9/23/2008

Three

Nicky turned three on September 13. His birthday party was held however, on August 31, the day Max died. That afternoon, Max joined the rest of the family for a few minutes outside. Otherwise, the rest of the day he and I were on the couch together. I'm still stunned that he died that evening. I guess I always will be.

File under 'retrospective': I thought it would be interesting to look at some pictures and remember what Max was doing when he was three years old.

He was driving cars at Legoland...


riding horsey rides...


motorcycles...


and bumper boats... all by himself.


But he went on the crazy, spinny rides with crazy, spinny, big-sister Hannah.


He also like water slides...


... and sharks.

8 comments:

Randee said...

I am so enjoying the pics of Max in his preschool--pre cancer days. He turned into such a fighter and true warrior. Thank you for continuing to share your life with Max and your family. It is so heartwarming and reassuring. Even in your grief you are amazing!!! Prayers and blessings!!!

Ashwani said...

These pictures of Max are looking very beautiful while having fun. Hope, you always have fun in your life by forgetting all those sad moments.

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Leigh William said...

Dear Andy,

In reading this posting, I am trying desperately to hold back the tears. I feel your grief through written word...and I am overwhelmed with emotions. Joy...from seeing Max as a healthy and happy three year old, sadness from always thinking of Nicky's 3rd birthday party as the day Max passed away, anger at the idea that Max is no longer with us, frustration because it seems that surely if we can send a man to the moon we would be able to cure this disease......and even peace, because I know that Max is in Heaven building the biggest Lego creation that one could ever imagine, free from pain and suffering, filled with the love of the Holy Spirit.

I pray for your family daily, that time and love will heal your broken hearts, and that you will find peace and joy in moments when you least expect it.

With love,
Leigh

San Diego Mom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICKY!!! I'm glad he had his big brother with him when he celebrated his third birthday. Max's picture riding the motorcycle looks so much like Nick now. I'm sure it will be bitter and sweet to see Nick grow and see images of Max in him. I hope Nick will grow on his own footing and be his own man, following his own path but at the same time, I hope he will also take a small part in carrying on Max's legacy and living life to the Max as a tribute to his dearest big brother.

Big hugs and kiss to Nick.

Shiho

Talita - Calebs mom said...

Here will always be my first place to check online befor anything else... I thankyou for continueing to post Maxes Pics, and I pray that someday it will get easyer, that the memoris wont be so painfull and that Living life to the MAX will continue, be I live mine to the max to honour my little angel heoreo MAX Mikulak...

Love from Brasil.
Talita... Calebs mom

Shannon said...

The cutest kid ever! I love seeing these pics of a younger Max. Such a happy go lucky, sweet little boy. We will love him always. xo, shannon

Ryan Morgan said...

Just wanted you guys to know you have been on my mind. It is so painful to think of how much you must miss Max. I wish there were someway to relieve that. We are praying for you to be able tostay as strong today as you have been the last three years. Love, Missy

Anonymous said...

Life is the continual demonstration of the Strength of life and inspiration...I read that while working around the country this last week... I told people I met along the way about my Hero MAX... I miss him.

Thanks for the images.. 7 forever... not to bad.

Leo
listen to My Hero by Foo Fighters.

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