Looking Up…

I’m joining Susanne and friends at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five. Five things that I can look back on that help me remember to be thankful.

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1. Dear has been down and out all week with a head cold and cough. I’m thankful that things are looking up for him. I’m also thankful that we are relatively healthy around this old house and we don’t go through many weeks like this.

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2. Signs of Spring are popping up all over and that really makes me smile.

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3. My pop is doing well. We thought he might have shingles and he got the word that he doesn’t. I’m so thankful he doesn’t have to deal with that on top of his continued loneliness without my mom. I’m also thankful that my sister Kathy and her family have moved within 5 minutes to my dad’s apartment and they are willing to be there when he needs anything.

pop and kathyMy pop always travels with his checkbook in his shirt pocket. This habit of his makes me smile.

4. We had a wonderful time with our adult kids this past weekend. Lots of great together time eating and laughing and playing games. Dan and his girlfriend made it here and back across Snoqualmie Pass and I’m always thankful when I hear that they made it home safe and sound. The pass and the roads in Eastern Washington were treacherous for them and they saw lots of spin outs and rollovers on their way home. The day after they traveled the pass was shut down for most of the day.

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5. I’m continuing in my quest to scan many of our photos. As I scan the photos the memories of times and people that added so much to our lives make me thankful to God for family, friends and life changing events.


This is a random photo from late ’76 or early ’77. My niece Debbee was born in May of 1976 and that’s how I can guess the timing of this photo. Love that my little babushka is in the photo. This was Dear and my second home in Huntington Beach, California. Dear, my best friend Heidi, my brother Steve, my pop, my mom, my sister Vera. Next row my brother in law Nick, niece Debbee, my sister Kathy, my sister Lana, my little babushka, and my brother Leonard.

I hope to be around to see what you are thankful for this week. You could share in the comments, too.

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.

10 thoughts on “Looking Up…

  1. Your children are so attractive! Dan’s sweetie seems to fit right in. Glad you had a good visit. I am headed to Tenn to see our son and his family to celebrate Rile’s 7th birthday. So, I am thankful for that opportunity. Glad Dear is better…being sick is no fun! 🙂

  2. I think I lost my comment so I will try again.
    I am glad to hear that your dh is feeling better, enjoyed your favorite fives, especially the family photos, both old and new and like you when family are home safe, i am so thankful.
    My desire this year has been to create a more thankful heart, thank you for sharing enjoy your weekend.

  3. Ahhh…I hope that a week with a cold built up immunities that last a lifetime. That’s the best thing that can be said of a cold. Spring looks positively sprung there! I can come here for my spring fix.

    Yay that your father does not have shingles…an annoyance he does not need. I remember when my mother got them and mentioned a little patch to my sister who told her to get to the doc pronto. It stopped them in their tracks. Thing is, we don’t always recognize the problem.

    Life is pretty slow here. I am baking for a Celebration of Life time tomorrow so have spent some time reading MGCC Celebrations this morning.

  4. Ellen, you have a beautiful family. And oh my, those photos of garden flowers make me so hopeful that spring is on the way. I am thankful that our ice has begun to melt – it has left us with a LOT of water though. I am thankful for changes in seasons, knowing that I would not appreciate the warm if it had not been for the cold. I am so thankful for the health of my family, and I’m thankful that you have reminded me to count my blessings. laurie

  5. Your dad’s check book and pen in his shirt pocket made me smile to myself. My dad carried his glasses case and a pen, I think too .. in his shirt pocket. Where is a man supposed to put those things? I wonder what our kids will laugh about us? I know that for a while my H carried his phone on his belt or hip … no more of that. For him. the reading glasses are always a pain to figure out what to do with. =) Can’t put them in his back pocket . . . and if we are together, they end up in my purse if I’m nice.

  6. I really enjoy old photos even if I don’t personally know the people. You all look very happy together!
    Your adult children all look very happy too! Beautiful smiles!
    Wow! You have green! We don’t have any green yet! I can’t wait to see it again!
    Hope your Dear is doing better!

  7. This sounds like a great family week. Are those lilies of the valley? Beautiful! Hope you have a great week ahead.

  8. It’s lovely to have the temperatures warming up a little these days, in spite of all the rain. I hope your husband soon feels totally healthy. Your family is lovely.

  9. Wow, that is some spring gorgeousness! After our little storm of last week, I really appreciate seeing green!

    Glad your Dear is better, and what a blessing that your sister has moved so close to your dad. I know having your dad close to help if needed is such a wonderful stress-reliever.

  10. A sweet family picture Ellen! Katie will be so glad to have Andrew back!Happy Anniversary to them both.
    So glad your dad doesn’t have shingles – that’s a nasty condition.Lifting him up in prayer.
    Beautiful spring! I’ll enjoy yours for a bit – our’s will be a while yet!

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