FFF ~ Lots of Good News!

Susanne at Living to Tell the Story is the hostess of this great weekly carnival that encourages us to look back over the last week and list our 5 favorites.


There was lots of good news coming to us this week via the telephone and email.

1. Our dear little niece, Miss Hope, turned 2 on Monday. She called me (well her dad actually called me) on Monday to thank me for our present and card and to fill me in on the highlights of her party. She said “Expedition”, “cake”, “thank you” , “love you”. She and all her little guests got to go on an expedition to search for stickers with little flashlights. She had a Winnie the Pooh/Heffalump Party.

2. We heard of the engagement of my cousin Jim’s son Ben to Kristin. The photo of Jim and Jeanie was taken at their son Jeff’s wedding this last June. Hopefully we’ll be able to attend Ben’s wedding, too.

3. We got a phone call from our son Dan with the good news that he passed his Spanish course and will be headed to Seattle to spend a week at home in Washington before he’s gone for 10 months. Dear and I are flying home next Wednesday so we can spend some time with him. We are so looking forward to having the whole family all together for a meal or two.

4. We also got the news on Thursday that Dan’s best friend Jamie and his wife Sarly had a sweet baby girl at 8:00 P.M.  Jamie is in the picture with Laura, Josh, and Dan. It is really great that Dan will be home at just the right time to be able to see her. We have so appreciated God bringing Jamie’s family and our family together when Dan and Jamie became friends in 2nd grade. Congratulations to Jamie and Sarly and to the grandparents Beth and Dave!! We love you guys!

5. Dear and I had lunch at my mom and dad’s last Sunday along with my brother Tim and his wife Letty. We are so blessed to have parents that are faithful to God, to each other, and to all their children. My parents are 86 and 85. My father said that he has no regrets and is ready to die whenever God chooses to take them. Every time we talked about their funeral that afternoon my Father made it singular. I know this is probably weird for some of you to read but we’ve always been able to talk about death and funerals, etc. in my family. Anyway, I’ve always pictured my parents “going home” together. I think my Father does, too. They have been married for 66 years. He and my mother took care of their parents before they died and have cared for many widows and spinsters over the years who had no one to care for them. They have extended hospitality far and wide. They were missionaries to Russia in their old age. They have “run the race well”.


Psalm 40:5 (English Standard Version)

You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.

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.

23 thoughts on “FFF ~ Lots of Good News!

  1. What an abundantly blessed week! Congratulations on all of the good news. BTW, we also talk freely here about dying and funerals. It seems healthy, and I’m glad your family is like that, too! What a special family you have!

  2. Beautiful…we have similar discussions with my 91 year old mother in law…so healthy to talk about her “good life” and her outlook for her future….Miss Hope is ADORABLE…always love seeing pictures of your loving family…YEAH for time in Seattle with family.

  3. Great things going on in your family. Everyone is smiling. How blessed you all are. We have no problem talking about deaths and funerals in my family too. Have a great weekend!

  4. Non believers find it VERY odd, I guess. But I think believers are much more at peace with the whole idea of death and dying. It doesn’t bother me at all to talk about funerals for the believing members of my extended family … but I find it very difficult to talk about death of my non-believers! I just pray they find the Lord before they die.

    It really has been a week of good and BLESSED news for you and your family! And your parents sound like just wOnderful people! Full of love and love to share! 🙂

    Have a great week Ellen!

  5. You had a WONDERFUL lot of good news this past week! How awesome is that! It doesn’t sound like it was too hard to create your Friday Five list! 😉

    Enjoy your time with your son and your family! That sounds wonderful.

  6. What a wonderful week for you and your family.
    birthdays and birthdates and family.

    That is a beautiful photo of your parents and your testimony of them blesses my heart.

    Happy weekend.

  7. Wow, all sorts of nice family stuff in this five! Miss Hope is adorable. Happy birthday to her!

    Your mom and dad are an incredible witness to what love really is. They are precious.

  8. What a wonderful tribute to your parents, they sound like great people. 66 years of marriage is something to be very proud of, I’m sure its a peaceful feeling to be their daughter.

    I love your pictures, everyone looks so happy in them 🙂

  9. I had to read #5 to Roger – he’s preaching about heaven tomorrow. What an inspiration your parents are – and what a blessing for you and so many others.

    Little Hope is a sweetie pie!

    Congratulations to Dan and enjoy your week together!

  10. Wow–you had lots of good phone calls! How pleasant. And how incredibly wonderful that you have godly parents who set a great example for the world. We need more just like them. It’s great that you talk openly about death and funerals, etc. We have nothing to fear when we die in Christ. May God continue to bless your spiritually-rich family!

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