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”
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!
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.
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!
How cute is my sister. She made this plus the little flowers.
First time meeting her via facetime….thank GOD for facetime. She is a couple hours old.
Being all stylish already!
My sister and her cute new little family!
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.
Yes this does happen every now and then. Sometimes you want to feel the warmth!
Also I will be devoting more time to this blog! I know you all want to know more about my country living. 🙂
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
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!
The weather is Sweden is not what you would call ideal. I would say most Swedes don’t care or like it. Its grey most of the times. It really hasn’t been a bother, which is awesome.
But let me tell ya,
when the sun comes out we run to the sun. No really we get so excited, we go for walks, stand in front of the windows etc. Makes you want to do a happy sun dance. 🙂 Today I actually had to pull out my sunglasses to drive. Imagen that! I realize how much I took the sun for granted while living in Hawaii.
The snow has left us, which I am not a fan of. It makes it so much darker. By the way the sun rise at 8ish and sets at 4ish. Crazy! The snow helps stay brighter plus its just beautiful. The funny thing is it will most likely come back. The weather here in Sweden is very confused. What kind of weather do you live in?
Sweden in some sense has been a whirlwind for me. So much has happened in 5 months. We have moved more than three times, traveled up north (9 hrs one way) twice, seen beautiful days and not so beautiful days! In Hawaii we were beach people, like we went to the beach more than once a week. Now we are living in a winter land where it has been -10c for the last couple of days…. freezing for these beach going people. Le’i three days ago finally said mom I really want to go back to Hawaii its to cold. That’s not bad since we have had winter since late October. Today our heating went out…… you can only laugh. As I write I am sitting with my uggs, scarf, and a lot of layering. But I swear that s what makes living so fun. We are bundled up dogs and all and watching Cake Boss. Le’i has now asked for every cake they have made on the show for his birthday. Mr. and I just laugh. It just a bit we are going to help our neighbors in their barn. They are adding new stable for the horse.
Ok so horses….. my dream! When I was little I think I asked for a horse every year for my birthday till I was 16. No really! Of course I knew I was never going to get one. We were poor and my parents had four children. You do the math! Anyway since being in Sweden horse are all around me. I love it! Plus our neighbors are so kind and let me ride. God is good. He always has a way of showing His children that He loves us. Here are some images of us up north with Stefan’s aunt horses. These are Icelandic horse, which seem to be very popular here in Sweden. You ride them completely different, needless to say I have learned the hard way.
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
Well now you do! This is what Le’i and did. We couldn’t stop laughing. The time pass much faster while doing this. What would I do without the iPhone!
The first two are the mr. parents.
So we are up north with the mr.s family. It has been so much fun. It is the first time they have all meet our son! They have welcomed him with open arms. It’s berms so sweet watching them interact with each other even though they don’t understand each other.
In Sweden it is very common to go berry picking and then make pies, jams, and well just eat fresh wild blueberries. We had so much fun. It was Lei and I first time doing it. I loved it! I felt so good picking our own berries to make something!
Then we made this! Blueberry pie with a homemade vanilla sauce! It was so good! I felt like Betty Crocker!