One of my favorite times of the year! Since my time growing up in Unalakleet, Alaska our family has gathered berries during the summer and fall months. Berries are abundant this year and I am very thankful to God! I recently purchased a chest freezer and with hard work it is filling up for winter! Starting in June one of the first berries to pop up are the Aqpiks or cloudberries. These are high in vitamin C. One cup has the nutritional value of 7 oranges! The blueberries and raspberries pop up next. Soon currants and cranberries will be ready as well. Enjoy some pictures of God’s beautiful creations:
This month Duke, my mom and I were fortunate enough to harvest the elusive morel mushroom. This super food contains great nutrients including Iron, Copper, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin D, Folate, Niacin, Riboflavin and a decent dose of Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Selenium, Thiamine, Vitamins E and B6. The taste is extraordinaire and reminds me personally of seal intestine or kak. Other times fried in butter it is reminiscent of seafood. Really it’s just a very tasty mushroom. Enjoy pictures of our harvest! Love and be love!
Some photos I’ve taken this summer 💕
It was a bright sunny day here in Alaska. My mother, son Duke and brother’s family went on a picnic at Goose Bay. The sound of the water hitting the shore was tranquil and the sun shining down was gloriously enjoyable. Duke and his cousins got to play in the sand as my brother started to cook on his new portable grill. The food was delicious, it always is when eaten out in the country. An alder tree had fallen off the 40’ or so high cliff and my mom was inspecting it. She found a peculiar green glass like stone and quickly showed us. It was beautiful and looked like it was broken off. I decided to go look where she found it and by my shining stars I found another piece of this beautiful green stone. We washed them off in the silty water and by golly the piece we each found fit perfectly together in the shape of a heart 💚 I was so excited and thankful that we both found this beautiful rock and we will keep them forever. If it is Obsidian it is said to be a healing stone, I’m always up for healing as we all are constantly healing on a daily basis if you realize it or not. Living through each day we are grateful for after overcoming past trauma is a form of healing. May our hearts mend together just as the rock forms together as a beautiful heart! God is good all the time!
It’s that time of year again when I feel so blessed to be able to gather the bounties of the earth 🌍 up here in Alaska is a super food that grows in the early spring. Jam packed with vital vitamins and nutrients these would be a great sustenance to add to your diet. I love to pickle the fiddleheads and my son enjoys them throughout the year. It’s important to blanch them before consumption to rid the natural toxins. I use a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water, salt and pickling spices to taste. Bring to boil and jar accordingly. Enjoy! Bless and be blessed 💕
I’m so excited for spring to arrive. After work I went to one of my favorite places and checked on the fiddleheads and tiqiyuks. The sound of geese flying, the gentle kiss of the sun and an overwhelming feeling of happiness with each step in the woods is so good for the soul. Bless and be blessed 💕
I am thankful Jesus died for me and rose three days later! The reason to celebrate Easter! Bless and be blessed! 💕🐇
Sending out love this 2020 Valentines from Alaska!
My brother Axel left this earth six years ago. He took his own life under the influence of alcohol. Suicide is prominent in Alaska. It’s a topic people tend to shy away from as to sweep it under the rug. When the thing we should do as communities is bring awareness to this darkness. It is a darkness, when someone feels like life is no longer worth living, that the best solution is to take your own life, that all your problems are too big, that is darkness. The only way out, the only light, is through Jesus. I do not condemn nor condone the act of suicide. Those of us left behind, have a hurt in our hearts that needs to heal. When there is a wound in our heart, and we don’t allow Jesus to heal it, it festers and becomes a weight on our shoulders causing more havoc in our lives. When we give our hurt, our pain and our burdens to God, we lift that weight. The memory of those we lost may fade with old age, but there are sparks of oh so precious memoires that are treasures worth more than anything this world can offer. What this world offers is darkness, people succumb to darkness daily, most without even realizing it. Action or lack there of to help those in need, desires and lust for materialistic possessions, thoughts of judgment on those less fortunate and the list goes on. The human tendencies to be human are what make us all human. I know with all my imperfections, all the times I fell short or felt less than, at the end of this day I rejoice for I am loved beyond measure, just as my brother who has gone on before me is loved beyond measure. There is healing and hope and love in the belief of the unconditional love we all have, but not yet share. For this love is a choice, a choice to accept or deny, life or death, darkness or light. There is no riding the fence, no half in half out. People either choose to wholeheartedly accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior or not. That is a personal choice no one can force anyone to make. Once you do find this love, your whole world changes. With time the understanding of what love is, what it can be and what you would be without it. I see the joy, I see the love and I see the hope each day presents, because I choose to see each day as that. So on this day, that I remember as the day my brother was born, I send out love, hope and joy to the heavens and I put my faith in God. Love and be love, for you are loved.