Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Girl ...

... 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!)


Michelle Frae Cummings said...

she's so beautiful! congratulations to both of you!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Daughters are great, aren't they:) She is beautiful!

Angela Nash said...

Oh my - she IS just wonderful and very beautiful. She is the kind of person I pray for my boys to find when they grow up and search for a wife.

Happy Happy Birthday Camille

Dresden Quilter said...

Happy Birthday Camille!

greetingarts said...

I'm all water-eyed now.

Happy birthday, Camille. May this year be full of fun times, peaceful thoughts, joy, laughter and love. Happy eighteen!

Michele said...

You are truly blessed to have such a daughter. I'm sure that the way you and your husband have raised her have more to do with that you will ever acknowledge.

We must find some time to get together and meet. Do you have any good fabric stores in your neck of the woods?

Unknown said...

Your baby is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! She sounds like what I alway say to my children. Pretty IS what Pretty DOES! Congratulations to the wonderful job you've done (not on hubby's!) and to her for being all that she is!

big hugz,

The Blonde Duck said...

Happy Birthday!

Finding Pam said...

You and your husband are indeed blessed with a beautiful daughter like Camille.

It is so wonderful to see the love and kindness that you have nurtured in her. You did great!

Happy !8th to your lovely daughter.

I pray for a wonderful girl for my son that is not married yet.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter!