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Letters I've Written to My Son Over the Years

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Tomorrow is your birthday. We wish you were here to celebrate the way you like, at the coast fishing on the pier. We love and miss you so very
much--- the pain is so unreal. You brought so much love, joy, and happiness to us.

 

You are a special son, and we will always love you and never forget. You left behind so many loving memories for us.

 

We are trying to live on and do things the same as we know you would want us to do.


Love,
Daddy, Mama, Audrey

 

 

 

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FIVE YEARS LATER --- 1991

Son, it's been 5 years since we said our last goodbye. No words can say how I felt on that day. You were extra special to me. You gave so much love to me and in return I gave it back.

 

You were a brave soldier. You fought a courageous battle for 19 months. No matter how bad it got, you never gave up hope. You always had a positive attitude. You were an inspiration to me.

 

You were in so much pain but you kept going on and continued to face each day with a smile and kind word anyway. You had a strong will. You were stronger than I was in many ways. You fought to live for another day, for with cancer there is no time to rest. When the news was bad, you never gave up. You fought bravely till the very end.

 


Your war came to an end on June 10th, 1986---and mine began. As my heart was breaking, I claimed several of God's promises for peace of mind:  God promised that:

 

"My grace is sufficient for thee: For my strength is made perfect in weakness."  

 

"All things work together for good to them who love God." 

 

"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart."  

 

"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are his everlasting arms."

 

Until I join you in heaven, I will go on living by faith.  I love you and miss you very much.

 

Love,

Mama

 

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10 YEARS LATER --- 1996

 

Your dreams for the future were simple and few. You just wanted to get better so you could play with your friends and finish school.

 

Ten years ago when God came and took you away, tears filled my eyes and my heart was breaking in two, for I knew your dreams would never come true. . .

 

It hurt so much to let you go but I knew your work on earth was through. 

 

I love and miss you,

Mama


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13 YEARS LATER ---1999

Thank you for the great times and for being that wonderful son, friend, and brother. We think of you often and wonder what your life would have
been like if you were here.

 

You are missed more than you will ever know.

 

Love,

Mama

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