Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24th

Another superstitious anniversary of sorts for me. Used to be one of joy. Now of sorrow.

July 24, 1998That was the day I got my positive home pregnancy test. I still have it. 32 weeks later, Cameron came into the world an instantly became the light of my life.

July 24, 2008A routine check-up revealed 3% blast cells. Cameron relapsed. Again. The start of an incredible nightmare.

July 24, 2009
I can't believe it has been a year. Feels like yesterday. Thank you for your continued support & prayers.

Cameron during the 2007 Founder's Day parade:

The same shirt in the quilt:
Cameron & my mom October 1999.

Me & my mom March 1995:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The quilt

Some of you may remember months ago when I mentioned that a friend was making a quilt for me from some of Cameron's shirts. It is finished and it is beautiful. It is large enough to cover a full-sized bed. So large that I could not get a good picture of it. The connecting pieces are cut from Cam's pajama pants. Each square is filled with memories. I haven't decided exactly what to do with it yet. For now, I have it safely stored. I will snuggle with it sometimes - it's just so precious to me that I don't want to do anything that may damage it.

Thank you so much Ellie.

The full quilt:

A few of my favorite squares:

This is a wonderful treasure. If I were more organized I would pair squares of the quilt with pictures of Cameron wearing the shirts. Maybe another day.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Last night we went to the fireworks display in Athens. We got there early for a picnic and to let Sam run around the field with some new-found friends. It was cool so we were dressed for fall weather.

Sam & Emily liked dancing to Hannah Montana which was playing on Samantha's iPod. There were some early fireworks going on behind us.

Sam loved watching the show.

She was very impressed by the grand finale.

This holiday has taken on different meanings for us over the years. In 2003, it marked Cameron's first day of remission. He had completed 3 intense rounds of chemo and was declared to be cancer free. In 2008, it marked 100 days post-transplant. In 2009, another first. Another holiday that he has been gone. 247 days.