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The 22nd

What’s so special about the 22nd?

Our Grandmother Mimi (‘Oma’ in German) was born on the 22nd.

She taught us both so much about making something from what appeared to be nothing. During her life, Mimi lived all over Canada, taught her children & many grandchildren to find ways to defeat idle time by creating. She was a professional cook, a gifted writer & communicator and always crafting. She taught us to crochet, to knit, to cook, bake & preserve, to sew, to communicate and to love.

On the 22nd of every month we are going to share the gifts of inspiration that our grandmother shared with us in posts titled “Things My Grandmother Taught Me”.

About Mimi

Mimi was born March 22, 1925 to Jacob and Maria in Taurida, Crimea. In 1925 the family immigrated to Canada settling in Saskatchewan where she grew up. In 1940 the family moved to Ontario. At 15, she accepted Christ, her faith becoming a foundation of her character for the rest of her life.  She taught DVBS for a few summers and Sunday school for many years. She managed the order department of a tree nursery and was forelady in a canning factory during World War II, until 1948.

She married Henry in September 1948. They lived in Winnipeg while Henry attended MB Bible College for 4 years. Henry became a teacher after attending teachers’ college. They lived all over Ontario with their growing family of 9 as he taught in Pickering, ON, Georgina Island, ON, French Bay, ON, and Saugeen Indian Reserve.

Mimi was a homemaker, gardener, farmer and teacher’s wife. Henry and Mimi lived on a farm in Leeburn, ON, for 9 years, where she drove a bus, and they were foster parents to 4 children. They moved to live in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, where they started a church in their home that became an Associated Gospel church. She taught ladies’ Bible studies and worked with battered and suicidal women and disturbed young people. After seven years in the Soo, in 1980, Henry retired from teaching. She became Director of Food Services at Fair Havens Bible Conference from 1980-84. After which they resettled once again in Etobicoke, becoming house parents at Jewels For Jesus Mission, a home for pregnant girls. She was active with the Gideons for many years. Her love and compassion for people was one of her most outstanding qualities. Henry and Mimi eventually moved to Saskatchewan, where her life in Canada began and where she lived out the remainder of her life.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting; reading; writing Hurting Girls, a crisis pregnancy manual, her memoirs, Ready for Anything, and letters; travelling; photography, taking pictures of old and unique barns; and cooking, even publishing a cookbook.

Mimi passed away in 1999 but her life still impacts us every day.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 11:25 PM

    Nice idea ladies…

  2. March 23, 2010 10:05 AM

    Hello Girls,

    I love what you both are doing here…carrying on Grandma’s tradition of inspiring others. She would be so proud. We were all so lucky to know such a special lady.

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