About Me

Hi! I’m a 51 year Christian grandma who is pursuing a lifelong dream of learning how to fly (Achieved my Private Pilot’s Certificate on April 17, 2010).  I’m a mother of four and married to the same wonderful man for 28 years.  Some of my jobs in my lifetime have been cook, waitress, newspaper carrier, retail sales, housekeeper, bookkeeper, city clerk, daycare provider, receptionist, transcriptionist  for the MN Historical Society, car detailer and elementary school teacher.

One of my favorite things to do is travel. As I get older I hope to travel to Europe for the first time and then Australia after that. I love to take pictures, quilt, home renovation, and read when I’m not working at our family business.  I love to see new sights and look at the architecture in the areas we travel.

Someday I would like to go on a short term missionary trip to Alaska and work for the summer.  I would love to help build something at Amundson Educational Center or some other location in Alaska and build some new relationships with those who work there.  I enjoy carpentry work and landscaping as well.


46 responses to “About Me

  1. Greg

    January 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This is wonderful, Jeanne! I am linking to your blog from my own. Very cool!

  2. flyinggma

    January 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks Greg, its a work in progress for sure!

  3. Linda Anderson

    January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I agree with Greg, this is great! Can’t wait to read the whole blog! Good job, Jeanne! This is really good. You’re doing a great job on this. Keep it up, up, and up!

  4. flyinggma

    January 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Thanks Linda! I can’t wait to look at your book on your website. Keep up the good work on writing.

  5. jakyastikpress

    March 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hey Butterfly lady, will be reading your blog from now. It’s just so so amazing to be able to do all this. You’ve a smile in your face and a laughter in your heart! Good going!!

    I guess you should be on my blogroll.

    • flyinggma

      March 14, 2010 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. I stopped by your blog and enjoyed your thoughts. Keep up the good writing. Jeanne

  6. sunshineinlondon

    November 12, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Hi Jeanne, I visited your blog after Wendy wrote about your kind gift to her. How inspiring you are – I look forward to following your adventures.
    The flat that we live in here in London overlooks a small dock that looks quite similar to your header pic!

    • flyinggma

      November 12, 2010 at 8:34 am

      Thanks for stopping by Sunshine. It was fun to send someone an unexpected gift. One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is getting to know people from different parts of the world even if it is only through their writing. The picture in my header was taken in June 2009 when my husband and I traveled to San Franscisco, CA for a belated 25th wedding anniversary. If you want to see my daily view out my window look at my “Up North” post. We live on a small lake in central Minnesota. I would love to look out and see a view like my header each morning but I am blessed to have a beautiful view of my own. Just different. Someday I hope to travel to London and beyond. Right now two girls in college take any extra funds for traveling. Have to settle for dreaming instead.

  7. planejaner

    November 13, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    hey–you know Shady, over at the pink bunny cafe! and wendy! and Sunshine in London!
    seems we should have made friends long ago.

    • flyinggma

      November 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      Hi Jane! I haven’t been blogging long, less than a year but I can’t remember how I happened onto Shady’s blog. I think it was her recipe for some strawberry bread last spring or some quilting post. I found Wendy’s blog when TEStazyk was Freshly Pressed for his post on vacuum cleaners. Sunshine commented on my blog after reading something on Wendy’s blog and I checked out your blog after reading your comment on Sunshine in London’s blog referencing Jeremiah 29:11. One of my favorite verses. Strange….I knew I saw your name somewhere before Sunshine in London’s blog today and tonight when I responded to Shady I saw your name on her blogroll. Small world. There are so many nice people out there. I enjoy reading blogs from different parts of the world, so many perspectives on things and yet very similar in many ways. Blessings, Jeanne

      • planejaner

        November 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

        Small world, indeed. I “found” Shady the day her strawberry bread recipe came online…early in my blogging days (just started on Jan 1st of 2010).
        Interesting how our “Venn Diagrams” match up. I find that to be the case, though, that among thousands and millions and gajillions of blogs and bloggers…we tend to find a group in which to hang out.
        glad to be getting to know you

  8. flyinggma

    November 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and the other bloggers out there. Always something new to read each day when I turn on my computer.

  9. writerwoman61

    December 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Jeanne:

    I hope it’s okay to add you to my Blogroll…sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to it…I’m a bit of a procrastinator, you know!


    • flyinggma

      December 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      Love to be added to your Blogroll!

  10. Adrian Pantonial

    December 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Jeanne!

    Thank you for your gracious comment on a photo from my blog. Just reading your “About Me” section makes me think you’re quite an achiever, one who lives life to the full.

    I hope I can find a lifetime partner just like you. =)

    Best Regards,

    • flyinggma

      December 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you Adrian. Looks like you live life to the fullest as well. I’ll pray for a lifetime partner for you. My husband is such a blessing and wonderful companion. Blessings, Jeanne

  11. Booksphotographsandartwork

    January 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Bravo for you, learning to fly. I won’t even ride in a airplane! It must be really amazing to fly one. Nice to meet you as suggested by nancy.

    • flyinggma

      January 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Linda! It has been a blast learning how to fly. It was a lot of work but well worth the thrill of piloting a plane. I’m suffering from a little withdrawal from flying lately. The weather has been so poor lately that I’ve had to cancel two rental times. I hope to go up on Thursday morning in a larger plane than I am used to flying to get checked out in it so I can take more than one passenger with me.

  12. Patricia Lyra

    January 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Hi Jeanne, I have just found your blog through Sunshine in London’s. It’s so catching I have been going from post to post… from your coffee to Jake’s learning to walk, from your flying to your reading…there’s still a lot to go through, so I better grab a new cup of coffee…

    Cheers from Brazil!

