Saturday, March 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Chad!

31 years ago I gave birth to my first son - Chad Michael Hamilton, born at 6:12 pm on Ash Wednesday 1976. I was only 14 years old and a mother. If I had a scanner I would post a picture of him, but that will have to wait for another day. Chad was killed in a single car accident on November 1, 1997. He left behind a wife and an adorable son, Chad Michael Hamilton, Jr. Chad Jr. is now 13 years old and is the spitting image of his father.

Happy Birthday Chad!

Finn challenged us to show an older sewing item. I don't have any old sewing items, but I do have some bead items by grandmother made. This is a beaded mat she made that I keep on my coffee table. I also have some small ornaments and angels she made.

I used to make mats like this with different designs. It was a lot of fun and I would probably do it again if I could find the right beads and patterns. Maybe . . . .

DH left for Germany last night. His first of at least three trips this month. He isn't gone often on the weekends, but when he is I get a weekend of uninterrupted sewing. I invited some quilt friends to come for the day, but the snow and ice we got last night kept some of them from coming. But Tasha and Mavie did make it over to sew. I didn't get as much sewing done as I had hoped to do. I pulled a back muscle yesterday morning and was in a lot of pain (enough to put me in bed for nearly the entire day). I knew I had to be kind to my back today so I did a little sewing this morning and finished one "quarter" of my Football Depression quilt.

The rest of the day I bounced around from project to project. I sewed some snaps on my Quilter's Wallet, worked on the binding of Tasha's Winnie-the-Pooh quilt and then helped Tasha with some pinning and pressing of the blocks for her All About Me quilt. It was hard for me to stay focused because of my back pain. Tonight will be another early night with pain meds and a comfy bed.

Whenever I have quilt buddies over we make cookies. Here's a picture of Tasha thinking about eating some of the cookie dough. This time we made Super Chocolate Cookies. It was a mix I had received from some friends at Christmas. The mix made chocolate cookies with raisins, peanuts and M&Ms in them. Very yummy!

I have my Challenge strips into squares. Tomorrow I may start playing with them. Or I may work on my Football Depression quilt. Or the binding on the Pooh quilt. Or . . . . it's a good thing DH is gone tomorrow.


Judy said...

My hugs are with you on this day of memories. Our children are always in our thoughts....

Tasha looks like she is enjoying the comraderie!! Enjoy your time(s) of bachelorette-hood! :>)

Jennie said...

How special to have your DGS to bring back sweet memories of your son.

Wish I could join you guys.....cookies fresh from the oven sounds good!!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

I send my hugs and blessing to you. You do have to post photos. Being a Mom at 14 must of been hard.

Back pain is not fun. I still am being very careful and I have just a little pain. I do feel your pain and I know how much you hurt.

Enjoy your time sewing and being with your friends, but take it easy.

Mary said...

It's hard to know what to say except I'm sorry for your loss. He was so young.

Gail said...

Such a bittersweet day, I'm sorry for your loss, but wish you joy in the memories and the presence of his son.

Alycia said...

I love that you have good memories, and a grandson to help. Thanks for sharing that part of you.
Also for sharing the cookies - I have cold milk that would go great with them!!

Libby said...

The memories must sometimes be difficult, but the joy of watching your grandson grow is surely great.

Have fun on your sewing weekend - nothing like some gal pals to make the mood light.

Nicole and Phil said...

It is hard to know what to say on days like this, except to remember al lthe wonderful memories,and enjoy your grandchild!
thinking of you!

Carole said...

As a mother myself my heart goes out to you. Happy birthday indeed Chad! What strenght you have! Hum..... could you send some of those cookies my way? I have cold milk! Keep well!

deputyswife said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine losing a child, especially at a young age.

My goodness! Fourteen! Please share your story sometime, if you wish. My grandmother had my mom at 14 too. (She was the second child-lol!)

Sounds like a great week-end, except the back thing. I wanted to bake cookies, but I have been working on this larger quilt. Larger for me anyway!

Patti said...

I can't imagine how difficult it must be to lose a child. I hope you have lots of great memories to cherish on his birthday. I'm glad you have your grandson to cuddle.

So sorry you hurt your back! Trust it's feeling better by now.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Sorry for the loss of your son, may you find comfort in watching his son grow.


Finn said...

Hi Sweet Pea, sending thoughts and hugs your way, even tho I'm late in reading this. We had a baby boy in foster care named Chad Michael, what a sweetie. I got goose bumps reading about your baby, but realized my Chad was born in 1979. We adored him and had him from birth to about 5 months, and then his mom(15 yrs) got to take him home. I often wonder what became of him.
Love your Depression blocks. I have that one started from last spring and altho I've sewed more HST's I haven't sized them or made more blocks. Maybe this weekend. SEnding big hugs, Finn

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Thinking of you, and busy catching up. Is the back pain still from the fall,( that was you, wasn't it??!!)
No good if it's lasting until now.
Enjoy your memories, Tracey