It doesn't happen often, maybe once a year at most, but today I got a migraine.

It all started when I had my oldest son and the doctor accidentally punctured something near my spine, and after that I had migraine for a week and it keeps coming every once a year. I sense it immediately since it all starts with me losing parts of my sight, at that point I take painkillers throughout the day and I still have headache and nausea, but it's nothing compared to what it would be like without painkillers. Then I'd go blind within hours and have the worst pain in my head ever, can't talk cant write and when I intend to say juice I say orange or fruit, and so on. So I'm happy with the headache and weakness! Everybody who has migraine every week; all of my respect to you!

Today we went to look at a house (what is it, the fifth, sixth this spring? And we really don't do it for fun, we only look at the houses we are interested in buying).

I really liked it and what it can be, but it required a lot of renovation. And sadly, the location isn't the best. But you can't always have the best. At least this is the best so far. Now we'll just pray that God shows us whether it's His plan we buy it or not. To be honest, the part that scares me the most is moving somewhere I don't know anyone or very few.

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No matter how hard life ever gets, there will always be a new morning, and a way back to the light. It is worth the effort of turning around and letting in the light.

I dare to say that I've had more crises in life than most people my age, living in Scandinavia. It never gave me an excuse to turn my back against God however. He planted eternity in every human's heart, deep inside I knew He was reaching out His hand to me and all I had to do was to reach it. And peace came. Because peace is the one true thing everyone wants in life, no matter what you're life may look like and where you are peace is what you need. Peace that lasts for a while the world can give you, but peace that passes all understanding only He can give.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

I'm so delighted it's spring again and there's light again! Nature is awakening! He breathed life into us, he gave us a spirit of life, and as things grow, breathe and live we know it's His will. Glory be to God, for this day, this life and the joy and warmth He fills my heart with even when I'm hurt, I can feel joy because He already felt my pain. (Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. Isaiah 53:4)

I really just wanted to write about my big zink herb pot where I had some rosemary, peppermint, lavender and oregano growing last year and I think at least the peppermint is coming again this year. The pictures somehow reminded me of greater things, just what I needed.

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Yesterday we went off-roading with the baby. It took blood, sweat and tears before we were out of the forest. The youngest son slipped on a stone and scratched both knees and hands. Despite of the little accident we had a nice little walk. I could go on admiring and studying the colors of nature in springtime forever, and the sons who spend most of their time outside this time of years couldn't understand my fascination at all.

Sadly, my favourite forest, which has shrunk by at least 3/4 since I was a kid, is located 20 minutes from here. It's such a privilege to grow up near a forest I think. I remember as a kid I thought paths filled with fir needles was the most common view and big trees with snow on them, now it's such a rare view to me I find it so beautIful I have to take a picture of it each time.

These here 👆🏼, called struvor, and mjöd (lightly fermented drink), putting a white cap on and going on a picnic in the spring sun could be the most Finnish-Swedish thing ever.

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the day before yesterday we went to Bergö to watch the fish play. I so much enjoy going with a ferry! And to think that there are people living on an island and going with a ferry to and from work every day is so fascinating. I imagine it's so nIce to grow up on an island since everyone I've talked to who grew up there said they recommend it, and secretly tries to convince us to move there, hehe.

This is from last year watching the fish play. They were constantly jumping up on the ground and back into the water. So. Much. Fish.

As a scout leader (hehe) I feel obligated to say that it's not ok to catch the fish while they're playing. It's wrong to disturb the fish while they reproduce, and it's even been made illegal. Regardless of that some people still do it. But only stupid people 😁

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Yes, I know it's Valentine's Day, but we didn't really celebrate it since we're both broke (but we did go window shopping and found fabulous snowboard jackets, even matching ones so that's a bit romantic). But, I made some really good curry for dinner! And the recipe is of course from Minimalist baker, here's the recipe: http://minimalistbaker.com/thai-yellow-coconut-curry-mango/

And here's what it looks like! Picture borrowed from Minimalist baker.

We had it with parsley on top and served with a salad an basmati rice. I say as my daughter's Philippian godfather; rice is life! So insanely good when cooked the right way.

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Today was a shitty day. Lucky me who's got the best kids in the world to cheer me up!

The toddler in her brothers' secret shelter or hut or hiding place... Whatever this is! :D

Even if today wasn't the best of days, I'm so thankful for my family. Maybe even more thankful because I faced a big disappointment and became even more thankful for what I have. Now I'm gonna keep praying that everything is going to fall right in place right on time. Here's a verse from my favourite psalm, Abide with me;

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness
Where is death's sting?
Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me


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Today we went for a walk! First time it was warmer than -10 degrees so we could go outside.

This here 👆🏼 saved the day!

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My absolute favourite among Finnish pastry. The legend says Runeberg's wife Fredrika came up with the recipe 1850, which can be discussed. They are also sometimes called Fredrika's breasts, by I don't know who but I've seen the name every now and then since I was a child, which can also be discussed, but I found it perfectly suitable to bake them in my baby bubble when all I do is feed my child.

What Wikipedia says:

Runeberg torte is a Finnish pastry flavored with almonds and arrack or rum and it weighs about 100 grams. Raspberry jam inside a sugar ring is commonly placed on top of the tart.

The torte got its name from the Finnish poet Johan Ludwig Runeberg (1804–1877) who, according to legend, enjoyed the torte with punsch for every breakfast. Runeberg tortes are typically eaten only in Finland and are generally available in stores from the beginning of January to Runeberg's birthday on February 5.

I love them, soaked in punsch and really moist with the dough made from ginger bread and cookies and almond meal!

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Right now, me and the nameless baby, are spending most of our time right here! Surrounding ourselves with soft blankets, pillows and dim lights. I had a mild engorgement in the breast going on yesterday, but thanks to a hungry baby this morning I've now got soft breasts again! Hallelujah!

I'm afraid introducing the baby to a pacifier and giving her too much bottle was the reason to it. Now in happy I could get it handled without getting a fever and antibiotics and so on.


This here 👆🏼 is a linen heart filled with dry wheat seeds, and when warming that up in the micro wave it's better than any painkiller against the contractions, which by the way are almost gone! I haven't had any since last night.

Today we're going on a checkup to the hospital, to see if the baby is too yellow or if she'll handle the yellowness at home.

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