End of May Five!


This is the last Friday in May and the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend in the U.S.A. Monday is the day set aside as Memorial Day. We honor those men and women who have made the greatest sacrifice for our country. I will have more to say about that on Monday. Here are my Five on Friday for Amy’s meme and Friday’s Fave Five for Susanne’s meme.

1. Our old walkway out the front door of this old house was deteriorating so Dear broke it out with a sledgehammer and replaced it with pavers, making the path wider. We still have an edging to do and when all the phases of this project are done I’ll share the full before and after. I thank God for my hard working husband who has do it yourself talent.

2. A new pair of lamps in the living room of our house has helped to bring things up to date in that room. I bought the lamps at Homegoods for a very good price. We are enjoying the fresh look. I thank God for the little things in life.

3. A new wreath in a perfect spot that our son and daughter in love bought me for Mother’s Day. We share enjoyment of Chip and Joanna’s show Fixer Upper and this wreath came all the way from their store called Magnolia. Fun. I thank God for the thoughtfulness of our children.

4. My dear old pop turned 93 on May 25th. The photo is of him blowing out the candle on his Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is his favorite. I thank God for my dear Pop who loves Jesus and who prays for us every night.

5. A new Traeger Grill for my Dear as an early Father’s Day gift. He’s been eyeing these for a while and when I was in Costco this week they had a display of them so we took the plunge and bought one. I thank God for my Dear who is a good father to his children and enjoys cooking.

Next Friday I will be traveling to Southern California to spend some time with my extended family. I’ll get to see my dear old pop in person. Hopefully I’ll be able to take him out for his favorite breakfast at Denny’s. He likes sunny side up eggs, hash browns, sausage, white toast and coffee. He’s a cheap date! Hope you all have a good weekend and for those of you who live in the U.S.A. hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day with some thoughts about all we’ve been given because of those who sacrificed for us.


93 Years Old!

mohai32Today is my Pop’s 93rd birthday. The photo above is of him and my Aunt Anna who just turned 91.

f1589-img586In this photo my Aunt Anna is standing next to my grandfather and my pop is standing on the opposite side next to my grandmother. This black and white was taken in Persia sometime in the 1930’s.


My pop and mom at our daughter Katie’s wedding in 2012.


My mom and pop at our niece Debbee’s wedding in 2013. On this wedding weekend we also celebrated our mom and pop’s 90th birthday.

But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.

This celebration was at the end of April of 2013 and my mom passed away in September of 2013.

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My dad continued to live in his senior apartment after my mom passed away and these photos are from visits from my sisters and nieces and nephews.



pop and kathyMy pop and my oldest sister Kathy who just celebrated her 70th birthday on Monday.

My pop meeting his newest grandson in January of 2015. Andrew was adopted from the Ukraine in 2014. Early in 2015 my pop finally realized it was time for him to move in with my sister Kathy’s family.

At my sister’s home he’s enjoying his pastime from long ago and helping his days go by while putting together jigsaw puzzles again. This next photo is of Pop enjoying his favorite chair at his new place at my sister’s home.

I’m cracking up at his finger on the remote with the new puzzle in his lap. You can see the edge of the latest puzzle he is working on in the bottom left of that photo.

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Pop’s youngest great granddaughter born on Christmas Eve of 2015. This is a photo at their first meeting early in 2016.

TV +oldies 004The rest of these photos are from the past. The photo above is my pop and my mom’s brother. This photo was taken in Persia before my parents immigrated to the U.S.

That’s me with a pigeon on my head with my pop and sisters Kathy and Vera in the 50’s in Pico Rivera, California.

My pop on a camping trip in the 50’s putting together a jigsaw puzzle. That’s me next to him with the Buster Brown hairdo.


In our backyard in Pico Rivera with my dad’s yellowtail catch if I remember correctly.

Me and my pop at the airport on my way to England with our Christian Rock Band in 1973.

This is a mish mosh photo tribute to my pop. I love my pop and thank God for him and his love and care for me and our whole family over the years. His best support currently have been his prayers for each of us every night before he goes to bed, on his knees, next to his bed. Happy Birthday Pop!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26 (ESV)

And here he is today at my sister’s home blowing out the candle on his birthday pie!