So, you may have noticed that I have been quiet lately…
Two and a half weeks ago I received the devastating news that my friends 15 year old daughter Ellie, passed away during the night. Nat called me from school (as I was trying to induce JJ’s morning nap!!!!) and told me the news over the phone. No details just a shocking piece of information that made me numb from my head to my toe!
I cried! I called out to God! I prayed for the unknown path ahead. My heart was broken for Leigh and Ollie.
Our whole community has been shook from this saddening event.
Our church community has been devastated – Ellie sang on stage, attended youth and even greeted people at the door as they walked in. She had a heart for the Lord and found ways to serve him.
Our school community has been rocked – She was a lively member around the school involved in many different endeavours. She was always looking out for her friends.
My personal social circle has been affected – Ellie and her family were part of our “Beijing family” – She attended our games nights and we enjoyed holidaying with them a few months ago. Ellie was an adoptive big sister to Z and JJ often fighting with her mum, over who gets to hold JJ during the service.
I want something good to come of this (not that anything can ever replace the life of a loved one). PLEASE if you are reading this take note of this one thing…technology can be harmful!
Young people should not have technology devices in their rooms after 9pm!
Please we need to help our vulnerable young people to make good choices. We need to ensure their room is a safe haven. Mobile devices and the such, allow too much into what should be their “safe place”. Remember as kids, we would go to our room and feel safe, the only thing scary was the (imaginary) monsters lurking under the bed. Now there are a million different challenges coming at us and we just need to switch off.
Young people think they are invincible (I know that I sure did). They think they are smart enough to avoid the outcomes of actions…but sadly this isn’t always the case. Think about it. If you get an emotional message late at night you sometimes don’t know what to do…but if you get that same message in the daylight where you can talk to someone then somehow it’s doesn’t seem so bad.
Can you help me by sharing this post with a friend with kids…If we can help just one other person in Ellie’s honour…
Ellie also had a heart for orphans. If you are able to make a donation to an orphanage in her name the family would be grateful. Oherwise this site has been organised to raise awareness for PAPYRUS – http://www.justgiving.com/remember/127725/Eleanor-Holmes
Eleanor Holmes RIP!
So I’m really sorry that I broke my promise to you all. I did promise that I would post every week but given the circumstances, I’m sure you can understand.
More from me again next week.
Love Princess xx