Love you so much, little Max. My arms ache to hold you, I wish I would have gotten the chance. A little piece of my heart will always be missing until I see you again. You have the best mommy and daddy in the world. You are forever missed.
Bless you little Max for spending the short time you had with your family. I know that your mommy and daddy will miss you very much.
To Michael and Keri, the super parents of Baby Max: He knows he is so loved and he knows he will forever be in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had the privilege of visiting with little Max while he was growing in his incubator, NICU unit “Giraffe A”. A tiny boy who, in spite being born so early, was putting forth a valiant effort to breathe, live and grow. Loved and supported by his parents, nurses and all of us. Against all odds he was progressing well. When looking at him, a word that always came to me was “brave” – a brave boy that tried his best, never got beyond the hospital, yet shared with us a lifetime worth of love. He left us so unexpectedly, maybe the tiny body could not work so hard anymore. Much sorrow and pain we now feel, yet the love that we shared with our Max far outweighs the sadness.
Max William, my little Grandson, I thank you for your time with us and sharing your presence. I honor you and keep you in my heart.
Our hearts go out to you Max, and to your Mom and Dad. We would have liked to get to know you better. We are thinking of you and praying for you.
It was an honor and a pleasure to care for you for such a short time, Mighty Max. I will never forget your sweet, brave little face. Sending hugs to your wonderful Mommy and Daddy.
Every child is a gift and a true blessing. We thank God that you had time to know him, hold him, and love him in this world and are confident that you will see him again in Heaven. With Love, The Keyzer Family (cousin Michelle, John, Jessica and Erin)
My dearest Grandson, Max William,
I fell in love with you the day your Mom told me about you and showed me your ultrasound picture….I felt your presence for months and was anxiously getting ready for your arrival….You are a tough little guy, who gave it all, and taught us love and tenderness, we were not aware we were even capable of….I am glad that even though you were here for 16 days you felt your Mom’s and Dad’s love and devotion…
Even though you departed this world, nothing has changed, I carry you in my heart, and I am longing to hold you…
Love you always,
This is such a beautiful website, and I know it makes Max so proud! It’s amazing he was breathing on his own at such an early birth — I think he’s a very strong soul. It may be a long time before you know why he had to depart after only 16 days, but I believe one day, when you also rise up and out of Time and Space, you will be reunited in another realm and will understand what must, surely, be hard to grasp right now (with just our limited mortal brains and all that). While Max was on this plane, his big open eyes saw you (!). He felt your touch and he heard your voices. These are intimate connections that can never, ever be undone. I’m sure he’ll tell you so if you whisper a prayer and ask him. Thank you for sharing his story. I really like little Max, even though I never met him (your pictures, videos and writing seem to really convey his essence). And I’d bet dollars to dimes that the moments he spent resting on his mom’s chest – heart to heart – meant everything to him (just my guess).
~For Keri & Michael~
I’ll Hold You in Heaven…
From the very beginning I loved you,
As I made plans to hold you and rock you:
You were tiny and helpless as you lay in my womb,
But something went wrong and soon you were gone;
My young heart was broken, my tears fell like rain,
I’d never known such heartache and pain.
I wonder who you look like, me or your dad,
Do you have my smile and his eyes?
Would you have been big and tall or tiny and small?
We had dreams for you that reached to the skies.
It was long, long ago and I still miss you so,
Thanks to Jesus, I’ll see you in heaven.
I’ll hold you in heaven someday,
When my trials on earth pass away;
The angels have rocked you, the Father watches over you,
I know you’re waiting for me;
I never could hold you or tell you “Goodbye”,
But I’ll hold you in heaven someday.
From a loving friend for her sister…..In loving memory of Darrell Keith and Melody Joy Taylor.
Blessings to you from
The Texas Fetal Center
I knew of you before you even made your debut. You were one strong boy! I’m sure you are now in heaven playing with my sweet angel baby Cullen. Have fun playing superheroes!
What a beautiful tribute for Baby Max…. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Michael and Keri I was saddened to hear of Max’s short time on earth. May you be comforted by the loving strength of our Lord Jesus, and rest assured that you have a new angel watching over you. The website was a terrific tribute to a strong little boy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
What amazing parents you are… My fervent prayers are with you and will continue to be. Max will be missed and will not be forgotten. My heart breaks for the loss of your angel.
Keri and Michael,
With hearts very heavy at the passing of your brave little boy “Max” it is also amazing to all of us the bravery that his parents have shown. You have both shown us the way to grieve with you and also allowed us to rejoice in the life of this amazing little boy. ” Max” , our newest angel, we will see you again in Heaven. With the help of friends and family who came together to express their love for this tiny addition to clan, we will rejoice for the spirit Max has given us and carry him in our hearts.
Keri & Michael,
I had the unfortunate event of meeting you guys for the first time on one the worst nights of your life. Ever since then I have been reading about Max. He was such an amazing little guy that battled everyday to be here with us. Every time I read your posts, it brings tears to my eyes. I know in his short little life he was loved and cared for by so many people. Everyone asks if we get attached to the little ones we are entrusted to care for, and my answer is usually no. Not this time. I think about you guys and keep your family in my prayers. I wanted to say thank you for allowing us to care for your child during is short time with us.
