Friday, April 3, 2009

Answer to question #1

I've only been reading your blog a little while, so I don´t know anything about you. You wrote a while back, that you lived in Alaska. What kind of work did you/your hubby do there? How did you live there? You live in Vancouver, Wa. now? We used to live in Vancouver, BC! :)
April 1, 2009 3:12 PM

This question came from Betty, so here goes my answer or explanation.
Stan and I moved to Alaska in 1971. We left our four children with my parents and he and my sister and I drove the famous Al-Can to Anchorage. When we left Seattle, we had $400.00 to our names. We decided to drive until we had spent 1/2 of our money. If we were not at least 1/2 way to Alaska we would turn around and go home. We made it to Anchorage with a little to spare. It was during the height of the pipeline and we were unable to find an apartment. We pitched our tent in a park right outside of the city limits and Stan found a job. At the time he did auto body and fender work. We stayed there for six weeks until we had enough money to go get the kids and return. When we got back up there, there were still no apartments to be had. By that time I was certain that we were expecting our fifth child. We stayed in the park until Labor Day weekend when we finally found a small two bedroom apartment that would allow us to rent with four children. The baby I was carrying, Jeffery Matthew, is now our angel baby waiting for us to reunite with him for eternity. Had he lived, he would be 37 years old. The short story is that I fell down a flight of snow and ice covered stairs while I was carrying Kris, our youngest at that time, in my arms. I knew that evening that the fall had killed him but he did not come for another week after the fall.
I was sick all winter because of the fall, and now know that the quack I went to did not give me the care I needed. I spent the winter crying, throwing up, and hemorrhaging. In the spring we packed up and returned to Seattle. We were there for a month before Stan said he was going back up. I could stay or go back with him. I choose the later. After that move we stayed there for eleven years. Tricia, Its My Crazy Life and I Love It, and Gina, A Handful of Life, were both born up there.
Most of the time, I was a SAHM, but I worked a little in a couple of fabric stores and began my bank experience up there. Stan continued in the body and fender business, working his way up to managing the largest shop in Anchorage.
We now live in a small town about 40 miles north of Seattle. It is three miles east of I-5. It is called Arlington. We moved here from Anchorage and except for the four years we spent in Marietta Georgia, while Stan attended Chiropractic College, we have lived here.
Our Daughter, Tricia lived in Vancouver Wa. before she left recently for Kotzebue Alaska.
Hope that answers all of your questions, Betty, and thanks for reading me. I hope you continue to do so.
Any other questions, go ahead and ask, I will do my best to answer.

7 comments:

Cristie :) said...

WOW!!! That was a GREAT look into your life! Thanks for sharing! :)

Therese said...

SO glad to hear about this part of your life!

Betty said...

Thanks so much for that look back into your life! It is really interesting to me, especially since I was so near your home last year, when I was visiting my relatives in BC. One day we even went shopping in the Seattle outlet mall and I imagine this being in the area you live in. How small the world is!
Can I ask one more question? Where do all your kids live now? Are they all married, with kids? Ok that was two... :)

Katidids said...

OMG! I just saw where trish was moving, start knitting those wool socks grandma! We also lost our middle child, its comforting to know she will be waiting for us.

Pautlitz Blog said...

WOW, what an experience!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

backreading some of your story (when I should be getting to bed --- up late trying a new recipe out before Easter...WAY TOO time consuming...I sure hope it tastes good in the morning...) Anyway, love you even more tonite.

:)
BIG hug,
Karin

KelliSue Kolz said...

It's a small world after all. I grew up on a farm near Ferndale, WA. My brother in law went to the same chiropractic college in Marietta as your husband Stan did. And now I live with a bunch of little children, a small herd of goats, and my husband in a big old Victorian home with a nearly 200 year old barn in Upstate New York.

Happy Easter. He is Risen.

KelliSue
www.kellikolz.blogspot.com

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