Tuesdays With Moisi

The Reception:

After the graveside ceremony we all got in our cars and headed to Fullerton for a luncheon reception at an extension of EVFree Fullerton. We are thankful for them allowing us to use their facilities.

Our brother Tim left the reception before we thought to take a sibling photo.  There are 8 siblings that have survived our parents. Seven of us were together for our Pop’s funeral gatherings. We have one brother who made the choice along with his family of 12 (wife, 4 children, their spouses, and 3 of our pop’s great grandchildren) not to attend and we don’t know why. Just keeping it truthful and real. I haven’t seen this brother who is a couple years older than me since 2009. They didn’t attend our mother’s funeral, either. I’m sure they have their story but it’s a bewilderment and causes sadness to the rest of us.

But…the rest of us gathered and were comforted with all our extended families and friends who did honor our dear old Pop and us by showing up and giving us hugs and encouraging words, grieving and rejoicing together.

Our parents’ grands and great grands minus about 17…

Dear’s side of our family. Bottom left is Dear with his only brother. One of his daughters, who was in Southern California, was able to attend the funeral with him.

A few more photos from my DIL’s phone. We had a good time of impromptu singing some of our favorite songs in Russian with a few of our former church buddies from the Russian Baptist Church in Los Angeles that we were part of for many years.

Josh with his cousins Hope and Andrew and his niece Addy.

Addy with her cousin once removed, our niece Debbee.

Starting next week Tuesdays with Moisi posts will begin to share the story of my Pop’s life that was given verbally by him and transcribed by a journalist from Russia.

This photo is of Pop barbecuing Shashlik (Marinated Lamb Kebobs) for his birthday party in the early 90’s.

Happy Tuesday y’all. The air is clearer in Northeastern Washington, woohoo! So thankful!

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.

11 thoughts on “Tuesdays With Moisi

  1. A gorgeous family….and yes, a rift of any kind in our family makes us sad and left wondering why. Hopefully, it can all be fixed by simply talking to ea other.
    My only brother suffers mental illness and has chosen to stay away from us….at least I understand that he is ill…I still miss him so much.

  2. Ellen, what precious photos of 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 extended family in tribute to your dad. I’m sorry to hear of your brothers decision not to attend such a special event for my opinion is that family is everything! Blessings to you❤️

  3. You continue to honour your family when you share these beautiful moments and memories. It’s always hard to understand family rifts and reasons for them. I’m sorry for the sadness this causes to your remarkable family!

  4. The gathering together to honour your father must have been a blessing and a comfort.
    I’m glad that most of your family were able to do that. Thank you for sharing the occasion.

  5. I’m not sure how I missed the previous Tuesday posts honoring your father — now I have caught up and look forward to the ones to come about his history. What a beautiful family gathering his celebration was. it was especially good that Addy and your young nieces and nephews were there to take part in the whole event. I have never understood people who try to shelter their children (or themselves) from this normal part of every life.

  6. I so enjoyed viewing these pictures of the family and friends who gathered to pay tribute to such a wonderful man as your pop, Ellen. My heart is a bit saddened that your one brother chose not to come to share this time with his siblings and their families, but that is the way it is with families sometimes.

    I love little Addy’s sweet shoes! They are so darling! And the picture where the gathering was going to sing some of the hymns in Russian with Addy peeking out from the bottom of the podium is just adorable! What a girl!

  7. Ellen – it is a honor that you would share these treasured family mementoes with us. We also have a brother that is ‘estranged’ – we see him very rarely, and when we do, it is awkward and we usually hear about it afterwards – that we have somehow done something wrong … as you say, it is bewildering and sad.

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