Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Us girls, we need sparkle!

~ Campbell Brandt

We need air 
and water and

We need clothes
and nourishing

But do we really
need sparkle?

Sunlight dancing
on water 

Stars twinkling
in the sky 

Sparkly brooches 


Sugar sprinkles



I believe Campbell is
on to something : )

Sparkle is wonderful
any time of the year, but
here in the Northern
Hemisphere, where
the days are long and
darkness settles in
early, it is especially

For my seven year-old
cousin Campbell, known
affectionately by family
and friends as Soup, the
days since her diagnosis
with a rare and deadly
form of Leukemia last
August have been a lot
like these winter days.


Very long.

Particularly when she's
been in the hospital or
confined to her home.

She craves sparkle.

This, my dear, dear
friends, is where 
come in.

You can help me wave
a magic wand FULL of
sparkles and make Miss
Soup's wish come true.

{It involves singer Carrie 
Underwood who is visiting 
her city for a concert 
in March.}

It won't cost you anything
but 56 seconds of time
to view her Youtube video
and another minute to 
pass it on.  

If enough people share
this with friends and
family, a connection
to Miz Underwood is
 bound to appear,
helping to make Soup's
wish come true!

Six degrees of 
separation, right?

You can also leave 
Soup a message
of encouragement in
my comment box, or
e-mail me and I'll
forward them to her.

Your words will be 
my sparkle : )

And, as a wise little
girl who just happens 
to be my cousin says,

Us girls need sparkle!

Here's to a very 




Please click the arrow to watch.

PS:  Soup's journey with
Leukemia was featured on
WRIC-TV, Richmond, Virginia
on Christmas Day.

You can see it, here.

All images P&H,
except those provided
by Campbell's family.


Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

I have lots of facebook followers, I just posted this and asked my friends to also post...hope it helps...thanks for alerting us to this!!!

pollydove said...

Oh that sweet little girl! Hugs to you and your family as you see her through this struggle. I will definitely go take a look on youtube and do my best to pass it along! Your sparkly images are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Your photography is amazing! Happy New Year to you ... may it continue to sparkle my friend! xoxo

traci said...

Bless her heart. She is beautiful. I just put this on FB.

Soup - I hope all your cousins friends are able to help you meet Carrie. You are an inspiration to all. And yes, we do need sparkle.

Low Tide High Style said...

Dearest Soup, I wish you all the sparkle in the world and I hope Ms. Underwood will fulfill your simple wish!

Off to post this on twitter and FB!


susan@avintagefarmwife said...

What a little sweetie! Thank goodness for modern medicine. This is one of those things that just does not make sense.


You are a little doll with the sweetest smile ever! I agree we all need sparkle,sparkle, sparkle. Keep fighting hard!

Jo said...

A wise little lady; we all need a little sparkle!!! I'm off to view the video in hopes of Soup's dream coming true.

Keeping that sweet little girl in my thoughts an prayers.


NanaDiana said...

I just viewed it. God bless that sweet little girl and give her hope and courage and lots of glitz and glam and glitter. Blessings- xo Diana

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Soup, your cousin has so many friends here in the magical world of blogland that I am sure once word of your courage gets out Carrie Underwood will hear all about you and make your wishes come true. I am praying for you. Thank you for the reminder and wise words...we all need some sparkle!

Leslie said...

I agree Suzanne.. we all need sparkle and to believe that dreams come true. I'll say a prayer for this sweet child and pass this along.

Thank you for sharing.


Joanna said...

Soup is such a beautiful and brave little girl - and she's so right, us girls do need sparkle!

I'll be sharing this on FB and I hope sweet Soup gets her wish.

ps I've got to ask, why Soup??!!

The enchanted home said...

WOW! I am so touched. I want to reach out and give you both a big hug.

Soup, your cousin is one special lady but I see that you are too and very pretty also! Everyone can benefit from a little sparkle in their lives, kind of like sprinkling a little magic all around......going check out your video now and going to pray for an "Underwood connection" for you!

Happy 2013. Well done as always Suzanne!

The enchanted home said...

PS Suzanne can I share this with my readers on my post either today or tomorrow? Rooting for you Soup!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear friend,

I am just getting around to my favorite blogs this morning; I subbed in a class yesterday of SEVEN year olds and girl, WE GIRLS DO NEED SPARKLE!

I can see and HEAR that "Soup" is a little girl with a BIG heart, vision and courage. I will pass this on and is there anything else we can do? Since she loves sparkle and SO DO I, and since I am a creator of sparkling things, is there something I can send YOU to send to her that will have a ton of sparkle?


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh Soup is a sweetheart...she **sparkles** from the inside out! Lovely post and photos for a lovely girl! XO

Tiffini said...

thank you for sharing this -- it helps to remind me how precious life is and what a gift we are to each other..
thankful for you too:)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Oh my goodness, she is precious! 'Have your people call my people' - love it! Carrie Underwood is from my neck of the woods - I do hope she comes to brighten Soup's day!!! I cannot imagine what she and her family are going through - I hope this is a wonderful new year for them!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

hey friend...if we share this she'll come?? i want to help. let me know what to do.

hey sweet sparkle,
you are a doll. i am so incredibly proud of how brave and strong you are. your cousin Suzanne is one of my very favorite people in the whole world. i can tell you are special just like her. much i live close to richmond too, and your daddy treats my little dog:) small world! now i'm off to book my carrie underwood tickets hopefully:)

Amy Arnaz said...

