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, December 03, 2007

Photos... finally!

I have finally had the time to gather a bunch of photos of the past few weeks (plus a few of Ellie's birthday that I had promised you). Reni has been doing a wonderful job of keeping her camera handy to capture all of the special moments for us so that all we have to think about is living in the moment!

I have been receiving requests for our address, so I'm going to post my email address. Please email me if you need our address and I will get it to you. I don't want to post our address on the blog. My email is: seskees at hotmail dot com (replace the at with @ and the dot with . and run it all together) Thanks Trent for the tip on how to post an email address in a way to avoid getting slammed with junk mail!

Ellie's birthday party

All of the princesses and the archaeologists (aka Maddie, Ellie, Bailey, Ethan and Codey) in special costumes made by the creative Aunt Gingie:

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The beautiful Egyptian cake:

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Princess Nefertiti and the mummy (or in this case, the daddy):

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I decided to blow dry Ellie's hair to see what would happen...

Ellie with her turtle:

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Ellie with her turtle just before it decided to attack Aunt La... (Aunt Sharon, you have to tell me if I'm crazy, but I see a litte bit of Shasta in this photo - back when she was an impish little grade-schooler...)

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Family fun!

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Upside down on the couch:
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Uncle Chad's visit!


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A day out, showing Chad around town:

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Learning some new skills from Aunt Melanie:

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Our Hospice nurse, Lori, brought her ferrets to see Ellie:

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Ethan... well, he's not too sure!

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Christmas Parade:

The Humane Society invited our family to ride in the Christmas Parade! What a wonderful night - we waved at the crowds from a nice safe, warm perch with a wonderful chauffeur, Tom:

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Special Thanksgiving day moments:

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Ellie's Thanksgiving craft - each place setting around the table looked like some variation of this (they were each unique):

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Miscellaneous Memories:

Ellie was given a Webkin (stuffed animal) by a neighbor girl, Hennessey. Ellie was so excited that she wanted to make her new pet a house. So one day we got out a box and some paint, fabric and yarn. Voila! A lovely little home for Kayla.

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Ellie's happy place... amongst her furry friends (and Loretta):

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We finally got a little snow, but not enough in the yard to do anything fun. So we spent all day preparing, and an hour and a half driving to spend 20 minutes sliding down a very small hill! It was wonderful. John carried Ellie up the hill, and then pushed her back down - over and over. And Ellie finally got to make a snow angel. She was thrilled! After 20 minutes Ellie was exhausted, but it was oh-so-worth-it. Ethan had a blast as well.

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Last night when John got home from work, he was exhausted. He lay down in front of the fire and fell asleep. Ellie promptly hopped on his back for a nice warm snuggle!

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31 Comments:

At 4:28 AM, Blogger oneofhisfriends said...

Thanks; that was worth the wait.

Agapé

 
At 4:47 AM, Blogger Pauleen said...

Thank you for the fantastic pictures - you all look great! Such beautiful family moments have been caught on film. Our prayers are never ceasing.

 
At 5:14 AM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Thank you SO much for those pictures - the birthday party was excellent! Ellie is a beautiful girl - love that blowdry hairdo. Ethan's face holding that ferret is a hoot! We love you all - and are grateful for visuals to put with the prayers.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger "Bug" said...

Precious Photos! Thank you so much for sharing them! I LOVE the picture of John asleep on the floor with Ellie on his back. That is a special moment captured!
We are praying that God gives you what you need today, and each day.
Much love,
Roger, Debbie & Kaeli Walker

 
At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks! they are wonderful. Love ya, Vickie for us all

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Mrs. Rabe said...

Thanks for sharing those special family photos.

We are still praying!

The Rabe Family

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How precious those photos are! God is faithful to continue bringing you guys to mind for prayer. We love you guys and really miss you.
I was happy to see the Egyptian costumes and party pictures as Ginger was telling me how fun it was.
Love ya,
Zinnamoscas

 
At 6:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pictures are so precious. thank you for sharing them with us. we continue to lift all of you up in prayer and you are constantly in our thoughts. love simons family

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger c.g. said...

