turn me up when you feel low

January 27, 2012

I was talking to my friend Ann and she described the boost we get from creativity and connecting as a spiritual airlift and I was all,

YES. That’s the best thing to say and yes.

Then one night I was mixing baby cereal and Elsie didn’t think I was doing it fast enough, and with her teething fuss fussing she was MAD. So while I stirred I started lip-syncing and dancing to the music that was playing in the kitchen. She stopped crying and started watching, wide-eyed and smiling.

I said to myself, Ellie would love this, because I think about Ellie and her struggle with cancer all the time. I think about how she’s too far away. And I know how much she loves it when I do weird things, so I knew that if she was there in the kitchen, she’d be dancing and laughing with us.

Ellie and Elsie have this connection that can’t be explained in any other way than something that is born in heart and soul. (Remember how Ellie is the person who received Elsie Jane’s first real smiles? Like upon meeting her?) So I just love how this idea was born out of a moment with Elsie Jane, with Ellie on my heart.

I knew Ellie could obviously use a spiritual airlift (or many), so I asked some friends to help me make it come to life. The result is what came together through our silly and Ellie-loving hearts.


The way we care about you is proof that we can live a hundreds of miles away and have most of our communication and connection online, and still come to know and love someone in a very real way. So. Here’s the ridiculous and heartfelt video born out of a moment with EJ.

Your friends? We’re with you…

(if you have trouble with this stalling, it may play better if you push play and then push pause and let it buffer up a little bit and then push play again)

Operation Spiritual Airlift from Heather King on Vimeo.


{Featuring: Jessica Bern~Ann Imig~Maggie~Eileen~Becky~Smacksy and Lee and family}

This was totally not possible without the editing skills and immeasurable patience of someone who shall remain nameless because his humility will not allow the praise. {No, it is not my husband. Although, he was also supportive by listening to me constantly talk about this. ahem.}



Becky (Princess Mikkimoto) January 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

We love you Ellie!!!
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Eileen January 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

My heart’s a stereo for YOU, Ellie. Turn me up when you feel low. GREAT job, Heather, and everyone involved!! (Did I just compliment myself?!? I think maybe I just did. You know what I mean.) XOXO

Leslie January 27, 2012 at 11:24 am

This is so great! Women should support each other. Sometimes, things seem to get in the way – kids, job, family…
I follow Ellie’s blog as well. I know things are rough right now, and I hope this makes her smile!

alita January 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Um, Ellie is beacon of light and helpfulness for others so this is PERFECT. :) Hell yeah!

Kim Tracy Prince January 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This is so amazing it made me cry. You girls are the bestest.

Lisa/MommyMo January 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

This is so great and it makes me teary-eyed. Friends and family have the power to buoy us up when we cannot do it ourselves. Love, love, love.
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Danielle Smith January 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This is amazing…. so much love for sweet, beautiful Ellie! What a gift. You friends are good people.
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Mother Ruckus January 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm

What an awesome show of love and support! Whenever I feel down, dancing and singing always lift me up! Love the power of music!

Jamie January 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

this was so awesome!!! I cried and laughed, and I was super impressed! YAY! Prayers for Ellie <3
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Galit Breen January 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

This, is so, so amazing. Love, and so much of it.

{Well done ladies!} xo
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Kim January 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

It turned out so great!!! SO sad I ciouldn’t get my act together to make my video. Love you so much Ellie!!!!! xoxoxoxoxox
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nicole January 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

This lifted me and it wasn’t even for me! What gifts you are to Ellie.
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SoberJulie January 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

You all ROCK!!!

Love you Ellie dammit
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Ann January 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thank you for calling in (some of) the troops. You’re an amazing amazing friend. Love you.
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tracy@sellabitmum January 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

So. damn. awesome.
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Erica@PLRH January 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

Such love! <3
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Adventures In Babywearing January 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

*I* needed this more than you know. LOVE it. That’s some TALENT! Praying for Ellie, too. Friends are the best.

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Kendra January 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

So mortified that I missed this! It’s beautiful, Heather, and I’m sure it worked wonders.

Ellie January 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I did a whole thank you post at my blog, and told the story of how this video arrived at EXACTLY the moment I needed it most. No exaggeration.. amazing friends and their higher powers worked wonders to lift me up during a really dark time.

Heather – I’ve said it to you a million times before, and I’ll say it a million more – I LOVE YOU. And I’m so, so grateful for our friendship.


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Allison Zapata January 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Amazing!!! Beautiful girls….outside, and inside where it counts. xoxoxoxo

Kaycee January 30, 2012 at 9:35 am

That is SO amazing and beautiful! What love!!

MommaKiss January 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

the power of friendship is incredible, not to mention dancing. That’s powerful, too. You people are great. Just plain old great.
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jubilee January 30, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Wow. Got all teary. What a great group of friends God has blessed you with.
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Karen Duggan February 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

Too awesome! ELLIE, my heart’s a stereo for you, too!! xoxox (PS-Jessica Bern needs to be getting some rappin’ gigs off of this)
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Christine @ Coffees & Commutes February 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

This is just incredible. Truly. xo
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Laura February 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm

You rock. What an awesome group of friends!!

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