Oh my Suzanne... Little Campbell is so sweet. Her video is heart-breaking. I hope she can be cured. Sending my best wishes & prayers her way and a wish for a Happy 2013 to you & yours.
xoxo Amy

Mary Timmers said...


This breaks my heart. Thanks for posting this and helping out your cousin. Her video is wonderful, and she does sparkle! Keep us posted, okay?


Biz said...

Dear Suzanne,

'Soup' is adorable. She is absolutely wonderful, well spoken, optimistic, and completely inspiring.
I've shared her video on my facebook page!
Praying that her wish comes true.

Big hugs to you all!


Sylvia said...

My dear friend!
Your sparkling cousin is a courageous girl, indeed! I am impressed by her spirit! In my heart there is an angel at her age (he was a son of a friend of mine) who was wise and brave as Soup is..., so I understand very well what this precious girl and her family are going through. Dear Soup, you truly are an inspiration to all of us. You have been accomplishing more things in your life than most will accomplish in their entire lives.Your bravery, courage and grace are teaching us that the true blessings in life are the simple things. Keep on going and never give up! We are all proud of you!
The least I can do to help you, Suzanne, wave your magic wand and make Soup's wish come true is to share this charming video. Write to me, please, if you think there is more I can do. Thank you!

Tricia said...

What a sweet little thing! She seems like she has a sparkling personality. I hope she gets her wish :)

Susan T said...

What a wonderful little girl, this post made me gulp. I will pass it on and hope that she gets her wish very very soon.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What a brave and strong little girl......Let soup know that I'm praying for her and her dream to come true.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Suzanne!

Good morning on this lovely but chilly midwestern day! Thank you for coming by AND for giving me what I need to make sure Campbell gets my sparkle.

I will come back via email! Anita

Angie said...

Hi! Just found this post from Enchanted Home. I'm in the Nashville area and have posted it to my FB to pass along. Hoping a Nashville connection make help! God bless!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Soup is absolutely priceless...I am going to post her video to my facebook page ASAP. My thoughts and prayers are with her! Thanks for sharing her inspiration.

I found your blog through Tina at The Enchanted Home...looking forward to reading past posts.

pretty pink tulips said...

Your cousin is the cutest little girl! It breaks my heart that she is having to fight this battle at her tender age.
I'll put this on my facebook/twitter pages.

Dear Soup,
You are one sparkly little girl!!! Sending you a big hug and love from New York and praying that Carrie sees your video and makes your day even more sparkly!

xoxo Elizabeth

Karen Albert said...

Dear Suzanne please let Soup know that I am sending love her way, lots and love of sparkling love!!

All the best!
Art by Karena

Cindy Albert said...

Dear Soup,

You are such an inspiration to me. Here you are only 7 and I'm in my 50s and you are teaching me what it means to be strong and to persevere.

I am sending you love and the hope that all your dreams come true.


Nantucket Daffodil said...

Thanks for inspiring me to do a Saturday morning sparkle post dedicated to Soup! As the mom of 2 kids....I hope her dream comes true!

Anonymous said...

Soup, You are amazing! Do you know that you add sparkle to lives just by being you? I hope Carrie is able to sing with you in March!

Lili said...

Soup you ARE sparkle! I love your video and I will be sharing it on Facebook. Blessings to you and your cousin Suzanne...sweetness is a trait that I see runs in your family. xoxo

Stitchfork said...

Soup defines sparkle! And hoping for lots more sparkle headed her way.

michele said...

we do need sparkle. and SHINE! like the light radiating from soup's gorgeous face.

mission carrie underwood: on it. will try to spread the word. i know some people who know people...

love to you.


michele said...

not sure if Soup has heard anything yet, but i have begun to get this sparkly ball rollin.



I am not a sparkle person myself ... but I sure pray for lots of sparkle for your adorable cousin.

I am happy to share the video.


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paige said...

well soup, you are beautiful & clearly your heart has a special sparkle!!
yes, all of us girls love our sparkle.
i hope you're feeling great today. that you had a wonderful christmas season.
i pray that you meet carrie! i'm certain she'll fall completely in love with you!
so fun to "meet" you !! off to share on facebook too

Beatnheart said...

Beautiful little girl with enough Sparkle and pizaazz to fill a giant are special and full of light and joy...may your Carrie Underwood dreams come true....shine on sweet little star...


Hindustanka said...

Wishing you, little girl, to be happy! You are very sweet and nice, though I've never met you :)It doesn't matter as soon as we can feel that connection to others through distances:)Wishing you all your dreams to come true!!!
Warm hugs and blessings,

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Soup, you are a sparkly and amazing girl! I shared your video on Facebook and hope you have the chance to meet Carrie Underwood!!

patty said...

the sweetest girl, hope i'm not too late to add my 56 seconds.

dear soup :: i hope all your dreams come true in 2013 and that you get to meet ms. underwood! your sweet spirit sparkles right through that video and onto my computer!


Acanthus and Acorn said...

Dear Darling Soup,
I just watched your video and you stole my heart! Your cousin Suzanne is one of my favorite bloggers and I sure do hope Miss Underwood sings for you- it will be the best start to her year I am sure.
Sending you love and best wishes!!!!!!!!!