Guestbook for the Celebration

As a special keepsake of this day for our family we are going to - with your help and creativity - create a scrapbook instead of a guestbook.You can create your page ahead of time and bring it to the celebration, or we will have everything you need to create a page at the ceremony. You can bring a photo, poem, message, drawing, Max story, artwork, etc... but everything must be flat, not dimensional. We will have some of your favorite photos of Max there, if you want to use/incorporate one onto your page. Remember to write your name on the page!

Encourage your kids and the kid-in-you to create something Max would love.

Important technical info: Our finished scrapbook will be a 12 x 12 format. Your page should be 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches horizontal or vertical (which is an 8 1/2 x 11 cut in half ) - or smaller if you prefer. All the pages will be affixed to 12x12 pages later.

We know this will be something we will treasure forever.


Anonymous said...

Offering my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Mikulak family. My heart aches for your loss.... I've followed Max and family for months, and my affection for your sweet boy has only grown.

I've never met Max, but I am truly blessed to know him. I am in awe of the graceful and courageous manner in which your son lived his short life.

My heart broke as I smiled at the short video from Sunday...You are so right, Max is the sweetest boy ever. Thank you for sharing your family's story of love.

Extra hugs for Hannah and Nicky.


Talita said...

Hi Andy, Melis, Hannah and Nicky...

I wish I would be able to be at Maxes Celebration of Life, but the distance is so unfare!
My heart will be there with all of you.
I wondered if it would be possible to send via e-mail a page to be added on makes guest book...
He had such a posative inpact on me and I will never forget him...
I took Caleb to watch the new Star Wars movie yesterday and I cried the whole way threw, remembering Max and his love for star wars, and planes and when I looked and the Lacys blog yesterday and saw a Pic of Max and Chewbaca I knew he was haveing lots of fun in heven... I have no dout that hes the prittyest angel in there.
Leave me a msg on Calebs Blog if there is a way to send a page for Maxes guest book...
Lots of Love from Brasil

Roy Boyko said...

We will always remember Max as the little toe-head boy that lived behind our house and who was always so full of energy and life. Those will be our memories of Max.

Roy, Carrie, Olivia and Emma Boyko

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you i'm sorry. I'm sorry another family has to feel this pain, feel the longing...I will pray for strength, peace and some comfort on your days ahead..My daughter went home with Jesus Last November, I hold onto the promise we will see them again, next time forever...Praying and sending hugs..


Anonymous said...

I think what you are doing in celebrating Max's life is beyond wonderful...and the very perfect place! I am honored to be able to come and help you celebrate your little guys special life. xo Linny

Anonymous said...

Andy and Mellissa,
We can not begin to tell you how sorry we are for such a tragic loss. You are wonderful parents and he was a wonderful little boy with such a huge spirt. He was your angel here on earth and now he is an angel in heaven. We will keep praying for your family and we will always have Max in our hearts. That smile will stay in our minds forever. We will not be able to make it to the celeabration we already had out of town plans but we will most diffentley make a donation in honer of your Max.
God bless you
Robin, Tammie , Nate and Noah

Kathy said...

You don't know me but we live in Carmel Valley and I am well acquainted with Meryl Witmer.

I have seen articles about Max in the Carmel Valley News and I have followed your story.

My son Steven will officially be a 5-year survivor of a malignant brain tumor on September 9.

We also lost our 4-year old niece to a malignant brain tumor in 1996.

My son was treated at St. Jude and we lived in Memphis for 9 months and we've lost 6 of our dear St. Jude friends to neuroblastoma.

I am so terribly sorry about your son Max.

Your family is in our prayers.

Liz said...

Hello to you all! I have been reading or viewing shall I say, Deb's pictures of Max for several months. Today as I was looking at my favorites, I passed by Mashed Potatoes For Breakfast, because I just knew. I knew before I even opened the posts that Max had left. I don't know how I knew, but I did and I didn't want to read it, like maybe it wouldn't be true, ya know? I don't know how someone whom I have never met can have such an effect on me, but you do and that is why you chose to let us all in. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful little boy with us. Our prayers are many tonight for you and your family and may God bless you now and forever.

Anonymous said...

Mikulak Family,

My name is Haley, I am a 19 year old college sophomore fighting a Neuroblastoma relapse. NB SUCKS!

I was hoping to contribute to the scrapbook, though I am in New Hampshire, is there a P.O. Box I could email one to, or another address?

My email is babyfacehly13@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Max's Mommy and Daddy,
I am yet another who does not know you but has been drawn to your amazing son by several unrelated sources. I know there is a reason. Your family and your remarkable son have touched my soul and affected who I am. I wanted to grieve today when I found out about his death from Deb (who I personally met for the first time today) but all I was allowed was to rejoice in his life and be happy that his pain was gone. I wanted to wallow...that wasn't allowed because his life and spirit pervade wallowing. He and his life are to be celebrated. You are to be admired for setting the example. WE ought not give up on the fight to keep these souls around us as long as possible.

Bless you and please know Max has influenced, so positively, so many many, many of us.

Wendy Gibson

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your bright-eyed, beautiful little boy. He had a wonderful smile that made me smile whenever I saw him. I hope your celebration is all that you want it to be, and that your loving memories of Max will help you throught this most difficult time. I am thinking of your family, and of Max.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful baby. How I wish I could transport you back to that time and rewrite his story, changing nothing about him except for the cancer.


wendymb said...

I am so sorry to read of Max's passing. My daughter left us last October after a battle with Leukemia. Her 18th birthday was Sunday, the day Max left. We battled at Rady Children's Hospital...and were at the Celebration of Champions, last year with Michelle, and this year with a white balloon. I'm just so sorry another family is going through this nightmare. My thoughts are with you and my heart goes out to you.

Michelle's mom

Anonymous said...

I am officially bummed that I do not live in the beautiful state of CA. I wish so much that I could be there with you guys. At 9AM (12PM) Saturday Ill head to the nearest beach and think of all you guys and especially Max.

Anonymous said...

It simply breaks my heart to imagine such a beautiful baby going through such a hell. Even if from so far away (Italy) my thoughts and my love are with you. Silvia

Ben Froman said...

I love your Celebration of Life approach to remembering Max. How wonderful that it included laughter and legos and was an event Hannah could participate in.

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