Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eight Summers Ago Today...

September 15, 2001,
deep Carolinian Appalachia,
in a small wormy chestnut cabin,
surrounded and protected by those ancient hills,
a new ray of sun brightened this our world.

Eight cycles around that celestial ball,
The sweet fragrance of her life,
The keen sense of her justice,
The soft touch of her compassion,
The health and vigor of her joy,
yes, tis her joy that defines her most,
have been our peace, pleasure, and wonder.

From the heavens she surely is.

She is our treasure.
Today we celebrate her life.
Our cup overfloweth.



Anna Morrison said...

What beautiful words about Ellen. I love this post.

I hope the day was all she wanted it to be and more.

Happy Birthday Ellen! We love you so much!

Helen Penfield said...

Jenn, Daniel and family -
I can't believe it has been 8 years! Wasnt it just a short time ago that we were in Boone and you were pregnant and waiting on Ellen? How your lives have changed and been enriched by your girls! James and I hope you will come see us again! Helen

William Kruidenier said...

Lovely tribute to a sweet girl. Happy Birthday, Ellen!

Scott said...

Happy birthday, Ellen! We can't wait to see you again!

Lesley said...

What a grown up and beautiful girl. Happy Birthday!
Can't wait to spend some time with her and the rest of you here soon.

Love, Les, Jason, Alder, and Heath.

Laura said...

oh what a gorgeous post. i loved that writing. what a way to honor her and the gift of her for your family. i can't believe she is eight. holy cow. give her our love.