Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our day has been very different and difficult. Mike woke up with an excrutiating headache. I called the hospice nurse and it was decided he needed to start taking a more effective pain medication. He is finally resting after many hours of pain. It is so difficult to watch him.

Hannah and I sat with Mike in his room and listened to the hymns...How soothing and comforting to listen to those sweet words.

Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer, Thou wilt bind the broken heart.
Let not sorrow overwhelm us; Dry the bitter tears that start.
Curb the winds and calm the billows; Bid the angry tempest cease.
Precious Savior, dear Redeemer, Grant us everlasting peace.

It is wonderful having our family here at this sacred time. We feel your love for us. Thank you for your continued prayers in our behalf. At this point we need this special time to ourselves. I will write on the blog as I can.


  1. If and when you feel the need to post something, do so. If not, you have done far more of this than most of us would have been capable of doing. We know things are especially difficult for all of you now and it is a time for you and the kids to take care of Mike and yourselves. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers...just as you know we will. Trust in those hospice folks, they know what they are doing & will do the best they can to help all of you get through this....
    With much love,
    Cindy, Jeff & Chelsea

  2. We think about you all so often. Thank you for making me a better person. Your strength is incredible.

    Jessica Warrner

  3. Our family thinks of your family daily and we are praying for your continued strength. I am so glad that the hospice team is giving you and Mike help in your time of need. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Your faith is amazing! Thanks for being such wonderful people! I am so blessed for knowing you both! Sending love and support, Brandi

  4. Ellis Family,
    I am so grateful for the wonderful examples you have been over the last 11 years that I have known you. Mike was my first Stake President. Nancy was my first Seminary teacher. And Hannah was one my fearless LDS friends who walked the halls of MCHS with me. I love you all, and pray for you always.

    Alison Shadoin

  5. We hope by the time you read this that Mike is resting comfortably and the Ellis family is feeling God's comfort and love....
    We are praying for you...God Bless you all..
    Love, Mike, Sue and Rudy

  6. Dear Mike and Family,
    Dan and I are praying for your continued
    comfort and for you to feel the love that all
    those who know and love you are sending to you,
    including the Reno family.
    You are an amazing family and have been
    so brave throughout these past months. We
    want you to know we love you very much and
    have never stopped thinking of you. You
    have taught us much and we are better people
    for knowing your family.

    Love, Dan and Jana

  7. Your family has always been such an intrical part of my life growing up in the church, from Mike confirming me a member of the church to knowing that you were always there supporting me and my family. We love you and pray that you may be surrounded with the love of our Savior through this spiritual and emotional time. Love always,
    Jason, Megan, Emerson, Sawyer and Thatcher

  8. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I hope you have gained strength and comfort from those who've shared it with you through this blog. In some way I think you've helped prepare all of us for a similar journey many of us may face at some point. God bless your family.
    Carmen & Tony

  9. This is indeed a sacred time for your family. We continue our prayers on your behalf. We love you all.
    Sandra and Randy

  10. Mike & Nancy,
    How lucky Mike is to have had such a loving wife and family to keep him comfortable and safe. As always............SusanT

  11. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

    Take my yoke upon you, a learn of me for I am meek and lowly of heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

    For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    I continue to pray for you Nancy, Mike, and family. This is heavy lifting. This is the hardest work of all. Love, Karen

  12. I have enjoyed reading your blog - you write such wonderful words and thoughts and your faith amazes me! My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

    Jessica Carr

  13. Dear Mike and Nancy-
    Your example of love, faith and strength is admired and envied. I feel a sense of peacefulness is now surrounding your family. I pray for your continued strengh as you travel this journey toegther. I have beome a better person having watched your devotion to each other and to your faith. Plese know that there are many who are travelling this journey prayfully and quietly with you.