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This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
On October 30th I woke up and had no idea how our lives were about to change. I was about to find out that I was pregnant. Of course, I figured it was just another negative test and I would have to set up an appointment with the doctor to find out what the problem was this time. I was surprisingly wrong. I immediately called David and asked him to pick up a box of tests on his way home from the office. He asked why and I told him I had a positive test and I needed to see another positive test before I would believe it. He had mentioned later that he was so anxious to hurry up and get home but he wanted to get me something else besides the tests so he bought 3 packs of Rolos. I always think of that day when I see Rolos. When he got home he hurried to me with a box of 3 pregnancy tests, 3 packs of Rolos and 3 water bottles and told me to “Drink Up.” Three pregnancy tests later we were pretty convinced that we were going to have a baby! I sent pictures of the four positive tests to friends and family to let them know it was a sure thing. Later that day my sister Theresa called me to let me know that the same Psalm kept popping up around her all day. Psalm 118:24, “ This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” David and I had been praising the Lord all day but hearing this made me feel as if He had just blessed us with a great gift.
It was a very rough first trimester. I kept telling people that it had to be a boy because only a boy would cause a woman this much grief! Coming from a family of girls I figured I’d have girls just like my mom and sister did. We had a girl name all picked out but was thinking about boy names just in case. For some reason the name Matthew kept sticking out in my mind. I had a dream that a man told me to read the book of Matthew. A couple of weeks later I did. Two weeks after that we found out we were having a boy. He’d be the first boy on my side of the family. David and I went back and forth on names but we both felt like Matthew had to be part of it. Finally, we looked it up to see what it meant. Matthew means “Gift from God”. We finally agreed on
In early February we found out that we were moving back to
Camden Matthew Orr arrived Thursday, March 20th 2008. He is now being cared for in the top NICU in the South. We feel that God’s purpose got us to
The support, thoughts and prayers from the hospital staff, churches and people in the community, family and friends have blessed us and are allowing us to cope and trust in God purpose. Because of the long road ahead of
1 lb 10 ounces; 13 inches
Then Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Jun 23, 2009 8:43pm
Our Sweet Camden,
One year ago today you came home with us from the hospital. I must say that June 23, 2008 goes on the list as one of my favorite days in my life thus far. I’m so grateful for this year and all that I’ve learned from you. God has shown your father and me a life that we embrace daily. We are so thankful that he gave us such an incredible and inspiring child that is so easy to love. You have made such a difference in our lives and in the lives of so many others. When you get older and are able to read these journal and guestbook entries I hope that it humbles your heart and that you repay your respects by praying for others as so many strangers have prayed for you and your family.
We’ve learned so much from you this year Camden. You prefer not to eat peas. You love bananas, carrots and applesauce! You love to swing, dance, jump and flap your arms as if you were flying. You love to look at the lights. You like to see them turn off and turn back on again. You LOVE bath time. You didn’t always but you warmed up to it. You love to splash in the tub and in the pool. You love to sing and to be heard. If someone isn’t paying attention to you, you do what you must to make yourself heard! You love your Praise Baby DVDs. Your Mom and Dad love your Praise Baby DVDs. You don’t like to be on a schedule. You love to sit at the computer with me. Your favorite thing to play with has been your Rainforest play mat and your piano. You prefer to have a toy to play with when having your diaper changed. You like to bite!!! You love to be outside. You love to drive in your car down to your Granny and GGs! You love your being with your family. You light up when your dad walks in the front door and you can’t wait for him to acknowledge you. You don’t like to be alone unless you are watching your Praise Baby DVDs. You don’t like to fall asleep by yourself. You wake up with a smile on your face almost every day. Coming to get you out of your crib is my favorite part of the day. Seeing your smile does so much to my heart. Thank you so much for those smiles. After you wake up, if you don’t have food in your belly soon you become very cranky and impatient. You are an excellent traveler. You’ve been to Dallas on many occasions and to Corpus Christi twice. You do NOT like loud noises. You scream when you hear vacuum, hair dryer, blender, etc. You’ve gone to the NICU to visit your nurses and doctor 3 times since you left, including today. They are all so proud of how far you’ve come. Even though she makes you work hard, you enjoy your time with your physical therapist every Tuesday. Her name is Jenn and it didn’t take long before you stole her heart.
You laugh all the time, sometimes at yourself but mostly at us. We’ll make whatever sort of faces or noises we have to make or imitate you and your expressions to hear you laugh. After watching you battle for your life for over 3 months, hearing your laugh seems like treatment for our heartache of being helpless during that battle.
Every day that we get to be with you feels like a gift. I’ve seen you everyday of your life and the first day that I don’t get to will be very hard for me. This first year with you and your dad has been the best year of my life. It’s been scary, exhausting, fun, stressful, exciting and an adventure but I wouldn’t trade this year with the wealthiest person in the world. You and your dad have made my life so rich with love that I’m so glad and honored that God chose us to all be together. What a blessing!!!
We love you so much! We will marvel in watching God’s plan for you.
As you read Psalms 139, you’ll know as we do that God had the lives of all of us planned before we were born.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thought from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too lofty for me to attain.
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Here can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, id I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, you right hand will hold me fast.
“If I say, ‘surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalms 139:1-16
Thank you so much for bringing so much joy and happiness into our lives. You are uniquely made and one of God’s greatest miracles and masterpieces and we couldn’t be prouder of you.
All our love,
Mom & Dad
Thanks to all of you for your prayers and continued support during the last 15 months. There are no words that can express how grateful we are.
David and Catherine
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