{Milestones}

Kyle and his parents are in town. It’s like all wedding-planning trauma has come to a complete halt while we try to show them how amazing Arizona is (not difficult, with the beautiful weather we’ve been having since it’s not wretched August anymore). I don’t know why I’m trying not to act stressed while they’re here–they read my blog and hear about Poor Kyle’s phone calls, so they know it’s Bride-o-Mania (emphasis on the manic portion of the word mania) 80% of the time.

But despite that, they are here, and when one acts like one is not stressed, it really is easier to stay calm about things. Which is why Kyle should stay for the next 24 days, in my opinion.

The reason his family has journeyed o’er hill, crag, and border patrol is to be with me Tuesday as I go through the temple. I know there are people who read my blog who don’t know much about the LDS church, so I will give a brief overview: This is big.

And for a more in-depth overview: When I go through the temple for the first time, I will be making promises (covenants) with my Heavenly Father (the same God of the Christian/Catholic/Lutheran/Baptist, etc. religions) that will make me a better person and help me get to the highest part of Heaven, where He is. After I go through to make my own covenants, I will be able to go back as much as I want, in order to act for people who have passed away so that they can make the same promises. (No, this doesn’t take away their freedom to choose–we believe that when people pass away, their spirits are still very much alive. But if adults pass away before they get a chance to hear about the church and decide if they want to be baptized, we don’t think that should condemn them to Hell…That’s why I can go to the temple in behalf of people who are dead–so they have the option to choose, even though they aren’t here on Earth to go through the physical process.) Anyway, there is a lot more to it than that, but this is a blog, and to keep it brief, I will redirect you to this website, should you choose to learn more. (As a side note, there are lots of really lousy websites about the Mormon church. Most of them are full of beans. The only one I trust to give the whole truth, and the most details {for the internet} is this website, run and approved by the people in charge of that sort of thing.)

So Kyle is here. And his parents.

And something to note is that my birthday is Tuesday, the same day I go through the temple. I’m turning 21. Since I don’t drink, I am going to ask for the second-most thrilling birthday present imaginable, after getting drunk: Comments. Lame? For sure. True? Undoubtedly…

A brief glance into the archives of my blog show that the highest volume of comments I ever had was the day I opened up our engagement photos for deliberation. (I didn’t need to check the archives, though. I already knew 15 was my max. It was also the best day of my life, to that point.) I can’t think of much I would like more than to sign onto my blog on Tuesday and see a comment link with more than 15 comments. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while and simply never introduced yourself, come out of the woodwork! I just want to know who you are. If you comment every day, like my sister, stick to the status quo! I like comments. Keep in mind, this is a really great way to acknowledge my birth and to do it for less than something you could buy at The Dollar Tree–just leave a comment.

To keep with the thrill of it all, I am not going to check the progress of my birthday petition. I’ll just bite my nails from now until the afternoon of the 25th, and then sign on. (I won’t even cheat and check my emails, since I get notified every time someone comments.) Hopefully it’s a good turnout.

Now I’m signing off–feeling very much like a beggar–to get some sleep before Kyle and I wake up tomorrow to get our marriage license. The next time I blog, I will be 21. (I’m not that excited about being 21, by the way. The bridge between, say, seven and eight, was much more exciting than 20-21. I’ve pretty much felt 21 since last year.)

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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23 Responses to {Milestones}

  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope you have an absolutely delightful birthday Cameee. It is so nice you are at least pretending not to be stressed about the wedding. It will turn out beautiful. I am glad to have had the opportunity to get to know you before you are wisped away to Canada! ~fellow promoter of the peace

  2. Geneva says:

    Yay for birthdays! I need your number so I can give you a happy b-day call. For your birthday present I’m going to tell you a funny little story. About a month ago I was in Mesa hanging out with mi hermana and we wanted to watch a dumb teenage girl movie. To our extreme regret the only DVD player in my parents house was busy. So I text messaged people who might be up for a little fun a la 13 year old girls. I texted you and asked what you were doing. I got a text back saying “who is this,” “Geneva” “not much, why?” At this point I called and it was definitely not you Camille! It was some fellow that was asking me if I was the girl he had met last night (probably somewhere of ill repute). At first I thought it was someone who had your phone and I was getting punked, but alas it was not so. Some complete stranger was still wanting to hangout with a girl he didn’t know. I was very disappointed that somehow, somewhere, I had mistakenly put in your number incorrectly. End of story. Happy birthday!

  3. lindser-lou says:

    OH CAMILLE! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU TOMORROW! I WAS KINDA SCARED BEFORE I WENT THRU, BECAUSE I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, BUT IT REALLY HELPS TO HAVE A BUNCH OF YOUR FAMILY THERE TO HELP YOU THRU EVERYTHING! AND WHAT A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO YOURSELF! I WAS BAPTIZED ON MY 8TH BIRTHDAY AND THOUGHT IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE COOLEST THING EVER!

