My grandpa making a local canoe out of breadfruit trunks one of his many great talents. He was also one our great song writers and composers on Namoluk. He instilled the love of literature, music, and reading in my heart. Every time I came home from school, I always found him reading his Bible. I love you grandpa, Markus Uwap (Weires). Rest in peace.
Scott with my aunty Resty (my mom's only sister who is older than her. She came to Pohnpei for my wedding, June 19, 1993), uncle Esikiel Lippwe who gave me away at my wedding with his wife, and grand-children: Donny and Jaybo. Donny was my ringbear. I love you all, and thank you for being there for me. You all made my wedding day special, especially with the presence of my auntie who took the place of my very own mother who passed away when I was only fifteen years old. Cousins and sister Sitae at the back.
My oldest brother Tester and his son, Grant, U.S.A. Being my oldest brother, he is also like a father to me. Without him, I wouldn't be where I am today! Thank you brother Tester for all you have done and continue to do for me: your guidance, counsel, brotherly love and advice, and financial and emotional support. I love you very much.
ABOUT NASAKO WEIRES-MADSEN
Nasako M. Weires-Madsen is from the Island of Namoluk, Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia. She arrived the shores of the United States in January 1984 and eventually attended Concordia University. She obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Secondary Education: Language Arts and a Masters degree in Education: English. She is also pursuing her PhD.
Nasako is residing in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband and three children: Grace, Daniel, and Gianna. She is currently a full-time English Lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught and counseled elementary, high school and college students nationally as well as internationally. Nasako has also worked with the disabled and mentally challenged, as well as the gifted students K-12 grades.
Feeling the need to stay home and raise her young children, Nasako once owned and operated a licensed home daycare while teaching part-time. She hired teachers to monitor and teach her daycare children (together with her young children) while she was doing part-time teaching.
Nasako loves children and enjoys family time and is actively involved in the life of the Church promoting family life and a greater respect for the dignity and sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception to natural death.
She is a devout Catholic, has a great devotion to the Holy Rosary, the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist, and does weekly Eucharistic adoration. She also teaches Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at her parish.
Beside teaching English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nasako writes and publishes books. Her new book, "Not Without My Children: hope" just came out. Other books she has written are, "Dear Grace: a Mother's Diary" and "The Lost Island of Amwes." Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble Bookstore online and at other bookstores online and at certain bookshops, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln library, College of Micronesia, FSM, National library, e-book, kindle, and at iUniverse Book Publishing Company.