About the Author
Kim Nolywaika grew up in New York and Florida before going west at twenty-five. She met her husband, Manfred Nolywaika, via his personal ad in Alaska Magazine; they were married in 1989.
The Nolywaikas live in a little off-grid log house somewhere south of Fairbanks and have enjoyed most of the usual Alaska pastimes at one time or another: hunting, fishing, gardening, water hauling, wood-cutting, fixing stuff (again), and spending time together.
Before her marriage, Kim worked as a counselor for abused children at a therapeutic wilderness camp in the Florida Everglades, then as a teachers’ assistant at a private school for troubled children in San Diego. She also did her time at a fish cannery on the Alaska Peninsula.
The Nolywaikas have four grown children, one of whom currently lives in Heaven.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped…
On the evening of January 11, 2016, at approximately 6:05 pm, the unthinkable happened and our family was changed forever. For that is the date our oldest son, Hans, was killed in a car crash at the end of our driveway. The next day would have been his twenty-first birthday.
The purpose of this blog is to honor the Lord Jesus Christ as we walk this valley with Him. We declare that the true and living God is real, that He is good, and that he is worthy to be praised. We hope to be an encouragement to other parents who are walking through the valley of child loss; to rejoice with them that do rejoice, and to weep with them that weep. (Romans12:15)
We desire to remember Hans’ life, to share those memories with others, and to draw every bit of good we can from this painful season in our lives. Our prayer is that because Hans lived, many might be brought to a saving knowledge of Hans’ Savior: God the Son, The Lord Jesus Christ.
Because knowing Jesus is everything.
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it… Psalm 127:1