Dust bunnies

If blogs could collect dust this blog would have so many dust bunnies! I mean really.. I can’t even believe how long it has been. It’s almost been so long I felt like maybe I should start a new blog and start all over, but then I thought that was a dumb idea. Its like an old journal that got lost and is now found. I hope to be blogging more…… I will not promise because if I look at my history with blogs it’s not that great. Which is strange because I think blogs are fabulous. What a great way to document your life. I just reread a couple of my blogposts here on this blog and was flooded with memories. So here I go again!

I thought I would start of with my husbands birthday. We went to Donso for two days, just to get away. We where staying at a friends house who was gone. It was perfect, the weather was fantastic, almost too hot! I know I can’t believe I just wrote that. The kids loved it. My father-in-law joined us, he is down here for the summer. I feel so blessed to have these people in my life, they are the greatest gifts in my life. I am also so glad this hubby of mine is another year older! Birthdays are so much fun!

We followed the Swedish tradition of waking him up with breakfast (I think you are supposed to do a cake but I didn’t make one the night before and I wasn’t waking up at 6am to bake)and then packed our bags to head to the island for two days.

I have a whole bunch of photos of the island but I will save that for the next post.

donso beach -77

donso beach -55

donso beach -47

donso beach -41

donso beach -81
donso beach -50

Every day I am hustling

I just feel like so much is happening and happening so fast!  Yet it also seems to be so slow! For example my house feels like nothing is happening. I know things are being done, but gosh why does redoing a house take forever!!!! Hubby is working so hard.  I can’t believe we are in April.  Spring is taking forever to come.  I am so ready to start shaving my legs and wear shorts again.   Our house feels like a zoo, which I don’t mind.  We found a little baby bunny which we have now. Plus we are taking care of a male sheep for two weeks. In our little shed/barn thing. So now our house has two dogs, four hens, one roster, one little bird, and now a little bunny ( I don’t think its going to last, I think the bunny is still too little and wont eat, we shall see).  Just call us the doo littles.

I seem to be longing for home lately, not sure if its weather related or just the fact that I miss my sisters. Plus I just miss some resturants. AHAH

I feel like there is so much I want to do. I either just don’t do it or I am scared, or keep saying tomorrow etc.  Do you ever feel like you have so many dreams that you don’t know where to start?  Thats how I feel.  I just feel overwhelmed lately about everything including house work. I just want so much out of life.  I don’t want to waist it.  I want to make it count.

Since I have had these feelings I keep coming to God and just asking where do I go? Because I just feel lost in a way ( maybe because Swedish hard and I somewhat over it). So that is what I have been doing these last couple days, reading the Bible writing down my dreams and waiting for a peace.  God has given us all dreams and a purpose in life.  I fully believe we are here on earth for a reason.  I think there are many season but that we all are here to make a difference.  Do you feel like you know your purpose in life?  Would love to know. Also what are your dreams? Are you making them happen?   “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Le’i made this in Sunday school. I thought it was cute. “God loves me”

Image

Good Friday

Happy Good Friday loves,

I hope this day finds you well. For me Easter is a special holiday because I get to reflect on what God has done for me.  Not only me but for all of us.  He died and rose again that I might live with Him in heaven forever.  It’s so overwhelming at times when you sit and think about it.  HAHa I watched the Passion of Christ once and cried so hard I didn’t want to watch it again.  So moving!  Easter is about REJOICING not so much the death of Christ as it is a celebration of Him coming back just like He said He would.

But from this earth, this grave, this dust,My God shall raise me up, I trust.  ~Walter Raleigh

This easter is going to be a little different for us, no family with us, no easter egg hunt (Swedes don’t do that), still cold weather, and well just different.  Also Swedes celebrate Easter on Saturday (no idea) so we are going to the husbands cousin’s family for dinner.  We love them so it should be fun! On Sunday we will go to church and then most likely do a brunch at our house with ourselves.   I so wish Swedes liked brunch.  Most Swedes eat yoghurt with muesli, or egg with caviar, or bread with butter and cheese.  If you go to a restaurant for breakfast that is most likely what you will see on the menu.  Waffles and pancakes to them are desserts.

