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Skuteczna reklama to kwestia wyjątkowo istotna dla każdej firmy

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Skuteczna reklama to rzecz wyjątkowo ważna dla każdego przedsiębiorstwa. Doskonale wiedzą o tym wszystkie te osoby, które zdecydowały się na założenie własnej firmy. Co robić, by dobrze zacząć swoją działalność? Jak możliwie jak najlepiej promować swoją działalność? Wiadomo, że inwestycja w dobrą reklamę to podstawowy krok w kierunku zdobycia pierwszych klientów.

Sprzedajesz pożyczki prywatne? Sprawdź pożyczki ogłoszenia

Do dobra kampania reklamowa staje się dla nich najlepszą zachętą do tego by skorzystać z usług firmy, która właśnie rozpoczyna swoją działalność. Oszczędzanie na działaniach reklamowych nie są zbyt dobrym rozwiązaniem, gdyż firma bez klientów nie będzie w stanie poszerzać swej działalności. W reklamę na pewno warto zainwestować. Czy jednak trzeba wydawać na nią sporo środków finansowych? Nie! Skuteczna reklama może zaistnieć bez większych kosztów. Wystarczy umiejętnie wykorzystać takie środki, jak lokalne gazetki, media społecznościowe a także ulotki. Dzięki nim w bardzo prosty sposób można osiągnąć wspaniałe efekty, przy kosztach, które mogą się zwrócić bardzo szybko.

Skuteczna reklama to kwestia bardzo ważna dla każdej firmy

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Skuteczna reklama to sprawa wyjątkowo ważna dla każdej firmy. Doskonale wiedzą o tym wszystkie te osoby, które zaczynają prowadzenie własnej firmy. Co robić, by odpowiednio rozpocząć swoją karierę? Jak możliwie jak najlepiej zareklamować swoją firmę? Wiadomo, że inwestycja w dobrą reklamę to najważniejszy krok w stronę zdobycia nowych klientów.

Szukasz pożyczki prywatne? Sprawdź pożyczki ogłoszenia

Do skuteczna kampania reklamowa staje się dla nich najskuteczniejszą zachętą do tego by skorzystać z usług firmy, która właśnie zaczyna swoją działalność. Próby oszczędzania na promocji nie są zbyt dobrym rozwiązaniem, gdyż firma bez klientów nie jest w stanie pracować. W reklamę na pewno warto zainwestować. Czy jednak trzeba wydawać na nią dużo środków finansowych? Nie! Dobra reklama może zaistnieć bez większych wydatków. Wystarczy umiejętnie wykorzystać takie narzędzia, jak miejscowe gazetki, media społecznościowe a także ulotki. Dzięki nim w wyjątkowo prosty sposób można osiągnąć wspaniałe rezultaty, przy kosztach, które zwrócą się bardzo szybko.

Adventures of Isabelle

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Turned on the radio this morning to hear that an amazing artist (Natalie Merchant) has put old children’s poetry into song and created an album. I studied a lot of poetry in college so I immediately became immersed. Hearing her sing some of the poems was absolutely amazing. I plan to get the CD, but while researching the story behind the story, I found that Natalie wrote a song by Ogden Nash called “Adventures of Isabel”. She turned this great little poem (which I had never seen before) into a very cute, upbeat, jug-band style song that you’ll just have to hear. I am posting the lyrics here:Adventures Of Isabel

Adventures Of Isabel

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry.
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch’s face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch’s gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I’ll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant’s head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor’s talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor’s satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.

-Ogden Nash

This poem is Isabelle. It shows all her characteristics. She is adventurous, she’s is full of spirit, she is a lady, she is not afraid and she has poise and control. I cannot stop reading the last 9 lines. They literally stopped me in my tracks…

That was how Isabelle handled her last few months of battle. She was strong, showed no sign of weakness and she cured the Dr’s (and the rest of us) of our many false perceptions. She showed us that you can be strong and still be a Princess. You can experience tremendous pain and still have grace. You can do what others say is best for you and in the end show them you were right.

I would love to post the song, but hopefully you’ll get to hear it through radio, TV or by heading down to the music store. You can look up the CD “Leave Your Sleep” by Natalie Merchant or you can go here for a digital download (99 cents).


