It is the year 1905 in the village of Puolanka, Finland. More and more young men and women are pulling up roots and following the lure of land and a new life in America.
Here we meet headstrong... More > Reeta, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a landowning family. Her mother is upset with her because she shows no interest in the eligible young men of their social class.
Thomas Juntunen has convinced Reeta’s two older brothers that they should go to America with him. Reeta’s parents, however, send Thomas away when he professes his love for her, because he is merely a tenant farmer.
Reeta must choose whether to obey her parents or follow her heart. Could God change their minds? Is it really love she feels for Thomas? And is she brave enough to leave her parents and homeland? There would be no going back. Reeta’s PASSAGE TO LOVE is one of self-discovery and of faith that is tried every step of the way.< Less
The lives of Thomas and Reeta Juntunen are traced through historical records and family stories. They were immigrants from the village of Puolanka, Finland, in the early 1900's, passing through Ellis... More > Island, cross-country to Astoria, and then to Souhtwest Washington. In the hills above Longview and Kelso, they settled in a community of Finns, many of whom came from the same small village. This is the factual account of their lives which was also chronicled in the novel PASSAGE TO LOVE.< Less
Life comes with its share of perils: family drama, physical trauma, betrayal, pain, death, and plain trouble, trouble, trouble. We've all been there. Just as it takes time to form a pearl from... More > irritation and pressure, finding hope and healing from the pain of life is a process. Here are poems to encourage you as you experience the making of your precious pearls.< Less