So today for Good Friday we made French Toast.  Well the toast was not French as I didn’t know we would be making it.  When talking about making it Le’i said he had never had it.  Which is weird because it used to be my favorite thing to order for breakfast.  But I soon fell in love with crepes and it was over.  So we had to make it.

Here are a couple of images of us.  Oh plus our fresh egg from our little hens.  Love those babes! eggs create fresh photobread photofresh egg cracked photoImagehusband reading newspaper photo swedenkid eating french toast photo

Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.  ~Floyd W. Tomkins

P.S. I know Friday post are to be about Sweden but its Good Friday.

5 boys and 1 girl

 

There is a girl finally in our family. I have three sisters and we have all had boys (5 including mine) so when we found out my sister was having a girl we all were so excited.  I mean a little girl with all these boys, she is going to be one tough cookie.

So here to announce my new little niece Lucca Carrigan,  born March 5th and perfect!

All ten toes and 10 fingers with beautiful little eyes and sweet little plump lips.  I can not wait to meet her!

chak board sign for baby girl photo.jpg

How cute is my sister. She made this plus the little flowers.

 

20130326-112318 fm.jpg

First time meeting her via facetime….thank GOD for facetime. She is a couple hours old.

little lucca white chair photo.jpg

Being all stylish already!

20130326-121008 em.jpg

My sister and her cute new little family!

Where did February go?

Seriously! February was not so kind to us! Like really not kind, but it also brought us one of the best surprise ever (more on that later)! I got so sick!  Even one of the dogs got sick.  It  was horrible.  I am so glad February is over.  Plus March has brought the sun to this winter.  Yippee!!  Its been so pretty these last couple of days. Please bring SPRING!

I know the last time I posted it was about the video, which I am still going to do. I was not able to video every day as for two weeks I didn’t leave my bed (no really). So I will be working on it in the next couple of days. HAHA it’s mainly Le’i and the dogs. Not sure how exciting it will be.  The thing I did like was that I started thinking more about video and documenting things in our little life.

So little update our closets are almost finished. Yes, I can stop living out of my suitcase!  The chicken coop is almost done.  Yes, we are getting chickens!  The house came with a coop and a sheep shed ( I guess that’s what you call it). It needed some renovation and stuff so we have been working on that.  I am still in awe that we will be having chickens, I am excited but also find it so funny   Here come the new little farmers.  Since spring is coming we are looking to plant our first little garden.  Oh my gosh so much to learn about gardening.  It truly is an art form.

My cooking is getting better and better…..well at least I think so. Finally getting used to grocery shopping here in Sweden, although I still have moments where I am calling the Mr. and asking him what the heck I am looking at.  Good times I tell you.

littleboy bunny photo.jpg

 

Yes this does happen every now and then.   Sometimes you want to feel the warmth!

twitter sweden funny photo.jpg

 

Also I will be devoting more time to this blog!  I know you all want to know more about my country living. 🙂

30 days of filming

Okay so I am taking this 30 days of filming challenge from February the 1st for 30 days. I am really good at capturing moments in photos, but horrible getting things filmed. HORRIBLE! There is so much happening in our life these days, its a perfect time. Everything is new and I want to remember it. Plus when will my son be 5 and 3 months old again. NEVER.
So here is what you are to do. HERE

30dayproject2

 

I know this say camera but guess what I am doing it all from my iphone. All of it. Cause not everyone has a fancy camera and I want to show you can do it with an iphone.  Plus its almost always with me.

Annie and Erica join this challenge with me.

 

The key is everyone, it doesn’t need to be perfect!  I just needs to be you!

We are back!

I have not blogged in forever…. first we finally moved into our house. Yeah happy dance! It’s perfect for us! We love everything about it. It’s small and needs some (a lot of) work, but who doesn’t like a little hard work. We feel so blessed. Its our little country house!

