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 19, 2007

The latest...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. We feel your love and prayers surrounding us like a blanket. I am not able to go to much length for now, but things are happening fast. Two hours ago, I thought that it would be over by now, but Ellie continues to hang on... if only by a thread. She has been nearly un-intelligible and her breathing is beginning to be affected. There have been some times of intense pain, but also of sweet peace. She is sleeping at the moment. Actually, just waking up now. Please please pray that this will be mercifully quick for our sweetheart! We love you all.


At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the Lord be your strength in this particularly difficult time and give you peace.

I have checked for news frequently and walk away saddened but with precious hope for you and Ellie as you wait on the Lord. To each of us it is but a loan of breath that we have for a time by His Grace.

We pray with you and for you.

By His Grace,
Don - Missouri

At 4:21 PM, Blogger BreezieGirl said...

God bless you with comfort in this time... May Christ's love fill Ellie that there may be no room for pain.

I continue to read and pray, my heart is saddened... but my soul is inspired with faith in God's plan and your ability to believe.

At 4:22 PM, Blogger pk said...

Jesus, Jesus ,Jesus
Sweetest name I know
Fills our every longing
Keeps me singing as I go.

Please sing Ellie a sweet hymn for us.

Love, hugs, and of course continued prayers for you and yours, in HIM, Pat Kapsak and Family

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying, praying for you all, that God will give you wisdom and blessed peace. Father, we ask that you envelope Ellie and her family with your infinite love.
Kristen (Florida)

At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh sarah, i am praying for ellie now, and for all of you. we think of you and pray for your family several times a day. this morning my boys and i were talking about all the people that ellie will meet when she arrives in heaven, and arlo was most excited to think of ellie meeting the man who was lowered through the roof and healed by jesus so long ago. it made me think of all the saints from all the ages who are joyfully waiting for her (and for all of us) to join them. much love, chelsea

At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God hold you tightly in His loving arms and shine His grace upon you. You are loved eternally.

At 5:13 PM, Blogger Allie said...

Praying for you all during this time - may our God supply all your needs according to His riches and glory. May He surround you with His peace and love.

The Brannons in Florida

At 5:28 PM, Blogger aliann said...

Oh Sarah, I have no words, but we are continuing to lift you all before our God who needs no words to understand and answer.
We love you all.

At 5:58 PM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Dear John, Sarah, Ellie, Ethan and all,

I had fainted , unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Luke 20:38


At 5:58 PM, Blogger tricia said...

Praying through many tears.

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

May you feel surrounded by love and prayers though many of us are far away...we are lifting each of you up to our Father, the God of all comfort.

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Jen Johnson said...

My dear friend Sarah,
You are bathed in prayer at this very moment. My heart breaks for you, John and little Ethan. We love you guys.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
All our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Tyler, Jen, Cody, and Bailey

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are praying for you!!! For peace for dear little Ellie, for Ethan's understanding of what is going on, and for you two, for peace in this whole thing, and for the whole family to stand strong in such difficult times. You guys are already doing an awesome job, and our love an prayers go out to you all!!!

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the Lord surround you with his angels and his love, and may you feel God's peace in each difficult moment through the end of Ellie's journey. And know that Ellie will be with Jesus, and will feel no more of this pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the lord bless you Skees family.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us know what is going on. Oh, I am praying. I prayed tonight before reading your blog today that God would give each of you EXACTLY what you need. My heart goes out to you.
Taking you before our Heavenly Father,

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I'm praying for you all. I love Ellie and all of you so much.

Jessica Herbert

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Blessed ASSURANCE Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of GLORY DIVINE!! We are praying with you for Ellie to have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS with the CHRIST who made it ALL possible.

Continue to be STRONG and COURAGEOUS in HIM. We KNOW HIS grace is AMAZING! We are praying with you and for you!

The Nielsen's

Dave, Shelly (WELCH), Josiah and Leah

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my dear, sweet, new friend, ellie...

i am smiling as i write this because i'm thinking of how lucky i have been to know you. i feel so grateful to have been blessed by you.

when you feel ready, i pray that you feel safe and secure in letting go and moving forward to be with God. i know he is waiting for you!

I'll bet your favorite things are even more wonderful there.... greener grass, bluer skies, whiter clouds, a more yellow sun. and i'll bet everything tastes good again there, too! annnnnnnd....a little bird once told me that there's no pain in heaven:)

i'll bet your room will be your favorite color, everyone will always be kind, there won't be any storms that may scare you, and there are no lines at any toy store!

i hope you have enough hugs in you for all the people up there that you may know, and some extras for all the new ones you meet, because once they meet you, they won't be able to get enough!!!

ellie, i'm going to miss you a lot. the very selfish part of me doesn't even want to end this email because it feels like i have to say goodbye to you and i'm not ready.

i love you and i haven't even met you. i miss you already and you aren't gone.

i wish you didn't have to go. but i am so glad i got the chance to find you.

letting go you when i don't want to is one of the things i've learned from you.

you're a wonderful teacher, miss ellie skees. i'm proud to know your beautiful sole.

love to you, always-

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

Praying for the glorious homecoming for sweet Ellie to fill your presence, giving you peace and assurance in the presence of our King.

With love,

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah and John, I've followed your journey for over a year now, first time posting. I know Ellie feels your love and security in her time of need. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep everyone updated. You are truly an amazing family.
You all are in my thoughts.
Orlando, FL

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a couple of months. I just wanted to let you know that even though we are strangers, I pray for you all. I can't imagine what it's like for you but I pray for your strength and for God's mercy on all of you at this time. It sounds like Ellie will be with Jesus soon. May He give you comfort and peace and strength.

Laura T. :)

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Praying for strength and peace for all of you at this terribly heartwrenching and difficult time.

May God be near to you at this hour.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We love you and are praying for you. The Kurz Family

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Trenton said...

Sarah, Johnny, God only knows what you're feeling right now, but when we trust in Him, we know that His power is sufficient. The elders at LHBC are all praying tonight. Only with God are we complete -- only with God can our faith be renewed when there is nothing left. I wish we could hear your voices now, I wish we could hold you close. We love you, and we know God's love is so much more powerful.
-Trent & Allison

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We continue to lift you all up before Him. -- I pray now that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Tim, Joanne, Tim, Will and Julia

At 8:54 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Like everyone else - many tears here but also the knowledge that she is beginning to glimpse her eternal home. You know we love you, Ellie, Sarah, John and Ethan . Since I cannot hug any of you - went out to the pen and my 4 legged Ellie and she surprised me by laying her head on my shoulder.

At 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are continuing to pray for GODS grace for all of you. we lift you all up and pray for comfort at this time.love simons family


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