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October 19, 2005



What a beautiful gift to Annika and Frankie, and what an amazing tribute to your amazing husband. Happy Birthday, Jorg. If I could wrap up a successful Rex Shunt and send it FedEx, I would.


Reading your story has brought many smiles and a few tears to my face. How wonderful for the girls to have this to read. You have such a gift for writing Moreena.I am so looking toward the day when Annika's surgery is over (and successful!) and you do not have it looming over you. You remain in my prayers.tina


Holy cow. How beautiful.


Weeping. Again.What a beautiful story.


Good love story. I might have to do the same for my "special lady friend".


Wow. What a beautiful post.

Becca, Jason and Natalie Ketter

Amazing and beautiful writing as always. And as always I am left crying at my desk. We are thinking and praying for you all the time. There is so much more, my friend, that I want to say to you about Annika or the Rex Shunt procedure, but I don't quite know what to say or how to make it easier on you. Or even if there is something I should say...oh Moreena my prayers are with you.

angela marie

I haven't been around to read much, and this post makes me sorry. It was beautiful. You know, it's funny. My husband and I were married May 11, 1991. We spent a weekend away at a hotel for our fifth anniversary...which also fell on a Saturday. We saw a bride and groom at that hotel beginning their married life on May 11, 1996 and I prayed silently for them to be as happy and content with their choice as I was. Maybe it was you... :)


That was awesome Morreena! You have to type that up and give it to Annika and Frankie when they are older.


Moreena, that was beautiful. I am in tears over such a beautiful, challenging, and fulfilling marriage and family you share. I only pray that Matt and I can love each other so deeply. Thanks!

Beanie Baby

This is a beautiful post, Moreena.


Love is in the air today--discussed in our home as well, but not nearly as eloquently as the beauty you have shared.You are an amazing couple. Happy Birthday, Jorg!And you are an incredible family.Moreena, you say it all in the best way. Thank you for sharing this!

Yankee T

Another two-hanky Moreena beauty.Lovely, really lovely


Oh, Moreena...you are such a beautiful woman.Sigh. I don't have the words to tell you how amazing you are.


Wow. You are very beautiful, and so is your story, and your family.


corndog - man, and I would tip that FedEx deliveryperson like you wouldn't believe!tina - thank you! drop me an email sometime, if you like, since you don't have a webpage link and say "hi"laurie and liz and jo(e) - thank you. just, thanks!mike - I'd love to read it. So much has happened in the years since I last saw you. It's funny to run across someone who knew me, but such a different me from so long ago. You must feel the same, no?becca - no, I suppose there isn't much to say. Some days I feel all dramatic, and some days I'm just going along and sticking her into time-out as usual. Then I say to myself, "What am I doing? Time-out? She's gone through so much and has more to go through and I'm putting her in time-out?" Well, you know. Or you will once Natalie moves into the incredibly mischievous child I just know she is going to be.angela marie - and I haven't been around rocks and garbage as much as I would like to. My computer time has just decreased so much. I did see you got yourself a partner, though. Anyway, you share my sister's exact wedding anniversary. May 11 must have been an incredibly good day to get married. Of course, it couldn't have been us because we had so many visitors in for the wedding that we stuck around town for several weeks after the wedding. But I, too, hope they have been happy together.Sarah - I plan to!Jenevieve - I hope the same for you, too.Andrea, YT, Miriam (welcome) - thank you all, too.R2K - OK, I'm headed over there now to check it out. I'm feeling quite sentimental and romantic at the moment.trisha - right back at you. Believe it.


Don't ever lose this entry. It's marvelous. Thanks for sharing. :)


Thanks for the reminder that the sum is indeed greater than the individual parts, and that the richness does indeed come from the hurts as well as the happinesses being carried together. All of it goes into the mix to make what we have today, which in the end, is all we really do have, just today.

Piece of Work

Oh, this is so inspiring and beautiful. Truly. Thank you! (Came via Trisha)


*sniff* I also came over from Trisha's blog. You're an amazing woman and a gifted writer. And you have great taste in music - NG's Other Voices, Other Rooms is one of my favorites too. I'm rather fond of Bruce as well.Birthday wishes to Jorg. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts.

Tara Marie

What a beautiful birthday tribute and gift to your daughters, and thank you for sharing this because it truly touched my heart and made me realize the magic of love. Being a Jersey girl myself, the titled caught my interest right away. Happy Birthday Jorg.


Hi Moreena! rganks for signing our guestbook and for thinking of us. Havalah's lft's have allready gone down a decent amount after one does of steroids so i am feeling pretty confident that we are out of imminent danger. i do wonder if she'll ever be able to successfully ween from prednisone though and I am concerned that all of these bouts of rejection adn cholangitus while mild could be permanently damaging her new liver and bile ducts. I am feeling good enough about things that i even went to work today, and havalah has been feeling fine, we have really spent most of the last two days in the halls and playroom. Anyhow if you want to call we are at children;s hospital in milwaukee 4th floor room 430. we will hopefully be leaving tommorrow but you know how that goes ... it could be tuesday or later too. All weekend we've mostly beem seeing residents, interns etc. tommorrow we will see her GI doctor and part of the surgery team from transplant. I hope Annika is doing well, I think about her all of the time. And I thoyught of you a couple of weeks ago, because i think Havalah is finally succeassfully weened! I haven't nursed her in a couple of weeks and she has pretty much stopped asking. It's a relief. good to hear from you! Kristen


Moreena, this was so beautiful and I hope it's ok if I steal the idea? My husband turns 35 tomorrow and I haven't gotten him anything more romantic than a memory stick.

Bettie Bookish

Moreena~Nevermind Jorg and your daughters, this post was a great gift to all of us. Happy birthday to everyone in the family.Annika's name is on our prayer list here at the church where I work. We're all in your corner.


A number of times since you posted your beautiful post, I've returned to look at that black and white picture of you and Jorg. It's not just that you're so gorgeous (you are) but something else, some way that your face is uncreased with worry, that seems like it must be some other lifetime. I have that same experiece looking at our own old photos. It's so moving to see--like a glimpse into another person's life.Love that Nanci Griffith album, but man, I haven't listened to it in ages.all my best wishes to you and your family.xo Catherine

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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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