Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dear Jonas... You're Three!


To our little Jonas...

Hard to believe that’s its been three years since you first meandered your way into our lives, 12 days overdue, and with no sense of hurry! You’ve always taken things in your own stride, done things at your own pace and, holding firm to your convictions, not worried yourself too much about what other people expect of you, or what you should be doing! I love that life is never a rush for you, that you somehow manage to run around our house at breakneck speed, and yet, for the most part, always seem cool, calm and collected.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Siblings in June // Fun in the Sun

                                    
It feels like summer has come early this year. Long afternoons in the sunshine, dinners gobbled down before requests are made to return to the great outdoors... The games have been varied over the last few weeks - detective clubs, horses and stables, exercise areas, water fun and good old fashioned mud pies. It's so fun to see the four of them interacting together, and while I'm still very much supervising Elias' involvement, the big three are completely independent now. It's lovely to see!

Of course, we've had our fair share of bickering and arguments too - part and parcel of the whole sibling deal! Sometimes I feel like I'm forever referreeing, and then other times, I won't see them for hours because they're playing so beautifully together!

So here are my four in June...

Ava (6 years, 10 months) is loving...
- The Greatest Showman Soundtrack
- The Five-Find-Outers series
- Staying up a bit later than her siblings
- Drama club
- Songwriting

Heidi (5 years, 3 months) is loving...
- The Greatest Showman
- Happy Families books
- Rearranging the furniture in her playhouse
- Dance club
- Completing all the Reception spellings list

Jonas (3 years tomorrow) is loving
- Batman books from the library
- planning his birthday party
- puzzles, puzzles and more puzzles.
- Playing with his baby brother
- Peter Pan

Elias (1 year, 1 month) is loving
- having raspberries blown on his tummy 
- food - literally anything!
- singing
- Singing the batman song!
- Waving at everyone!


Love these kids! My tiny tribe in June.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Self Care or Soul Care // A Few Simple Truths


Excuse the silence round these parts... it’s been a little purposeful, and a little accidental. Life with four little people around allows no moment of space during the day, and life can feel pretty whirlwindish right now. That’s been the accidental part.

The purposeful part has been a long time coming. That still, small voice has been probing and whispering... urging me to set aside my pride and re-prioritise. When I have too much on my plate, things get skewed and the most important things get shoved to the side - communion with the Lord, time with my husband, thoughtful parenting.

Instead life becomes one long cycle of knee-jerk reactions which does no good to anyone.

I’m so thankful for the Holy Spirit who nudges and challenges and corrects me. So often the pull of recognition and opportunity can feel more appealing than the day to day care of my family. But I feel like the Lord has been reminding me that this is a season... there will be plenty of opportunity to get involved in projects, to take up opportunities in a few years, but right now my soul needs, and wants, to be happy at home.


And so self-care has become soul care. The simple steps of going to bed earlier (which has had a direct impact on my blog - my writing time has always been late in the evening), of spending daily time with Jesus, of investing time talking with my husband about bits and bobs, and about big life stuff, and purposefully engaging with my children. Eating well and thoughtfully, taking care of my body. All things that so easily become neglected in the day to day of busy life. All things that directly impact my ability to function, and to honour the Lord with taking care of the gifts he has given me, and also recognising that I can’t do everything or be everything. 

It’s not rocket science. The simple truth that when I stop striving and reaching for the next thing, but instead learn to be satisfied and contented in what I have, my soul is happiest. The recognition that "stuff" or "projects" or "opportunities" will never fulfil me, but simply resting my soul in Christ, appreciating his gifts and delighting in the small things.

Isn't that what we all deep down crave?

And so baby steps to soul care is where I'm at right now - dependence, trust, contentment, the humility to recognise my limitations, wise choices that feel costly, but bring riches of the non-financial kind.

And remembering the sweet words of my Saviour...

" Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28

Amen.


Monday, 28 May 2018

For a Lifetime // Thoughts for a Monday Morning


"When children are curious, they learn. Like eager birds, they track, hunt and pursue knowledge as if it's going out of fashion. They learn autonomously without fear of failure and whatever they discover is etched in their memories for a lifetime." - Amelia Dashwood -

Don't you think we could learn from them??











Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A Royal Feast // Celebrating with Little Ones

 

I have always been a royalist. For as far back as I can remember the royal family have fascinated me and as a child I collected photos and newspaper snippings in a scrapbook. Even as an adult, my friends joke that I'm useless in pub quizzes until the royal family comes up... then I can pretty much answer any questions you throw at me. As small children (sorry Kris!), my sister and I used to play princesses - I was always Zara, and she was always Beatrice, and my best friend and I collected royal sticker albums growing up (we may also have written some rather hilarious letters to Prince Harry - Katherine, you win that one!) I've pretty much not missed a major royal event; going up to London for the jubilees, to lay flowers for Diana, to watch the car drive past and wave at the Buckingham Palace balcony. And I've loved the Netflix series "The Crown".

But with Dave away at the weekend (back in Norway), and four small children in tow, there was no way I was going to attempt heading up to London for the wedding of the year.


Monday, 21 May 2018

Keep Going // Thoughts for a Monday Morning


"Taking on the career of being a mother and wife is a fabulously rare lifework in the twentieth century, and a very challenging job. A wasted effort? A thankless job? An undignified slave? No, a most exciting possibility of turning the tide, of saving the species, of affecting history, of doing something that will be felt and heard in ever-widening widening circles."

Edith Schaeffer

Friday, 18 May 2018

Hipp Hipp Hurra! // A Red, White and Blue Week




Norwegian National dawned yesterday morning after a busy few days, so the usual 17th May breakfast was sadly not ready! Still, we dressed up in all the red, white and blue and took a few pictures!

After school the children prepared red, white and blue decorations (there might just be a royal wedding at the weekend which I might also need all the colours for!), we listened to the Norwegian songs and had meatballs and pasta for dinner, and our favourite Norwegian waffles for pudding.