My Cup Was Filled…

…to overflowing yesterday!

I keep thanking God for his goodness to me expressed in so many ways yesterday through family and friends. Truly it was a day full of joy and gladness for me from start to finish and I still get to celebrate today!


Our day started out with an invitation for brunch at Josh and Laura’s. What I didn’t know was that Dan had taken an extra day off so he could drive over the Cascades to help celebrate my birthday. I was so overjoyed to see him when he walked in the room. I just had to keep saying his name. Thank you Josh, Laura and Dear for surprising me! Thanks Dan for driving the 6 hours one way to celebrate my birthday. The last time we had seen Dan was at Christmas. Tonight the 5 of us are going out to dinner downtown.

From brunch Dear and I headed North to meet up with 5 of the Mennonite girls and their guys for dinner at the Chuckanut Manor.


We had a room to ourselves overlooking the Chuckanut Bay.


What fun to meet all the husbands. Thank you Anneliese, Marg, Lovella, Judy and Kathy for driving across the line with your husbands to join Dear and me for a wonderful evening. I’ll never forget it…unless old age messes with my brain.


The food was delicious and the conversations were lively.


There were songs sung and candles silenced. And if that wasn’t enough I got showered with cards and gifts from Canada and Africa. I also got showered with Loonies and Toonies to send to Willow for a classroom assignment. You might be wondering about that loaf of bread. It’s the Mennonite Girls Can Cook traveling loaf that began it’s journey the day the Mennonite Girls all met for the first time at the Abbotsford airport. Yep! It’s harder than a rock but it is traveling on…


The rain subsided for our dinner time and we were afforded some beautiful views.




Seriously I was overwhelmed in a good way and I don’t take for granted the gift of family and friends that God has blessed me with!

Sixty is looking real good!

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.

26 thoughts on “My Cup Was Filled…

  1. YAY…Happy Birthday dear Ellen! I’m celebrating from afar the wondrous YOU that God created! You have touched my life from a great distance and encouraged me…God used you to pull me up and change my focus. HAPPY DAY!

  2. A very happy birthday to you dear Ellen!! What an absolutely fabulous day – from beginning to end!! Such a sweet surprise to have your dear boy surprise you – it makes me tear up here thinking how you must have felt. And then to have the MG get together – what a party!!

    You make me look forward to turning 60!

    Much love and prayers for a wonderful year!!

  3. Oh Ellen B, I missed your birthday!!!! I’m so sorry, but I’m here now to wish you a happiest one and I hope the merriment continues throughout the week. It looks like you were truly blessed this year!!!!

    xoxo cori g.

  4. Ellen,

    Happy Birthday to you. It sounds like you had a delicious week-end in more ways than one. I was warm and fuzzy all overfrom reading and seeing your pictures. Are you going to make the birthday last all week….my kids always tried that.
    See ya Tuesday?

  5. What a wonderful way to celebrate. Happy, happy birthday. I am so blessed to have you as a sister. I love you dearly.

  6. Ellen it might be your birthday that we are celebrating but because of that. . I also came home last night with my cup overflowing. I hope you have the most fantastic day with your family today ..and enjoy the remainder of your birthday celelbrations throughout the week.

  7. ‘This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Ps.118:24

    Rejoicing with you on your special day and wishing you many blessings on the journey ahead.

    Last night was such a good time!

  8. You are so blessed to have a circle of new friends celebrating with you! I am looking forward to reading about how you celebrate this year.

  9. Happy birthday Ellen! It has been so nice seeing your special celebration on many blogs today. Keep that loaf of bread safe till the next get is become a wonderful icon of friendship!

  10. Happy Birthday to You! Glad you had a nice time. Chuckanut Manor is wonderful. Making me crave seafood just thinking about it. Have a wonderful week!

  11. Happy Birthday! Sixty is a good year. I can recommend it.

    Oh thank you all of you Mennonite Girls Can Cook ladies! My students are fascinated by the idea of LOONS on coins!

  12. Dear Ellen,
    How sweetly and gracefully you turned 60. What a great blessing to have your dear son with you. It always warms my soul when any of my kids come to visit.
    I was lucky this year to have my kids with me too as I celebrated, and my brothers and sisters…means so much.
    Happiest of Birthdays dear Ellen and do enjoy the whole week and even the month as this is your time to shine even brighter than you do.
    Megan Lynch (Sandi Brown)

  13. So glad that our paths crossed and our friendship has become so meaningful and sweet. Lovely pictures! Wonderful time together.

  14. Happy Birthday my dear friend/ Russian Cousin……giggle.
    I am so sorry that the miles separate us and I missed the dinner yesterday, but my phone chat was sweet and it felt like I got a piece of you celebrating your 60 years even if it was only through your voice.
    Bless you and may all you desire to achieve this year be a possibility for you.
    Thanks for all the great pics, so we got a feel for the evening (((())))

  15. Many more happy days to you, over the next year…
    It was such and pleasure and honor to share the wonderful event.
    Wait till next year!

  16. Happy Birthday!!! Your pictures are wonderful, and I adore the ones of the sky, just georgous! You mention the Mennonite girls, that interests me, are you Mennonite? We are Mennonites and my husband is substitute Pastor at the local Mennoinite church, we are also deacons. I have done many posts about our heritage with the plain suits, head coverings, and separation from the world.

    • Ginny, I am not Mennonite but was adopted by the Mennonite Girls Can Cook because of my Russian heritage and the fact that our family recipes are so similar. I’ll come visit your blog…

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