My name is Renée Persón. I’ve lived in Alaska over thirty years and am actually afraid of living elsewhere – especially a really scary place like California. I currently live near the largest city in the Alaskan Interior, Fairbanks. Living in the north suits me just fine – most of the time. I really enjoy everything about our northern living lifestyle except January. January is bleak. It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s hard to go to town, ’cause it’s cold. It’s also dark. January is the month to leave Alaska – it’s too dark to see anything anyway. We often go to California in January, which is how I know that California is too scary to live in for any length of time. I’ll stick to short visits in January when it’s too dark to see anything in Alaska.
I’m a homemaker. I mean this in a literal sense. It’s my job to turn the building we live in into a home – and I take my job seriously. Many years ago a professional woman called me stupid for the choice my husband and I made for me to stay at home with our newborn son rather than put him in daycare and “use [my] education” instead of “wasting it.” I vowed to myself that I would not be the stereotypical stay-at-home mom. I made it my passion to be an intelligent, purposeful, professional homemaker and I would not be ashamed of our choice.
My husband, Dave, works in the construction business in Fairbanks. Construction work in interior Alaska is seasonal, meaning you work like crazy from April through November, then you do maintenance on your equipment for a couple of months, then take a little break before you start all over again. Actually, I’m not complaining, we are blessed with the business. It allows us the freedom to travel in January (that nasty month when it’s d…..a…..r…..k), and the freedom to hit the slopes in the spring (February through April).
Dave and I have three sons. Lee – 22- is soon to be married. Currently, he’s working in the construction industry.
Wyatt – 19- just finished his second year at Ecola Bible School Cannon Beach, Oregon. He’s planning to be a missionary to someplace really remote. He’s headed to school in Michigan for more training next fall.
Benjamin – 18- has just finished a year at Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. He’s still figuring out what he wants to do. He’s interested in construction, but isn’t sure. At the moment he thinks he’ll go to school at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks next fall.
We homeschooled our boys all through their at-home years. Teaching them has bonded us as a family. We can annoy the daylights out of each other, sure, but we also love one another deeply. I love my men and am SO proud of them. I’d better not get started on how marvelous they are – it’d take too much room for now.
When I’m not teaching I like to cook, bake, garden, sew, knit, paint, draw, take pictures, scrapbook, read, write, plan and organize. I also enjoy spending time with younger women. I am passionate about passing on th skills it takes to be a homemaker. There are many, many more things that I enjoy doing – I really love learning new things and have to strenuously limit myself.
As a family we hunt a little, we fish a little, we snowmachine a lot. When I say we, I should explain that my role in these endeavors is one of supporter. I help pack up when they go hunting. I help butcher and process when they return. When we go snowmachining, I stay in the cabin and make sure there is plenty of delicious hot food ready when they return.
I love my life and want to share a bit of it with you all. And so, I invite you back to read and see about our lives in the north.