Isabelle, you are such an amazing littler girl and we miss you very much. You are my little adventurer…


Spring Has Arrived!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Hello friends and family,

We have a lot of exciting things to talk about. I’ll break it down like this:

First, we are starting up the Lawrence South Park cleaning project again this year. We had a lot of fun doing this last year and it was a great excuse to get some exercise, be with some friends and visit a park! The plan is to do the cleaning every 3rd Saturday of the month from April to October. So, that would make April 17th the first date. If you’d love to get out of the house for an hour, come on by Lawrence’s South Park at 9 am that Saturday. We will provide gloves and bags. We’ve entertained the idea of bringing donuts, but since this is a park-cleaning deal, we didn’t know if mixing food was a good idea. haha (Parking: park on the north west part of the park on E North Park St. The spots are now metered so bring some coins. See you there!!

Second, we are now officially having a 1st Annual Isabelle Ellis Memorial Golf Benefit this year! Whether you like to play golf or not, join us on June 16th from 1-8 pm (Golf from 1-5 and Dinner/Auction from 6-8). I will be posting all the details soon, so start thinking about a team. We are partnering with a Kansas City Charity called Gift of Life, whose mission is to spread awareness about organ donation. They do so many great things for the community, it’s amazing. The event will run all afternoon and end with a great dinner and silent auction event. So, if you don’t golf, join us for dinner! Mark your calendar for June 16th! More info to come.

Third, the website retool has taken longer than expected. Thus, the new bracelet sale page is not up yet. We have 100’s of bracelets for sale and we’ll be selling them online soon so hang in there! If you want to help us sell, please contact us using the contacts page, we’ll definitely take any volunteers. It makes for a great community project!

Next, we’ll be attending Cooper’s Cause Bowl-A-Thon on April 10th from 1-2 pm. If you feel like you want to join us, let us know, if not, I am sure they’ll love to see you regardless. Head over to this site to check out the details: Cooper’s Cause helped us during our hospital stay in KC and they are a great cause for the Lawrence Community.

Fifth, our 1st annual Isabelle Ellis Memorial Scholarship at Children’s Mercy is off to a great start. We have many applicants to choose from and we’ll be selecting a lucky nurse very soon. Then we’ll get to present a check to that special nurse at a wonderful lunch event at the hospital. It’s a great way to remember Isabelle, help the nursing community and to give back. The $500 scholarship will go towards tuition and/or books. We’re very excited!

Also, Gift of Life has a really great event coming up! It’s call Go See Do and it looks like a TON of fun. Per the site:

GoSeeDoKC is a unique fundraising event for Gift of Life that you won’t want to miss!  It all takes place on a saturday afternoon. Guests select from one of ten tours that take you behind the scenes at some of Kansas City’s most unique venues followed by a celebration and auction at Starlight Theatre’s Helzberg Diamonds’ VIP Club. All tours begin at 1 pm and the celebration starts at 3 pm…..or as soon as you get there!


I highly encourage you to hop on into this event. Isabelle’s HOPE charity’s mission is about giving back to the community, raising awareness of heart defects & disease and about advocating for organ donation. Gift of Life is such an amazing charity that really hits a home run regarding the advocating for organ donation. We are so happy to be involved with them and we can’t say how important it is to show support for this organization. Naturally, we’re looking at the #1 event: Chocolate! Isabelle loved, loved, loved chocolate and so does her father. :)

Finally, we want to thank everyone for their continued support. Thanks to all those who made such loving, caring donations of time and money to us. We plan to put every dollar to use as a part of our mission. We’re managing right now with a very low overhead so that means maximum effect for your donations!

We’re so happy that Spring has arrived and we’re very excited about all the activities this year. Please keep watching for our next update and reminders about these great events.

