1-2-3 and the taxes are done!

relaxThis is the last day to turn in the taxes for year 2006 in Norway. Earlier it was a sweat to get finished in time and we had to send it in the mail to the right office, if we didn’t live close enough to just drop it into the door late at night… The last years I’ve used the internet version of delivering. But today I, for the first time, I opted for the SMS solution. And it was fast. Max one minute used in the actual process, a bit more beforehand making sure I didn’t had anything to edit….

Ah, now I can rest!
Have a good May 1st!!

a sunny day

We’ve had the most fantastic weather today. Sun from blue sky. I even managed to get slightly burned…. :o

DSCF0365 I started the day with a service, this time with MT at a friends. Confirmation Sunday is a busy one who needs my full attention at all times, it was good not to have MT tapping on my hand also. This year they where 5 confirmants, but the church was filled non the less.

As I told you last post I’ve struggled a bit with the sermon’s topic, but yesterday evening I finally found it; faith. Or TRU as we write it in Norwegian. And then I used those three letters to say what Christian faith is. I used Trust (tillit), Relationship (relasjon) and infinite (Uendeleg). I also made some big letters as a visual during the sermon. It worked. I even got a hug and a “good sermon today” that warmed my heart. Hopefully the youths also got something to think about, I mean after they are through with all the festivity and gifts-openings of the day. Confirmation is a big thing around here!

The rest of the day I’ve just been relaxing. Even used shorts for the first time this year!! A good day!

bath and a sermon..

tree and blue sky

I’m sitting here, surfing the net and reading a few emails, while MT is having fun taking a loooong bath ;)

Trying to figure out what’s the theme for my sermon shall be for tomorrow. So far I’m not sure and I’m a bit worried about that because I want this sermon to be up there among those that are a little better than okei ;) I think I’m going to talk about how we have a living faith, because Christ is alive and not dead. But I also have to meet the confirmants where they are, thinking of the gifts the receive and the party that starts right after the service, the Confirmation is a big thing around here. That also means many people in church – and that’s a good thing! But again, I just want them to be reached with the sermon. Give them a little bit of Jesus while they are there… :D

And this is the sermon scripture:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
1.Pet 1:3-9

I’d love some input or ideas for the sermon! Thanks :D
And, by the way – the sun is shining; it’s a wonderful day!!!

Note to self


When upgrading a blog, make sure to be awake. If not, go to bed and upgrade another day!!

I’m sorry for messing everything up yesterday! Hopefully it’s working all right again now ;)

ups, nearly midnight already?!

blue evening

So I planned to write a post updating you on current events at our place, but sadly this night also passed without any long posts from my side! I’m sorry, but do make good plans for tomorrow to try it again ;)

The mission of this babble: is just to make sure you know I’m alive and kicking :o Just out of time and, sometimes, out of words…



MT turned 4 yr last Sunday; happy boy ;)

1 yr since today

MT and the pastor On this very day, 1 year ago, MT got baptized in my hometown church. We celebrated after the service with family and friends at my parents farm. The meal was Ethiopian, the cakes where many ;) It was a wonderful and important day, and so different to prepare it for him. He was no baby and we talked a lot about the how and where, the water and God since February to make sure he could enjoy it and remember it as a good and important event himself.

MT in church The Daffodil man three tuquise lights easter egg; decoration

breakfast At breakfast that morning I thought all the work and preparing was for nothing. Without any cause he started to scream and cry out in frustration and anger. I didn’t have a clue to what had happened, so I took him into the living room trying to calm him down. I saw for me the same scream and crying in church. For a while he wasn’t able to talk because of the crying, but after some questions and active imagination I finally got it. I started smiling, this thing was solve-able :D He was angry because we didn’t wait for him before we said grace, he wasn’t ready and wanted to be…

For a long while after this MT had to ask everyone around the table, before any grace could be sung : “Are you ready?” And then off course we had to ask him ;)

DSCF8841 This year we invited the godparents (the ones that could manage) with families, Grandpa and Grandma were here already. Again I prepared some Ethiopian food, this time not so many dishes only one hot and one mild. I used a different reciept for the injera (sort of Ethiopian pancakes) and it all tasted soooo good!! The children had fun together and we all enjoyed the day and company.

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MT got baptized on Easter Day since his Ethiopian name means resurrection, so we celebrated one year anniversary this Easter Day. But the date is today, so:

I love you and God does too!

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