Ellie is someone I met when she was only 2 or 3 years old. This is about how she looked at that time. I was her Bible Study Fellowship Children's Leader when her family moved to Phoenix from Colorado. She was very shy at first.
But then one day as I was sitting in church, I turned around and I spotted Ellie in her daddy's arms as they were singing. Her family had joined my church and Ellie spotted Mrs. Petras and ...smiled and waved at me!
Well, needless to say, her mom Jamie and I became great friends. During what I'll call their Phoenix years, we spent lots of time together. Then Ellie's daddy got a company transfer and they moved off to San Antonio. I got to visit them several times and whenever they're in Arizona, they always take time to visit Mrs. Petras. I'm so glad. Jamie is the same Jamie that I've interviewed for two Fitness Friday posts. You can read them here and here, if you like.
Ellie with a big bow in her hair.
Debbie with Mary, Ellie and Jamie
Ellie playing dress up with her friend and sisters
Ellie with Mrs. Petras at our church's annual tea
Ellie and I went to Build A Bear; how fun!
All dressed up for Easter
Ellie's been taking riding lessons and found that she loves horses.
Ellie loves her sister Mary.
Ellie is very smart. After all, she has a great home scool teacher.
Ellie and her dad riding the tandem bike.
When you move to Texas, you become a cowgirl. Ellie even has pink boots!
Ellie helps her mom, Jamie take care of her little sisters. And did I mention, her older brother Braden?
Ellie is growing up quickly but from all I see, I believe she's going to be a godly woman. She even prays for her dad every week before he teaches the men. Todd is the BSF Teaching Leader. And Ellie still goes to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). And so it continues ...BSF brought this family into my life. And I know they will bless others too.
Happy Birthday Ellie and a big hug to you from Mrs. Petras!