    • flyinggma

      January 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I’m so excited to know someone in a new place. It’s one of the best parts about blogging. Another coffee drinker…Yeah.

  13. bdale56

    February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I like your photos and your blog and am excited to learn that you are a fellow Minnesotan! I’d love to discuss cameras, writing, historical subjects and more with you. I am very new to photography as I have benign tremors and only recently found a camera that can handle my shakiness! It sure has been fun taking pictures! Thanks so much for looking at my blog!

    • flyinggma

      February 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

      I was just as excited to hear that you are from Minnesota. I’m new to photography but I love to try new things. What kind of historical subjects are you interested in? I love all the new people I have met through blogging in the past year.

  14. Kathy

    April 30, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I’m glad I came across your blog. Except for the flying, which is wonderful, we have a lot in common. Nice to meet you bloggie friend.

    • flyinggma

      April 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Kathy, nice to meet you. I will have to stop by and check out your blog. I love meeting new people and learning new things. Jeanne

  15. Carol Ann Hoel

    June 21, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers. Blessings to you all…

  16. Jeanne

    June 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks Carol for your thoughts and prayers! Blessings to you, Jeanne

  17. maryormartha

    July 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I think we will both enjoy learning about each other and our own unique journeys–yours in the air and mine on the ground. Your photography is awesome!


    • flyinggma

      July 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      One of the best parts of the internet and blogging is the opportunity to meet people from all parts of the world and walks of life. I’m looking forward to having time to read your posts.

  18. barb19

    August 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Jeanne, I came across your blog through one of Nancy’s (Spirit Lights the Way), pingbacks, and I’m so glad I clicked on it, because it brought me to your wonderful blog.
    If you ever get the chance, (once you get your girls through college lol), you should come visit Australia – I will give you a warm welcome!

    • flyinggma

      August 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      I would love to visit Australia some day. Only 2 years until both the girls are finished with college. I think it would be a perfect 30th wedding anniversary trip. If I start saving now perhaps it will become a reality. I have another blog friend who lives in New Zealand that I would also love to visit. I met Nancy this past winter when my husband and I visited Florida for the first time. We had a delightful visit.

  19. JuanitasPhotoBox

    October 3, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

    • flyinggma

      November 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Juanita! I haven’t had a chance to do much blogging these days. Hopefully more time soon.

  20. Ted C. MacRae

    November 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you for your recent subscription to my blog ‘Beetles in the Bush’. Can you please confirm if it’s legit? Thanks!

    • flyinggma

      November 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      I did indeed subscribe to your blog Beetles in the Bush. I’ve enjoyed all there is to learn on your site.

      • Ted C. MacRae

        November 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

        Okay thanks. I’ve been dealing with a sudden surge of spam comments and suspicious subscriptions – just trying to get a handle on which ones are true. Thank for reading!

  21. Jeanne Lahn

    November 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Hello Jeanne! I have enjoyed reading this blog and looking at your fab pictures. I love small pretty detail photography like yours, where it is a study on the everyday beauty that is often overlooked. I am also a writer that lives in rural Wisconsin. I am intrigued that we have so many interests in common, except for two notable ones: flying and quilting. I am good at neither! I can spin yarn and crochet just about anything and I love writing also. In fact, my publisher was the one that recommended your blog to me. To top that all off, my name is also, Jeanne!

    • flyinggma

      November 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I’ve had fun over the past year blogging. I wish I could say that I’ve done a lot of flying since I got my private pilot certificate but life has been extremely busy. Congrats on being published. It is quite an accomplishment. Hopefully this winter there will be more time for my hobbies. Love your name:) I will have to look up your book or books that you wrote. I am an avid reader also if I didn’t put that in my About Me.

  22. Christine Wright

    November 23, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Hello Jeanne! I am a 51yo Australian student pilot who wondered if i would find someone like me , crazy enough to learn to fly at this stage of life…and there you are! I just found your blogsite while surfing in preparation for my GFPT test (hopefully achieved next month in time for a “dateflight” with my husband of 30years on our anniversary). I look forward to reading about your flying adventures. 🙂 Now back to the preparation!!

    • flyinggma

      November 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Good for you Christine! I wanted to learn how to fly long before I actually did it but don’t regret learning how even though it took me much longer than I thought it would. I took my husband flying the day after I got my certificate, brave man! He had never even seen me fly once before that time. We haven’t had as much time to fly as I had hoped we would but our daughters are soon finished with college and will also have more money available. Good luck and let me know when you pass your test. I’d love to send congrats your way!

  23. arun vijay

    January 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Where did you learn to fly? I’d like to do that someday.

    P.S.: Is there an email I can reach you at? Thanks.

  24. seabeejohn

    March 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Fantastic read Sis! Keep writing and keep taking photos!

    • flyinggma

      March 31, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks John. We are having fun with the challenges of the project but love to puzzle through them for the best outcomes.

  25. JM

    September 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    You have some wonderful images posted here! Great blog! Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog, I hope you continue to enjoy my photos. Thanks for sharing your work!

  26. KimHindsPhotography

    May 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Jeanne, My goodness what you have been through. My mother had an aneurysm at the age of 70, she’s almost 90! God watches out for us, He truly does. He put you in that car to go with your family… amazing. So glad to hear you are doing well. Prayers…Kim

    • flyinggma

      May 17, 2013 at 6:47 am

      Thank you Kim! God truly does watch out for us. There were so many miracles God had in place before, during and after my aneurysm. Life is good and I am back to work and life in general with no side effects other than being a little tired easier than I used to be but that comes with age too. 🙂


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