It feels so nice to finally have a permanent place.  For the first time in 5 months we have our own home.  We can stay in it as long as we want! I actually feel  like I am finally living in Sweden.  Plus we finally have internet. We didn’t have any internet for over a month.  I thought I was going to go insane, but I also loved it.  So much quality time with the family.

Also I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  I was sick and in bed before 12. It was a 24hr flu or something.  HAHA plus we are getting old, we could barely make 12 anyway.

It’s really good right now in Sweden, like freeze your butt off. It’s a huge change for Le’i and I but we are embracing it and loving all that this winter wants to bring us!

I am very excited for 2013!  Change is coming and I am embracing it with open arms.

 

So here is too hip hip hip horray to 2013

 

20130120-231111.jpg20130120-231045.jpg

20130120-231149.jpg

Little red house.

I can’t believe it, we finally have a house.  I think I pinch myself everyday!  I am so thankful the search is over.  When friends said it was hard to find places to live in Gothenburg or the surrounding areas, I thought to myself I am not picky so it should be fine.  AH! I wish being picky where the problem.  Ok its stupid crazy how hard it is to get a house, apartment, or a shared room(not that we wanted a shared room).  Basically there are way to many people trying to live here.  You have three universities, plus your normal business and then people who just want to live in the city add that all up you get “NO ROOM IN THE INN”.  On top of that you fill like you are auditioning for the apartment.  I have never had to write so much about ourselves to get somewhere to live.  In Hawaii if you can pay the rent you can have it.

So on to the happy news, we have a little red house.  I am so excited to start decorating and feeling like I am settled.  I have loved the house we have rented for the last three months everything about it has been perfect, but not my home.  I will forever be grateful for it and the memories but I can’t wait to make new memories in our little house.  I can’t believe we have lived in Sweden for almost three months.  CRAZY

Red house: two rooms, two bath, living room, kitchen and a cute little deck!  It’s in the country. Its perfect. Its only 30 min drive into Gothenburg. Its country and city at the same time.  We keep joking that for my birthday Mr. is going to buy me a lamb to start our farm. HAHA Not really going to happen but it could.  I told him I just want to make it through our first winter.  The nice thing is our neighbors have horses, and sheep so Le’i and I am sure will go there often to see the animals.

If you can’t tell I am just a little excited about our new little place. I don’t have any pictures of the house but I will put some up asap.  We don’t get the house till the end of the month.  I will post before and after images of the place. I feel like after this move Sweden will start to feel like it’s really my home.

Update on how we are doing: Le’i is in pre-school and loving it. He is picking up Swedish so fast. I am amazed.  We walk to school every day 15 walk, and we love it. We talk, pray, and just enjoy holding each other hands.  I swear he is getting smarter, more attitude, and making us laughing even harder.

Mr. he is fine.  Being our rock as we learn the language.  Make me laugh everyday.  Getting used to being back in his country after being gone for 15yrs.

Me. Good now that we have a place to live.  School is ok, I don’t love it.  I feel like I am not learning much right now. I can not wait to crack the code. My tan lines are almost gone.  I laugh when I think 10 celsius is warm.  Excited for the winter and christmas.

Here is a picture because every post is best with a picture. Lei baking with Mr. cousin and morfar (grandma)

 

 

Simple love

I still got butterflies.. yes its true, by golly!

Monday after school I stared walking home (I have about a 20 min walk once off the train)its cold rainy in Sweden not fun to walk in. 5 minutes into my walk this happened.

I reached the top of the hill on the other side of the hill (it’s a U type hill) I saw my boy. I couldn’t see his face but I knew it was him. He was walking to meet me so I didn’t have to walk alone. There that moment time stopped. I was overwhelmed with the sweetness of his simple love. The inner butterflies leaped, I felt like time was frozen, maybe it was. I didn’t know if I should run, cry, or laugh. I did all. I breathed in the cold air and walked off the icy chill of autumn. As we walked towards each other I could see his face I smiled, he smiled and looked away sheepishly embarrassed at his gesture to love me. I let out a little chuckle, happy giggles!  The autumn leaves fell under my feet as my walk was turning into skipping. Longing for his embrace I could see in his eyes; I was this girl he feel in love with 12 years ago and continued to fall in love with me everyday. My heart sang, what have I done to make you love me ? As we reached each other he kissed me, grabbed my hand like he was saying. I will alway love you and will always try to show it. His kindness unleashes the butterflies!  You have taught me how to feel the butterflies over and over and over again!

