Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Tribute to Camille--Better Late Than Never!


Yes, I know your birthday was on Saturday, but I wasn't able to blog that day, so I am writing you a birthday tribute today--for as they say, "Better late than never."

Camille is my oldest, so she is the poor child who had to put up with us while we learned to be parents. She was patient and forgiving, however, and despite our imperfections, turned out great.

I told my husband when we were dating that we would be having a baby nine months after we were married. I was eager to start my family and I kept feeling there was a spirit in heaven eager to be a part of it.

Camille at four months--moving in to attack her unsuspecting mother?!

That proved to be true. Nine months and five days after we were married in the Salt Lake Temple, Camille joined our family. We were so excited to have her.
Cabbage Patch Farm in Georgia with her younger brother Ryan

Niagara Falls

Camille was good, sweet, fun and a great helper. In 8th grade she did television news spots for the WBTV, and in high school, she lettered in tennis, jazz band, and academics and graduated in the top 3% of her class.

She graduated from BYU with a degree in linguistics and is currently finishing her masters degree in special education.

But most importantly, on March 7, 2008 she married her college sweetheart, Dave, in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Camille and Dave on their wedding day

And, nine and a half months later, gave birth to her own sweet, little daughter, Carly Amelia. They currently live so very, very, very far away in Colorado!

Coloring Easter Eggs, with Carly, April 2009
(and yes, Camille I stole this picture off your blog!:-)

I have always felt I have known Camille forever--Not just in this life, but before as well.

In the past I always teased her that the reason I was born first, and was her mother instead of her being mine,was because I had the wisdom and spiritual maturity necessary to help her navigate through life.

We later both decided, however, that the real reason I was born first was because she had the wisdom and knowledge necessary to help me navigate around modern day technology. Camille is a computer whiz. Anytime I have a question, or need something researched, I call her. She always knows the answers to my questions, and she can find anything on the Internet in just a few minutes. So now the secret is out. See anything cutesy on my blog? Yeah, it was Camille!

I am so glad she is ours and will be ours forever.

We love you Camille!

And for my favorite story about Camille . . . read the previous post! It is a good one!


Momza said...

Happy Birthday Camille! My own dd Danielle got married 12/08 in SL Temple and is expecting their child in November. She will be comforted knowing she is not the only newlywed that will have a child in the first year in this day and age...when so many of her friends are putting child-rearing off.
To Joy: Ya done good Momma!

Neil and Meredith Larson said...

Happy Birthday Camille! Camille is gorgeous in that picture from her wedding!

Dave and Camille said...

Haha, thanks Mom! I love you too! :)

Carolyn said...

Happy Birthday Camille! What a beautiful woman she grew up to be.

Chelsea said...

What a beautiful daughter you have. I love that first picture. The look on her face is so funny! When reading your post I kept thinking of the song "The Circle of Life". How wonderful to have children to carry on.

Becky said...

She is beautiful! Must take after her mom :-).

Jenny Farley said...

Happy Birthday Camille! You couldn't have a better gift than coloring Easter eggs with your sweet baby! Good stuff. Have a great one!

Tanielle said...

Happy Birthday! She got married in the same temple as us!!! So beautiful! What a neat relationship you have with her! Love the story from below, so sweet and faithful!

Have a great day!


Christina said...

How neat to hear more about your oldest daughter, and ironic that you both had babies 9.5 months after marriage. She's beautiful, as is that grandbaby of yours!

Jeannelle said...

What a lovely post in honor of your daughter. Happy birthday to her!

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. Your blog is very beautiful. I like your header paragraph and the quotes on your sidebar. Especially the ones referring to "comfort zones"....very thought-provoking.

Your words about your daughter's soul being sent especially your way....that is beautiful....I have been thinking about that all day. You two have a precious relationship.

Jill said...

Happy Birthday Camille!! My favorite memory of Camille is when she let me come to her room in the dorms to watch music videos.

MissKris said...

Cute! Wonderful post mom. I love all the pictures you put in- So much fun!

Anonymous said...

Very cute post!!!!!! i know Camille must feel very special!

Xazmin said...

This made me cry! What a beautiful tribute!

It also made me think of my oldest son, and how I feel so bad for what he has to put up with being our first born!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

What a wonderful post - you did a beautiful job on it, I feel like I really know her, what a lucky mom YOU are, and what a lucky DAUGHTER Camille is! Best wishes to both of you. Must be so hard to be far far far far away for that darling grandbaby.

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Rhonda said...

So very, very, very far away in Colorado! Well, my girls are in Utah and they too are so very, very, far away from me here in Connecticut.


Thank goodness for modern technologies.