In Retrospect…

…2010 was a very eventful year for our family!



A job interview for Dear in Seattle.

Dan completes the first stage of his training and flies home to Seattle for a week before he leaves again for a 10 month training period in Yuma, Arizona.


February ~

Dear and I fly to Seattle to spend some time with Dan before he leaves again.

Katie’s boyfriend Andrew flies to Seattle for us to meet him and spends a week with us.

Dear receives a job offer and gives notice at his current job.

We put our condo in California on the market.

Sad goodbyes to good friends and family in Southern California.


Dear’s last day at his California job and we pack up and leave on a 3 day roadtrip with our vehicles packed to the gills.


March ~

Arrive home in Seattle for good for now…

Seattle Sounders opening game for the season.

Celebrate my birthday in LaConner and get the amazing experience of seeing Snow Geese.


April ~

Easter Sunday meal at our house with Kulich that Lana and I made for the 2nd year in a row.


La Conner to meet up with 5 of the Mennonite girls for the first time!


Return to California to supervise the condo being packed up and our stuff moved to Seattle.

Katie joins me in California and we enjoy 2 days packed with family gatherings.


May ~

Andrew comes for another visit with Katie.


June ~

CONDO SELLS and escrow closes!


Andrew arrives for another visit before his Bootcamp begins.


World Cup begins

Family kayaking trip


Katie walks in her graduation from the University of Washington.


July ~

Uncle Ray dies ~ we attend funeral in Yuba City, Ca.

Lavender Festival


Family visits



August ~

Trip to Eastern Washington

Mennonite Girls Can Cook Summit in British Columbia to sign contract for our new cookbook.


September ~

2 days of nonstop fun with the Mennonite Girls in Abbotsford and Chiliwack.


South Carolina with Katie to attend Andrew’s graduation from Marine boot camp Parris Island.


Andrew asks Katie to marry him.

October ~


Wedding Dress Shopping


Trip to Dallas with Dear to visit Leonard, Mandy and Miss Hope.


November ~

Dan is back in Washington after completing all his hands on training.


Early Thanksgiving celebration before Dan heads to his new home and work in North Eastern Washington.


Tim and Letty are here for Thanksgiving and the girls continue our Tea tradition.


Katie flies to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with Andrew and part of his family.

December ~

We celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary on Whidbey Island.


Dan arrives for a couple days for our Christmas celebration.


Andrew arrives for 10 day leave from the Marines for Christmas.

Wonderful Christmas with all our kids and future kid Andrew…


Celebrations continue with Katie’s birthday and New Years Eve…


God is faithful and his goodness to us is always good to consider and reflect on. That’s what I’m doing with this post.

The Lord knows what 2011 holds for us and we trust Him to get us through…

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

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

19 thoughts on “In Retrospect…

  1. What a year you had – when you write it all down it is daunting. I hope that 2011 holds every good thing for you and yours.

  2. And you have shared every last bit of this with all of us. My how fast a year goes. Such wonderful photos. Awesome year you had my friend. 🙂 And I’m sure you are going to be as busy this year. WOOT!!!

  3. what a good review of an eventful year. My best wishes for the new year. Love the My Hope is Built hymn words you’ve printed … I miss singing that.

  4. Gosh, Ellen… loved this backward glance… I’ve got a tear in my eye! :o) Wishing you & all of yours the very best of health, happiness, peace & joy in 2011! ((HUGS))

  5. What a glorious idea… this “2010 in Retrospect” post. I loved reading about you & your family.

    Much health & happiness in 2011… for us all, eh? 🙂

    Sincerely~ Andrea

  6. Ellen. .it is clear to see how much you love your family and how much they love you. I pray you have a wonderful 2011. We all will love following the wedding plans here on the blog. I would have loved to have seen a peek at that dress. .but I can wait. .I love surprises.

  7. Beautifully done Ellen! It was great seeing you at least once last year, but I can “visit” thorugh your descriptive blogging. God’s blessings on you in 2011!

  8. It’s fun to see the year like this … so many highlights …
    You also have much to look forward to in this coming year. May God continue to bless your family . . . each where they are … and continue to bring you together with thankful hearts.

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