Moisi and Anna

Brother and sister, 95 and 93. The last two siblings alive. The next generations gathered to celebrate our pop’s 95th birthday. He is struggling physically and emotionally. He is tired and ready to go “Home”. Aunt Anna turned 93 in April and is doing well. It’s fun to see the two of them together and the comfortable love between them.

Josh and Laura shared their travel miles with me and the three of us flew down to Southern California on Saturday evening. On Sunday we packed in all the hours of the day with as many gatherings with our southern California family.

Aunt Anna had just become a great great grandmother the day before our gathering and she was keen to show us the photo of her great granddaughter who just became a mother.

Four out of eight of Moisi’s children could be at the party on Sunday. Aunt Anna had three children but she has survived all of them including one granddaughter. She is living with one of her granddaughter’s which has been a blessing for her.

Several grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered. It was good to catch up with one another.

We sang “How Great Thou Art” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and then it was time for cake.

Kathy was determined to fit all 95 candles on the cake and she succeeded with help.

My sister Vera carried the cake in and her daughter was just behind ready to rescue the cake if need be.

My sister in law, Letty, who is a Hospice nurse thankfully had the presence of mind to turn off our pop’s oxygen before that fiery cake reached him. Yikes!

Pop had some help to blow out those candles. Our pop’s favorite is cherry pie but the candles would not fit on a cherry pie.

Oxygen back on now that all the candles were blown out! We served the cake to everyone and cut a piece of the cherry pie for pop. He had it ala mode and enjoyed every bite and by then was ready to head for his hospital bed in his room.

Cousins, our daughter-in-law and nieces.

We flew home on Memorial Day to a meal prepared by Dear for all of us. Soon I’ll share our time with my nephew and niece in Newport Beach. Hope you all have a good week.

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.

24 thoughts on “Moisi and Anna

  1. Sometimes I wonder about living long as I’ve heard more than one 90+ say they’ve had enough. I must confess to hoping I don’t last so long.

  2. I always love seeing photos of your Pop. Today, though, it made me feel a little teary-eyed. I hope his journey Home is as pain-free and smooth as possible!

  3. It is so wonderful to see other families who hold their elders, whether they be parents or grandparents or great-grandparents, in high esteem and with respect. Seeing the pictures of your Pop and Aunt Anna brought back many fond memories of times shared with family to celebrate my mother. Your Aunt Anna is beautiful and so hard to believe from her pictures that she is now 93! God’s richest blessings to you, my friend. xx

  4. A precious gathering. It must have warmed your Pop’s heart to have his loved ones near. I pray that the Lord gives him grace for the end of his journey!

  5. I am so happy to see my Dad’s 2 cousins, Moisey and Anna 🙂 We were trying to locate him a year ago when my dad passed away , but couldn’t find a phone number . Happy Birthday to Moisey . Dianna Bogdanoff Samarin

  6. Your family is precious… How wonderful that your dad has a fellow traveler on this journey in his sister. God is good. Thank you for sharing these things with us.

    That cake—wowzer!



  7. Oh, Ellen, what a wonderful family gathering. It’s probably not REALLY funny, but I did laugh about turning off the oxygen before 95 blazing candles reached your Pop! And your Aunt Anna has seen so much, surviving her own children and a granddaughter – I can only imagine. I am so glad you had a good visit with extended family.

  8. I love this family time and the love that is evident between you! What a blessing to have four generations coming together and honor those who have charted the way. That great-grandchild will likely remember the fire cake. May Jesus wrap His arms around your dear Pop and gently take him to his eternal home where there will be no more pain.

  9. I’m glad that so many members of your family, young and old, were able to gather together for this special occasion. I love the photo of the little boy helping to blow out the candles and the one of you all praising God in song. Everyone will have precious memories of that gathering. May God bless your dear Pop, his sister and all of you.

  10. What a wonderful trip that now is in the sweet memories. I could imagine the fun conversations, tender hearts as you see your dad at the threshold of his eternal Home. Loved the determination to get all the candles on the cake. Cherry pie for Pops…his girls will always make sure he has his favourite. Sweet to see that great great grandma can still show off her newest babe with pride and joy.

  11. What a beautiful family gathering, Ellen. It’s very sad that your aunt outlived all of her children. How difficult that would be. I’m glad you were all together to celebrate your father’s 95th birthday.

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