9/52

"a portrait of my children's artwork, once a week, every week, in 2013."

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this week was unlike any other week. it's always that way though, right? nothing is ever the same. sometimes life seems routine, over and over. but then something happens and we quickly wake to the knowledge that nothing is ever as it was. moments simply evaporate.

the last shot i posted was one of those moments that now stands still in time. little did i know what would follow. when i came home days later, with the same blankets laying there, her animals, and notebook, it was an odd reminder.

i am not unfamiliar with hospitals. we have logged some hours there for one thing or another over the years. while they are not my favorite place by any means, there is a heightened awareness that comes from being there. it makes you acutely aware of how fragile life is, and in our case, how lucky we are.

tuesday morning, sienna had an appendectomy. she had a fever and terrible stomach ache so we took her to the ER. after many exams of her not tell-tale signs, an MRI and a CT, we found out that she had acute apendicitis. surgery was a few hours following. her appendix had ruptured slightly, but she came through well. we spent the remainder of the week in the hospital and are now home.

she is laughing again. my love.

i am so thankful. we are so lucky. this is really nothing. but to our little family, it was something. something that is now in our past and in some small way shapes our future. all moments do that, really. make us. every moment, every snapshot. it means something, and maybe we don't realize what until the moment has passed and we can get perspective to look back and look forward again.

s. a huge stack of cards from her classmates filled with love, well wishes and glitter.

o. a handmade card for sienna, with help from nana.

livingKarina Bania