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.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Quick Update

Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know that there isn't really any change to report. The medicine is doing it's job of keeping Ellie pretty comfortable. She doesn't have a lot of energy, but she is able to get through the day fairly well. We just try to keep things calm and interesting. So far she is eating and drinking well and we still have a lot of room to increase the drugs and/or change to new ones. The drugs we are using do a great job of pain relief without any sedation-type effects, so Ellie is very much herself. She is still able to get around pretty well, but limps a little because most of the pain is on her left side - leg, hip, shoulder - and we carry her up stairs. One huge blessing is that she is now sleeping well at night. I will let you know if there is a significant difference to the positive or negative. I will also try to get pictures out as soon as possible. We have been trying to get a record of everything these days.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments of encouragement! You have blessed our hearts in so many ways.


At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love you, Miss you and are praying for you. Vickie

At 1:02 AM, Blogger c.g. said...

Under His Wings

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

"... Hide me under the shadow of Your wings" Psalm 17:8

Continuing to pray for strength for each day and that each of those days precious memories are made.

our love to you all.

At 5:19 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Thank you so much for the update - how wonderful that the medications are working well for Ellie and of course wonderful for you that her pain is eased. Continuing to pray for all of you - 1 Thessalonians 5:16.

At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Skees Family,

I have not posted in a while and when I read your last reports, I cried along with you. Sarah, you are an amazing woman!!! I know the Lord is sovereign but your courage never ceases to amaze me. We are continually praying for your family and the strength and comfort of Ellie!!! All we can say is we love you and the Lord has you in his strong right hand....

The Haviland's

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Mrs. Rabe said...

Thanks for the update. My little girls remind me every night that we have to pray for Ellie. :)

I am thankful for His grace, which is evident, and for His mercy to give you this precious time together.

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for keeping us updated every step of the way. With everything that you have going on I continue to pray and check on how things are going. My prayers are with you all.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger Robyn said...

I couldn't sleep for quite a while last night and had your family very much on my heart. I am praying for you all.

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellie and Sarah Wanted you to know we continue to pray for you. I remember back when this whole thing started and how much we liked you and your family. We too believe in making every day count!! God Bless and protect you and your family!!
Carson and Tiffany

At 6:54 AM, Blogger c.g. said...


Close my eyes, still my heart, lift my soul unto Thee,
Lord, my God, my salvation and strength evermore,
Know my heart, hear my prayer.
O hear my prayer. Lord, draw me near!
As I wait upon Thee, fill my soul with Thy peace,
That I trust in Thy will and Thy wisdom divine.
Grant me faith, hear my prayer.
Hear my prayer! Lord, draw me near!

Close my eyes, still my heart, lift my soul unto Thee,
Til it soars in the wonder and joy of Thy love.
O Lord, hear my prayer!

I love the LORD, because He hears
My voice and my supplication.
Because He has inclinded His ear to me.

Psalm 116:1

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

our hearts are heavy for you all right now. we are continuing to pray for you all. we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. love simons family

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in our hearts and on our minds every day! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. We send much love and prayers for health and strength for all of you.
The Garcias in Paradise

At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Skees family, we serve with Chad and Janeene in PNG as part of their support team. So have followed your daughters precious story and of course prayed for you all many times. There are no words we could write that others have not written to encourage you. it is evident from your writing that your strength is coming straight from the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you. His sweetness is pouring out of you as your heart is breaking just as it poured out of Him as He was broken on the cross. thank you for letting it flow onto the pages of the blog for all to read and be touched by it. Ace and Betty Draper PNG

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Praying for you guys! Glad Ellie is feeling fine. :)

God bless,

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Kristina said...

Happy Thanksgiving. With love,
Kristina and Alexa

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i've posted a couple of times. i was in bed, and as usual, my mind glanced back to ellie. i don't know you guys, but i've been following for a while now.

what i am thankful for this season is your post about letting go.

and you know what?? i have a beautiful fluffy white persian kitty in heaven. her name is isabella. i also have a dear ole doggie named buffy. he was a basset/lab, so he doesn't look anything but....well, 'odd' in stature. but he loves little girls cuz they like to play in the yard and throw a ball!

my doggie and kitty would love to show ellie around:) buffy and isabella will make sure ellie finds everything she needs....including a candy store and a petsmart!!!!

they will let ellie in their circle if she has some animal treats.....but a smile will also do:) we know ellie has that!

if ellie has her own pets there, maybe they can tag-team with mine:)

what a special little girl. so loved. so very blessed. so wanted here, and so very wanted in heaven, too.

how wonderful, to be SO looked forward to, no matter where you go!

what a treat for us on earth, and for everyone, including furry people in heaven.....

ellie, if you see my pets, they like to be called 'izza-bee' and 'buff-buff'. i hope you will tell them hi for me:)


At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Kim Schmitz said...

Skees Family,
Let me first tell you that you are amazing people. Every single time I read an update I am amazed by your courage and positive attitude! I am amazed and in awe as I cry all of my tears out. As I have read every single entry that you have written, I feel like I know you! We have your beautiful family picture hanging on our refrigerator. As we celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, I am thankful for all you have taught me about the world around me. Because of what you have taught me, I have very few bad days in my life. You have taught me in this past 14 months to be thankful for all I have and to not think about things that I may still want....I have learned to take nothing for granted. Thank you for that. You have made me a better person! I wish there was something that I could do for you. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I will think about you tomorrow and hope that you enjoy your day, that you laugh, and that Ellie can laugh and smile with you....maybe even dance!

At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing...you all are on our minds everyday. Always praying, Sheri

At 4:20 AM, Blogger Becky K. said...

You are on my heart this Thanksgiving morning. I pray that this day is Precious for all of you and that God continues to allow the medications to bring relief for Ellie.
Becky K.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Thinking of dear Ellie this morning as we let her namesake out of the goat pens - the 4 legged Ellie is very frisky and wild in the cold weather today. Praying for a beautiful, blessed Thanksgiving for your family - you are loved.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...


Thinking of all of you today.


At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to think and pray for your family and in particular, Ellie. Your mention of the medical people that are helping you has reminded me to add a special prayer for the caregivers in your life as well. May God continue to bring those into your life that are needed at the right place, at the right time, and with the right help and comfort. God bless, Arnie & Cathy


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