Miriam // { JLW Photography } Regina, Saskatchewan & Area Documentary Photographer

Everyone has a story to tell or at least experiences that can then turn into a story. I met Miriam at Orange Tree Village where she resides. She was open and willing to share some of her stories with me. Miriam was born and raised in Saskatchewan on a farm near Assiniboia with her parents and siblings. She remembered fond memories of her time there, specifically the connection with her father. However, when she was 7 years old, her father passed away leaving her completely devastated. Prior to his passing, he had given her a one dollar Dominican bill. Little did she know that that one dollar bill would mean so much more. After his passing, she would carry the dollar bill to the hay stacks in the field and cry over her loss. Miriam has kept that dollar bill with her since that day and now keeps it safe in a frame. As time passed, she worked for the military in the United States during the war. Once the war was over, she relocated to France to work with different churches. She ended up living there for 34 years. Through her work and own interest, Miriam also traveled to many other countries. The photo albums of those memories were displayed in her living area. She opened a few albums and shared the things she had seen, learned, or received from those many trips. There are so many stories that she told me that day. At the end of our conversation, I asked her what the most important lesson she learned in her 96 years of life. She stated that prior to her fathers death, he shared with her that the only way to be happy was to allow Jesus in her life. So in between the haystacks after his passing, she made the decision to allow Jesus into her heart. When she made that decision, she expressed a sense of peace and happiness.
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