Looking Back at 2009…

Ellen b.’s highlights for the year 2009! It’s all about Family, Friends, Food, and Walking! God has blessed us richly!

This will be my First Fave Five post for 2010. I apologize up front for the way over 5 photo overload!! Please visit Susanne at Living to Tell the Story to join in with Friday’s Fave Five…


Weekend getaway to the Central Coast in California over Martin Luther King weekend.


Walking throughout the year is always a highlight! Early Saturday morning walks with Dear at Emma Wood. Walks in Willow’s neighborhood or an occasional beach walk or a walk at the Blueberry Farm with Joy always provides good fellowship and encouragement. Walks in the Seattle area on the Burke Gilman trail with my Saturday morning walking buddies Jan and Jody (we have been doing this for 10 years now). An occasional walk on the Burke Gilman during the week with my friend Beth. I love to walk with people not alone…and if there’s a donut shop at the end of the walk that’s icing on the cake! :0)


My birthday celebration in March at the Tam O’ Shanter.


The tragic tea in April where my mother fell and had to spend her tea time at the hospital.


Easter is my favorite holiday of the year because of what Christ accomplished for us. This was the first year we made Kulich (Russian Easter Bread) on our own, too!


In May my brother’s family arrived just in time for Mother’s Day, a couple birthday parties and then we had a family outing at Disneyland!


Memorial Weekend in Seattle.


June ~ The Sounders were in L.A. and we had a quick visit with Josh…


End of June my cousin’s son got married and we stopped in for the fabulous event on our roadtrip to Seattle.


Fourth of July in Seattle…


Later in July my niece visited and we did some fun touristy things including a Mariner’s game.


August we made a quick ferry trip to Vancouver Island to see Butchart Gardens and Victoria!



Later in August brought another visit from Brother and his family to Southern California. We again enjoyed meals, a baby shower, and Disneyland!



September we celebrated Dear’s birthday at Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.


On Labor Day our son headed out for his new vocation and Dear and I made another trip to the Central Coast.


September 29th Katie and I made a day trip to Vancouver, B.C. and visited Stanley Park and the Aquarium.


In October we re-did the tragic tea but this time there were no tragedies. The newest member of the family was in attendance.


November was filled with great family events. New Mexico to attend Daniel’s graduation.


Our Annual Black Friday Tea after shopping at Goodwill.


Fun times with our Thanksgiving Company.


Thanksgiving Day…


December brought a fun celebration of Katie’s completion of her degree.


Christmas 2009!


Our last big celebration of the year is Katie’s birthday which falls on December 27th!

If you managed to make it through all of this, congratulations! Hoping for a year of acknowledging daily God’s blessings in our lives…

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

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

22 thoughts on “Looking Back at 2009…

  1. I really enjoyed this personal view of you and your family, Ellen! You have a beautiful family. Fabulous mosaics!I hope 2010 brings you and your family more happiness, love, peace, health and prosperity….Christine

  2. Fantastic! Now you need to go straight to Shutterfly and add all those pictures into a family album. I always make Calendar of our highlights for our family and they look so forward to this event…Do it while your mind is fresh….Come on over on Sunday…I’m tutoring my SIL how to make Shutterfly albums. You would love it.

  3. I had fun walking through your year with you. These blogs are the best way to keep track of the past years events. Especially as I find my memory becoming fuzzy and time speeding faster and faster.

    Keep on blogging Ellen b. I am blessed by you and your insights.

  4. You have had a wonderful fun filled YEAR! WOW! I hope your next 52 weeks are as happy as the last 52 were! And I would SO love to join you for tea! πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  5. What a neat photo collage look back at the year! I had missed hearing about your mom’s fall! I hope whatever damages she incurred weren’t long-lasting and troublesome.

    I see common themes — tea, travel, family, walking — and smiles!

  6. Such great collages of memories, Ellen. You had so many wonderful favorites throughout the year!

    Happy New Year to you and your family. May you be richly blessed in 2010.

  7. I love seeing highlights of your year in pictures. What a wonderful thing for your family as well. It helps that you take such lovely photos.

    It looks like its been a wonderful year for you . . .

  8. What a fabulous way to review the year. Your photos are spectacular and I love the way you have arranged them for such clear and easy viewing.
    What a beautiful family!

  9. As always, I love your photos! This was a fun way to ‘wrap up’ the year’s favorites!

    I pray your 2010 brings as many (and more) blessings!

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