This page is dedicated to a wonderful little
Michael Todd was born June 11,
When the doctors told me my new baby had Down
Syndrome, I felt like my whole world was
crashing down around me.
That feeling lasted briefly, as I held
Michael in my arms, I knew no matter what
happened in our lives he was our son and our
hearts belonged to Michael.
He reached each milestone slowly taking his
time. He walked when he was two and said his
first word "Daddy" when he was three.
He didn't hold a conversation with many
words but instead he held one with hugs and
Michael played T-Ball and attended church.
He helped at home with setting the table
and occasionally cleaning his room. Of
course I had to be in there helping him.
He enjoyed going to the movies, the beach,
and out to eat.
He loved to eat pizza, spaghetti, and soft
His favorite things were videos, dinosaurs,
books, animals and riding his 4-wheeler.
Michael had enough energy to put the
energizer rabbit to shame.
Playing outside was a passion as he loved to
run, jump, and climb.
At age six, he was excited to be a big
brother to his sister.
He shared in every aspect of the
I will always cherish the memory of Michael
pretending to have a baby in his tummy.
He lifted his shirt and poked out his
belly As I placed my hand on him, he moved
his belly and laughed.
When Danielle was born he was so proud and
wanted to hold her.
His dad could barely take the baby from
Michael. She was his baby, and he
kissed Danielle and patted her ever
We could see his love for her radiate from
his heart onto his face.
Michael gave love unconditionally without
expecting anything in return.
Michael loved life to its fullest. His last
week on earth Michael said, "Love You" to his
dad over the phone for the first time.
On Friday June 13, 1997, Michael drowned.
As our hearts shattered and our lives came
crashing down for real this time, so did the
hearts of the community and those who loved
and continue to love Michael.
We hold onto the memories of our son's laugh,
devious grin, countless hugs, strong kisses,
warm body, persistent personality, rambunctious
energy, and unbinding love.
Michael touched hundreds of lives and that is
We will forever miss and love him with all
our hearts and souls.