Simply precious!

our love and prayers.

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!! I am very glad that you all were able to enjoy some snow and fun!! The picture of John and Ellie is just priceless!! Love to you all and Prayers too. Again thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
S. Mcleod and family
God Bless you all!! :o)

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

What a blessing to be able to enjoy these precious moments as a family. You continue to be in our prayers.

Beth Anne

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Great pictures, Sarah, I'm so glad you posted those! That last picture is so sweet with John & Ellie. :)

 
At 9:00 AM, Anonymous tricia said...

I look at these photos, and Ellie is so beautiful, and looks so happy and healthy, I've never seen anyone with cancer look so good and so at peace. Oh have I mentioned that I MISS YOU? Seriously, you have no idea. I was looking at my weird journal and theres a page from a year ago where we trace Jessicas fat pregnant foot. Remember that? Love you, Tricia

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might sound a little wierd... I hope you don't take it wrong, but I don't know how else to describe what I feel when I follow your blog and when you share your lives with us. I feel like I am stepping on holy ground. Thank you for blessing us!
-Kristina

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful...just beautiful!! Sheri :)

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger HopiQ said...

Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!

Thank you for sharing the pictures and your lives with us. You are so often in our prayers, and the children pray for Ellie, too. I understand what the previous commenter, Kristina, meantt about this being holy ground.

 
At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how precious. And Ellie! You have such beautiful hair.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger jeff said...

That last picture of Ellie on John's back is precious.

 
At 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures! They brightened my rainy day.

 
At 3:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures...it is great to see you all!! We love you!

heather and nick

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger BreezieGirl said...

So very worth the wait... her hair is getting so long already!!! I feel like that was so fast... and she looks so happy! All of you do...

Still praying always...

 
At 8:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pictures are wonderful. It's so lovely to see you all together! You all continue to be in our prayers...Gregory never forgets to remind us to pray for Ellie during our nightly family prayer.

Love, Melissa,Greg,Sam&Gregory Pflug

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the risk of being redundant...those were precious!! There are just no other word for it! Thank you for sharing your life with all of us!Les

 
At 1:09 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Love the hair blown dry! She looks wonderful!

Thank you for the pictures, you are always in our thoughts and prayers. It is so nice to see all of your smiling, happy faces. Stay warm and know you are loved! Enjoy every moment of the holidays!

God gives special children to special parents!
Ellie has touched more lives than you will ever know.

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pictures! I don't know which ones I liked best - but the one of Ellie & her "mummy" plus the one of Ethan making that funny face with Ellie's hands on his head made me laugh! Praise God for these wonderful times He is blessing you with... Tabitha

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Jen Johnson said...

Sarah,
I love the picture of Ellie and John the mummy. We were laughing so hard that night that I can't remember who won! (So I am going to assume we did.....). What a night that was. The absolute most brutal game of musical chairs I have ever played. Our family didn't stand a chance against all you pro players! It was such a good night to just sit back and celebrate Ellie. A night of love and laughter.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing an awesome job!! Ellie looks happy and at peace and what a blessing to have parents such as you and John. Stand strong Sarah you are an amazing woman. Prayers surround you all.

 
At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all the pictures! Such happy moments! You guys are great parents! I am praying for more special moments to treasure!

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second the comment above- it is holy ground you are creating through these postings. It's a privalege to have gotten to spend a couple of precious hours with Ellie, who radiates love in a way that I have never, and may well never again, experience . Thank you for sharing your lives with all of us who are watching from afar, wishing you all peace, health and comfort always. Happy holidays!

Much Love,
Dave

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger Kevin and Krista said...

Sweetest thing I've ever seen. :) Praying for you in North Carolina. (Have been for months.)

In Him,
Krista

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

Simply Beautiful. Thank you for sharing those precious moments with us. You are in our prayers.

God bless,
Sheila

 

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