Tomorrow is my 70th birthday, March 14th.

The fifth child of Russian Immigrants to the United States after World War II settling in the Los Angeles Area of California. Raised by parents who sought after God and taught us Christian values. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord at twelve, repenting and being born again spiritually. Married to a fellow believer for 46 years. Blessed with two sons and a daughter. Blessed again with two daughters-in-law and a son-in-law. Crowned in our old age with two grandchildren. Thankful to God for all He has done in my life, my husband’s life, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives. Keeping on the straight and narrow until He returns or we are called home.

I’ve been so humbled and joyfully weepy over all the greetings, gifts, and flowers that have been delivered by friends and family via Amazon and USPS with postmarks from the USA and Canada.

The gift and flower senders! Top of the collage my dear friends since the 70’s Jeaneen and Heidi. The bottom of the collage my brother Leonard and his wonderful Mandy.

My brother’s family sent me this Borscht in a container. We are all curious how it will turn out. You just add broth and then meat if you want.

These ‘girls’ (Mennonite Girls Can Cook) are part of my tenship. They’ve only been in my life for a little over a decade. They have become the best of friends. We communicate almost daily and we share life together praying for one another and encouraging one another. We laugh and we weep together. Waiting for that day for the border to open so we can celebrate in person again! It was fun to get birthday cards for my 70th from across the line. Thank you girls!

As with my 60th birthday celebrations my 70th will be going on for as long as I can stretch out the fun. A lot of changes in a decade of life. There will be a photo in the near future with me wearing my Fabulous 70 crown and sash.

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.

37 thoughts on “Seventy

  1. HAPPY B-DAY! My daughter’s birthday is on the 14th. We enjoy our birthdays the whole week and then little surprises all month.

  2. Happy birthday, Ellen! Your walk with the Lord is an inspiration to me. You are blessed with a wonderful loving family.

  3. ..Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her..
    Happy 70th Birthday, Ellen! Your home and family are testimony to the blessing you are to them and all who are privileged to know you. Families that enjoy each others’ company like yours does are rare, indeed, and yours is a delight to observe from afar through your blog. God bless you, and give you many more fruitful years!

    (Yes, still reading—but mostly silently 🙂 )

    • Dear Rosemary…so so good to hear from you. It would be nice to catch up over a cup of tea. I pray all is well with you. Thank you so much for your words here. Blessings!

  4. Happy Birthday Ellen. I reached that milestone last year. Your photos show you are surrounded by a loving family and wonderful friends. Does my heart good to see all your smiling faces.

  5. Birthday blessings to you, friend!! I pray that your special day is joy-filled . . . and that the joy carries over into your month (or more) of celebrating!!

  6. Isn’t it great to be 70 years old !!! I’ve discovered being in our 60s was a practice run to except our 70s with grace and boldness. Happy birthday Ellen, May His grace and love follow you always😊
    And I am no longer on Facebook, and I truly love following the happywonder in you.
    💙🙏 Vera Shishkin

  7. Happy Birthday .. Ellen I appreciate your honesty and how you stand firm in values. May God Bless you! Have a blessed year ahead!!!

    P.S. my son is fascinated about Russia. I always share your Russian posts with him.

  8. Wishing you the VERY HAPPIEST of belated birthdays, Ellen!!! 😀 What a cause for celebration! You look so happy and healthy, if you don’t mind my saying so. I hope I look as good at 70. 😉 You do have a lot of blessings in your precious family, but I’m pretty sure you’re a blessing to many others, as well. I hope you enjoyed your special day and celebrations, my friend. Wishing you many more, and I hope you have a great week!

    Warm hugs,


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