Warmest regards,

With love,

Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Big Ben

One year

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Hello family and friends,

As I sit and look at our new two month old son, I can’t help but see a spark of our Princess Isabelle. It’s been one year and there are still so many reminders of what happened to us not long ago…

You know the story and you know how it ended. What you should know is that we could not have survived with our sanity if it wasn’t for the support of all of you. As the day went by today I remembered every single thing that you did for us:

Caring for Elorah on the weekends, visiting us at the hospital, eating dinnner with one of us, bringing Isabelle balloons, flowers, books and gifts, the wonderful posts on our guest book, helping us sell bracelets to raise money for the transplant, the kind words exchanged, the thought and care into those words, running a silent auction and helping us raise money, volunteering your skills to help us join COTA, giving us extra time off, allowing us to focus on Isabelle’s care, the cards, helping us make through each day, coming to see us in St Louis, listening to our updates each day over the phone, sending us txt messages, sharing our story with friends and family, donating money to our transplant fund, helping us get in the newspaper and on TV, telling your church to add us to the prayer chain, the hugs, being there for us in the end, helping us setup all the decorations at the funeral, fighting the cold and snow to see Isabelle one last time, the tears, the understanding…

You’ve all done so much for us and you keep doing so much. We’ve forged so many close relationships through our experiences. We’ve met new families who have had their own tragedies. We’ve learned to pick up and carry on. We’ve learned how to mourn and we’ve learned how to celebrate Isabelle’s life.

I woke up a few times in the night remembering each hour that led up to Dec 11th. I remembered the calls that Tangela made to me with updates “her blood pressure has been unstable all night”. I remember thinking “we’ll get through this, it’s just another bump in the road”. I remember that morning, I had no idea what was to come. It’s like you’re a warrior and you’ve done battle every day for 108 days straight and you get up, put on your armor and shield and you go to work. Why was this day any different? I think Isabelle’s spirit knew. It was the first night in a long time that Amanda and I were not in the room with Isabelle. We had our guardian Angel watching over our precious, sweet Isabelle. Numb may be a word I’d choose. We were somewhat numb from being in the ICU so long. Well, the numbness would turn to shock and disbelief very quickly. As I walked to the hospital, I got a call “you need to come here quickly”. So I ran. When I got there, the Dr’s were doing compressions. It’s as if Isabelle’s spirit was saying “I don’t want Mommy and Daddy to go through this anymore”. By the time we got there they had just barely stablized her pulse, but it was too late. Still we held on and we clung to the belief that Isabelle could pull through this. It would have to be a true miracle for sure. As the hours went by the Dr’s told us that she was not going to recover. It was too late. I struggle to find reason about all this, but these things I know as fact:

1. If I didn’t have faith; I wouldn’t have my sanity.

2. Isabelle possessed strength and wisdom beyond her years.

3. We couldn’t have done so well if we didn’t have the support from you.

4. Elorah & Ben have helped us more than I can explain.

5. Isabelle is in Heaven and yet her Spirit visits us often.

Someday I hope to explain to you how I know all these things, but for now you just have to trust me. That day we said goodbye to our Warrior Princess, our little Tiger, but it’s only a short departure. I know she’s being well taken care of by family and friends. Gracie, Connor, Scott, Jason K, Uncle Jim, Thadd, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s just to name a few. I am positive that they are all having a great time together and that Isabelle is making them laugh like she made us laugh.

For now, we will carry on with her Memorial and we’re making new plans for 2010. We’ll be working with Gift of Life of Kansas City to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. We’ll be making changes to the website, selling things to raise money and giving hope to others.

At 8:03 pm tonight, please stop what you are doing, hug someone you love and think about our sweet little Princess Isabelle. Remember her as your friend, your ballerina, your Princess, your darling, your inspiration, your source for humor, your artist and your hope. She’s definitely thinking about you.

Thank you so much for all the love and support.

Thanks to Pastor Michael at the Eudora Methodist Church for his guidance.

Thanks to our mother’s and father’s and our family for helping us bear this pain.

Thanks to our friends for carrying us through this.

Thank you Tangela, we love you.

We love you all,

Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Benjamin.

Oct park cleaning date moved

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Hello friends and family,

We will NOT be cleaning South Park tomorrow (Oct 10). Instead we are moving the October date for the South Park cleaning to October 17th at 10am. I (Chris) will be out of town attending the funeral for our friend Gracie who passed away on 10/1 and (not to mention) it will be freezing cold tomorrow morning.

Hopefully the weather will be nicer on October 17th (or we’ll have to move the date again).

Thank you for your support!

Also, Isabelle and Elorah’s little brother Benjamin is doing great. He’s been home for several days now and he’s doing very well (as is his Mommy). Elorah has been taking good care of him and is very excited (except when he cries).

