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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!

See you in September.

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Week 7 – Summer Short & Sweets Challenge – A Birthday Present

Week 7 – Summer Short & Sweets Challenge – A Birthday Present

Fall is in the air. Adios, hot and hazy summer days. But I’m thankful for photos to remind me of sweet memories spent with my hubby’s family. A perfect lead into Susanna Leonard Hill’s, Summer Short & Sweet Challenge.

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