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.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Photos...at long last...

Over the weekend we had a wonderful day at the family's campground a couple of hours from home. The highlight for Ellie was getting to ride on the four wheeler with Uncle Dick!

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John's cousin Nick and his wife, Celena came to Montana for the week to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. We have had a fun time catching up and spending time together. We all went to Glacier National Park and took a hike up to a gorgeous spot where we could see a lake nestled in amongst the surrounding mountains... just beautiful!

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We took a jogging stroller along and Nick pushed Ellie most of the way up and all of the way down the trail. She would get out and run around a bit, but it was nice to be able to shield her from the sun and keep her from expending too much energy.

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And what's an adventure without wildlife?

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And just to prove that I was actually there... (this picture was taken for John - Ellie's telling him "I love you" with both hands)

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After we walked back down the mountain, we drove down to the exact spot where Nick and Celena were married a year ago. John, Ellie, and Ethan were all in the wedding. It was just before Ellie was diagnosed and she had been suffering with back pain on our whole trip. We had yet to discover why. This is the exact spot where they were married. You can barely see Ellie in this picture, but she is squatting at the side of the lake, playing in the water. Needless to say, she felt MUCH better on this visit to the lake!

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I hope that you have enjoyed the overview of our activities of late. Yes, I did enjoy my time in the fresh air, but I came away with a nasty sunburn. I am slowly, but surely making my peace with nature...

Love you all!


At 5:18 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Thank you thank you - those pictures are wonderful! What a good family you have - making sure Ellie is included in things that might be taxing for her system. Love the picture of Mom and funny kid - you hold a special place in our prayers. Bless you! p.s. - tell Ellie the girl that Ellie the goat is growing so fast I'll post a new picture on my blog soon.

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Gerry said...

It's so nice to see you enjoying the beautiful scenery! Ellie - you look wonderful-soooo cute! I check everyday to get updates so it was exciting to see these great pictures and hear about what you are doing. I continue to pray for all of you.
Gerry (the lady from American Girl Place!)

At 7:02 AM, Blogger Mrs said...

Simply beautiful! It certainly answers the "why Montana" question . . .

Praying for continued health, rest, and restoration. Praying your family will be together soon.

JoAnna in FL

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey great to see the pictures and the growing hair!
Thanks for taking the time to share with us how you are doing, we kind of assumed no news is good news and kept praying.
The kids are back in school and all the "old-timers" still miss you at Lake Monroe.
We love you guys.
Lori Z

At 9:13 AM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Hi Sarah,

Very glad you had a rest from the blog and a taste of normal life.


At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Glacier beautiful?! We were there about a month ago, except it wasn't quite as clear for us because of smoke from fires, but it was still gorgeous. We really loved the hike to Hidden Lake and I think those might just be the same mountain goats we saw :-).

I'm glad that things are going well for you out there. You all continue to be in our prayers.

Beth Anne Liebert

At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah, thank you so much for the pictures....they are gorgeous!! I was glad to hear there were no bee stings on this outing :) Our family continues to pray every day for Miss Ellie who looks awesome.... We will also pray for peace and comfort until the whole family is reunited...

The Haviland's

At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Kristina said...

Hi! We are so grateful for these pictures as we have not stopped praying for you. I was praying that we had not heard much because there were a lot of improvements these days with Ellie's health and that you were hopefully all getting some rest. Every time Alexa prays she prays that God will make your hair keep growing, Ellie. Your hair is beautiful!!! :)We love nature and hiking so are very happy for you with all of these incredible evidences of God's love surrounding you.
Have a good night and thank you again for sharing your lives with us! We are praising God for every improvement!
-Kristina and Alexa

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Dar said...

Sarah, when I read the phrase, "We all went to Glacier National Park and took a hike up to a gorgeous spot" I was surprised that it seemed as natural as when you would say, "we all went shopping"!
Could it be true? My friend the "city girl" has a love for nature?
Glad things are going well. I love you and miss you. Give my love to Ellie, La & the rest of the gang.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

Fabulous pictures! Thanks! It is such a joy to see Ellie enjoying life! I never thought fuzzy hair would be so beautiful. :) You are in my prayers. :)

In Christ,

At 12:50 PM, Anonymous kristen miller said...

i LOVE that picture of you and Elle-belle for Johnny. Thanks for all the beautiful photos and you two look gorgeous! Love you all so much!

At 6:22 AM, Blogger Becky K. said...

I was thinking about your pictures and the beauty that we were in last week here in PA while I wrote my post this morning. I just adore our Creator God and His Majestic Power is displayed in the beauty of His creation. Thank you for posting these pictures.
It is good to see Ellie look so happy. I am praying that soon your family can all be together again. It has to be sooooo hard.
You have a new friend in Lancaster County, PA!


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