Lots of love and hugs to all,

Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Ben

Lots of updates: some good, some sad

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hello friends,

We wanted to share some important updates to you today. We’ll jump right in. First of all, we send a big ‘thank you‘ for those that were able to attend the graveside memorial services. We really wanted to bring everyone together during the good weather and share some time of reflection. The headstone looks amazing and everyone enjoyed the balloon release, butterfly release, decorations, cookies and apple juice.

It was so nice to see such a great show of support, lot’s of warm faces. We leaned heavily on friends, family and the community and we are so grateful to be surrounded by such good people.

We understand that some could not make it due to the long distance so we’ll be posting some pictures soon.

The Good News:


We have a son! Baby Benjamin was born on 10/1 in Lawrence. Both he and mother are doing great. It’s the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.

The Sad News:


Dear friends of ours lost their daughter Gracie to heart failure on 10/1. Gracie was waiting for transplant and had her Fontan Procedure (she had HLHS like Isabelle) in April. Gracie was in and out of the hospital over the summer and she went in for a valve repair in August, which did not give her the relief she needed. She was listed for transplant, but struggled with complications of heart failure. Her parents took her home on Tuesday and she passed away peacefully just after midnight on 10/1. Her story can be read here: This loss really struck home with us because we went through it as well. We were not able to take Isabelle home and we are so glad Gracie got to spend some time at home before her passing.


Also, some friends of ours who have a girl who is struggling with a rare type of brain disorder. Her name is Rainbow (Rainy) and she has a website at: She recently suffered a major health scare when she was found in her room, having suffered a seizure.  It’s very hard to read about the constant pain this little angel goes through each day. Her parents are veterans at Children’s Mercy and the future is uncertain as to when relief will come - because treatment is not easy with brain disorders.


A couple (Sarah and Jared) we met through Rainy’s parents have been struggling with the loss of their son in February. They are selling bracelets to help raise funds to cover the funeral costs. His Mommy setup a Facebook group to help sell the bracelets. Go to: and read more. Natually, if you contact us we’ll get your however many bracelets you want. Please consider this and please consider passing this on.

Thanks again for helping us, supporting us and sharing time with us. We sincerely appreciate everything you’ve done for us. It is our goal to turn our loss into hope for others. The Isabelle Ellis HOPE Memorial Fund does just that. We are so happy to keep Isabelle’s spirit alive through this charity and we thank you for your support.

Warm regards, Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Ben.

Memorial Services Planned

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Hello everyone,

We wanted to share with you that we’ll be having memorial services for Isabelle, graveside, on Sunday, September 20th at 4 PM. Services will be 30-60 minutes (depending on how many stories we all share).

At this event we plan to unveil Isabelle’s headstone, share stories and talk about our Warrior Princess. The services will be a time for us to gather, remember and celebrate Isabelle’s life. Our Pastor (Michael Tomson-DeGreeff), who presided over Isabelle’s funeral services, will be there to preside over the services.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

We are planning to have a butterfly release, share some sugar cookies and apple juice (Isabelle’s favorite) as well as a balloon release.

The rain out date for this event will be September 27th.

Please join us.

If you would like to share a story about your experiences with Isabelle or you would to share a story about Isabelle’s spirit after her passing, please do so. At this event we’d love to hear your stories.

Thank you for all your support!

With love,

Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^, Elorah and Jr to be (due 10/1)

P.S. We’ll be at Lawrence’s South Park (11th & Mass St) tomorrow morning (Sept 12) at 9 AM for our monthly park clean-up. If it is raining, we’ll cancel. Cleanup usually takes us about 1 hour. It’s great exercise, there a huge place for kids to play and it’s nice to get out and enjoy the park.

Prayers for a Friend

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Hello friends, family and kindred spirits,

We write tonight to ask for special prayers for a friend of ours who is going through a difficult time right now. Her name is Gracie and she’s currently experiencing heart failure and is waiting for heart transplant.

The story of Gracie’s family is extremely familiar to us. Her parents Ross and Shannon have our deepest sympathy and strongest support. Our hearts broke when we got word that Gracie would need a transplant, but we were joyful to hear that she was successfully listed.

Gracie was born with a complex heart defect, like Isabelle, that carries with it a series of operations and complications. In Gracie’s case, she had her Fontan in April and she got to go home, but she’s been in/out of the hospital all summer and her family is needing to be surrounded with love, thoughts and prayers.

