"Now I Know I've Got A Heart Because It Is Breaking" The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Tin Man
"Life Is Not Measured By The Number Of Breaths We Take; But By The Moments That Take Our Breath Away" Author Unknown
"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt with the heart" Helen Keller
December 12, 2006: A little sweet angel was born...you blessed our lives with your presence
February 6, 2007: It was love at first sight on www.petfinder.com (we had to have you:)
February 10, 2007: We met you in D.C... we absolutely had to bring you home
February 11, 2007: Thank you for rescuing us... WELCOME HOME, MAX KNIGHT McCALL
February 14, 2007: We celebrated our FIRST Valentine's Day together as a FAMILY
SINCE THEN EACH & EVERY MINUTE OF EVERYDAY HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND A BLESSING.
November 1, 2010: Your head was shaking; daddy took you to the Doctor. You had a fractured molar.
November 3, 2010: Surgery to extract upper molar. Doctor called to let me know that your surgery was a success. We couldn't wait to pick you up and bring you home.
November 4 & 5, 2010: You are recovering and your mouth is healing but you are so shaky and wobbly. Daddy called me and said that you did the "shaking" thing again and that you threw up. Doctor said to discontinue your medications and we did but you weren't eating or doing anything.
November 6, 2010: Threw up agin; took you to the doctor. Monitored you all day on Saturday. You lay so still. I was so concerned. Daddy tried to walk you in the evening but your legs were just like
"jello" you just couldn't stand! We rushed you off to the ER. I was so scared of loosing you but for some crazy feeling, I just knew that you weren't coming home. You didn't!! Your collar and leash came home but you didn't!! The ER told us so many things... they said that your liver was failing; you suffered a series of epilepsies; your legs were paralyzed...you are coherent but your brain and body were not talking; they said that you would need CT scans, MRI's, Neurology consultation, surgery & physical therapy... it was TOO much for your little body. I couldn't do it. You were still a baby. I wanted to see you run and play. I didn't want you to become an experiment. I wanted you to go with dignity. We had to make the TOUGHEST decision... we right there by your side. You looked peaceful. It was beautiful but it was horrible. You passed in daddy's arms at 11:15pm. Our lives have changed... nothing is the same without you. I don't know how to be without you.
Max, I am so so sorry honey. Maybe you were trying to tell me something but mommy completely missed the signs. I hope you are happy boo boo. I am starting to believe that Jesus had a plan for taking you away from me. A good plan.
November 12, 2010: You are cremated and it's your mommy's birthday.
November 19, 2010: Daddy picked-up your URN and brought you home - where you belong!
Novemebr 20, 2010: Max Knight McCall's Memorial. Miss Grace read the Rainbow prayer. We held up candles and had a minute of silence. You are always all around us!!
November 25, 2010: HAPPY THANKSGIVING MY LOVE!! This was the first time in quite sometime that we decided to stay home. Daddy cooked a great dinner. Sammy & Daisy had quite a nice meal. They looked content and you were in the midst of all the action. I miss you and love you.
December 6, 2010: 1 long endless month without you. This has been the longest since I have ever been without you....
December 12, 2010: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAXY!! Your 4th Birthday. We will celebrate your life. We will always love and chrish you.
December 25, 2010: MERRY CHRISTMAS MAX!! Our very first Christmas without you. I felt you everywhere though. The girls had fun but Sammy got a little depressed to the end. I think she was missing you. We miss you so much :( You always seemed to have so much fun on Christmas Day.
Decemmber 31, 2010: New Year's Eve.... we celebrated together as a family. Sammy, Daisy, Your Urn, Daddy and I sat together as we brought in the New Year!!
January 1, 2011: HAPPY NEW YEAR MAXY!! Watch over us and bless us. You are my angel in disguise.
January 6, 2011: 2 months without you.... I miss you; I love you and I hope so much that you are well and happy. I hope that you are enjoying this cold weather and I hope that you have made many beautiful friends, eating lots and lots of yummy treats. I hope you think of me as I am constantly thinking of you.... I miss you my angel.
January 10, 2011: Thank you for all the wonderful dreams. I know you are watching over me. I feel your presence everywhere. Sammy is very lonely. She has this sad, longing look in her eyes. Please give her a sign Max. Please let her know that you are ok. Please come visit mommy anytime. I love you honey :)
February 4, 2011: I just wanted you to know that we have adopted a little boy. Originaly, he was named MAX but we changed it to Cooper Max McCall. He is so cute and adorable. He does these little things that remind us of you.... Help me open up my heart and love Cooper that way he deserves to be be loved. He is a very good boy.
February 10, 2011: 4 yrs ago today, we met you for the very first time.... it was truly love at first sight. I wanted you to be part of our live so so bad. I couldn't wait to bring you home. I love you so much and I miss you every second of every day. You are and always will be "MOMMY'S ANGEL"!
Our beautiful little boy Max:
From the moment we laid eyes on you, you captured our hearts and took our breath away.
Max, you taught us selflessness; love and patience. Our gorgeous little boy with so much love and excitement in your kind eyes. You brightened up our days and lives; you brought happiness into our world.
I miss you so much honey... We can feel your love and spirit all around us.
You are and always will be mommy & daddy's little angel.
Thank you for rescuing us and coming into our world. You made our family complete. Thank you for all the joys and experiences that you brought into our lives!
We have shared SO MANY "first's" together. I always wanted to protect you and keep you close to me. You birthday is next month and you would have been 4 years old. I am so sorry honey that your life was cut so short. Mommy and daddy just couldn't see you in pain. Having doctor's dig you and probe you is just not fair. For a moment, we wanted to be selfish just to have you around but that just would not have been a good quality of life for you. We wanted to see you run, play and wiggle your butt (I am sure that's what you are doing right now). I hope to God we did the right thing to let you go... It was by far THE MOST toughest decisions of our life!!
Our only comfort is believing that you are safe; happy and surrounded by wonderful friends and yummy treats. Mommy and daddy needs you to let us know that you are adjusting well and have found good buddies to play with.
You have left us with a lifetime of memories that we will cherish and keep you alive in our memory, heart and home forever.
"REASON, SEASON, LIFETIME"
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
Thank you for being a part of my life,
whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.
A poem by Brian Andrew "Drew" Chalker