Director of First Impressions
I am the oldest of three girls and very close to my two younger sisters, who live locally with their families. My father lives in a little town just north of Reed City, my mother passed away in 2003, but I have been blessed to have my father’s companion in my life for the past 12 years. I have been married to Ron for over 30 years and we have two children, Nicole (33) who lives in Livonia and Ronald (32) who lives in Tampa, Florida. Ron and I downsized from our four bedroom home in Livonia into a two bedroom condo about two years ago and now live in Farmington Hills. We are both very active with the Rotary Club of Livonia.
Camping, entertaining, cooking, genealogy, travel, reading, quilting, scrapbooking, various other crafts and home improvement projects.
My favorite family tradition:
Ron’s mother is from Poland, she and her parents were displaced during WWII and sent to Siberian work camps. Because Ron’s grandmother passed before I met him and his mother had no interest in cooking, I have worked to maintain the family tradition of a Christmas Vigil on Christmas Eve. This involves the preparation of an extensive 5-7 course meal with many traditional Polish foods. It is one of my favorite meals to plan and prepare for and I look forward to the traditional sharing of the oplatek. Before partaking of the Christmas Eve meal, the family gathers around the table. The eldest member holds a large wafer (the oplatek)and breaks off a piece to begin the ritual. The remaining wafer is passed on to another member while a prayer for loved ones is said. This continues until everyone at the table has a piece of the wafer. Finally, the family members consume their share quietly. It is very important to me and my children to keep this tradition alive.