One day Anni was twirling and singing one of her original compositions.
"It's my gift!" she declared.
Dizzy, she fell with spectacular gracelessness.
Laying on her back on the tile floor she began flapping her arms and legs
as if she were making a snow angel.
"Falling down is also a gift!" says she.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

voice on the computer

Since I was missing little Anni's voice, I decided to plow through my archives hunting for the movies and audio clips I have posted of Annika over the years, just for the fun of hearing her again. I've posted the ones I found on the side bar. Actually, I've a lot more movies that have been posted at one time or another, but I didn't learn to compress the movies sufficiently until this year. So I won't post some of the bigger ones, since I've got them stored in some free space that the university allowed me to use and I don't want to eat up their bandwidth. And, while going through my archives, I remembered that today is Jayli's birthday. Happy Birthday, sweet girl. It's amazing the ones that you don't forget, even when they are gone so quickly. Years later, I still meet new people here at the hospital who remember her so well, whose eyes still tear when reminded of her, who still can tell the story of the first time they met her.


Anonymous Sheryl, Justice's mom said...

What a sweet little voice. Praying you hear it again soon. Praying for you all. And Andrea and Tony today too. Jayli was a special one for sure....

12/28/2005 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Lisa and Aiden said...

I second everything Sheryl just said. Praying that this nightmare is over soon, and you can hear her laughter and sweet words soon. God bless you and your family.

And yes a tear will always stream down my face as I think of Jayli. A special child indeed. Happy Birthday Angel, watch out for Anni she needs to get well.

12/28/2005 4:08 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

That Anni is too sweet. I loved seeing her on the Ralph video too. She is a strong and amazing girl. Happy Birthday to Jayli too.

12/28/2005 5:20 PM  
Blogger Yankee T said...

Aw, Moreena, thank you for everything you do to keep us all in touch. Can't wait for the day when you hear that sweet little angel voice for real.

12/28/2005 5:27 PM  
Blogger liz said...

What everyone else already said.

12/28/2005 6:28 PM  
Blogger Elle said...

I love watching the girls together. They are just so amazing and precious. I can't wait for you to be able to hear your baby's voice again. God Bless.

12/28/2005 6:45 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Still here, still reading. Hoping you can hear Anni's voice soon.

12/29/2005 5:48 AM  
Anonymous Kim F., mom to Sami and Kyle said...

My thoughts and prayers continue for Annika. I hope you get to hear her beautiful voice soon!

12/29/2005 6:59 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Keeping you all in our thoughts through this, and praying you hear that sweet little voice soon too.

-crystal and tigerlily

12/29/2005 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Mary Owen. We met you this summer at the Liver Foundation picnic in Chicago. We are all so sorry for what Anni is going thru, as well as the rest of the family. You are in good hands at Children's and I pray for Anni's recovery.
I pray for your peace!
Mary Owen
Mother of Danny - BA 5yrs old

12/29/2005 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Becca - momofnataliebear said...

Thanks Moreena for posting these. Thanks, also, for checking in on Natalie. It means so much, with all that you have going on.

I hope you get to hear Anni very very soon. And, as usual, you have inspired me, I have been meaning to record Natalie's voice on our computer...

12/29/2005 1:05 PM  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Moreena, it was wondeful to speak with you today. I hope we can talk again soon. I am glad you are getting lots of time in with the girls.

12/29/2005 10:26 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

Just dropped in to see if there was any news...Having listened to Anni, your situation is even more real and the prayers continue. Much love.

12/30/2005 6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Checking in to say our thoughts are with you guys.

xo Catherine

12/30/2005 7:47 AM  
Anonymous shelley, mom to Caroline (Tx 3/01) said...

Moreena- Thank you for posting Annika's songs; she is too sweet. We lit a candle and said a prayer for all of you at church last night. We hope today was a better day! Many prayers coming to you from Virginia...

12/30/2005 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Amy...Carly's Mom said...

thinking of you today, Moreena. hugs to you, Annika. Wishing for "feel better days" ahead for you real soon.

12/30/2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Thinking of Anni every day and praying along with everyone else that you hear her sweet voice soon.

12/30/2005 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Kari said...

Moreena, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for remembering Jayli on her birthday. With all you are going through, it means a lot to me. I'm praying for Annika and the rest of your family. Hope you are all home soon.
Birthday Angel Jayli's gram

12/31/2005 9:04 PM  
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