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September 06, 2005


Yankee T

Oh, Moreena, I cannot imagine your horror. Another blogger dubbed me "Bloggy Queen of Generous Optimism" and I sit on my throne (no pun intended) and send my optimistic thoughts your way. Please take care of yourself; Annika is in great hands and you need the support. You're in my heart.

Phantom Scribbler

Oh, Moreena. Our hearts are in our throats for you and Annika and Joerg and Frankie. We'll be sending you every optimistic thought and prayer we can!


There is nothing to make you so vulnerable than caring for your daughter bedside at the hospital. Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way- stay strong.suzanne, www.specialneedsmom.com

Becca - momofnataliebear

I don't know what to say. I don't have any answers. We'll be there Thursday for clinic too, and I'd love to come and give you a HUGE hug!


I am so sorry to hear this. We will all say a prayer for Annika. I will check back often for updates. I too, can't wait to give you guys a big hug on Thursday. What is your room number?


We are in room 686, so you can call the main hospital number and ask for our room. Be prepared to talk to Annika, though, as she believes that she should get to talk to whoever calls!


Arg! Sadly, the world is big enough to hold all the sorrow requisite. Been away from blogs, but was given a heads up on your situation by Citrine. I'm sick to my stomach with worry for Annika, and you are in our thoughts and hearts. Big hugs from us! Hearts out to Frankie too!


I just got back from a long weekend away and only now have read what you're going through. I'm so sorry. I hope everything goes okay and that you all come through safe and sound.You are all in my heart.Hugs and kisses.

Bettie Bookish

Moreena~There's not much I can say here that everyone else hasn't already said. Prayers. Happy thoughts. Good wishes. Please know that we here in Florida are keeping all of you close to our thoughts all day long.


Just adding my continued prayers here with the rest. Know that there are many prayers going out for Anni. And for you, Frankie and Jorge. (((Moreena)))tina

Beanie Baby

I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and checking back often to see how things are going. I wish there was more I could do.


I have asked those I contact in Shelby's prayer group to pray for Annika and your family. You are in our constant thoughts and prayers.Shelby's Grandma Cori


Many prayers, especially prayers to guide the docs. You are in good hands in chicago.I am sorry you were hung up on. That was wrong.Stay on top of things...even in your weariness.Suemcg mom to moira


Hi. Tina told me about your blog as my son's liver and kidneys failed this summer due to a viral infection. Miraculously he has recovered, and for now we are just monitoring him....constantly. I can never know what you are going through. I had a mere glimpse into that world and it was terrifying. I also have a younger son that we sent away for the summer. You are an amazing family. Stay strong, and please know that we will be praying for Annika. God Bless you.


Oh, Moreena....sending you love and my prayers and anything else good I have.Love you!

Sheryl from CLASS

Oh, Moreena, I'm sorry the decisions are getting more urgent and complicated for Anni. You are all in our prayers. Your mention of Jayli brought a tear to my eye. That little girl touched my heart, as does yours. It continues to amaze me how similar circumstances have bonded our CLASS families. Thinking of you often and praying for more everyday miracles.


Moreena, I am so terribly sorry. No parent should ever have to go through this worry and pain. I add my prayers for Anni and your family.


Oh, poor Moreena. I'm so sorry. (o)Peripateticpolarbearhttp://theiceflue.typepad.com


Moreena. I am hugging you in my mind. This all took me by such surprise. Annika has been well as long as I've been reading you, and you always seem so upbeat and capable and positive, that it seemed to me that all the liver complications were in the past. I am so so sorry that they are not.If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I am not far from your home and would be happy to help with Frankie (I'd love to have her here! I could sent you daily update videos with two blond almost-potty-trained 23-month-olds.) My dad works very near Anni's hospital, and is a professional at visiting people in hospitals. (He's the very coolest type of minister/pastoral counselor.) Please let me know if I - or he - can help.You and Anni are very much in my prayers. And thoughts. And birthday wishes.

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Falling Down, November 2004

  • Balloon in hand, my 4-year-old
    twirled across the kitchen floor,
    singing nonsense words
    in her own key.
    "It's my gift!" she declared
    to the world at large, which
    was really only me,
    sitting at the table. Enough
    twirling, and she lost
    her balance, tumbling
    to the floor in a theatrical
    slapstick of elbows and knees.

    She lay on her back
    for a few seconds,
    at the textured ceiling
    with the mysterious
    spaghetti sauce stain.
    Suddenly she
    flapping her arms and legs
    there on the floor, as if to swish
    the imaginary snow
    into a snow angel.

    "Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

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