Saturday in Huntington Beach with Hope ~

My brother Leonard, his wife Mandy and their 7 month old daughter Hope paid us a surprise visit from Dallas the last few days. Leonard had to travel to Southern California for business so Mandy and Hope joined him for the weekend.


Leonard is my baby brother, Lana G’s twin. He’s been married to Mandy for 2 years now and they were blessed with sweet little Hope in January of this year.


When my family gets together there is a lot of everything. Lots of people, lots of food, lots of plates, lots of talk and lots of laughter. We generally meet up at my sister Vera’s house in Huntington Beach because her and her husband Nick have the gift of making lots of food. We joke around about what 3 meats they will be preparing this time. The rest of us bring something to accompany all the meat they prepare. This time we had ribs, chuck roast, pineapple chicken, roasted chicken, spaghetti and meat sauce. My brother Tim and his wife Letty were all dressed up because they were headed to a wedding from our get-together. I don’t know why I had to explain that except for they are so dressed up compared to the rest of us.


Hope finally woke up and she just couldn’t take her eyes off of Jack. Jackson is my niece Michelle and Ryan’s 3 year old son. Michelle’s a blogger too and you’ll catch her in some of my photos with her camera in hand. Her blog is “Wait for It”


Some fun with Sweet Potatoes. Yes people there are going to be lots and lots of photos of Hope. I had to get my 4 hour fix before I see her again at Christmas.


After we stuffed ourselves with all that meat and salads and dessert we decided a walk down to the beach was in order. That’s the other great thing about Nick and Vera’s, it’s just a very short stroll to Huntington City Beach.



On our walk we met up with more guests for the evening and when we returned there was a gift for Hope. It was so stinkin sweet to watch her pat her Pooh Bear and give him loves.


We are so happy that our huge family does not overwhelm Hope. She seems to be able to relax with all of us. Did you catch Michelle with her camera?


Jackson entertained us with his dancing skills. He seems to be doing well with not having all the attention on him when Hope’s around.


Hope really lights up and kicks her feet when her Dzeda (grandfather) pays attention to her and he loves to entertain her. She loves her baba (grandmother). Aunt Kathy is great too. Now look at that expression on daddy and Hope’s face…hmmm.

Thanks Nick and Vera for opening your home for another fun get together.

Here’s the verse that Leonard and Mandy chose for Hope’s Baby Announcement ~

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, Therefore I have Hope in Him.”

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I posted on my blog from 2007-2015 hostage and replaced them with big black and grey boxes with threats. So discouraging…as I’m slowly trying to clean up thousands of posts!

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “Saturday in Huntington Beach with Hope ~

  1. Hi Ellen B.,
    What a HUGE family you have! Hope looks so cute with her ginormous Pooh Bear! It looks like you took a stroll down to dog beach. It’s one of Elmo’s favorite places in the world. No wonder you needed to rest today.
    Have a quiet evening.
    Oh, no luck on the car. I’m looking for a Honda Fit in blue. Everyone has black or silver, but no blue. So now I’m feeling very blue, boo hoo.
    Such is life.
    🙂 Cori G.

  2. Wow – Ellen, LOVELY pictures of Hope. She is such a doll!! I just now got a chance to sit down and catch up with my bloggy friends. I am so glad to see you have more than one post “waiting” for me to enjoy… 🙂

    And the three meats you guys had are making my mouth water…

    I had a busy weekend – my brother just left this morning. Yesterday, I spent the whole day teaching the Sewing Center, before heading off to help at a new-student event at the local Chinese Church. I am exhausted after church today, and was glad that I was able to take a nap earlier.

  3. Hope looks like such a happy baby! I was wondering how Jack would do sharing “his” Nana!! Did I count 24 plates on that HUuuuGE table? Nick and Vera have a wonderful gift of hospitality!! I have to hold my jealousy at bay when I see your great posts of family gatherings, yet I think you show some of those extra pictures of Jack just for me 😐

  4. Great job of picturing our little princess! I love it Ellen. What a great weekend, I loved it and can’t wait for Christmas Eve!!!!!

  5. What a lovely family get together, and beautiful children, beautiful baby! We are hoping to have a family get together before Christmas…what fun, I am soo looking forward to having us all together again! Annie

  6. How blessed you are with family.
    Just talking to a friend tonight with a daughter’s baby due in 3 weeks. It has been an eventful pregnancy as she has had Hodgins Lymphoma and has been having chemo once the baby got past 22 weeks and then radiation to come later I think. All halted now, so we pray that baby grows in its last three weeks. We were talking about whether she was going to be Nanna or Grandma….think it is Nanna.

    I would have chosen Nanna but have to share the friend’s grandies.
    A couple of baby quilts behind at the moment.

  7. I so wish we could have been there with all of you, but I love that I get to see the joy of our family through these wonderful pictures! 🙂

  8. You have a beautiful family! Isn’t our Hope precious?! Thanks for sharing with us. I look forward to seeing you all again.

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