Category Archives: Family News

Josiah ordained a deacon

Josiah has reached that turning point in his life, a major milestone. He finished working on his Faith in God booklet and was found worthy to hold the Aaronic Priesthood . I may have been in lots of pain, but I was there and fortunate enough to ordain him.

I know many people that aren’t familiar with our faith find it amazing that a young man of 12 can hold the office while others wait the majority of their lives before they can attain such a title. For those that are interested in what a deacon is and their responsibilities, please refer to this article, “The Role of a Deacon” found in the New Era, May 1974, p.8

Congrats, Josiah. You deserve it!

Unfortunately, we learned late last night that he would be set apart today so we didn’t have lots of time to invite family to attend. Many apologies, we would have loved for you to be there.

Exclusive — New Photos!

Believe it or not, people do read this! Eltje and Geesjen Doddema, my cousin and his wife, reside in the Netherlands. They’ve helped me many times put together our family history. I wouldn’t have gotten so far without their help. Today, they’ve graciously sent me some photos that I’ve added to their very own album in the gallery so please check it out. I’m also adding the pictures in the post.

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Family Tree expanded

The genealogy bug has bitten me again. I’ve spent the better part of the day updating the family tree database, modifying files and adding new Doddema’s and other family members to the mix. Loads of fun! I added probably about 50 individuals today with the help of a wonderful website: Genlias. I think I’ve mentioned it before and if I have…good for me. It’s amazing.   Continue reading

Preparing for Christmas

It’s that time again when snow falls, shoppers run you over with the carts/cars, and Santa Claus comes to town. He came this past weekend to our local Wal-Mart. Most of our kids didn’t have a problem with it except for Bridget, who refused to sit on his lap. So here’s some pictures of some of our kids. Enjoy.

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News from Dievertje Doddema

I just found out from my 5th cousin in the Netherlands that her grandma had passed away a few weeks ago. I’ve asked Dievertje to write a little article on her grandma so I’m waiting for that.

From what I do know of Grietje, she was born Apr 17, 1916 in Noordbroek, Groningen, Netherlands and married to Pieter Doddema May 18, 1940. She died Nov 9, 2006 in Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands. According to Dievertje, Grietje had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. A couple days later she passed away.

We grieve with Dievertje and her family. Losing a grandparent is always rough.

I did receive permission from Dievertje to update the genealogy records with her grandma’s information. A big thanks for that.

On a lighter note, I did find out that in the period we weren’t in contact with one another, Dievertje had married Leon Doornbusch in 2004. Congratulations!