Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I need to break from my usual blogging for some sad news. I promise I will get back to my usual musings next time.

I have been following a blog for a few months now about a brave little boy who is battling neuroblastoma, a form of cancer. I am not even sure where I ran across it but as soon as I started reading I was hooked. This family is so strong, so courageous. They fought as hard as they could against the cancer that was taking their little boy, with smiles and grace and laughter.

Sadly, Max became an angel on Sunday. I woke up and went to check my blogs and was devastated by the news. He leaves behind loving parents, big sister Hannah, and little brother Nicky. He will always be 7 years old. I cannot even began to wonder how his mother, Melissa, is feeling. How she is coping with all that must be done, while being a mother to her two other children? I am praying for her and her family.

Why am I blogging about this? Well, for a few reasons. This blog continually reminded me how easy I have it. Ellie is throwing a fit? Thank God she has the energy for it. Ellie only wants to eat cookies and ice cream? Thank God she has an appetite. Ellie won't go to sleep at night? Thank God it is not pain that is keeping her awake, only stubborness. It also reminded me not to take any day for granted. You just never know what might happen.

So go hug your kids, remember how blessed you are, and enjoy each minute.

Here is the blog if you are interested. http://mikulak.blogspot.com/


Carol Beth said...

What a beautiful, wise post, Tia. I can't go to the other blog; just not up for a sob-fest. Your post honored the little boy and his family and reminds me not to take things so seriously. Thanks!

(And thanks for re-sending me your blog link!)

Mommy Vern said...

First time reader here. Thank you for sharing this, we all definitely need a jolt to remind us how good things are and I definitely need it today. And as Carol Beth stated you post has definitely honored the child and his family. Thank you again.

Molly said...

I hugged my kids a little tighter before bed tonight! I just don't know how I could go on!