Friday, November 21, 2008


Okay. I know I have this blog that a few people read. :) But really, I am not the blogging guru. I don't usually do the typical blogging things like being "tagged" or passing around "awards." I am not against these things but I just haven't ever felt like playing along. 

But today I just have to make up my own award because I have the most AWESOME readers and commenters on the planet. Seriously! I have LOVED all the great ideas people have thrown in the rink here for Christmas ideas. There are so many good ones. Many of them I have done in years past. With 4 girls, I have often combined funds and gotten one big ticket item for all the girls to share. 

I would tell you all what I decided to get, but see ... Sabrina sometimes reads my blog. So, you will all have to wait till Christmas too. Sorry. I promise I will post a photo of the big ticket items. 

Thank you so much to all of you who read and all you who comment. I am amazed at how few crazy comments I have gotten. Hardly any really. I just really think you all are the best. So you all win my own made up best blog reader/commenter award!

Now, another angel mom tagged me on her site to list 10 things I loved about my angel. I thought that might be one tag I would feel like doing. Tonight, I'll share.

I love the way Camille would kick her legs when ever she got excited or happy. 
I love and miss her open mouth kisses.
I love the look she would give me when she was headed to do something she shouldn't do. It was a look of question and measuring. 
I love that she slept through the night and went to bed without a fight if she was in her own bed and if she was tired.
I love that she used to plug her own nose and then talk just to hear how her voice changed.
I love that she loved and put up with ALL the love of her sisters.
I love and miss the super softness of her skin.
I loved that she was so petite and easy to carry around without breaking my arm or back.
I love how she would nod or shake her head to answer my questions.
I love how she loved to feel textures, carpet in her mouth and food pieces in her hands. She was a true explorer.

And  ...  I love that she still checks in on me and her family and helps us feel her love.


Kathryn_m said...

If I might be terribly intrusive and add an 11th?

I love (and am humbled) that Camille comes from such a faith-driven family that has spanned the generations and will thrive in the eternities.

OK .. OK .. maybe I'll sneak in a 12th:

I loved Camille's emerging hairline -- quite distinctive like her Mama's.

love 'n hugs,

Kevin and Natali McKee said...

You should set aside a certain time where readers can come and hear what you are doing for Christmas and then Delete it when the kids wake up. The suspense is killing me :)

my stay-at-home-momma drama said...

I love your list . . . and of course, it brought tears to my eyes.

Erin said...

What a beautiful list about your baby girl.
I would love to hear the same list of your other girls... and I think I've been inspired to write one about my own children.
(PS. Cant WAIT to see what you decided for Xmas gifts!)

Amanda said...

Thanks for the award! It really boosted my spirits today. I think you list of things you loved about Camille was lovely.

Christina said...

Your list made me smile :) What a sweetheart!

Mimi's Toes said...

Love the Angel list. And thanks for the Award! You are such an awesome person as I have said many times. I get such inspiration from reading your posts. I thank God for our Blogship! Have a Wonderful Saturday!

Anonymous said...

I love how Camille has helped me become closer to my Heavenly Father.
I love that I think about her every day and my thoughts of her remind me to live life with an eternal perspective.

Noorda Notebook said...

what a good post! maybe next time you'll have to post about your gorgeous new buffet :)

those things about camille brought back memories even for me. i can't believe she figured out how to plug her nose and talk. she was so little and young! what a silly pants! i love camille and i'm soo grateful that you can feel her with you and your family in your Christ-centered home.

ps - i love the self proclaimed award thing. maybe i'll start giving those to me on my blog.

Kristine said...

My cousin sent me to your blog because I recently lost my 7 week old baby boy to a complication with his congenital heart defect.

I wanted to thank you for having the courage to post your feelings about losing your daughter; reading through your posts after losing Camille, I keep saying to myself, "I feel the exact same way only I could never have written that." So, thank you for saying what I couldn't.

I am curious how you have gotten in touch with other angel moms. Did they just find your blog or is there a website you've all found or something else?

Sincerely, ~ Kristine, Mom to Caleb 8/8/08 - 9/28/08

McDonald Army Brats*** said...

wow you have no idea how much you inspire everyone who reads yours words. I have a print out on my desk of a quote you had on here one day. It is about feeling the bit of divinity crying out inside"remember, remember, keep your eye on the plan.....I thank you for the strength your blog gives me.

Amy said...

Thank you Stephanie! You are absolutely amazing!!! I read your posts often and they are so uplifting and fill my heart so full of love. I try a little harder to be a better person after I read your blog. I need to carry some of your posts with me wherever I go so that I can become more like our Savior. You are a wonderful example of what the gospel teaches. Your children are so lucky to have you as a mother. I strive to be a more loving, patient, understanding, and caring mother. Thank you again for your words of wisdom and your great faith.