Favorite Five on Friday

The Lord is good to me and my family. Last Friday I flew from Seattle to Southern California to visit family and friends while Dear traveled to Chicago for an Oncology Conference. When I exited the plane in Santa Ana, California, my sister Lana was at the gate ready for her flight to Seattle. She is a beloved passenger on Alaska Airlines from John Wayne Airport and her friends at the gate decided I was special because I’m her sister so they booked me in first class for my return flight to Seattle. Yes and amen to that!

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Here’s my baby sister with her sassy new hairdo. I’m so thankful that she shares her flying privileges with me. She’s a million mile traveler with Alaska Airlines and she doesn’t lord it over the airline employees but treats them with kindness and love and that trickled down to me.


My brother Leonard, Lana’s twin, and my sister Vera met me outside of baggage claim to take me to lunch. Yes…my family is always there for me. We had lunch at South Coast Plaza before Leonard and I headed out to Neuvo, California to visit another brother and his dear wife.

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Spending time with my dear old Pop (93 years old) and meeting my sweet little grand niece (5-1/2 months) was a treasured experience while I was in Southern California.

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I also spent a few hours over lunch with my Russian Baptist best friend, Heidi. Upper left hand photo from 2016 and the rest from the 1970’s. We were marveling at God’s goodness to us in allowing us to survive some crazy choices we made.

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My flight home in first class was very nice. Beautiful views of the California Coast with a nice meal and more great views of Mt. Rainier when we reached Washington State.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig! We are working on a new phase of our yard project putting a border along our front planter.

Phase nextWhile I mowed and weed whacked Dear worked on digging out the trench to add the blocks for our new planter border. Woohoo! Hard work with us now sitting and wondering how we can manage getting up and down with our aching muscles!

Thank you to Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday and dear Susanne at Friday’s Fave Five.

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.

23 thoughts on “Favorite Five on Friday

  1. Your sisters hairstyle is so cute.. I am kind of wanting to go shorter…but a bit apprehensive… We too have been working hard in our back yard. It is tiresome but thankful to be able to do what we can…

  2. Enjoyed your five. The photos of you and your Russian friend from the 70’s are cute, how styles have changed. That is a lovely photo of your father with the baby, so expressive.


  3. Oh how lovely. To meet up with your family and such lovely memories I’m sure. Your dad looks amazing at 93! Enjoy your garden this weekend. B x

  4. Good Morning, Your ’70’s photos remind me so much of my jr. college days…the style of clothes, hair etc. What a loving family you have and it is nice to learn more about you all. Your yard project is looking great. I can sympathize with aching muscles, though. Have a lovely day.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend spent with family and friends, what a sweet sister she is to arrange such special treatment for you on your flight home.
    bon weekend.

  6. First class is wonderful, lucky you. Can’t imagine racking up a million miles and we fly a lot. Lovely family you have, that’s amazing that your Dad is 93.

  7. How exciting to get to fly first class!! So kind of your sister to share with you! Glad you had a great time seeing everyone and that you are now enjoying being home again and getting some gardening done! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday. I hope you have a great weekend! xx

  8. Oh, those fabulous 70’s fashions! So nice to have such a long friendship – I’m sure it was wonderful to spend time with all your sweet loved ones. I’ve never flown first class – it must have been so nice. Good job with the edging, it looks really great. Know what you mean about those aches and pains, though. xx Karen

  9. What a great week for you, surrounded by family and loved ones. I like the border for your garden. I’m always looking for ideas and that one is nice and tidy and doesn’t look too complicated!

  10. Lana’s hair is so cute! What a blessing to be able to spend time with your dear ones…and then to fly first class! 🙂

    Ahhhh…the aching muscles. I hear ya, sister!!.

  11. What a great trip. Memorable times with family. God truly is good and you are blessed. Your hard work in the yard is all going to be worth those aches and pains – looks lovely.

  12. Sounds like you had a great trip and to return in first class must have been a treat. It’s definitely the time of year for working in the garden. Mine is slowly taking shape.

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