In the stillness

Breathe and be still

Have you ever had that moment where you suddenly are overwhelmed by feeling truly grateful, content and happy with your life? As if you suddenly started to breath again after holding your breath too long.

I felt that moment yesterday. Being by myself in the house, making something to eat, thinking a cup of coffee would be nice – and then I was there – filled with the knowledge: no matter how ruff some of my days are, I do live a pretty amazing life.

I relaxed took a deep breath and savored the moment feeling so grateful for all that is good and beautiful in me and around me.

I’ve discovered that moments like this needs me to be still, to slow down, to take time to feel, to reflect and to see me as the Creator sees me. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to  do. But when I do I never regret it. I really needed it now; I’ve been feeling down lately, weighted down with the messes of my life.

I need to remember this, to cherish the breaks, to lift my head up and not only focus on the troubling stuff. I need to remember to breathe and take in the love that God is sending my way. Like sunshine streaming through the window after a rainy day.

For I am loved for being here and for being me.

You are as well! This is me giving you permission to take a little break today, to breath freely and slow down. You are loved for being here and being you; don’t ever forget that!

Breathe + knitting project

In the middle of June

Snapshots of our life from the last week.

CloudyBlueBreakfast outside Walking Happy MT 15. From above. The path Golden flowers Blossoming14. TextureKiwi!Delicious kiwi + new phone = bliss I bought a new phone (me without a phone camera was too sad, and this camera rocks!). Life is mostly good and right now the sun is shining. I’ve sort of started my vacation, but I have at least one more thing to do at work before I can fully enjoy it :D

MT brought his bike to school today, I had to follow him because he has not got his bike license yet – I really like that the school trains the 10-year olds in traffic rules and such before they are allowed to bike to and from school – although I wish they would have done it sooner so MT could bike to school more than once, since his last day before summer is tomorrow! Oh, well, he has friends to visit too…. Hopefully he’ll return riding his bike with a shiny new bike license in his hand!

I’ve baked a cake (to bring to school for a gathering), but I think I’ve lost the touch. I’m not sure if I dare bring it – I’ll let MT taste it and see what he’ll say in the matter, though. If I only could bring a salad, I’m good with those!

Wishing you a happy and sun filled June!


December 12.12

This day did not go exactly as planned. I wanted it to be the best day ever. The rare twelve, twelve, twelve. It wasn’t. I might have disappointed. I was not the best me that I can be, but I tried. I really did. To pick myself up again, to sparkle the urge to try again I’ve decided to make myself a thankful note – TWELVE thankful notes – to remind me that most of the things in my life are good, and mostly I’m good too.

THANKFUL #1 : Being a Mama. I’m blessed to be mama to the very best son in the world. Objectivily speaking off course… Sometimes he drives me crazy, but then – just when I need it – he tells me he loves me and makes me sweet notes and drawings.

THANKFUL #2 : Where I live. I live in a country that is just beautiful. Both with snow and without.

THANKFUL #3 : Wood + Wood Fire. I have a wood fire to keep me warm during the cold winter months. And my dad brings me wood to feed the fire.

THANKFUL #4 : Friends. I have friends that loves me and understands – even when I’m not the best me there is.

THANKFUL #5 : Advent Star. The stars in my window makes me happy. It reminds me of the old days where we used to count the stars in the windows to make the driving from here to there go a little bit faster; and of all the Advent seasons I have celebrated as an adult in my own home. I love this season, as hectic and busy as it is.

THANKFUL #6 : Family Time. The time I spend with MT is precious. I love that he sometimes opens up and tells me stuff he’s been thinking about. I love the hours we’ve spent reading together – and all the movies we have watched too.

THANKFUL #7 : Work. My work and my colleges. Not always easy, but giving and meaningful.

THANKFUL #8 : Traditions. Especially visual now during the Advent and Christmas season. The old one that I’ve brought with me from my childhood and the new ones that MT and I make now.

THANKFUL #9 : Extended Family. They are an important part of our life and I love that MT feels so connected to them and wants to be with them all the time.I look forward to celebrate several of the days of this season together.

THANKFUL #10 : Faith. My believes in something larger than me. It is my work and my life.

THANKFUL #11 : ScrapbookingI love that there are so many ways to (digital) scrapbook – some is just words, some is just photos, some is mostly pretty paper – but mostly it is all of it combined. I can not imagine telling our story any other way.

THANKFUL #12 : Photograping. Both with my big dSLR and with my iPhone. Snapshots of our life. I love looking through them. Remembering.

The pure act of just writing this down as it came to me makes me feel so much better already. And tomorrow is a beautiful new day with clean sheets. I like that! Here are a few photos from this day. Hope your day had some sparkling moments too!

