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October 31, 2008



WOOHOO continued recovery! Happy Halloween indeed! And no falls at any time in the foreseeable future.


What a delightful Fiona and Flower blossom. Wishing you the happiest Halloween ever. We had caramel dipped apples. We hope this time will pass uneventful, and soon you can return to Normal. In every way. Love, Bobby and Sharon


Wow. This blog is absolutely wonderful! I truly love it. It's inspiring, it truly is. Your little girl is beautiful inside and out, i know you already know this, it's so true. She's a special, beautiful little creature who will live life in a way sure to bring smiles to everyone, no matter the times. God loves her and now so do I. Woo!

Just thought i would leave a comment telling you how much i loves ur blog! Happy Halloween! Love the costumes.

Ciao! (thought i'd toss in some Italian. Ravioli!)


Your girls are looking fabulous. Annika's eyes are so bright - it's great to see that sparkle there. Happy Halloween.


THE KOHL'S HOUSE!!! ANNI YOU ROCK! WHOHOOOOOOOOOO! I'm so happy to hear that she got to go trick-or-treating, too! I'm so thrilled for you guys. Frankie is a beautiful flower and we absolutely loved Annika as Princess Fiona. Go, new liver, GO!

Awesome Mom

Dang they are really going gangbusters with the anitcoagulants. Evan was only on one of those medications at a time. I am glad that she was able to get out of the hospital and have some fun.


Out of the hospital! Hooray!

NOT falling down is also a gift. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but it'll do in a pinch. ;)

kathy a.

hooray! out of the hospital!! trick or treating!!

annika and frankie are both adorable! no falls, no falls, no falls....



What fun! (without falling, definitely)


YAY for Kohl's house!

And for beautiful Halloween costumes...though I must admit Princess Fiona is somewhat new to me, but certainly stunning enough to explain why she was chosen...

Cross fingers and best wishes for very, very uneventful weeks in the Kohl's house (great liver work, no falls and no bleeding or clotting issues wheresoever) - and, second row, some wishes for not too much boredom for Anni.

I'll follow Bobby in wishing for Normal, soon! (great wording...)


So happy to hear that she's out and about!


Two cute nieces!!! I love the way Rayna's pick of necklace worked out with the whole Fiona look!

SO COOL that Anni was able to "do" Halloween!!! And, I bet Frankie had Halloween fun with Grandma and Grandpa, too.



Hooray! Glad you've moved up and out and that trick-or-treating was enjoyed by both of your lovely ladies!


I am so excited to hear that Annika is out of the hospital! It looks like a great time was had by all on Halloween- super cute costumes!

I never noticed how blue Annika's eyes are- the Fiona wig really makes them stand out!

Will Frankie be able to visit you now that you are at the Kohl's house and not the hospital?


I love the costumes! I hope they both had a wonderful Halloween :)


Annika looks amazing, beautiful. Her blue eyes are sparkling in these pictures. Frankie is a sweetie.

Jill Werda

I sure have enjoyed your most recent updates, it is much less stressful reading than many of your posts. You have experienced this from both the parent and the online supporter so you know how much we all care even if we are not intimate in your lives, I still feel like we are :-). The girls look beautiful and the Kohl's house bench is the perfect back drop for that picture!!! I know there is still a long ways to go but I am feeling so positive for all of you and I am breathing some real sighs of relief right now. It is so fun seeing the pictures of Frankie too, I just told Marek that she was the same age as him and that we met you when he was being transplanted- he thought that was cool (so do I!:-))


Happy Halloween!


Hi Moreena and family! I'm happy to hear you've made it to the Kohl's house. When i read that she is on coumidan - I thought of a presentation I recently saw here at children's hospital of Milwaukee about how they can do gene testing now to see how a person's body will absorb a particular drug - to see what the correct dosage for that specific person's dna is. The drug they always refer to when they're talking about it is warfarin/cumidon. sorry i am spelling it wrong. I know they're not doing it everywhere but if they're not doing it for Annika I would ask about it- I know it's a drug with complicated absorption rates - liek prograf and I'm sure being on both of them is tricky.
Kristen - Havalah's mom

Rev Dr Mom

What a cute little sunflower!

And how wonderful to see Anni out of the hospital. Hope your time at Kohl House goes smoothly and quickly.


Wow! Those costumes are beautiful. And hooray for being at Kohl's House!!!!!



The sunflower costume is adorable, glad Annika is out of the hospital!

Ever since my daughter and hubby surprised me with a gorgeous diamond necklace from www.idonowidont.com recently, I decided to throw my daughter a halloween party on Friday.

She was a cute princess and I was Marge Simpson & my hubby was Homer!


The photos are gorgeous..

Kathleen OConnell

Hi Annika - Mrs Siebert passed this on to me so I could read your updates. I will share with Mr Chaplin. We miss you at Parkside and especially in Physical Education ;) I am thinking of you and praying for an uncomplicated recovery for you. I loved seeing your pictures and your blue eyes are fantastic!
Mrs O'Connell
and Mr Chaplin too :)


They both look beautiful!!

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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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