We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Ellie is feeling the effects of the chemo. It's causing quite a bit of pain in the abdomen. She has eaten very little today. Although her bowels are not quite right, she is not having diarrhea now. Also, there is good news in that the tests done as a result of her diarrhea yesterday showed that nothing else is going on.

Consider the words of this song:

"Sometimes He calms the storm, tells the winds to 'Peace, be still'. He can settle any sea, but that doesn't mean He will. Sometimes He holds us close, and lets the wind and waves go wild. Sometimes He calms the storm, other times He calms His child."

He is sustaining Ellie.

Please pray:

1.) That Ellie's pain will ease away, and for her healing.

2.) For strength for John, Sarah, Ethan, and other family as the long haul is wearying.


At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Harold and Sunshine said...

This is the first picture I have seen of Ellie in quite a few years. She is beautiful!! We try to read the blogs everyday; thank you for your effort that goes into them. We are praying for her. Thanks be to God that He is carrying you all during this painful but hopeful time. You said it so well when you stated that "with God, 50% (chance of recovery) is good." Focus on the positive because God is good all the time! We love you all and wish dearly that we were there with you. Stay strong and laugh often!!

At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Parente and Simons families send their love and prayer support to the entire Skees family. Thank you for posting the beautiful pictures of Ellie and for sharing all this important information, as it helps our intercessory prayers be more specific. Ellie, you are a blessing to your family, friends and all the brothers and sisters in Christ who love you in Him - always. John and Sarah - fear not, Jesus is Lord and Ellie is His.
Lori, Tony, Tonino, Dawn, Jaime, Justin, Sara, Aaron, Hannah

At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear John, Sarah, Nancy and family,

Thanks, Nancy, for letting us know about this blog site. I have read every word as of a few minutes ago. Ellie has been in our minds and on our hearts for prayer every day since we heard of her illness. God's grace is able and will carry you through each of these days...as Wendy reminds us often, "today...one day at a time." We continue to claim for you the promise "as your day, so shall your strentgth be." We have found Annie Johnson Flint's song to be so true, "He giveth more grace...and giveth, and giveth, and giveth again." Our love, Keith and Wilma Forster

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello John, Sarah, Ethan & Ellie,

We have been praying with you all for many days. The teachers at Colegio Binimea in Mexico remember you daily in our devotional time. Others in NTM-Mexico are praying too.

So is our son Teddy, who shares a birthday with Ellie. We will pray!

Walt, Jeanie and Teddy Barbier

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Rachel Bates said...

Hey you guys...just want you all to know I have been praying steadily for Ellie and you all since Celena informed me a couple weeks ago and will continue to do so. Thank you for posting updates and giving greater understanding of Ellie's situation, your hearts and prayer requests. Although I have glimses through the eyes of other friends who have been in similar situations, I ultimately cannot even begin to imagine what this process is like for you all, but I know our great Savior who does and trusts that He "helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26,27)." He is a Rock, a Refuge, a Strongtower and He is faithful....with blessings and love!...Rachel Bates

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Eric Jackson said...

It's so hard to see Jesus through the pain, suffering. But He's there. He never leaves. And He still loves you...

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sarah,

Del Coupland informed my family of Ellie. Such a beautiful girl and our hearts go out to you during these trying times. We are praying for you and the family.

Melody Oliver Deaton

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep the updates coming. :) I've compiled them in a folder for those who don't have time to look it up, or remember to do so when they do. I want as many believers praying as possible. We love you all and will continue to uphold you.
Jeanie Barbier


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