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January 18, 2006



I'm so happy for Annika! Have a wonderful weekend with your family all together as it should be.


Awesome news! Do have her put up the tree and have a blow-out! I'm grinning reading this. Thanks again for the update.


Yahoo!!!! Merry Christmas again!!

Yankee T

How wonderful! Hurray! And yes, as Scrivener said, thanks for keeping us informed. Enjoy the vacation!


Yay! And the go-gos to boot. Thanks, Moreena. May Annika thrill to her freedom.xo Catherine


I have so many goosebumps! I am just so excited for you and Annika...and your family as well. Who knew a bath and silky pj's could be SOOOOOO fun! Have a wonderful Christmas party!!!!jill


FABULOUS NEWS! So thrilled for you. Have a fantastic time...with lots of love, hugs, cuddles, more hugs...


Praise GOD!!! I am so happy!!Enjoy your vacation and your Christmas!!! Please let us know how it goes! Have an awesome weekend!!!

Shelley (Caroline's Mom)

Woohoo! Hooray for you all! I remember when we had our "weekend pass" after C's transplant... it really helped us recharge and replenish. Best wishes for a wonderful 'Christmas'! We'll pray for a little snow in Chicago this weekend to make it even more magical!

Toni Donnelly

We are a CMH liver family too. Ronan (my son) was transplanted there this past September, he was 7 mos old at the time. When I got the opportunity to take him for walks around 6 West, we always went to the big window by the parent shower. It seemed very peaceful to view the city at such a distance. I've been watching Annika's progress and I am so relieved she is doing better. Take care and I hope she continues her progress.


Yeah, Annika! Enjoy your vacation, guys. And Merry Christmas. :)


Merry Christmas Anni! What a wonderful belated gift. I hope your party is a good one! What a tough little girl! Enjoy your vacation, your family needs it the most right now!


Wonderful wonderful news. You must all be so excited for the break. Frankie is going to pee her pants with excitement, I suspect.


This is wonderful news. Merry Christmas, Anni.Mary, Ayden's grandma


Such wonderful news!!I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas weekend!

Rev Dr Mom

That is just the best news! I have happy tears in my eyes. And I hope you have a super dooper blow out Merry-Christmas-in-January weekend.

Cheryl and Angel Haley

Moreena,I am so glad Annika may get out this weekend and celebrate a belated Christmas.You all have been through so much..you deserve a break!Love and Hugs,


Well Merry Christmas to you all! What a fabulous gift of togetherness and joy.I am thrilled for you and Anni--and all of your friends and family :)


Oh hurray for vacations!! Enjoy!!!

Mary Lee

Fabulous news! Great idea to have Christmas at the Kohl house; you won't have to deal with all the decorating and undecorating when you finally go home!Merry Christmas, Annika.


I'm so happy to hear this - how exciting. I hope your family has a fantastic weekend together - and a merry christmas. :)

Phantom Scribbler

I'm totally singing along. I'm not even embarrassed to admit it.Wishing you a wonderful vacation and celebration with Annika and the whole family together at the Kohl's House. I'm so, so happy to hear about it.


Moreena, I am soooo happy for ALL of you. Yea Annika, I just know she must feel so awesome in her new pj's and all dolled up. Have a great weekend with everyone together. Merry Belated Christmas!!!Hugs,colleen (spencers gramma)


MERRY CHRISTMAS ANNI!!! How WONDERFUL for all of you! I'm thinking pix of our little trouper in her silky jammies in front of the Christmas tree are in order if possible. WONDERFUL news!!! ENJOY!



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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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