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December 19, 2005


Robyn, mom to Emma

How come you can write almost every post so that it makes me laugh and cry at the same time?Thankful prayers that Annika had no hidden surprises for the doctors.And more thankful prayers for husbands who bring coffee.

Christi Thompson

moreena,I have been waiting all day for your post..i find myself wraped up in your stories,my son caden has BA. he has yet to be transplanted.I have prayed all day for your little annie. My heart just hurts for you and your family,I guess I sit here crying thinking..what if that was my Caden..I do sit here crying now thinking of you and your little frankie..I have 2 other children also and it's so hard when your heart wants to be in two places at once.Caden has spent many many days in the hospital this past year and even though he was never critical..I know how long those days can be..prayers for your sweet little one..Christi & Caden (cth_1976)your class friends


I'm so glad to hear good news about Anni. Phew. Perhaps all the bloggers can come to you and we'll throw a makeup Christmas, complete with Santa.I hope these next few days pass very very quickly and Annika is extubated and healing faster than you can imagine.


moreena, I think that you should consider writting a book while you are stuck in our tiny PICU room. You are a very gifted writter and your "rockette" comment at 3 am forced me to crack a smile trying to remind Anni to "try not to wiggle." I am very pleased with the good news of your day and am looking forward to sharing a new playlist I made for later this week. Take care and see you tomorrow. Your nurse, Genny

Phantom Scribbler

Genny is right. You are an extraordinarily gifted writer, Moreena. Thank you for allowing us to trail behind you on these journeys down hospital hallways with you.

Tammy, mom to Janna

So glad for the good news on Annika's progress....one day at a time. I hope you have found a lot of "tunes" to listen to from everyone.


Moreena, you are the absolute best. You're living in a layer of hell that most of us have never and will never visit and yet you continue to entertain all of us with your wit and comedic timing. I feel guilty for laughing!


I always come too late to say something original, everyone else has said it so well.I'm up for a make-up Christmas when you are all home again.

Rev Dr Mom

What everyone else said...you are an incredible writer, and an incredible mom. And I hope when Anni is all better, you get a very long vacation someplace quiet and peaceful.Hoping the news continues to be good.

Mary M - LiverMom to Kaitlyn age 10 - tx 9/05

I am so glad to hear things went well this am. My prayers continue to be with Annika and your family. Many blessings to you all. And yes, I must agree with the others you are a very talented writer

Mary Lee

Life going on for others really hit home for me. We have been home from our long five months in and out (mostly in) the hospital for about a month now. I try each and every day to realize that we are the others for whom life is going on. You will be soon, too.Re your excellent writing skills, I have just assumed that is what you teach at the university.


How good to read good news...and what everyone else said about your writing and the gift it is to be with you, in a fashion, through all this. And Jorg (sorry, don't know how to make an umlaut in the comment box) has a nice sense of humor under pressure, too.


Moreena,I am so happy to read good news- keep up the good work, Annika!!!I definitely understand the crying at Santa, and what a great husband to bring coffee and offer to beat up the red-suited guy in the same day!@ :-)-crystal


Hi MoreenaGlad to hear nothing new reared it's ugly head in the OR today and you are starting to slowly move forward. The days and nights must be extremely long for you however but there is nothing else to do being the loving mum you are. I sent a parcel today, I hope the post at this time of year doesn't hold it up too long and that it might help in a tiny way. You had every right to cry today. I tried to avoid taking Jessie to see her friends perform in their preschool holiday sing because I knew I would get upset. She is not going to preschool until spring to avoid the horrible viruses that go around. But you know, who am I to keep her from that and she had a lovely time, I think. I would have prob cried even if she had been taking part because as we know every little thing is a miracle with our kids. It's not ideal I know but Christmas will wait for your Annika,


Relieved and happy that all news appears to be positive. You sound much more upbeat, too.I have to tell you that my husband, Chris wanted to let you know that Jorg is just his kind of guy. As I was reading this post aloud to him, and had just gotten to the part where Santa made you cry, Chris piped up with, "I'll kick his ass!" I could barely finish the rest because I was giggling over the protective similarities of our husbands. Jorg; however, is a bit less brash.I hope that tomorrow only shows more improvement. We're all thinking of you throughout the day and sending love and strength.

Kim - mom to Sami and Kyle

I am so happy to hear that the surgery went quickly and well on Monday! Yeah for some good news! Annika is a strong, brave little girl and her will, will prevail. Go Annika! I am keeping you in my daily prayers.


Oh I was going to say the same thing as Robyn! I don't know you but I love reading your posts! I am praying for Annika and hope that your christmas in February is an awesome one.


I'm with Robyn, almost every post brings smiles and tears. Big smiles this morning to hear the infection is responding and that the stitches held. Tears to think of you all delaying Christmas. But, Christas IS family and a February Christmas will be quite wonderful. I hold you all close to my heart and continue prayers for this long ordeal. I'll be so glad when *our* Anni is awake. So thankful her little body is healing - but somehow that does not surprise me at all.tina


Moreena, you will probably never realise how many people are hanging on your every post.We've been praying for Annika at Morning and Evening prayer at my church for a while now, and lots of people who don't actually come at those times stop me to ask how "That brave little girl with the amazing mum" is doing.Glad there were no fresh surprises in this installment...I'm sorry it sounds as if she'll be stuck with the ventilator till next week, but hope she'll not be too bothered by that (or you and Jorg either)My love and prayers for you all

Beanie Baby

Oh yay! I'm so happy that you had a good surgery. What a relief!


So happy to hear that it was a day of good news. I love your husband! Anyone willing to beat up Santa to make you feel better is a great partner.

angela marie

Those men of ours. They are perfect, aren't they?I'm so glad that Anni is doing a little better. Thank you for sharing this delicate part of your life with us. Yes, it makes those of us with healthy children more thankful, but it also connects us to 'strangers' in a bond that SHOULD be formed.


thanks for your update ...glad that Annika is now closed and apparently on a slow heal..thats good news! Patience for sure...wow, a couple more weeks of healing...that must seem like forever. Prayers for her healing...and your sanity!Second on that book writing comment.


Moreena, my family has a Santa costume that I can bring down when you guys have Christmas in February (or whenever it is). I can find a guy friend to play that part, too! I'd love to help you celebrate!


Am I the only one thinking that a Jorg vs. Santa cage match would make great pay-per-view?

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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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