(oh and yes we do hear alarms when we arent at work. Sometimes they get incorporated into our dreams, and then of course when we look at a clock and it is on the hour mark, we want to clear our pumps…)
Where ever I am, I miss you, my little Angel. You are always in my heart. Have your pictures with me. Grandma Ela loves you .
No words to express how much I wanted you….This pain is just not going away…no matter where I am …..why? This was not an option….
I am soo very sorry for your loss Keri & Michael.
I can’t imagine the internal pain and anguish you’re feeling.
Your website is an amazing tribute, so very touching.
Thank you Keri for sharing it.
Hey, my little angel buddy. Just want to tell you how very much we love and miss you!!! Mommy and Daddy are getting better now, I hope you don’t worry about us when you look down on us from heaven. We wanted you more than anything in this while world but are so happy you are safe and perfect. Thank you for fighting to be with us. You made our lives a million times better than we could have ever imagined them being before we met you. You are so strong and brave, my little man. There’s a lot you didn’t get to do down here but you did get to experience the very best part of life, which is being loved ABSOLUTELY UNCONDITIONALLY. And not just by your parents, but by your grandparents and aunts and uncles and the rest of your family and friends and nurses and doctors and even people who were never lucky enough to meet a cool dude like you. Whenever we do something good with our lives, know that it is to honor (daddy would want me to spell it honour) you. You were a wonderful son and your future brothers and sisters will know all about you and be glad to have their big brother watching over them. I don’t know much about heaven, just that you’re there now and I hope one day I make it there to meet you and know you better. I love you, monkey.
my sweet innocent little grandson , you were a miracle , that escaped from us at the worst possible, time. We were sure that you were past the danger stage and we were going to BRING you home, feed you, play with you….I AM SURE THAT YOU LOVED YOUR PARENTS VERY MUCH, AS THEY WOULD GIVE THEIR LIVES TO SAFE YOU. I CAN STILL FEEL YOUR TINY BODY ON MY ARM and I got to see your beautiful feety. With your blond curly hair, and blue eyes, full lips, you were the prettiest angelic looking boy in the world. I GUESS, YOU WERE SO PERFECT, SO INNOCENT, SMART, AND STRONG THAT GOD DECIDED THAT HE NEEDED YOU RIGHT AWAY ON HIS SIDE.
I HAVE THIS EMPTY HOLE IN MY HEART THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FILLED WITH MY JOYFUL LOVE FOR YOU. NOW THIS PLACE CONSISTS OF PURE SADNESS ANS LONGING FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU MY LITTLE MIRACLE. IT WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU. YOU WERE PERFECTION. I LISTEN TO YOUR STRONG VOICE EVERY DAY, AND I AM JUST NUMB, KNOWING THAT YOU ARE GONE. I AM STILL IN DENIAL AND STILL HOPING THAT THIS WAS JUST A DREAM…..SO MUCH TO GRASP AND ACCEPT. I AM NOWHERE NEAR ACCEPTING STAGE. I LOVE YOU MY PERFECT LITTLE GRANDSON. YOUR EYES LOOKED SO SMART AND INSIGHTFUL…MAY BE YOU WERE TOO SMART TO STAY HERE WITH US….
Keri & Michael,
A day does not pass that your precious little Max, & the two of you, are not in my thoughts. I look at this angel and try to understand the extreme joy and extreme sadness that has enveloped his life and yours. As a mother and grandmother, I know the joy, but I think only another who has walked in your path, can fathom the heartbreak. You know me only as a voice on the phone, replying to your request for a bubble machine. But, thanks to you, I got to know Max. He matters to people you don’t even know exist. For such a tiny fellow, he has made a big mark in this world. With tears, I still can’t help but smile when I see his loving eyes. Know my thoughts are always with you, his wonderful grandparents, and all those who love him
Keri and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot begin to express the pain I know you feel but I know Max is up in Heaven smiling down at you. Please take heart and know that I am praying for you. God has so much more great things in store for your family.
Michael & Keri,
I am sorry I’m so late getting in touch with you about your loss.
Hopefully time will help you and your family. The next time
I’m in Conroe, I am planning to take Elizabeth to lunch,
and then we can visit Max’s grave together.
I’m so sorry for you loss. Lou
You, my sweet, little grandson, are always in my heart. You are part of my soul. Not a minute goes by, that I don’t think about you…
love you little Angel…..
Merry Christmax, my little buddy. I love and miss you. If you were here, we’d be cuddling in bed all day. Though I always wish you were here instead of gone, I’m glad you are safe and happy in heaven… I hope you are partying with all your little angel friends. All my love, forever and ever. XOXO -Mommy-
Nothing has changed….love You as much now as I did a year ago….
To my nephew, Max, I just wanted to send you a shout out so you always remember the greatness that you brought to everyone’s lives!! I love being your aunt and talking to you everyday. I miss you more than you can imagine but I am happy and know that we will meet again, and have plenty of time to play together. Love you very much!
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