Birthday Five!

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Monday the 14th was my medicare and concessions birthday! When you reach my age you should celebrate for more than a day and as I write this post I’m on my 5th day of celebrating! Today I’m sharing 5 wonderful birthday encouragements I received.

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(1) Dear and I were able to celebrate with the B.C. Mennonite Girls and their husbands on Sunday in Bellingham, Washington for brunch/lunch. The British Columbia girls came across the line. It was enough for me to celebrate over a meal but they showered me with gifts, too. These girls have been such a blessing in my life and I thank God regularly for each of them. I received many wonderful encouragements in the cards they gave me.

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(2) On my actual birthday we met our kids on the western side of the Cascades for dinner. Our middle son and his bride live 5-1/2 hours away so they couldn’t join us. Dan called me before dinner to wish me a happy birthday. I love the cards I got from my kids with a good page full of words that always mean so much to me.

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Josh and Laura gifted me Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life and a Peter Rabbit bunting kit. They know I love all things Beatrix Potter. Katie made that card and wrote a page full of thoughts that blessed me dearly.


This same six were together last year for my birthday. I forgot to take a photo this year.


(3) These two are my youngest brother’s kiddos and they are my youngest niece and nephew. They called and sang happy birthday to me. They live in Texas.

(4) My dear old pop called to wish me a happy birthday. He lives with my oldest sister in Southern California. We talked about the jigsaw puzzles I sent him and I thanked him for the cold hard cash he sent me. This black and white photo is taken in the 50’s during a camping trip probably at Big Bear in the San Bernardino mountains in Southern California. I’m the one with the buster brown hairdo and my oldest sister Kathy is standing. Jigsaw puzzles have become my pop’s favorite thing to do again at 92 soon to be 93 to pass the hours away. He reminded me again that he prays for me every day.

(5) I received many birthday wishes on Facebook and one of my dear old friends from junior high/high school messaged me and her sentiments made me cry. Another dear friend called on my birthday morning and expressed her wishes and love for me and I cried again. Good tears…

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I’m writing this post from our hotel room in Vancouver B.C. where Dear and I continue to celebrate my birthday with an overnight trip. Vancouver is about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour trip from our home in Washington State. It’s always fun to cross the border into another country where English is spoken! Tomorrow we will take a ride on the hop on hop off trolley to take in much of what this grand city has to offer before we head home. I’ll come around to visit you all when we get home…

Linking up with Amy for Five on Friday at Love Made My Home and with  Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday’s Fave Five. 

Susanne’s daughter is getting married next weekend so I’m wondering if she’ll even have time to post for Friday’s Fave Five…

Thank you ladies for hosting!

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.

16 thoughts on “Birthday Five!

  1. Happy Birthday, dear one…your daddy sure was a handsome dude and you tell him that the next time you speak with him…they never get too old to hear that they are good-looking. 🙂
    You looked so cute in your BB hair cut….xoxoxo

  2. Every blessing on the occasion of your birthday. I like the way you describe your milestone birthday without giving the year! Ha ha! You’ve had a great time of celebrating so far. Enjoy your trip. It looks like a lovely place.

  3. You are making 65 look fantastic, Ellen! Happy, happy birthday to you. It is all about the cards and the sentiments these days, isn’t it?! I am so glad that you have many dear people in your life who love you, appreciate you, and honor you. Have a great birthday week!

  4. Happy Birthday!!!! So glad you had such a great time and that so many people shared their love of you with you! Looks as though you had a great time. I hope that you can keep on celebrating, five days doesn’t seem enough somehow, although how wonderful too! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, hope you have a good weekend and a good Easter! xx

  5. Happy Birthday, Ellen! Celebrating for more than one day seems like a lot of fun. I hope you’re enjoying Vancouver. You picked a lovely day to be there, but I think rain is coming in tomorrow. Still, there are lots of things to do and see. Enjoy!

  6. Happy Birthday, Ellen!! Vancouver looks like a beautiful place to celebrate a milestone birthday. 🙂 I, too, love all things Beatrix Potter, and I have that very same book! It has some wonderful watercolors she did of plants and flowers before she wrote the Peter Rabbit books. I’m glad you got to have lunch with the Mennonite Girls; I’m sure that was very special for all of you.

    Thanks for your visit and kind comments. I’m very happy to be back to blogging. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend, my friend.



  7. Oh! I missed your birthday — but it’s clear many of your beloveds did not! I saw your father again last Sunday at church. I feel a bit odd knowing so much about him through your blogs and these wonderful old photos.

  8. Oh dear Ellen – I am SOOO behind in reading my blogs and so sorry that I missed this one! HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to you!!!! I am on the cusp of this great number and only hope that I can be as gracious as you when the day comes in early 2017! You are truly blessed and have blessed those that celebrated with you by your kind words and pictures.

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