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.

Friday, May 18, 2007

As Promised... Some Photos...

I've been wanting to get some pictures out of our Mother's Day weekend. Hopefully you will be able to see how much fun we had!

This is Ellie with Shelby - her new friend from the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society who is running the New York Marathon in her honor. This was taken on Saturday, their first day of training. Ellie and John followed along on their scooter. (Sorry, I don't have pictures of that...)

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And here is what one month in the hospital will get you... gorgeous fingernails! Ellie's grew so long while she was down, and I didn't mind leaving them because without hair or pierced ears a girl's gotta have something to make her feel kind of feminine. My cousin Shasta has always had the most beautiful hands - even as a child - that I've ever seen, and I'm so pleased that Ellie seems to be taking after her!

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On Sunday we went to the Chelsea Marketplace - a market that John and Belinda stumbled upon some weeks ago. John wanted to take me back there, so we went for Sunday brunch. It was the neatest place! Everwhere you looked there was a striking mix of rough, raw materials and sleek industrial elements. The whole effect was beautiful. (Cece and Tricia... these pics are for you!)

You enter an unassuming doorway on the street into this:
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A water feature:
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Most of the floors were polished cement that at times broke away to old wooden floors. Occasionally you would come upon seats that were chunks of large stone that had been allowed to stay in their rough form and then polished to a high gloss.
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We ended up eating brunch at one of the little shops in the Marketplace. The food was wonderful - very gourmet - but I must say that I've never eaten in a place like that. It was actually a store. You literally had to pass racks of clothing and tables of housewares - dishes, throw pillows, etc. to get into the seating area. It was like eating right in the middle of an upscale boutique, and even though the effect was supposed to be very chic, I had to stifle the impulse to laugh. You can see in this picture how just beyond our table is a table of houswares and beyond that a clothing rack. Like any self-respecting female I had to do a little browsing through the clothing after brunch. One pretty little dress caught my eye... it was a mere $700. You'd better believe that I double checked my hands for any traces of lunch before I even touched another item!

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From there we went to the aquarium. Ellie and John had been there before and they wanted to show me some of the highlights.

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Then while we were on Coney Island, Ellie had to put her feet in the ocean. I manned the stroller up on the boardwalk while they took off down the beach.

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And then on to some rides. John and Ellie had a blast on the spinning rides. I did manage to take her on the teacups. Then they got me on the farris wheel. Under normal circumstances I can steel myself and get through it (I'm afraid of heights) but this was no ordinary farris wheel. It had an inner circle of cars that zip along a track. I found out the hard way that panic and nausea are a very bad combination. I had to close my eyes and pray for the end. I have never ever come so close to throwing up on a ride. Ellie and John laughed and talked through the whole thing. We don't have pictures of that ride. I do not want proof that it ever happend.

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And finally, we ended the evening with hotdogs at the famous Nathan's. The one on Coney Island is the origional Nathan's. Of course that made it so much cooler! :-)

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We made it home late that night after an everlastingly long subway ride, tired but oh so happy.


At 5:10 PM, Blogger Jeff Roberts said...

How nice for her to just enjoy being a kid right now!

At 4:51 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

What a great day! How nice for Ellie AND Ellie's mom and dad to do so many fun things. That qualifies as a sparkling good day. Her hands look so elegant - love that pink polish. Please tell Ellie that we'll have pictures up soon so she can pick which goat to have named in her honor. Glad you are keeping written and picture "diary" and giving your prayer supporters a glimpse of your beautiful family.

At 7:55 AM, Blogger tricia said...

Love the pictures, thanks! I'm so happy that you are all able to get out and have fun. Love you!
Oh, I keep having to tell everybody those really are Ellies nails. They all think she had her nails "done" :) So pretty.

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the pics!!!!! Ellie has beautiful, long, delicate gorgeous hands!!!! Your time 'out' in the city looked like fun and Ellie looks so happy! So excited for her that there is a girl her age to hang out with...am praying for you all.... les

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Edith (Mema t) said...

Excellent day - it looks to have been a day full of memories. have found heart memeories are so precious because you can pull them out whenever you need to. Ellie looks really good and happy in these pictures. I love her hands and nails. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Praying in SC

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Shoolady said...

Awesome pictures! What a fun time it looks like you had! And I am sure a Mother's Day you will NEVER forget!

I LOVE the picture of Ellie and John running on the beach. God is an awesome God to give you moments such as these!

You are always in my thoughts and prayers!

God Bless

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the pics! Thanks for sharing, Sarha... felt like I was back in Chelsea Market Place with you guys! Miss ya, Love ya, Neal and I are praying always! Aunt B

At 7:47 PM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Thanks for sharing the fun.


At 5:12 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Miss Ellie can look over the three candidates for her "naming" at my blog (what an endeavor - bless you for the beauty and length of your posts - that is work!). We told the goat kids they were about to get an honor! Bless you this Lord's Day!

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! Yes, she does have lovely hands! I'd actually contiously noticed it before; they are so delicate! It looks like you all had a perfectly lovely time, and we are so very glad! God bless you all,

At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the pictures. it looks like you guys had lots of fun. i havent been to coney island in years. arent nathans hot dogs good!!! always in our prayers. love simons family

At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellie is so strong. God has made her a beautiful young girl.

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

This looks like a fabulous time, thanks so much for sharing with us!


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