Gracie recently underwent a procedure to repair a heart valve that did seem to offer the level of support that we all had hoped. Her situation has become more serious and she’s going to need a new heart.

I know there are some sleeping giants out there who can really call in some big prayers, please do so for Gracie. She deserves to have that chance at life and she deserves to go home, healthy and happy.

You can keep up with Gracie and her family at by clicking here. They belong to Caring Bridge - like we do.

Please share her story with friends, family, prayer groups, etc.

Thank you very much. You’re awesome.

With lots of love, Chris, Amanda, ^Isabelle^ and Elorah

Give Life, Be An Organ Donor

One year later…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Hello dear friends,

Today is a special day. We all wish we were celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Isabelle’s Fontan with jubilee, however, that’s not the case. It was one year ago that we took Isabelle to Children’s Mercy for her Fontan. Amanda and I were talking yesterday about it and we remember the days leading up and the day itself - just like it was yesterday. Then the tears came. A year ago Isabelle had been riding her bike which she got from the tooth fairy, she had made a big batch of sugar cookies (you’ve seen the video), learned to climb a tree, went on her last park visit and spent time in the garden with Mommy and Sissy. We built our first fort and played in it. We celebrated Elorah’s b-day early so Isabelle could participate (I am so glad we did that). We were just ready to get the Fontan over with so we could get on with our lives. We felt in our hearts that Isabelle would just be in the hospital for 3 weeks max. We wanted to cross this bridge and not look back. Little did we know.

I remember taking Isabelle in. She packed a suitcase with a dress, her Tiggy and she put on her favorite summer dress. She was very calm and serene the entire morning. Surely she saw the fear on our faces, but she kept strong. She never questioned or stopped to ask “Why I am doing this? Where are we going?” or never put up a fight about it. It was as if her spirit was calmed. We met with the nurses, then the anethesiologist, then the surgeon. We asked a few questions, but we knew the drill. At this point, we were scared to death and we were now leaning on Isabelle’s strength. We watched her confidence and it gave us confidence.

We took Isabelle down that fateful corridor and before the sedatives kicked in, we said our goodbyes. We gave her lots of hugs and kisses and gave her over to the nurse. How I wish I would have just grabbed her back and ran…

We quietly walked back to the waiting room and we decided to go to the Ronald McDonald house. Our first update came in that they’ve started the anesthesia, then another update about the clearing of scar tissue, then another about the placement of the pacemaker, then another about the surgery, then another about her being out of surgery. It was long and hard for us. Very hard. At this point, I just wanted her to be out of there, I wanted her back.

When she was taken to the ICU we got our first look and it gave me flashbacks of when we saw her after her other surgeries. It’s a scary sight, lots of monitors, IV’s, equipment and staff buzzing around. It was hard to stay calm and focus, but we did it for Isabelle.

For the rest of my life I’ll always have the memories of Isabelle before surgery, for the rest of my life I’ll always wish it was August 24th, 2008. It’s one of those days you wish you could go back to and change things. For the next 108 days Isabelle would fight through complication after complication, procedure after procedure, and she’d prevail every time. She never quit fighting, even until her poor, tired heart truly failed. She exhibited the strength of a tiger and the grace of a Princess and so she became the Warrior Princess.

Isabelle, my Isabella-boo, Mommy and Daddy miss you so much…we miss you so much.

We love you Isabelle, forever and ever, you are our Princess, our Warrior Princess.

Mommy, Daddy, Elorah and your soon-to-be baby brother (due in a month)

P.S. If you have time, please listen to this song: (we played 1000’s of hours of Enya while in the hospital, this song included)

Here are the lyrics

Only Time by Enya

Who can say where the road goes, Where the day flows?
Only time…

And who can say if your love grows, As your heart chose?
Only time…

Who can say why your heart sighs, As your love flies?
Only time…

And who can say why your heart cries, When your love lies?
Only time…


Who can say when the roads meet, That love might be,
In your heart.

And who can say when the day sleeps, If the night keeps all your heart?
Night keeps all your heart…

(long interlude)

Who can say if your love grows, As your heart chose?
Only time…

And who can say where the road goes, Where the day flows?
Only time…

Who knows?
Only time…

Who knows?
Only time…