... is EIGHTEEN today! We love and adore her and are so proud of her! She's a stunner, too, isn't she? My best and dearest friends tell me she looks like me, but I don't believe it!
Adults and Camille's friends often remark to me how lovely and kind she is. I'm always saying, "Everyone loves Camille. Everyone doesn't love me (I can promise you that), but everyone loves Camille." She is such a sweetheart and, though we used to worry about her gullibility, has quite the head on her shoulders and is a straight-shooter. Not too much drama at all.
A couple of months ago at a special dinner honoring Camille's class at church, the youth leaders shared a few thoughts about each person. After commenting on her loveliness and kindness, one of the leaders said that the most surprising thing about Camille is the girl is bold. She stands up for what is right and doesn't let wrong happen around her without lovingly but directly pointing it out and attempting to deal with it. My heart just about swelled out of my chest. I have to say, she inherited that directness and quick discernment of folks and situations from my mother and me. However, the Lord has blessed her with the grace and kindness and beauty and love of others that softens her boldness and draws people to her. Magnificent!
That said, card shopping is not my favorite thing to do. Often, the verses are too sappy, too stark, too ridiculous. However, my people do like to get their cards. Upon walking into Hallmark and straight to the 18-year-old section, this verse appeared before my eyes:
You've been so beautiful since the day you were born.
No one could have imagined then how lovely and how loved you'd be now.
Everywhere you go, happiness simply happens. You just shine.
From the inside out, you are so beautiful ... and so loved.
Never a truer birthday tribute for my girl.
(and her father loves her, too! -- but this is MY blog!)