Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ellie Is Having Surgery on 10/28

Our cutie pie, Ellie, trying to sit still as I attempted to get pictures of her in this special outfit. This outfit was Shelby and Katie's, and I have always loved it. It has a "Mary Had a Little Lamb" scene smocked across the front. I put it away in the attic years ago, and unfortunately, I did not find it until this summer as I prepared for Ellie to come home. Lilly didn't get to wear it, but I am so glad that it still fits Ellie. She has done so well and is such a happy, easy-going child. It will be hard to see her in such pain as she recovers from her surgery, but we know that she must have this surgery in order to lead a heathy life. My aunt shared the following verse with me before Lilly's open-heart surgery last year. "For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" Psalm 91:11

Ellie is having surgery this Tuesday to repair her palate. She willingly opens her mouth for all to see so I thought some of you might like to see some before and after pictures. We have to arrive at the hospital at 6 AM on Tuesday so we will be up bright and early as the hospital is about an hour away. Dr. Kline is her surgeon so please lift him up in prayer as well as the nurses and others who will be responsible for her care. We were told to expect a 1 to 5 night stay with the later being unlikely and only in the case of complications. I am planning on a 2 night stay and hoping to be surprised with only a one night stay. I have made arrangements for the other children and have stocked up on lots of liquids, soups, and soft foods. For 2 weeks, she can only eat foods that do not have to be chewed. Ellie loves to eat so I am expecting that to be quite difficult for her. We are as ready as one gets I suppose. Please keep Ellie in your prayers.

Shelby and Katie are such great big sisters to both Ellie and Lilly. I realized that I had not really taken many pictures of Ellie with them as most of the pictures seem to be of Lilly and Ellie. We took some today to update picture frames in Shelby and Katie's rooms.


Lilly's Family said...

Just wanted to post and say please pray for my little sister, Ellie!Also for Lilly to be gentle with her and for her to understand why Mom will be gone for a few days!Thanks! Love, Shelby

The Princess's Mommy said...

I love the outfit! She is adorable! We will be praying and praying for a speedy recovery after surgery.


Trish said...

We'll be thinking and praying for her, I hope her surgery goes well. I have loved following your journey!

Cousin Sheri said...

Will be praying for Ellie Jean! And tell Ethan that I can't wait to see him ride his new bike!

Bo and Becky said...

Jan, We will be praying for Ellie and for the entire family! Please give us an update when you can.

Becky Rigby

Christine said...

Hope the surgery goes well! Glad to have found your blog. Our son has surgery for his Amniotic Banding and the removal of his eye on Nov 5th. He also has cleft palate. We adopted him in July from Ukraine.

The Smith's said...


We have been praying all day for Ellie and the medical staff that is caring for her. We also pray for peace for the family as well.

Let us know how she is doing.


Machell said...


I hope everything is going well with Ellie. I hope you all are home very soon.

Praying for Ellie