Dredging up the Past…

What’s In A Name? ~ Meme

A name game to lighten up and cool off the summer heat and humidity:

I’m re-posting this from August of 2007 because I’ve got nothing else right now and I’m still going back and cleaning up all my posts from the photobucket assault on my blog photos.


Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.

Back in 2007 Lana tagged me after she used my middle name. Well it’s hers too because in our Russian culture girls and boys get their father’s name as their middle name. So Lana and I do not have a middle name on our birth certificate but when we are introduced to anyone in our Russian community we are called for example Ellen, “Moisi’s daughter”, Bagdanov. So everyone knows then that I’m a Bagdanov but I’m further identified as belonging to Moisi Bagdanov, not John Bagdanov. Thank God from whom all blessings flow. (oops did I just say that?) So now I have to make up a middle name to use for this meme. I’m not going to stray too far. I’ll use Moses which is pretty much Moisi anyway. So here we go. This is a picture of Moses (Moisi) with me and my younger brother Tim in the very late 50’s.

M ~ Married ~ I’m married to a non-Russian. I was the fourth one of my siblings to be married and I was the first one in my family to marry out! I’m so glad I did.

O Observant ~ I see things I wish I wouldn’t see sometimes. I can see danger on the street or on a playground. I’m very visual. When I had my house cleaning business some of my clients would call me to ask if I’d seen this or that. I could usually tell them exactly where the thing was.

S ~ Shopper~ I love to shop for a bargain. I think I could have made shopping a profession. Shopping for other people is what I enjoy the most. I have to admit though, since I started blogging I haven’t been shopping as much.

E ~ Extravagant ~ I love to be extravagant. I love to treat people. I love to buy gifts for people.  I enjoy going over-the-top.

S ~ Sister ~ I’m a sister 7 times over. I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters. I’m also a sister-in-law to several. I take my title seriously. I love being a loyal sister/sister-in-law  and I’d fight to the death for any of my siblings, just ask my brother Steve…

This was a fun exercise.  If you play along let me know.

Back to 2017…This morning I drove to the airport and picked up my niece and her hubby who are spending a couple nights with us before they head north to Vancouver, B.C. to visit with friends. We met the rest of the family that could for a Sushi lunch. Early this morning I put a Pork Butt in the slow cooker for a Carnitas Taco dinner.

I’m happy to report that the leak we had in our water pipe on our side of the meter has been repaired with the help of a dear friend this past Saturday, woohoo. Thank you Jamie D. and thank you Beth for encouraging him to call us. It’s amazing how great it was to have running water again after the water was shut off for several hours. We’re still praying that the B.C. Fires and the Washington State Fires will be extinguished soon and no new fires will start. Hope all is starting off well for you this week.

About Ellenhttp://I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “Dredging up the Past…

  1. Oh wow – I’m keeping you in my prayers too about those devastating fires! Such a worry! I love the “name game” and will have to think about my middle name. I think I’ll play along … let me know how this is done.

  2. Hello, wow 7 sisters that is awesome. I had two sisters and one brother. Big families are such fun and loyal. I pray that the fires are put out and no one is hurt. I will have to think about the game, it looks like fun. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

    • Eileen, I guess I should have made that clearer. I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters so that makes me a sister to 7 siblings. Big families are fun!

  3. I’m an only child and don’t have a middle name. I do have a step-brother 10 years my junior and we have just gotten back in touch last year after many years. 😊

  4. I got a little stuck just thinking about my wholly inappropriate middle name — it is Grace. I was named after my two grandmothers and my middle name was fine for my tiny sweet Victorian (type) Granny Grace, but has never fit me AT ALL ever! Enjoyed reading the history of your family and the Russian middle name tradition … I certainly learned something new.

    Good to have water again (and good friends) … and I hope the fires you are seeing as well as the ones affecting us will be out and gone soon.

  5. This was a fun read as I realized I did not know you in 2007! I do not have a middle name either.
    In large Mennonite families it was enough to think of one name… and even then the same names kept being repeated. I think my parents did well with Anneliese as I do have two names in one. Adopting the father’s name was also popular. My father took on his father’s name as his second name even though it was never on any offical papers as far as I know.

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