        • If you come across anyone who would like to help me mass produce the tray let me know. 🙂

          I saw the photo of your new home. It’s beautiful, and I’m sure you’ll make it your own sooner rather than later.

    • My mom and dad were great teachers which helped shape and guide my steps.
      I’m so pleased you found delight in the article.
      I hope you have a great summer as well. Thanks, Marylin.

    • Hi Valentina, it’s a working vacation. LOL
      Thank you and I just read your blog post that you’re heading off to the states for three weeks. Keep safe and have a wonderful vacation. 🙂

  2. Tracy!!! You’re back!!! LOL… 😉 Welcome back! 😀 How was your Summer? Did you enjoy your vacation?

    Listen: just saw you liked a post, BUT it appeared like I wasn’t following you. Hit the link and it took me back to your old blog. Any ideas as to why this happened?
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    • I love your energy. Glad I was missed.
      I need help with how to cancel my old blog, but I’m afraid if I do I might lose the content on this blog. Any suggestions. Anyone! 🙂