    YOU’LL LOVE THE TEMPLE, CAMILLE…IT MEANS SO MUCH MORE TO ME NOW THAT I HAVE BEEN INSIDE AND TAKEN OUT MY OWN ENDOWMENTS.

    JUST RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR DAY TOMORROW…NO THINKING ABOUT THE WEDDING!!!!

    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY, FULL OF HAPPINESS AND BLOGGER COMMENTS!

  4. Cristin Lassen says:

    Happy Birthday! The thought did cross my mind to leave that comment 15 times, but you won’t need me to do that.

    And I wanted to tell you that my french is very lousy. I never really learned how to “officially” write in French, so I struggle with that. It’s sad because I’ve been home from my mission for almost 7 years, I used to translate for people, but now I barely speak it anymore… so try to keep yours up!

    Oh and enjoy the temple!

  5. Anonymous says:

    C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    O MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!!! I don’t have a blog but because my sisters do i have made it a habit to look at peoples blogs and I must say yours is my FAVORITE!!!! Anyways!!! Have a wonderful birthday!!!!!!!! Natalie

  6. jeff naylor says:

    hello cammile, and kylo,
    i got your invite today.lovely picture,he most certainly loves you, dearly.seems to be a fair bit of dark hair in our family. looks good,on we people, i think. you will love your life with kyle.welcome to the family my dear.

    uncle jeff

  7. Raygon says:

    camille, let me be the first to tell you (on the actual day, since it is now 1215 here) Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous day. I love ya! Good luck with everything. You are so great.

  8. Loralee Choate says:

    Congrats, congrats!!!! That is one very big day, indeed!

    Take big breaths, don’t panic at not doing everything perfectly, remember that people are there to HELP you with everything and try to just relax and enjoy it.

    (There is a lot I wanted to say, but I can’t see your email address and the search function on Gmail is being poopy for me.)

    Have such a good day!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday, I hope you enjoyed your temple experience.

  10. Melenie says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMILLE!!!

    I am so excited for you! Receiving your Endowments is such an important and sacred experience! I cannot think of a better way for you to spend your birthday!

    Now I will sing to you in French:

    *ahem*

    Joyeux anniversaire
    joyeux anniversaire
    vous aiment des pommes de caramel, et ils vous aiment aussi!

  11. afton says:

    happy birthday! you are amazing! and guess what?! i got your lovely wedding announcement in the mail the other day and it is beautiful! it was like a little piece of mesa was flown to me courtesy of the US Postal Service.

  12. Anonymous says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMILLE!!!!!!

    – Chelsea (at the store)

  13. lindser-lou says:

    Happy Happy Birthday
    Camille Dear,
    Happy days will come to you all year,
    if i had a wish, then it would be,
    a happy happy birthday to you from me!!!!

    Jared also says “hi” and “Happy Birthday Camille!!!!!!!!!!!”

    We love you!!!

  14. lindser-lou says:

    It is great to be married,
    but it is no fun to be poor.

    So, for your birthday present,
    I am going to write a blog about you!

    YAY!!!!
    (i would be excited if i were you!)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!

  16. Anonymous says:

    PS I left another comment but i left it before I read your blog. I was excited when I turned 21 because of the whole “getting drunk” thing that goes on, but these past two birthdays I feel very much as you do. Having birthdays as a kid was WAY better and very more monumentous in our own eyes i think. My last birthday when i turned 23 (gasp!) it was special but was nothing to when i turned 8 or 9. btw i have blog! shaved_legs.livejournal.com!!!
    -chelsea

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness I have to hurry before it’s post birthday! Happy 21st Birthday Happy Endowment Day Happy Bridal Shower Day WE LOVE YOU!!!!

    L.R. Fairbanks aka Madame Worthington

  18. lindser-lou says:

    Camille,
    i hope you do not think less of my little birthday blog to you, because it has a stolen picture in it…
    i was having problems with my laptop and coulnt get it to turn on, so i had to write up my “Camille P. Strate” blog on Jared’s computer, thus, rendering me helpless and without my personal picture files….which is why i had to steal a picture of you and i off of your own blog! (tactless, i know)….

    but still, i hope you read the blog and it makes you a bit happy!
    Plus, this gives me the chance to leave ONE more comment on this milestone page!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday, Mill. Looks like you’ve hit an all-time high with the blogging responses. Yay!

  20. Kathryn says:

    Sorry that I didn’t add to your excitement and I posted this after your birthday. I’m a little slow. As for being too poetic – pish-posh. I still enjoy how you word things and I hope you continue to blog in your Camille way. Happy Birthday.

  21. Miss Kim Fontes says:

    YES FRIEND! it has been a while i know! my address is 1231 W. 7th st.
    mesa, az 85201 I am so very excited for you and love you with big open arms!!

  22. Emily Lewis says:

    wow you are hilarious!! congrats on acting like your not stressed… sounds like a hard thing to do. loved the brief rundown on the temple, very well done.

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is so late that it doesn’t really count. so I am sorry dearest that I haven’t been religious about reading your blog. I hope that your birth anniversary was great.
    TOM
    fron the order of said
    Chancellor

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