I’ve often wondered how many Doddema’s are in the Netherlands. I don’t know how accurate the service is but FamilieNaam shows about 205 Doddema’s still living in the Netherlands. Pretty cool.Â Now if only I could get them all to contact me!
I was doing my weekly search for the Doddema name on Google (I’ve found this is a great resource to contact other members of our family) and found Jan Doddema. Now I need to contact him and ask his relationship to me but I have a website and a YouTube video of him. He’s a singer and I thought everybody would enjoy watching him perform.
Hopefully, we’ll be hearing more from Jan Doddema.
It’s been a hectic day but I’m pleased to say that Kara’s surgery went well.Â She had a thermal ablation (I think I got that right).Â If you don’t know what it is, research it.Â She’ll be hurting for a few days but should be feeling lots better by the end of the week.Â Estimates are that by the time her blood level reaches normal, she should be a brand-new person!Â That’s a good thing.
So thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.
The following is an excerpt from Kavan’s email to us:
On June 8 at 12:13 a.m. Sarah Johnson and Kavan Peterson were born a beautiful healthy girl, Oona Alice Peterson, weighing 6 lbs. 14 ounces and 21 and 1/4 inches long. Both momma and daughter are recovering wonderfully from a long but smooth labor and delivery.
Oona’s middle name is for her mother’s grandmother Alice Surface, who recently passed away, and Kavan’s great-great grandmother Alice Peterson.
About the name Oona:
The girl’s name Oona \o(o)-na\ is pronounced OO-nah. It is of Scottish, Irish and Gaelic origin, meaning “unity”. Variant of Una ( Latin) “one”. Playwright gave this name to his daughter, Lady Oona O’Neill Chaplin, wife of .
Oona: From the Irish word uan “a lamb” or may come from the Latin una meaning “one,” hence it is sometimes translated as “Unity.” In legend Oonagh was “Queen of the Fairies” who had long golden hair which reached to the ground and she was also the wife of legendary Fionn Mac Cool.
Welcome to the family, Oona.
I apologize for being gone for so long.Â My internet connection was done for a time and the local cable guys took over two weeks before coming to look at the problem.Â As they’re the only cable guys in Missoula, it’s best not to complain too much or the wait can be even longer.Â I’m not rocking that boat!
In the meantime, I’ve been doing lots of genealogy.Â I’ve added more individuals from the information given me by Rob Leeuwerke, Henk Doddema and Barbara Kuhns Cumming.Â I believe I have over 3000 names now in the database which is pretty cool.Â I’m continually amazed by the influx of information.Â I imagine a big bonus is that I’m doing all the entering.Â If that is all it takes to add extra information about our families…I’m all for it.Â I have the time.
I’ll probably be a little slow the next couple of days while I catch up on emails, updates to the site (technology does not take a rest even though my cable guy does), and my wife’s operation this upcoming Tuesday.Â Although only about a 20 minute procedure, it’s still a pretty big deal for me.Â This is the love of my life going under the knife or laser as this case appears.Â It’s personal for her so I won’t go into details but it’s a very serious matter and her health has been compromised enough.Â She should be an entirely renewed person by the time she heals up from this.Â I look forward to her being healthy and energetic again!
So until then, keep sending your information, keep us in your prayers and know that we are that much closer to making our history complete!