My joy in life is rooted in faith and family. I write about issues that touch on family, home and the role that women have in nurturing the next generation. I enjoy sharing health and gardening tips.
My heritage is Finnish. The people of Finland are known for their sisu, a special fortitude. My maternal grandmother and paternal great grandparents immigrated from Finland.
My husband is Dutch; his father immigrated from Holland as a child. We have grown in our love for each other over the past 43 years. We have three living children and a son in heaven. We have been blessed with nine grandchildren, two of them adopted.
As a nurse I have been privileged to witness birth in the hospital setting and the home setting. I have worked in every aspect of maternity care. I have been a labor/delivery nurse for hospitals, a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lamaze instructor, home birth nurse and mother/baby nurse. What an honor, seeing God’s design for new life and family.
My novel, Aliisa’s Letter, is a combination of life experience and research. It is also a tribute to immigrant women who settled in the Copper Country of Michigan. The book was self-published by Pleasant Word a division WinePress in 2010. WinePress went out of business in 2012 and Aliisa’s letter is currently out of print, although used copies are available on Amazon. It did sell well at Copper World in Calumet, Michigan and North Wind Books in Hancock, Michigan. A few copies are still available through my website.
As a grandmother I have been present at the birth of seven grandchildren. God’s design for women and families is good. Family is a labor of love.
My relationship with Jesus is an integral part of my life. During the two years that our son battled leukemia God gave us strength. When our faith faltered God brought people into our life that walked with us through the difficult days. We have experienced God’s sustaining love.
In the anthology, Illness, Resilience and Spirituality, I contributed the first chapter. My essay is a memoir of my journey of faith during Steven’s illness.
Throughout my life I have spent summer vacations in the Keweenaw peninsula of Michigan. Michigan people tend to view the lower Michigan as a mitten and upper Michigan as a rabbit. Well, the Keweenaw peninsula is located in the tip of the rabbit’s ear. If you look at a map with a little imagination you will see what I mean.
This piece of Michigan, surrounded by Lake Superior, has raw beauty. The sound of waves crashing on the shore, wind in the trees, hikes in the forest, wild berries, and the dark night sky sprinkled with millions of stars have imprinted the joy of God’s creation in my heart.
During my Dad’s last summer we made a family trip to the Keweenaw peninsula. My story, “The Last Summer Vacation” received second place in the writing contest sponsored by Finnish-North American Literature Association.
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