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 10, 2008

Shades of things to come...

John and I have been talking today about something special we want to do with you all for December 19. We've decided to do a "give away." I've seen this on other blogs, and very recently one of my new blog friends named Tonya did one on her son's birthday. Her son, Brent, died of NB nearly a year before Ellie, at the age of 11. I was so touched by how she included her blog family in Brent's special day. I thought that it was a wonderful way for everyone to remember Brent!

This is just a teaser. I wanted to give you fair warning that something fun is coming! On Monday, December 15, I will be sharing more details. There will be photos and instructions, and all will be revealed. What about a hint, you ask? Ummmm... it's Ellie-related and VERY special! And I really wish that I could give something away to everyone, but alas, there can only be one fortunate winner. Oh, and everyone - in every country - will be eligible. How's that? :-)

So be sure to come back on Monday!


At 4:06 PM, Blogger LindaSueBuhl said...

Woo hoo! I think a give away for Ellie's "graduation" day will be perfect - can hardly wait to see what the big surprise will be -

At 5:09 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Yay!!! That's exciting! Can't wait! :)

At 8:38 PM, Blogger Allison said...

Another blog that I read did a give away about a week ago. That is so much fun. Can't wait.

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Amy said...

That's great! Sometimes it feels a bit lonely on the other side of the world when it comes to give aways!

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Sharing His Plan said...

Ohh, such a cool idea! I love it!

I subscribe to "God's Minute" daily devotions. I admit I haven't read them lately, but today something told me to OPEN today's and read. I have no other way to get this to you other than here. I hope it's appropriate. Praying and thinking of you and your family lots!

"God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:4 NKJV)

If you are suffering from the loss of a loved one this Christmas, the following message is for you. Also if you are not suffering from that loss, but know of someone who is, why not forward this message to them. For it has ministered to many over the past few years! It is called:

"My First Christmas In Heaven"

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below
With tiny lights, like Heaven's stars, reflecting on the snow
The sight is so spectacular, please wipe away the tear
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear
But the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas
choir up here. I have no words to tell you, the joy their voices
bring. For it is beyond description, to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart
But I am not so far away, We really aren't apart.
So be happy for me, dear ones, You know I hold you dear.
And be glad I'm spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift, from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory of my undying love.
After all, love is a gift more precious than pure gold.
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as my Father said to do.
For I can't count the blessing or love he has for each of you.
So have a Merry Christmas and wipe away that tear
Remember, I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ
this year.
Author Unknown
Jackie Davis
Missionary in Guatemala
We share a church with Chad in Jax.
And I know Cindy Spaugh, too.

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are amazing... how you are thinking of 'giving' at this time when you are reminded of your loss.

I was thinking about you sat in our car doing our Christmas shopping today. Have never met you and probably never will this side of heaven... but I remember my kids and I praying for you this time last year. I remember telling my then 9 yr old son with tears that Ellie had died, and he replying with a huge smile "but at least she's in heaven with Jesus." GOD BLESS you & your precious family for being such a Godly example to so many.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Dave Sebastian said...

I have not commented in a long time, but I wanted you to know that I gave your blog address to my sister after my hour-long phone conversation with her today. I told her what a grat witness it has been to me, and so I wanted you to know that God is still using this to minister to people that you do not even know. God bless you and John and Ethan.

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Aunt Jenn said...

Oh my goodness! What do you have planned? You are amazing to me! You all have been a constant on my mind! Love you all cant wait for the give away

At 4:55 PM, Blogger SandyKassia said...


I have read your blog since last year but never comment.

This year, my husband and I want to donate money to a hospital or organization who cares for children with cancer and are not sure of a SERIOUS, REAL organization. We just want to know that the money will be used on a real cause and not going to someone's account.

Would you be able to help us with suggestions?


Sandra M Skolny - email: sandcama@yahoo.com.br


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