Friday, August 26, 2011

Just a little meeting with Tim McGraw

Sometimes I feel guilty about all the amazing experiences we have had since Cami was diagnosed a year ago.  A part of me feels silly posting about the parades, houses and shows Cami is featured in or the freebies and attention our family receives -all because Cami has cancer.  

But... then I get over it and remember that everything happens for a reason.
It is a fact that Cami is a magnet.  She has a zest for life that is contagious and people are naturally drawn to her.  We are so blessed that we have been surrounded by people who love us and want the best for our family.  I cant even begin to describe all of the many people who have come into our lives during this time, we know they didn't meet Cami by accident.  We know we needed certain people to get us through this time and maybe Cami was meant to touch them as well.  We have been carried through this ordeal by others, some family, some friends, others strangers.  
Each of them had a purpose and we can NEVER thank them enough.  

One of those people is a neighbor who moved in to our circle a few months ago.  Her name is Marilee.  Soon after moving in we found out that Marilee is a stand-in for Reese Witherspoon.  Reese flies her out to film movies and she has worked closely with not only Reese, but with many other celebrities over the years.  One of the celebrities Marilee worked with is Tim McGraw and she remained close with him after their movie wrapped.  

Tim found out that Marilee had moved into our circle and he was touched by Cami's story.  Marilee helped to set up a meeting at his concert.  We were given second row seats to his concert and as if that wasn't enough he threw in a meet and greet, and VIP pre-show passes! Tim was so sweet to all of us (especially Cami) and he was waving and winking at her all through his concert.  Rumor has it that Tim may be calling Cami one of these days to check up on her... how cool is that!?!

It was such an amazing experience and we are so grateful to Marilee for giving us this opportunity.  Cami is still talking about this fun night.  Thank you Marilee, we love you!

Here's our lil cowgirl.

 I bet you cant guess who doubles for Reese :)

Tyson (Marilee's son) and Cam.  
They are cute little buds.

Our other neighbors, Dennis and Debbie got to come too!

 The pre-show was so cool.  It was just a big tent set up with maybe 100 people invited to watch Tim and the band warm up.  They had free drinks and we felt very VIP.  Cami loved it!

Cami was so excited for the concert to start she could hardly contain herself!

Once it started, Cami and I got a little crazy... we just danced and sang the night away.

guess who was sitting right behind us?!  Donny Osmond.  
He LOVED Cami's dance moves...she had him charmed in no time!
(she had no idea who he was.. to her it was just another person to chat with)

Cami thought she was the famous one and that HE wanted his picture with HER!

 Tim put on an amazing show.  He was so generous to us and we are forever HUGE fans!
We love you TIM!!!

Here is our group with Tim.

Here is the video of Cami meeting Tim.  She gave him a picture she drew for him.  
I am told it is still hanging in his tour bus.  We have a famous little artist.


  1. DYING RIGHT NOW!!!!I love me some tim! so happy she got to meet him. she is so special and has touched my heart a billion times!! love you guys.

  2. What an amazing experience for you guys! I'm so happy for little Cami. You deserve every single good thing that happens to you. Don't ever forget that!

  3. i love this. and tim. and you guys. haha.

  4. i TOTALLY AGRREE with Whit...You all deserve anything and everything that comes your way....but i do have to say I am a little (well ALOT) Jealous...come on its TIM MCGRAW....I freakin LOVE this man. cant freakin believe it! love you guys!!!!

  5. Ahhh! I love Tim!! It makes me so happy to hear he is as nice in person as he seems! What a cool experience.

  6. I love it!!! Tim is amazing. That concert was AMAZING!! So glad that you guys got to experience that. You deserve it!!! Your family is so special to me I just love you guys....

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  8. Jager says to me yesterday, tomorrow is Cami's birthday. This morning he made sure to remind me again so we could wish her a Happy Birthday. JAger and his family would like wish Cami a Happy 6th Birthday with many many more to come!! We hope her day is full of LOVE!!

  9. I was led to your blog through another blog and was touched by your daughter's story. She is a very courageous little girl that has been through a whole lot. As I was reading your post about meeting Tim McGraw I read the part of your sweet neighbor who doubles for Reese Witherspoon, I said to myself it couldn't be Marilee, what are the odds. Yet there she was. Marilee's son Triston and my daughter Brooklynn went to Rosecreek Elementary in Riverton together for a couple of years and Marilee was our soccer coach mom. Can you please let Marilee know that we miss her and tell her hello from us. My name is December Best and she will know exactly who I am, with a name like December people remember. Thank you so much and may your sweet family be blessed during Cami's ordeal. George Q Cannon states: "And so it will be. Trial will follow trial; but blessings will follow trial also."


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