A Life Fully Lived: Loving Hildegard
A Life Fully Lived (Loving Hildegard) is the story of an immigrant family. Hildegard, a young university graduate, meets an architect from Germany. They both immigrate to Canada and start their life together as professionals in Vancouver, BC. They try to contribute creatively to their new environment.
Hildegard gives up her profession as a teacher and devotes her time and energy to her family bringing up three children in the turbulent sixties and seventies, the time of draft dodgers, hippies and Jesus people.
After the children left home and she withdrew from her church, Hildegard goes through a period of self evaluation. Searching in feminism, mythology and spirituality she finds her identity as a woman with new visions and responsibilities.
Exploring new territories, she discovers a way to express herself in art
She is drawn to a Mennonite fellowship where she feels valued and accepted and to which she can contribute creatively.
She and her husband share enjoyable and adventurous retirement activities, exploring the beauty and diversity of this world.
At the age of seventy-three, Hildegard is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, unexpectedly for her and as a shock for her family. Her tranquil preparation for dying is moving and amazing for doctors and all those who knew her.
A Life Fully lived, Loving Hildegard, is written by Hildegard's husband in memory of her.
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More adventures in Europe
Becoming Canadian Mennonites
Preserving our heritage
Building a new Church
For the Love of Music
Our first home
Searching for new ways
Spiritual Renewal Jesus People
Retracing our roots
A place of refuge
Challenges in growing up
Our new house
Closing the circle
Early retirement activities
The empty nest
Oh Canada our home and native land
Family events and surprises
Meeting relatives and inlaws
The new Millennium
Returning to herFathers House
Our last journey
The final story
Aus Hildegards Liebes Briefen
Excerpts from letters of appreciation and sympathy from friends of Hildegard during her illness and at her memorial service
Leaving My Fathers House One Womans Journey