I’ve written in the past about my late brother. It would have been his birthday today. I do not dwell on the heartache of losing him, I try to live a bright life of love because I believe that is the best way to honor those that have gone before us. It may feel as if we are left in this world to fend for ourselves, but we all have a Heavenly Father who keeps watch over us day and night. I take comfort that my brother Axel is in God’s care. I rejoice because he was saved. I’m thankful for the miracle God has given us of extra time with him before he was gone. Suicide is prevalent in rural Alaska and more so in Alaskan Natives. It should be a wake up call that we, as a people, have 5x more children taken from our homes than any other group of people, furthermore only 2% are reunified with their families. That cycle only leads to more alcoholism, drug addiction and inevitably a higher suicide rate. It is a choice to heal, it’s hard work but our future generations will reap the benefits. Living a healthy life doesn’t mean you think you are better than the next, it simply means you are fighting for the lives of our future generations. I remember my brother today, as I remember him every single day and strive to be that change that our people need. It starts as a splash, than turns to a ripple, soon a wave follows and we are on the presuppose of a tsunami. I pray today for healing and love everlasting. Love and be love.
As the year 2020 comes to an end I just want to say this year in reflection has been a blessing. Despite the pandemic families have become closer, quality time has never had a closer meaning and getting out in nature is a blessing in its own! It’s good to have positive reflections and when next year comes around it will be that much more positive because of the way you choose to look at life. I pray blessings and protection over the year 2021. Thank you to all my readers and God Bless you all. I will write more in 2021!
Living in Alaska means you can go out and gather your own food. I truly appreciate the subsistence lifestyle 💕 Adventures of Nam Nam, Mommy and Duke!
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!