Life…

High time for another blog post. Somehow when the habit is gone, it is hard to get it done. Even though I think up all kinds of posts in my head, they just don’t make it to the blog… So here we go, – I thought I’d give you a sign of life.

At the time of writing, I am high above the clouds, in an airplane, on my way to Norway. The circumstances for this spontaneous winter trip are sad. My dear grandfather passed away, and the children and I are going to be with the family there, so that we can go through the mourning processes together. Our hearts are heavy with sadness trying to grasp the fact that this beloved man no longer is among us, but at the same time we are so very thankful for the life that he lived, and for all the wonderful memories we have from our times with him.

great grandfather

Going through this process, my grandfather becoming ill, being in the hospital and eventually passing away, has naturally influenced on my days. Somehow you become less present, and just go through the motions of life. Yet at the same time you become very aware of what is really important in life. – Take good care of each other. Be good to each other. Definitely to those close to you, but also, – it doesn’t hurt to just be kind to strangers you meet as well. You have no idea what kinds of struggles they are going through. The day my grandfather passed away, I was at the supermarket, and being totally distracted, midway through the shopping, I accidentally swopped shopping carts with another customer… I was thankful the other customer just smiled as we swopped back… Kindness is especially appreciated at times like those. And we just never know what others are going through, so we might as well have patience with them…

Back to the moment. I am sitting here watching my daughter. 8 years old and so excited about every little detail. She just got her child-meal, and upon opening the little butter-pack, she exclaims, – Ah, wow! Look! There is a star-pattern on it! Isn’t it just beautiful?

Oh, to have the simple joy of a child! To notice and appreciate the little things in life.

A big secret to how your life and your days are experienced, depends on your attitude. And here we have a choice. Why not choose a thankful attitude? Why not choose to appreciate the little joys and blessings along the way? Why not choose to show kindness to those around us, and to ourselves? This is our chance at life, – let’s make it a good one.

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Long time, no see…..

It has been way too long! I know!!! I have missed it too!! But somehow it is hard to get into the habit of blogging again, once that habit is broken… But, here, now, I am giving it a new try!

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Because I am so for all of what it entails: – writing, positive thought processes, taking photographs (really, I am so much more motivated to take pictures when I am thinking of the fact that they may be needed for a blogpost!), being more conscious of the little moments of every day, – really, – blogging is such a good thing. And, the truth is, it does not take me all that long to produce a blog post.

So, there. All I have to do is remind myself of this little bit of inspiration, give myself a half hour, and go for it!

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean

Now, where do I begin? Our super long summer vacation felt like it just kept going because we have had family and friends visiting all fall long, – some are still here, and some are still to come. We are having such a good time with them! We are so blessed!

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

And, at the same time, – life keeps going. The children are in school, homework and afternoon activities need to fit in as well. And I have almost lost count of how many little jobs I do these days. Thankful for the fact that I have a home office, so I don’t waste any time commuting at least!!! 🙂

Walking by the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Walking by the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

One new thing in my life is that I tried out guiding last week. I took a small group of Norwegians around Israel, – and I really, really enjoyed it! Now, those were some VERY NICE people to take around, which of course influenced on the whole experience.

Tel Aviv - Yafo

Tel Aviv – Yafo

But somehow, I just loved every aspect of it! Traveling around the Land I love and so believe in. Teaching people about Israel, what has happened here and what is going on here today. It felt so meaningful!! And, I enjoyed just meeting different kinds of Israelis at the various places we went to. (Somehow, when the group I took around were such strangers to the other locals, us locals felt like family, even though we had never met before!) Plenty of time outdoors too!

En Gedi

En Gedi

So, at the end of the day, – I am seriously considering taking the tour guide course!! Since I don’t have enough to fill my days with, kind of… eh… No, it is true, I have plenty to do already, but I believe, if you really want to do something, you might as well just get at it. The perfect time will never come. So, I am testing this out to see if the doors will open, and I may start real soon.

OK, I better get back to real life here. But just wanted to say hello! Hope to be back soon! 🙂

PS. The photos in this post are all from traveling around Israel last week. Such good times!

My 100th Post.

Wow… I have already gotten to one hundred posts on this blog of mine!! And 99 followers!!!

Today is also a special day for me in other ways, – because, well, it’s my birthday! 🙂

blossoming almond tree and me

And I am telling you, – I am VERY thankful for LIFE! To be given this opportunity to LIVE, it is the greatest of gifts! I want to use every day to its fullest potential! I want to be present in every moment!

nuriot

The other day I was pondering what is my most favorite time of the day. The freshly brewed morning coffee scores high, as does the glas of wine with my husband in the evening. But I even enjoy the efficient work mornings, it feels good getting things done. And really, when I think about it, I enjoy the homework-time with the kids in the afternoon, taking them to their various activities, reminding them to clean their rooms etc. etc. – because this was always my dream! Being a mom is one of the greatest blessings in my life! So, no complaints about how that works out in practicality! And I love the sweet times of doing crafts with my kids or reading with them, going for hikes with them or just talking with them and spending time together. I want to hold on to those times, at the same time as I don’t want to complain about all the other things that comes along with it.

my birthday coffee. ...well, one of them. :)

my birthday coffee. …well, one of them. 🙂

I am reminding myself to not just rush through my days, as if I am always wanting to get to the next stage. I want to be present and enjoy every moment, – because each one is such a gift!

