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Can it really be three years since Ellie’s death on January 20th, 2012? By all measure, that was a terrible day. But, Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 is a different day. This day is a gift to be savored, like all others. It is a day that will trigger difficult memories, but we wish to turn the day into a positive by creating new memories serving others. Please help us honor Ellie and her love and joy for life. We are asking anyone who would like to join us to perform a special act of kindness on Tuesday, January 20th. We know she would be thrilled with all of us creating new memories, sharing some love, Ellie’s Way! Ellie encouraged people – she especially enjoyed writing nice sticky notes. Feel free to share any ideas, memories, pictures, or stories that result from this day. Ellie loved pink, laughing, and playing with her friends. If you knew Ellie, what do you remember about her? Ellie Ruth Nigro – 02/15/05 – 01/20/12. You are loved, missed, and remembered! Feel free to share this event with anyone that might like to join us. God Bless You! Todd, Kristen, Tyler, Jake, and Ellie (from Heaven) Click Share Some Love, Ellie’s Way! to join us!

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Maverick and Ellie A creature was born in the name of Grief four years ago. He was a little daschund puppy name Maverick. Although I wasn’t around during his early days, here’s what I imagine. As with every litter, there is a runt, and he was the runt. Not only was he small, but he is blind in one eye. He was picked on and mistreated by his siblings and by his owner, a little boy with a chip on his shoulder. This boy didn’t know any better, but he tormented little Maverick daily. When Maverick didn’t understand, he was kicked. When he was hungry, he ate whatever he could. Maverick’s world was unpredictable, unfair, and a challenge every day. Maverick is Grief. One day we were driving by an old house with a sign “Puppies for sale!” My kids had been bugging me forever and we couldn’t help ourselves. We stopped and saw poor little Maverick. After Ellie held him, it was obvious he was coming home with us. Ellie and Maverick became best of friends. They visited all the neighbors, made videos together, and walked every day. Despite Maverick’s background, he was a good friend to Ellie. She called him Maverick the “Wolf” because of his sometimes “dark” side. A few weeks after Ellie died, Maverick was running around the living room and barking. We looked in to watch him. He was running up to a large picture of Ellie. He would stop, look at her, and bark […]

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It’s hard to believe it has been two years since Ellie’s death on January 20th, 2012. On Monday, January 20th, 2014, we want to remember Ellie’s wonderful zest for life. We know she would be thrilled with all of us creating new memories serving others. Please help us remember Ellie by performing a random act of kindness or serving someone in need. Please feel free to share any ideas, memories, pictures, or stories that result from this day. Ellie loved pink, writing encouraging sticky notes, laughing, and playing with her friends. Ellie Ruth Nigro – 02/15/05 – 01/20/12. You are loved, missed, and remembered! Feel free to share this event with anyone that might like to join us. God Bless You! Todd, Kristen, Tyler, Jake, and Ellie (from Heaven) Click Share Some Love on Ellie’s 2nd Angelversary Event to join us!

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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We received a beautiful gift for Christmas that will be treasured forever… Our artistic friend, Tammy, drew this amazing picture of Ellie with the following poem. The art is being framed for Christmas. The best gifts are those from the heart. Sanctum by Beulah B. Malkin I built a tiny garden In a corner of my heart I kept it just for lovely things And bade all else depart And ever was there music And flowers blossomed fair; And never was it perfect Until you entered there

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Ellie absolutely loved pink! She loved… pink shoes pink hats pink shirts pink pants pink earrings pink underwear pink socks pink animals pink pillowcases pink candy pink sticky notes pink everything! Pink is a reminder of Ellie — warm, inviting, loving…

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We received this message around Ellie’s first angelversary, and it touched our hearts deeply. Dear Nigro Family, As you know it has been a year since Ellie passed away and I just wanted to share with you and your family a personal memory that I have of Ellie. I’ve been thinking about sharing this with you for some time now, but it’s been difficult for me to put my memory into words. I work at a child care center where Ellie used to visit. I watched Ellie laugh and play so many times and every time I saw her, it just made my day. I was the one who got the privilege of getting to know her, and I got to know her pretty well. This memory is my last memory of her and I think about it all the time. January 18th, 2012, was the last time I saw Ellie. That day for me was really bad. Any and everything that could go wrong did. I failed a quiz, was late for work, ran out of gas, broke my favorite pair of sunglasses, and the list goes on. Work was hectic that day. I remember one baby just screaming and causing my ever growing headache to get worse. Finally, Ellie came in with a smile as always and ran off to play with the other kids. I joined them in a game that Ellie was making up and after a while I became distant. I suffer from depression and […]

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Ellie’s Love by G W (Bill) Marshall A very precious and unique little girl, Has got her wings and angel’s smile, For when the scroll did first unfurl, Was found her name that meant beguile. This princess that angels found with joy, With such innocence they all blushed And curiosity death could not destroy, But on arrival, the angels’ choir hushed. Only love was found in this tiny vessel, That grieving hearts held so very dear, And in an angel’s arms she would nestle, While Jesus turned aside to shed a tear. G W (Bill) Marshall /January 19, 2013

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“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” – Unknown This picture was taken in our front yard in Ellie’s garden. There is but one pink flower. There was but one beautiful Ellie. For those that don’t know, Ellie’s favorite color was pink.

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As I was finally slowing going through the hundreds of cards and letters that we received, I found this letter from our friend Kerry and it was so beautiful. These things are hidden treasures in the wonderful stack of goodwill that was sent our way. We appreciate all the love and support that has come our way. The video below contains a reading of the letter by a kind volunteer. one third by Kerry Worley you lost one third of your life today. it slipped away from you like a feather in the wind, no second opinion, no chemo, no pumps or shunts, no internet search, no new medications, no prayer groups, no guru. just gone. giggling, warm, and alive at breakfast, and a different, terrible world by dinner. you lost one third of all you bore, all you nursed, all you played with, cried for, laughed with, all you worried about. one third of all you took to the doctor, took to lessons, took to practice, cheered for, corrected, praised, educated, and loved. loved with all of your heart. one third of all you made plans for, all you had hopes for, all you would die for. one third of all you protected with all of the fierceness you could ever muster. gone at the whim of something unimaginable. one third of you is gone. but Ellie was more than a third. more than just one of three children. she was, as all children are, everything. your baby, your […]

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Smile for the Ages by Todd Nigro (Ellie’s Dad) Ellie, each day with you was special, it’s hard to express, I loved your voice, smile, laugh, and your sweet tenderness. Your joyful, playful spirit was such a contagious one, A minute in your presence was bursting with fun. I always enjoyed our adventures playing on the beach, It’s heart breaking to realize you’re not within my reach. You were so amazing and beautiful in so many ways, Sincere, giving, and loving through all of your days. I wish I could hug you right now, why did you have to go? These days are hard without you, but this you should know, When the day comes to join you in that heavenly place, A beautiful smile for the ages will be on my face! Special Thanks to Michael Mackin “I want to thank you for allowing me to record your lovely poem you wrote for your daughter Ellie. Having lost my two oldest daughters, Shannon and Cynthia, and my wife of 32 years, Linda, to a drunk driver in 2007, I’ve learned to really appreciate life. Thank you for giving me the honor to help keep the memory of Ellie alive. There is one thing I’ve learned — we can lose loved ones, but no one can take from us our memories and those special moments in time.” -Michael Mackin

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