Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on May-1-2008

What a big day…
We had some “fans of Ella” come visit us for lunch. Jeanie and Alfred drove from Melbourne, Florida and they brought along a surprise. Doug and Laura (our friends from Orlando) hitched a ride with them and totally surprised us!!! We had no idea they were coming up, and in fact, they hid outside while Jeanie and Alfred came in first. After about 5 minutes, Alfred said he had to get something from the car, and low and behold, Doug and Laura appeared behind him.

Jeanie is the long time best friend of Laura. They’ve known each other since 10th grade which is a total of 25 years of best friend bliss. Jeanie started following Ella’s story in October of last year, and has been in love with our girl ever since.
This was our first time getting to meet her and her husband Alfred, and it was absolutely fantastic. I’m so glad she got the chance to see the Bun in person before we head back to CO. She has been so incredibly sweet to us and she has such a love for our girl. By the slideshow below, I’m pretty confident that Alfred is a little smitten too ;-).

At the end of the visit, Jeanie had another little surprise. She gave Ella a beautiful bracelet with a forget-me-not flower charm. It was such a sweet gesture and something that the Bun will cherish for years to come.

Speaking of forget-me-nots…
This post is dedicated to the memory of Charlotte Rehrig (1933-2008). For those of you who don’t know her and may not have recognized her comments on the blog, she is the mother of our favorite Uncle Cliff, and a huge fan of Ella Renae. She experienced a severe stroke a few days ago and went to be with our Lord today.
Thank you dearest Charlotte for all the love, prayers, and comments, and for following our baby girl’s story from day one. Even though we only met once, I knew what a gift you were from God. Now, He has brought you back home to be with Him.

Kuhn Family on May 1st, 2008 at 9:48 pm #

I am sorry for the “loss” of Charlotte. I am so glad that she will be with the Lord now and can see Ella grow and live a wonderfully blessed life. She won’t even have to wait for blogs! All of the pictures are wonderful and my boys will love to see Ella enjoying her friends. They love to see any slide-show of Ella anyway and now they will have the added bliss of their Bun and cereal (coffee for me) in the morning with not just one, but THREE shows! Thanks for sharing a wonderful day for your family. I love the bracelet;what a heart felt gift that is. Blessings in our Lord’s wonderful name. Tom, LoriAnn, Tyler, Zackary, Seth and Jonny

The Lee Family on May 2nd, 2008 at 2:36 am #

We are sorry for your loss of Ms. Rehrig.

The Lee family have been devoted Ella followers thanks to Lesli Richards! My three year-old has been obsessed, but now my two year-old has joined in. Every baby he sees he says, “baby Ella? baby Ella?” Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story everyday, we will definitely experience withdrawals when you stop posting!

Many blessings as you move home!

Tara Hayes on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:14 am #

WOW! It seems Ella has completely outgrown her stranger anxiety and is quite gracious! Of course, it helps to be “welcoming” if your guest arrives with a beautiful bracelet 🙂 much love and blessings,

Steve and Joan Odell on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:09 am #

How precious – the bracelet and Ella. The Lord is so good to each of us – we will indeed miss the postings and are so very grateful to have been a part of this faith journey. Lord Bless – Steve and Joan

Joel Snyder on May 2nd, 2008 at 9:17 am #

Ella, I am sorry to hear of our loss of Charlotte she was one of your best friends and supporters. We will miss her but she is with her father and will be watching you always. I am doing chores today and running around. How special you are to have such good friends that bring you such great gifts. Your bracelet is beautiful. Have a good day!!! I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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