Tales of Mom Ellis

Sunday, December 16, 2007

A special day!

Today, our family gathered together to celebrate Charissa's coming home, her 19th birthday, Laura n' lew's first anniversary, and Christmas for Jeremy and Rachel( they are going away on Tuesday) It was lots of fun, especially the part of being a "Mema".I am so enjoying this season of my life. I can see so much evidence of the Grace of God in the lives of all of our children. Just a few to mention: Laura is going to be pinned a nurse on Tuesday at 6pm. Jeremy and Rachel, and the joy of becoming parents,Sam and Pri, expecting again and the joy we all share having Giana in our lives.I can do nothing but thank God when I think about where we were 10 years ago and where God , in His kindness has brought us on this day.The scripture that keeps ringing in my ears is from Lamentations 3: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness" !Oh Lord, I am so grateful !! Thank you for your love and Mercy every day!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Some new family pictures


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Where does the time go???

Well, once again I must apologize for my inconsistacy in writing. My life has been quite busy these past few months and I find that I love reading my kids blogs, but have no time for my own. In 15 days my lil apple "of my eye", Charissa, will be coming home!!!Yahoo. And in 18 days, my lil"overcomer" Laura, will be pinned a nurse (Yeah, Laura!). The Ellis Family continues to grow, with a new lil addition, Naomi Joy (and she is a sweet joy) and with Rachel and Jer's babe coming in Feb. and Sam and Prisila's new babe coming in July, we'll have 5 grandchildren! Wow!I am so rich, in God and His wonderful blessings!It reminds me of a little sign I have hanging in my "Hall of Fame" where all my pictures are that says: "We may not be rich, but our children are jewels". That is exactly how I feel. The time and effort that we spend with our children, when done ,for the Love and glory of God, pays in rich dividends in the latter years. I have no greater joy than to see my children"Walking in the Truth" and now God has graciously bestowed grandchildren that will be handed the baton of faith, so that they can run the race, too!I am a blessed woman, indeed! Thank you,Papa, You are so good to me!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Psalm 91

One of my favorite books in the Bible that I enjoy reading every morning is Psalm 91. It is a Prayer for my family and friends that brings confidence in God before the day begins. From the early years of my marriage , I can remember walking around my home reading it, sometimes out loud, entrusting an anxious moment or difficult circumstances into the hands of my Lord. This past week, early one morning, I was rushing to get into school quickly, and because the parking lot was wet from dew, and my shoes were slippery, in a split second I lost my footing and seemed to fly up into the air , and upon my landing hit the blacktop. The amazing thing is that I don't have a scratch, bruise, bump, sore muscle , nothing...not a thing. As I stood up to regain my composure, all I could do as I walked into the buiding was praise and thank God over and over! I felt like the angels had somehow eased my fall, softened the blow of my landing . God truely does love us so , to care for us when we just get a little to quick ( sometimes my body movements get ahead of my brain): ). Thank you Lord that You do watch over Your Word to perform it! Good catch, Angels! And Thanks!

Sunday, September 30, 2007


Oh how I love the change of the seasons. The cool, crisp air of Fall, the leaves slowly changing colors, the smells that it brings: apple crisp baking in my oven, Frech stew in the crockpot! And the change always renews my spirit in a way of new beginnings. This Fall is different from any of the past thirty one " Fall seasons" that I have enjoyed in my married life, because my nest is truely empty. With Laura's wedding last December, and Charissa studying in Budapest this semester, things are different. The amazing thing is that God in His great Love and Mercy has truely prepared me for this time in my life. I am teaching little children " Full time", something that would have been very difficult with more responsibility at home. Don and I have more time to talk, take walks with our little doggies, I can take an aroebics and pilates class two times a week, so I am in no way " bored " but quite busy and enjoying it, because God has "prepared these good works beforehand that I could walk in them" Eph. 2:10" Thank you, Precious Lord for this new season of Life! I am so thankful that your Holy Spirit has guided me and brought me to this new place!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

School days, school days...

Well, I began a new " marathon" this week as I began a new year with close to sixty little students in my classes. ( I teach 4 classes of 15 each) Believe it or not, it has been a great week! How can this be, you ask? I think truely it is the Grace and Loving mercy of our Great God that we serve. Even though I have been teaching for fifteen years, I am still learning new things that are bringing improvement to the classroom. For example, I learned at our school retreat in August that the first day, and week are the most important time because you are setting up routines that will carry on throughout the year. God gave me a great idea in how to assign seats for the little ones at our circle times and it keeps peace and order! Another thing that I am trying is to have a 10 minute" table time" as the children arrive and when most of them are there, we ring the bell, clean up and have a circle time and I give instructions for the day! They are so much more attentive to my voice first thing in the morning. The Bible says "The prudent woman sees the evil and hides herself" and these little "changes" have already shown good fruit in my little friends. I am so grateful to God for His Precious Holy Spirit who leads us, guides us and teaches us in new ways, so that God can be glorified in every area of our lives!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Roots and wings

The above is a very familar expression, but what does it really mean? Years ago I read a book called" Learning to let go" by a Christian woman, and little did I know how God , my Heavenly " Papa" was preparing me for the last five years of my life! I learned that you begin to let go the moment the umbilical cord is cut and the process continues for many years, just a little at a time. Also, that if you do your job right, you basically "work yourself out of a job". Not in a bad way, because once a mom, always a mom at heart. But the Bible clearly states that you "leave and cleave" and I believe it is part of God's plan to make us "one".
Yesterday, a new page of my life has turned, as I sent my 18 year old "baby" to Hungary to study abroad for a semester at McDaniel College. And yes, today I am happy and sad. Happy that God in His Gracious Love and Mercy has opened wide this door of opportunity to see His Beauty in His Creation in another part of His World. I am sad because I am missing her already! But once again I am reminded that this is part of God's process to teach me to let go a little more with Charissa. I have given her roots deeply in Jesus, now it's time for her to try her wings! I love you, Riss!!!My prayers are with you day and night!