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.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Snowglobe Surprise!

Yesterday we went to Michael and Kathy's (John's uncle and aunt) for a visit, and ended up staying over night and all day today. We had a great visit, and it was like a mini-vacation for me. I was able to read, watch TV, and enjoy my computer (after Michael fixed it for me...it had been doing some strange things lately). I even got the creative outlet I had been needing - I was able to rearrange Kathy's living room. In case you are wondering, no I do not randomly go around rearranging people's furniture (that would just be rude)...I had been helping Kathy with this before Ellie got sick, so it was a continuation of a former project fo me. (O.k, I guess I'm kind of lying...if you're reading this, then in all likelihood I have rearranged your furniture before...maybe more than once...maybe even long distance with pictures or over the phone...drawn diagrams on napkins in restaurants...or perhaps talked about it but never gotten to it - yep, that just about covers all of you except the ones I haven't met. How rude!) Sorry, back from that rabbit trail. Ellie had fun too - yes, I do remember that I have a daughter. She had a blast - she watched TV, sat in front of their new and beautiful fireplace, watched families of racoons come up on the back porch to eat the cat food, played on the computer and got some special attention from Michael and Kathy. John was working both days, but he stayed the night with us.

Tonight when we arrived home, there was a gigantic inflatable snow globe in our yard waiting for Ellie from Jenn & Jim and family, Mom and Gary, and Grandma Jean and Grandpa Jim! I woke Ellie up just before we pulled into the driveway and she was shocked. When she finally got her bearings, Ellie jumped out of the car and ran across the yard. I did get some video, but I'm having some technical difficulties with putting it on the blog, but I do have a picture of when they set it up.
[Thanks guys for doing such a special thing for Ellie - she was so excited! She has been admiring other people's Christmas decorations, especially the snow globes. Thank you, Jenn for coming up with such a wonderful idea. I'll try to get a good picture on tomorrow of Ellie in front of it in case I can't get the video to work.]

Left to right: Mady, Jenn holding Libby, our newest niece, Emma (who just arrived from China!) held by Mom

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Tomorrow Ellie has a clinic appointment to check her blood levels. I think everything is dropping, particularly her hemiglobin. It will be good to find out if she needs any transfusions before Christmas. We also plan to bring Ethan home tomorrow...I just need to unearth his bed. We miss the little guy, and I know that he's puzzled and disturbed because of all the upheaval. He's happy and doing well for the most part, but he sometimes has dreams and thoughts that he's never going to come home again. He also dreamed one night that I left him in a building. I know, it's so sad. As soon as he's home again, he should see that we are still the same famly that we've always been. Poor little guy. He sometimes says "Mommy (or Daddy) tell Papi and Bubbie 'thanks for taking care of my little buddy'." We obligingly (and gladly) thank them and for some reason that just tickles his little heart.

Oh, I also wanted to let you know that if you post comments, you may want to check back on them because I do try to reply to them, particularly if you ask questions. Also, if you sent in a comment but haven't seen it posted, or I never answered your questions, please re-post your comment. I know that I have lost at least one...I accidentally deleted it before it posted...anyway please don't hesitate to try again. I'm so sorry if I've missed any. I do enjoy hearing from you, you are all so encouraging and it always blesses my heart to know so many people are out there loving us and praying for us. Thanks so much!


At 2:47 PM, Blogger AECC said...

Macon and Katie Hare told us about your family and your precious Ellie! We have been praying in our church and in our family since we heard about her. Your blog is a blessing in that it reminds us of how to be specific in our prayers, and gives us opportunity to be encouraged and blessed by your faith, and yes, by your doubts and fears, too. We pray that you and your family are somehow lifted up by the knowledge that God's people are praying for you and that you do not walk alone! God is good! Merry Christmas. From Elaine Carr, Demopolis, Alabama

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Elaine: Thanks so much! That is such an encouragement to me. We appreciate your prayers so very much.

At 2:37 AM, Anonymous TechnoMissionary said...

Andy C. here ... woke up at 3am to take out my contacts here in Iowa (Kristi and I and the kids are here to visit her family for Christmas), and saw that Kristi had been reading Ellie's blog before going to bed.

What an encouragement to see how you guys are staying positive and trusting God so incredibly in the midst of everything.

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I edited the size of the photo on this entry. With is being as big as it was, the photo was pushing the smaller right-side profile photo and menu to the bottom of the page. So adding 'width="400"' to the '<img ...' tag got the job done.

Bless you guys ...and Merry Christmas! I pray that you all sleep well tonight and experience a new level of health and healing tomorrow. Great and mighty (and tender and loving) is the God who is watching over you!


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