My sisters and I are embarking on a weekend getaway to Victoria on Vancouver Island in Canada. The four of us have never had a weekend away or an overnight for that matter and I’m hoping we have lots of laughing moments like this next photo shows.


Vera ~ Lana ~ Kathy ~ Ellen

Kathy is the oldest, Vera next, Ellen next and then Lana. We also have 4 brothers. Fred was born after Vera.  Tim was born 7 years after me and then Steve. Lana and Leonard (twins) were the last two born.

We had a sister Kathy who was the first born in our family that died when she was 2 in Persia. My parents decided to name their second daughter Kathy, too. The Kathy we know was also born in Persia.

Both of these photos were taken a good while ago. Vera is several sizes smaller and I’m a few sizes larger. I think Lana and Kathy are about the same. I told my Southern California sisters to leave their flip-flops at home and to bring lots of layers. I’m providing them with rain coats with a hood. Whatever the weather we will persevere and delight in what God has in store for us!

We leave early Friday morning on the Victoria Clipper for a 2-1/2 hour ride to Victoria. We have gardens, castles, walks, and having a proper tea planned. Next week after I catch my breath I will post about our adventures.

Before I get swept away I wanted to share my plate of Baby Back ribs from our dinner on Sunday. So delicious!


Maybe plates like this are why I’m a couple sizes larger. You won’t be hearing from me till next week. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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.

24 thoughts on “Sisters!

  1. Party on!!! So fun you can do this. The size of your heart is much more important….such love, such joy in these pictures. PARTAY!

  2. I was at The White Heather today and had a wonderful tea – definitely get the Not-so-wee tea for four. The tea pot is bottomless and you can ask for more clotted cream and lemon curd – don’t think that the little week pots are all there is! I can tell just by looking at the four of you, that you will have a terrific time!

  3. I loved those photos…Looks like some other love to laugh and giggle.
    Have a wonderful time Ellen…just the four of you and you will have such a wonderful visit with Pondside. She is one special gal.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your eldest sister Kathy. You all look so much alike. Have a great time with them my friend. 🙂 Of course you have made me hungry 🙂

  5. That sounds like so much fun, Ellen! I am sure you will have a very memorable trip.

    Mmmm – if I am ever in WA state, I am going to invite myself to your house for a meal.


  6. I loved this post Ellen….you look like a fun bunch! Now I can visualize you all together this week. I grew up in Victoria. I’ll be interested to see the gardens, castle, walk spots and tea spots. My sister and I did a ‘come back’ tour to Victoria several years ago… I know the fun you are in store for…..lots of laughter and great conversation. Enjoy…..I’ll be back to hear all about it.

  7. Victoria is a favorite spot of mine! Have fun, laugh and laugh, and enjoy a cup of Murchie’s with your sisters. (and if you find you really really need coffee, there (used to be) is a great little coffee place called Bean Around the World.

  8. Ellen, I don’t have to wonder if the four of you sisters will have a good time — it is soo obvious you will !
    What a wonderful opportunity to be able to spend this time with your sisters and Victoria is a great place to do it. You’ll have a great time – no matter the weather !
    I’ll think of you all with a smile and a prayer over the next days and i’m looking forward to hearing about your sisteradventure.

  9. So nice to see a photo of your sisters! I wish you all a wonderful time in Victoria and that you won’t need the raincoats.

  10. I just know you’ll have a great time together…whatever the weather! I look forward to hearing all about it…next week.

    Those ribs look amazing!

    I WANT TO GO!!!!! WAH!!!
    Ok, enough whining “-). I hope you don’t miss the Hatley castle in Esquimalt. I think I enjoyed it more than Butchard Gardens.
    you can find out all about it here ;-).

    Have fun ladies!!!!! I know you all will.

    xoxo cori g.

  12. I know that you will have a wonderful time!!! What a special gift – perfect for your 60th celebration!!

    Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures!


  13. I am wishing you and this set of your sisters a wonderful time together in Canada! Victoria is lovely. I only hope the rain fizzles out and now your fun.

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