Celebrating my birthday with a good friend this morning.

Celebrating my birthday with a good friend this morning.

And for me to get to live my life in Jerusalem, to raise my kids here in the holy city, it is just so amazing that I have to remind myself that I am not dreaming. And at such a time as this! To get to be alive at such an exciting time! To witness the state of Israel being built, the city of Jerusalem being rebuilt, to be a part of it all, – WOW! And to think of what our generation may be blessed to see! To prepare for the coming of our Mashiach!! (And to have front row seats to witness that….!) I am excited about life, guys!!!

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Primrose-sign of fall.

We are in the month of November. And I am longing for some fall weather. RAIN. Even wind. Temperatures below the Norwegian summers I grew up with. I want to enjoy hot chocolates with the children in the evenings. I would like to get out our boots and jackets, and put away our sandals for a while. I miss my slippers! I want to sit inside with my cup of tea, book and possibly blanket and look at the rain falling outside. Our country also desperately needs the water, after such a long dry season. I am looking forward to that lovely fresh air that comes after rain. Oh, and imagine how nice to be able to go for a run without feeling sweaty and dried out from the very beginning…

Anyway, this is not going to be a complaining post only… Because there is one sign of fall that is here already! And that is the rakefot, as this lovely flower is called in Hebrew, and I think it is Primrose in English. I noticed them outside a flower-shop a little while ago, and they immediately made it onto my wish-list… Then, when I was looking through a drawer yesterday, I found a card from our local flower-shop, where I noticed that I had just about made it to the sum needed for me to get to enjoy a nice bonus! Wohoo! Guess who was off to the flower-shop today?! Yupp, – that was me! And there, basically for free, I got to pick out various very nice rakefot to decorate my home and garden, and give it that sense of that, yes, fall is just about here!

I added some nice pine-cones too, that we brought home from our fun hike last week. Next time I’m at the shuk, I will pick up some pumpkins and squash as well, – just to complete the picture. Oh, yes, fall is here! Now we just need to feel it in the air really.

We do notice the trees changing the color of their leaves in spite of the warm temperatures, and there most definitely are leaves falling already. The children bring home the most beautiful ones whenever they are out for a little walk. Actually, I am planning a fun fall craft with leaves this week, – and yes, I am planning a blog post to go with it! 🙂

I want to also take this opportunity to say thank you to all those who have chosen to follow my blog. Just this morning I noticed there were some new ones, – and you know, it really encourages me! Some people out there like to read my blog! Yeay! It makes me happy!

Norsk eller ikkje norsk, det er spørsmålet…

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Forandringar kan vere skremmande… eller spennande… eller overraskande… eller skuffande… eller inspirerande! Eigentleg er det mykje ein kan bestemme seg for korleis ein vil ta, også når det gjeld forandringar. Ein har alltid mykje å vinne på å prøve å vere bevisst på å ha ei positiv haldning, og leite etter mulighetene og dørene som åpner seg rundt neste sving. Igjen, det er ei tid for alt! Eg kjenner meg skikkeleg glad for at det no er tid for blogging, og er spent på korleis dette vil utvikle seg. =)

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Denne bloggen er jo framleis i oppstartings- og etableringsfasen, og eg prøver meg fram og lærer noko nytt heile tida. Noko eg driv og vurderer fram og tilbake er dette med språket… Eg kjem nok ganske sikkert til å fortsetje å blogge på engelsk, men opprinneleg tenkte eg iallefall skulle ha eit vekentleg innlegg på norsk. Eg vil jo gjerne kome mine norske lesarar i møte… 😉 Kva tykkjer de? Er det nødvendig, eller er engelsken min forståeleg nok som han er? Eg vil setje pris på om de gir meg tilbakemeldingar på dette i kommentarfeltet under.

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Tok nokon bilete i hagen i dag. Hadde lyst å sende litt sol og sommar frå Jerusalem til dykk oppe i kalde nord! =)

Shalom frå Te’ena.

Velkommen til min blogg!

Shalom og hei!

Så kjekt at du fann vegen hit! =) Blogging er noko heilt nytt for meg, men samstundes noko eg har tenkt på ganske lenge. Eg ser for meg at eg kjem til å trivast med det, i og med at eg er svært glad i å skrive og å ta bilete, – så blogging skulle nok gje meg muligheter til å dele ein kombinasjon av dette med dykk!

Det har vorte ein vane for meg å ha skriving i bakhovudet ganske konstant. Slik at når eg vert begeistra over noko i ein samtale med ei veninne over ein kaffikopp, når eg les noko interessant i avisa eller plutseleg forstår ein djup samanheng eg aldri har sett før, – så tenkjer eg automatisk;- Å, dette må eg skrive om!

Eg har skrive spalter for den norske avisa, Dagen, i tolv år, og no som den perioden er over, prøver eg meg på blogging som eit utløp for behovet mitt for å skrive og dele med omverda av det eg sjølv finn vakkert og meiningsfullt.

Så eg håpar at du vil trivast her saman med meg! Eg set pris på om du vil fylgje bloggen min eller leggje att ein liten kommentar, så eg liksom veit at du var innom… =)

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Shalom for denne gong,

-Te´ena.