When we were planning Ellie's funeral, I knew we needed to show a video. Ellie was only nine months old and there were so many people that never met her, or never spent enough time with her to know how funny, cute and amazing she was. Fortunately, we have many, many pictures of Ellie and quite a few videos.
My friend from high school, Josh, made a video for Ellie's funeral. Not only did this video allow everyone to see how special Ellie was, but it's something we will forever have to help us remember our Peanut.
In four days, Ellie would have turned one. Because of Ellie's sudden and tragic death, many more people know her name, recognize her face. It breaks my heart to know there are so many that know the bad part of her story. I don't want Ellie's memory to be shrouded by the darkness of her death. Ellie was a happy, joyful, playful little girl. Hairbows, funky legwarmers & frilly skirts. One ear that stuck out more than the other. Hair that stuck up and out, but was so soft and fuzzy. Perfect hands that were always searching for something to snuggle or throw. Growls, her old man throat-clearing growls. Cuddles. Sweet smiles that would melt your heart in a second, even at three a.m. Little stinker. One tooth- and a half, number two was still coming through. Pink and green blankie & nuk. Giggles. A Light.
Here is the video we showed at Elle's funeral. It's beautiful and wonderful and shows the Ellie that we know.
Josh, Thank you so much. You will never know how much this video means to me.