So here is one of the many moments, of pure joy and delight. Our marriage is truly built on how we can bless each other and it rocks my heart all the time. I hope I show him the selfless love he shows me all the time. This week go out of your way to be unexpectedly thoughtful. Everyone loves a surprise especially if it’s some you love dear.

Happy weekend lovers.

20121020-013027.jpg

I know its not the best image but every post is better with a picture.

Life….

Wow, I know its been forever since I blogged. To be honest in my head I have written everyday! I know that doesn’t count.

Life has been crazy.

We are in our second month. I am officially finished with all my paper work!  I am so glad its over. I have just finished my third week of SFI (Swedish class for immigrants). It’s so good and horrible at the same time.  I had no idea I would be going to school everyday from 830 to 1130, so I guess that’s my main issue.  Plus on top of that my teacher will not speak English (they can speak but don’t) which is also good and horrible at the same time. I have 11 classmates, each one of us are from a different county and they don’t speak any English either. So class can be quite long at time.  Our Swedish isn’t good enough to have a good conversation yet so we all just sit and stare.  I can’t wait till I speak.  Or crack the code as they say.

We were given a car, which was such a blessing and still is. It broke down. 5 hours in a random gas station.  Hoping to get it back sooner than later.  God is so good.  At first I was really upset that the car broke down.  I was talking to God going why give us a car and then have it break down three weeks later (a major break). Then I thought about it a bit more.  Every time I got into the car I felt His blessing in our lives!  It was so huge and so big. I got to thinking.  If the car is fixable or not for three weeks I felt His presence and His blessing in my life in way I haven’t felt in years.  It was worth it, even if we only had it for a week!  My attitude fully changed and it turned out to be a lovely Sunday after all. 5 hours in the gas station turned into great quality time with the family as well as telling a lot of fun stories.  Le’i was so good! Really even the lady at the store complemented him.  We are still waiting for it to be fixed and hoping it doesn’t break the bank.

Weather: The Swedes say it’s the worst summer and fall they have had in 60 years.  That pretty much sums that up.  It is getting cold, not unbearable yet but cold.

Here are some images to tell just a little bit of what has happened since I last blogged.  Hoping to step it up now that I feel like I have school a little under control. Did I tell you how much home work we get?

 

Exciting news we got a new little niece, September 25th! Tuava Nyx Eriksson!  So happy and excited for my brother-in-law and wife. She looks like a doll.

20121008-201204.jpg

 

Le’i started his first day of pre-school here.  Mr. and I spent the whole day with him there.  More on that in another post.  I think/know he will be speaking better and faster than me.  Sucks to be me. 🙂

20121008-201212.jpg

 

Umm  every kids dream…. the candy stores in Sweden are amazing.

20121008-201219.jpg

 

We got another dog.  Yes!  Crazy I know.  That is a whole story in its self.  We were not looking for her or wanting another dog.  Hugo is stoked to have a girlfriend. More on the sweet little on called Nikita (already named).

 

 

20121008-201229.jpg

 

Swedes are so crafty!! No really!  Mr.’s aunt made this from nothing no pattern just looked at one of his store-bought one and look at this master piece.  It even has designs in it.  Blown away.  Amazing and he looks good in it.

 

20121008-201311.jpg

 

This is my life right now.  Study Study Study…..

20121008-201349.jpg

 

We celebrated 5 years of marriage.  Happy us. Going to also do a post on that and where we went and what I got!

20121008-201414.jpg

 

This is a very broad wrap up as much more has happened then this.  Untill next time xoxo