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Happy 5th-8th Birthday, Elise!

I know it took me forever to complete. I’m trying not to hyperfocus on that. Trying, but often failing. So I’ll tell the whole story again to distract me.

When our daughter Elise was born (still) in 2001, I was so out-of-my-mind overwhelmed that I didn’t bring any clothes for her to the hospital. The gentle and firm OB nurses found a little dress in their “drawer” — a dress that some lady in Greenville county had smocked for her. I was so thankful and touched.

To celebrate her birthday every year, I decided to “payit-forward” by smocking another dress for another little girl whose first day of birth was in Heaven.

On Elise’s fifth birthday, I was ready to do something a little different. I wanted to make a party dress for a little 5-year-old girl. But Gavin was brand new, and I was overwhelmed. I didn’t finish it.

And then the whole BJU thing happened, and I was out-of-my-skull overwhelmed again (I’m sensing another theme here!).

But I just finished it. Last night! So I now just need to find a little size-6 girl who wouldn’t otherwise have a happy little dress!

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Elise! Your brothers, your daddy, and I are going to have red velvet cupcakes to celebrate you!

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Happy 5th-8th Birthday, Elise!
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5 thoughts on “Happy 5th-8th Birthday, Elise!

  • August 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm
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    (((((Camille))))) What a beautiful dress and beautiful tribute to Elise! I’m not sure if you know of any agencies in Greeneville to contact, but there is a statewide organization that you could call for children with cancer – http://www.camphappydays.com – they may be able to help you find a little girl who needs a beautiful dress!

  • August 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm
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    how wonderfully precious. what a gift.

  • August 6, 2009 at 6:10 pm
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    That dress is beautiful. A wonderful gift.

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  • November 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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    Camille, you’re so brave. I think God looks into your heart,and says, ‘There’s my brave girl. There’s my Esther! Ther’s my daughter, I can use to speak my words of grace, comfort and liberating truth to my hurting children.” And the dress is beautiful.

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