Snow Play Sunshine in the office Snowy steps Our Tree BlueAdvent Lights

Week In The Life 2012 | The Daffodils

Today has been

Today have been good, demanding, tiering, nice, rainy, laughter, sorrow, early, late, alone, together, young, old – and a little bit too much (to be honest). So I will let the update for our Wednesday Week In The Life come tomorrow, together with the Thursday story.

I need some sleep. I’m not 17 anymore. I’m not even 30…

Hope your day was good! See you tomorrow.

Hello December (again)

Snow covered tree

I have not been good at updating my blog during December. I almost never am, although I always hope to be. But there are just so much going on. This year it ended up being too much for me in my real world as well, so for the last couple of weeks I have been on sick leave for half my time at work (or something like that; not easy to cut down on things to do when it is Christmas season). Especially since I love this time of year and love my work in church. But then it is also true that i love my son and that he needs a mama that have some energy left over, so we can have some fun together too. I think those few things that I took away from my regular work schedule helped a lot. I feel like I have a bit more energy now. And then when the results of the blood work came (from the doctor) he told me to get hold of some Vitamin D, since I had too little of that in my system. Reading about what a lack of this does to the body and mind is like reading just how I’ve felt like for a long time. I really hope that it will help me feel more like my self again. Eventually, one little white tablet a day….

Through my frozen window

Anyhow. We still had and lived good days and made some sweet stories to put in my December Daily album and fodder for my scrap book pages to come. I want to celebrate and enjoy what in fact have been done instead of using up my energy blaming my self for not doing all that I wish I could have done (and to be honest, I guess I never will be able to do all that I want! It is just too much, so thinking hard and long about my projects and work hours right now; what will stay; what have to go!?).

Opening gift are sooo much fun!

2011 have had it’s great days and it’s bad days, but most of it have been somewhere in between. I like the in-between everyday kind of stuff. I want to catch the beauty of our little life as it happens, the big and grand, but mostly the small. That is what it is most of anyway.

Looking in

I have big HOPES for 2012. Currently I am searching for a new one little word. I love the idea of having a word, even though I don’t do much about it. But it is there, following me year round. Shaping me, challenging me, sooting me.

A rare visit to a coffee bar

I want the word for the year to come to be a active word. I want it to challenge and to shape and to inspire me to get things done. In a good way. I have always struggled with finishing things up. With putting my last few words down. With giving happenings in my life closure. I need (no pun intended) to wrap up a few things next year. I am not looking forward to all of that, so I need a word that can help me do it and still make me feel good.

Today 30.12.11

Today we’ll say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new. I LOVE New Years. I love the new beginnings. The clean slate. The fresh year. I think there will be lots of good things happening.

Angel ornament

PS: all photos are taken with my phone using the instagram app. see more at my flickr.

Right now + Instagram

Fog and Light

The last few days have been filled with things to do in my real life, so I’m getting back to my thankful posts soon – but right now I’m just thankful for getting through my days and for everything I’m able to cross off my list. LOL. I’m still writing a few words in my thankful book and snapping a few photos each day (more or less), so I will eventually have some things to share here online as well – although not tonight.

But I have something else to share; above and below are instagram photos from the moments where I got to stand still for a couple seconds and snap a face, some lines, a thing or a light that made me happy over the last few days – and look; we have still no snow! I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about that, but it makes our life so much easier and warmer. So I’m quite okay with the winter being a bit late this year. My kid might not share my feelings on this, though!

Train Tracks

Waiting for the Train

Showing off some tricks

Football Crazy

He loves to draw when I read too him.

What we are reading right now Harry Potter #3

Thanks for looking! (Click images if you want to read a tiny bit about them.) Do you use instagram? I can always use a few more folks to follow, so leave your addy in the comments if you’d like. Wish you all a blessed week, and Happy Thanksgiving to you if you celebrate that! :D

Soon we’re heading in to the holiday season as well. Taking deep breaths here. I love the season though and I’m hoping to enjoy it.

White Frost

@ My Place Right Now

It so white and beautiful outside right now. It’s not yet snow, but the cold weather we’re having the last few days have covered everything in ice crystals and rime. I love it and it makes our early dark afternoon so much lighter too.

Today I’ve been to our old house to get a few things. It is like walking down memory line to be there, I still love the house – but it feels like it belonged to so long ago…. and in a way that is what it does. I’m so glad for where we are right now, for the changes we had to make to live a happier life – but there is also something good that was left behind. Something I wish we still had.

Love this familiar view. Used to be my home.

Apparently I feel a little moody tonight. So glad I have a webinar with Katrina Kennedy to attend in the middle of the night (yep, I do that kind of crazy things every now and then) – listening to photo talk for an hour will make me so much more happier. And maybe I also can find some sollutions for the low light situation we have going here. I sure miss the sunlight during the winter (for four months the sun doesn’t shine on our house because of the low sun and a hill to the south of us. Not a fan of that!).

So how are your day going?

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