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Psalm 118:24

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 Camden Matthew.

In early February we found out that we were moving back to Shreveport. We commuted every other weekend to work on the house in Rowlett to get it ready to sell while staying with family here in Shreveport. David was busy with Centenary soccer and I was trying to get prepared for our little boy to come into the world around July 3rd/4th.

My sisters, Kimberly and Theresa and my nieces Lauren and Ashley came in town from Corpus Christi and Denver to visit for a few days. David thought being around all that girl power was a little too much for him so he made plans to go to Dallas for some recruiting. The girl power decided to go register on March 19th. It was good to have Theresa here because I had no idea what to register for. I had a hard time registering that day because I woke up feeling heavy, like my little boy was sitting on my bladder. Thinking this was normal I went about my day and registered at Babies R Us. From there we headed to Target but I was starting to feel like I just needed to lie down so we went back home. David was on his way home from Dallas and made it just in time for dinner. Based on the pains that I was having and the research that we had quickly done it was apparent that I was having contractions. We made our way to the Labor and Delivery Unit to find out that I was indeed having labor contractions. Though they tried to stop it, it seemed inevitable that our son was on his way.

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 Shreveport for Camden to be born here. Camden is treated like royalty. He has his own room and at most times his own nurse. The attention he gets and the information relayed to us has been phenomenal. Cam has a long road ahead of him as he will be in the NICU until at least early July. Two steps forward, one step back is a common motto as we watch our son grow.

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 Camden, please keep those prayers coming.

Camden Matthew Orr born March 20th at 8:23 AM

1 lb 10 ounces; 13 inches

Matthew 8:23-27

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!”

Latest Journal Update


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