Five or More from August…

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Early in August the Mennonite Girls Can Cook had our book launch celebration at The Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C.  The turnout was beyond our expectations. We all read from our stories or devotionals in the new book which was the scary part for me but I made it through without shaking too much. Our new book is called Bread for the Journey.


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Mid August we took a trip across the Cascade mountain range to Dan and Jamie’s to help build a new pump house. The old smaller one had to be demolished which included getting rid of some significant wasp and hornet/yellow jacket hives. They are nasty and aggressive. My part in this project was to keep the dog occupied and bring out cold beverages. I also was able to escape for country drives, a farmer’s market, antique/thrift shopping, and Jamie and I participated in a Bubble Run in Spokane while the guys continued their project.



While we were in eastern Washington Josh and Laura were in the Los Angeles area and my pop was thrilled to get a visit from them. My pop turned 93 in May and he lives with my oldest sister’s family.

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We finished our attic project, adding floor space, carpeting the floor and organizing our bins.

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This past Sunday our family was together to celebrate our friend Dave’s life on this earth and to support the Dickinson family in their grief. Beth, Dave’s wife and our dear friend just sent me this photo of her with our son Dan.


Thanks for sharing this photo Beth!

There also were some recipe triumphs and failures during the month of August. The ones that worked have been or will be featured on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog soon. The ones that flopped will just be forgotten.

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The bottom right photo is an indoor picnic not a recipe and it never fails us. It’s nice to put a tray together with Charcuterie (cold cooked meats) cheeses, fruit, pickled veggies, roasted veggies, with crackers and a baguette.

So I’m thankful for:

My friends in Canada and our new book.

Our journeys to help our kids and to enjoy new scenery created by God for us.

My dear old pop and our kids honoring him.

That we can still work hard and improve things at this old house.

For the lives of dear friends who are resting in Jesus.

The bonus of good food along the way.

I’m going over the top and joining in with

Amy for Five on Friday

Susanne for Friday’s Fave Five and

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday and Everything Else

We have had some steady rain showers now that September is here. It’s nice to get a good watering done without a hose. We are low key here with one celebration planned for Sunday dinner with a cousin from California that I babysat many many years ago. I hope everyone has a good Labor Day Weekend.


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.

18 thoughts on “Five or More from August…

  1. Where has this month gone? A quick visit here 4 weeks ago, a visit to your kids, enjoying and celebrating life while grieving loss, good food, fellowship and seeing the fruit of your labor . . .
    it’s been a good month. Thanking God with you.

  2. Your attic looks so spacious and clean and organized! All the food in the last photo looks great. So glad your dad had a nice visit. Sounds like you had a fun job at the pump house project. 🙂 Congratulations on the new book!

  3. Summer disappeared in a bit of hurry, didn’t she? But I hear the weekend is supposed to be drier and warmer. Your August was filled with all kinds of things – congrats again on the new book! Happy September days to you.

  4. Hi Ellen. Hasn’t summer flown? I am so impressed with that beautiful clean attic you have! I want my basement to look like that! We are flying out to Florida in an hour to celebrate our anniversary–thunderstorms there but we don’t mind. Taking our books and paper projects!

  5. I am so excited to read your new book! (It is in my Amazon cart right now, waiting for my next order.)

    Wow…your attic! So very neat and organized.

    Indeed, there is much to be thankful for. God is so good to us!

  6. What a great summer you have had! I hope that the book does wonderfully, I am sure it is very inspiring. I wish that our attic looked as great as yours! Yours inspires me, but I don’t think I will end up with the same result! Thank you for joining in, have a great weekend! xx

  7. Welcome September!
    You two are so busy with all those repair and fix up projects–it’s great you can help Dan and Jamie. Love your attic!
    I know that the book will sell well = and congrats on getting through your reading 🙂

  8. so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend.

    but how exciting that you got to help your children and that your dad had a nice visit.

    and i am jealous about your attic!! it is gorgeous!!!!!! i want one. ( we just have a crawl space).

  9. What a nice gathering… I enjoyed seeing some things revisited. The failures will just be forgotten? I’d love to know what they were! (I have missed so many posts! The blog is not updating with pictures anymore.)

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