Sunday, December 18, 2011

For Ellie

The last few weeks have been filled with activities for Ellie's Light. I miss our girl a lot and the holiday season makes it that much worse. Ellie would be totally into the Christmas stuff this year- she'd be almost two. Having so many things to do has been exhausting to say the least, but great distraction from the constant awareness of what and who we are missing.
Ellie's 2nd birthday is on Jan. 15th and we will do another blanket drive/ event for that, but after that, Ellie's Light things are going to have to slow down a little bit. I am getting big rather fast, and just won't be able to keep up with much more than Max. That makes me sad because Ellie's Light is my way of still taking care of my little girl. Ellie's Light takes up a lot of my time but if Ellie were here, so would she. I'll have to come up with something I can do for her that's not quite so time and energy consuming for when I'm super gigantic this spring and once the babies arrive...
I am so grateful for the friends and family members that have participated in all of the activities with us the last month or so...  Its good to know that our girl is remembered and honored by those she loved and by those who love her. And it's nice knowing that everyone around us knows about Ellie and how we feel about this time of year.
Anyways, here's what we've been up to...

Serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House: The RMH at the Minneapolis Children's Hospital serves families with children in the critical care units of the hospital. We purchased, prepared and served a meal for about 80 people.
Since the RMH serves ICU families, we also brought some toiletries, comfort and snack items for the RMH staff to pass out to them. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash for 50 people were donated by Dr. Perkins at Eagan Valley Dental.
 We brought in some BabyLegs (Ellie wore them all the time) and baby blankets to the NICU.

93X and Children's Hospital Toy Drive: Local radio station, 93X, contacted about taking their toys from their morning show toy drive. They requested the toys be given to the Children's Hospital. So they dropped off all 427 toys to us, and we sorted and boxed them. Two days later, we brought them down to the Minneapolis Children's Hospital where they will be used for Child Life needs, restocking the playrooms and as rewards for the children under going procedures and treatments.

Toys for Tots Shopping: The Ellie's Light Board of Directors and our family went shopping for Toys for Tots and spent $4000 on toys for children ages 0-18 years. We were able to get 259 items, including two bikes!


Green Mill Toy Drive: Local bar and grill, Green Mill, offered a mug of free beer for a toy that would be donated to Ellie's Light. We added these toys to our collection of toys and brought them into the Toys for Tots warehouse.

Toys for Tots Warehouse: A group of about 15 of us spent three hours at the Toys for Tots warehouse sorting, organizing and counting toys. They had a gigantic pile of toys that just kept growing! We even brought Ellie's 5 year old cousin, Evan, and Max to help out! They loved it! I'm glad we went- they definitely need the help!

"Every life leaves behind something beautiful..."

And it couldn't be more true for our amazing little girl. We love you so much Peanut!

13 comments:

branmuffin said...

absolutely amazing!

LauraJane said...

You are such an incredible mother. I'm glad to hear your events have been such a resounding success. And $4000 on toys at target alone- look at you guys go! :)

I don't blame you for slowing things down in January- I don't know how you do the things you do as is. Let alone with twins up in there! You are doing amazing things with your girl in mind and I know that she knows it, too.

xox

Caroline said...

So very amazing <3 Ellie <3

Beth said...

such a stunning tribute to your girl. and yes, you need a rest. ellie would endorse you taking a break to focus on the babies;) what a great thing you are doing for children and families everywhere. big hugs to you and your family this holiday season. ellie's light is always shining.

Rose said...

You are such an inspiration. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Way to go!! :o) I love it!!

B. Wilson said...

Tiffany, that is simply incredible. I am so amazed with you all for continuing to allow Ellie to shine on. Beautiful. And that receipt... wow! :)

TanaLee Davis said...

Wow...this is amazing! I so wish I could do something to this magnitude. Maybe someday. :)
great job its a lot of work and Im sure Ellie would be proud to say that's my mom! hugs mama-
Felicia

Robin said...

It is so amazing what you and your family and friends are doing! Ellie is being honored in such a fantastic way. You are changing lives. I know Ellie is proud of her family! Keep up the awesome work, but take it easy on yourself too. Praying for you always!

Ashley said...

A-Mazing!! You are so wonderful, everything you do in honor of your beautiful daughter is just fabulous!

Thinking of you!! Hope you are feeling okay <3

Kelly said...

You are amazing! I love those pictures of the receipt at Target. :)

Natasha said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! You guys did so much in little Ellie's honor! All those toys! I would have loved to shop for all that at Target! I have no idea how you have the energy to do so much while carrying TWINS!!! You are amazing! I think you definitely deserve to slow down a bit in January.

By the way I love that picture of Ellie at the end of the post- her eyes are so very beautiful ♥

Aunt Kerri said...

Seeing all the pictures gave me goosebumps (the good kind)! SO, so excited to see all your efforts pay off. Ellie's Light does keep on shining. (BTW, LOVED the picture of whomever riding the bike in Target)...

ccc said...

What an amazing job of collecting toys and everything else that you do. I am so impressed.
My ben loved the pictures of the mound of toys!

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