The Journey Begins

Welcome to my site! I hope and pray your time here is a good experience. I believe in sharing to enhance each other and those things that are a joy and passion for me can touch others in the process. My world changes daily and my process can benefit others as I go through my life journey.

I am now a 61 year old Native American mother, of three and grandmother of 4. I have had a long and treacherous journey to get to this point in my life and have decided that I am going to totally pull back and focus completely on me and what makes me happy and raises my passion.

I have the pleasure of making my home on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation located in beautiful North Idaho. I am a member of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and come from a very strong tie to my Native culture and heritage. I was born to two strong cultural parents. My mother was a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and my father was a member of the Flathead Tribe of Montana. They have both passed on now and I am very fortunate to have been taught and engulfed into that tradition and heritage.

I have three wonderful children that make up a good part of my life. I have two sons and a daughter. I have my regrets as a mother but I have great accomplishments that have been the driving force in who I am today. My oldest child was born with a genetic disorder that results in a developmental disability and in order to be sure he had the best chance at life I became a dedicated and strong advocate for him and eventually others who were victims of ignorance surrounding them. It was a difficult journey and my other two children suffered the consequences of having such a burden on the family. Despite that situation they both have grown into two wonderful adults that make me proud and now fill my life with what makes my life meaningful. They have blessed me with four beautiful grand daughters. I went back to college in 2012 to finish my Bachelor of Social Work and graduated in 2014. 

At this point in my life I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving and devoted partner who I am fortunate to be called his wife. We have the opportunity to take an early retirement and are going to take it. I call him “The Man” because that is what he is in my life. We have chosen to make our lives and home in Worley, Idaho. This is a home of my childhood. My family lived on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation until I was 7 years old and now I feel very blessed and fortunate “The Man” has agreed to make our home and happiness together in this small rural town of North Idaho.

I created this blog as an outlet for me to express everything within me that stays bottled up and contained. Which causes me to want to just explode. I feel like I want my life, experiences, passions, obsessions, creations and life lessons to be somewhere while I make my life and utilize my skills to create a space to grow and become the person I need to be.

Thank you for visiting my space. Stay as long as you like and I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to come back as often as you like or not. The choice is yours. My space will continue and grow with me as I continue on my life journey.

Hope to see you again.

Frances C. Arapis

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