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Ellie’s Service

As promised – Zachariah was able to break it into three parts for me during spring break. So thankful for being able to share this with you all. The service was very meaningful for us and we were privileged that Ellie was able to share the promise of Heaven with our community. I hope that this will bless many. Charlotte

Ellie’s Service Part 1
Ellie’s Service Part 2
Ellie’s Service Part 3
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Two Month Anniversary

Ellie Love ShirtToday it has been two months since sweet Ellie flew into the arms of Jesus.

It is steadily raining outside, and indeed the rain flows down my face in the form of tears as I write this.

I am so thankful for all of you who walked with us through my pregnancy, Ellie’s birth and then her passing.

I have been able to get out many thank you notes… but not all…. yet. I am still working on some because everyone has been so kind, so generous, so faithful to our family. Extended family, friends, our community, Chris’ co-workers, our church family, our Citadel family, the MUSC staff, Beaufort Peds, Ellie’s doctors, nurses, the Hands of Hope staff and the many, many whom I have never met that have heard Ellie’s story from friends and online.

Every note, meal, email, message, text…. every kindness… has meant so much to us. Ellie has brought together so many – from so many backgrounds – and shown us how much we all need each other.

Grave MarkerEllie’s grave marker has been put up and it is so lovely. We go to see it whenever we are downtown. Since this picture was taken, they have sodded the area. To the right of Ellie’s grave is where Chris and I will be laid to rest one day.

I remember her today and everyday. A special blessing from the Lord. A child who had and still has a purpose. A child who was loved first by her Creator and second by us. A child that we could not keep here on this earth… but who we were privileged to have and to hold for three months. A child that was not supposed to be born by this world’s standard. A child who has a special place in all of our hearts.

I was hopeful that I would be able to share the service here, but it was too long. When Zachariah is home on spring break, I will ask him to edit it so that we can share it with all of you.

Thank you to all of you that came to the service, attended her viewing, came to the graveside or  the reception. Your presence was felt by us even though we couldn’t speak to each of you individually.

I also wanted to thank so many of you who thought of us, prayed for us or sent us notes and sweet gifts because you were not able to attend. Your kindness was a blessing to our family.

If you live anywhere near Beaufort – I want to invite you to come to a very special event on Tuesday March 5th at 7 pm at Community Bible Church. October Baby will be showing.  This movie is sponsored by the Beaufort Women’s Center and the admission is free. Here is a link to the event on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/424923800928854/. I would also ask that you would consider supporting the Women’s Center in their mission to help mothers choose life for their unborn babies – bwc@hargray.com.

Every day we put our trust in the Lord and His provision for our family. He is our hope and our reason for doing what we do. I am so thankful for His great faithfulness to us. I look forward to what the future brings

“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.”   – Psalm 89:8

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Apples of gold

Like apples of gold in settings of silver, is a word spoken in right circumstances.  Proverbs 25:11

This poem was written by a friend who told me she woke with it on her heart in the middle of the night, and had to write it down. It has brought much comfort to Chris and I.

hat with program

Her gentle breath was but a

whisper against our hearts

and yet we were caught off guard

as to the fierceness of our love for her…

What will we do now with

this emptiness that will be

forever hers? Adore the One to

Whom she now belongs and

know that He loves her more…

Fly on wings of eagles, sweet Ellie,

Our memories hold you dear

Your earthly time was not to be,

but, forevermore, you will be

our stairsteps into eternity…

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Thoughts from the funeral from a friend

panarama funeral

Some thoughts from last Monday

a tiny white casket

sobbing breaths of a mother

agonized breath that opened up her entire being and brought forth life just a few short months ago

the same breath willing life back into tiny frailty

a little body so loved giving up the fight

her blood poured out and replaced with embalming fluid

“why” hangs in the air

thoughts turn to a Savior, blood poured out to preserve us for all eternity

breaking voice of the pastor

the Lord is still a stranger to some brought to hear the GOOD NEWS-

forgiveness of sin through His blood

and for those whom the Lord IS  breath-God causes all things to work together for good-

told to those on the way to death for daring to breathe out the truth

a little princess, more alive now than ever

a family following Jesus until they fly away with their last breath

a New Year to remember life is like a vapor, here for a moment then vanishing-a mere breath

let everything that has breath praise the Lord

– Roshelle Wagner

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A poem

A sweet poem that a friend wrote:
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Little Ellie

So sweet and so gay
Came for Christmas
And then did fly away.

How we will miss you,
Our sweet little princess.
We shall never forget you
And the gifts you have brought us.

We don’t understand
Why you had to go,
But our Lord called you home
And it had to be so.

Your breathing unlabored,
Your heart beats at peace,
What joy you must have;
Can’t wait ’til we meet.

Forever changed
Our lives all shall be
As you remain alive
With God and our memories.

We love you, sweet Ellie.
Now, go play in the sun.
We will meet again
When the day here is done.

You remain safe
In our Lord Jesus’ care.
Remember that soon
We all will be there.

We love you, Ellie!
We will never forget you.
Theresa Osborne
Dec 28, 2012

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A week past the funeral

Hello everyone –

I found that a little one had switched my wallpaper on my phone yesterday to this picture. I wonder which of my children it was??

chris char bf

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are so thankful for each of you.

I am just starting to go through the cards we have received, and many that are still arriving.

I am going to share details about the funeral, procession, burial and reception along with some pictures… but I wanted to give you a quick update to let you know that we are here and have not forgotten all of you.

Chris took his brother and mother back to the airport last Wednesday and we spent the remainder of the week trying to catch our breath and understand where we are now.

Looking forward to answering emails, messages and texts tonight and personally responding to so much love.

Wanted to leave you with a thought that someone shared with me yesterday ~

“Ellie shared the Gospel with more people, than I have in my whole life.”

Well said friend and agreed.

Love to all….

char

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