July 7, 2014

This is where I'm going. I'll listen to the wind play in the trees, make pancakes outside on the open fire and sleep in the yellow little house (the one in the picture is just the outhouse!) or one of the granaries. We'll also continue on our summer house project I suppose (and at least test the new sauna!) and I'll go check on how the red and black currants are doing after last summer's pruning. Read more about the summer house project from two years ago and from last summer. (It's my dad's old home we're slowly making into a family summer house.)

I have a radical feeling I'm leaving my camera at home for the trip (I'm still a little smitten with my new phone and its camera and how easy it is to bring everywhere) which means I won't be blogging until I come home again in some weeks. But welcome to follow me on Instagram! (And I'll also come to Oulu, let's get together sweethearts!)

Have a beautiful, blessed July peeps!

July 2, 2014

Love people. Love them if they deserve it, love them if they don't. Make space in your agenda for them. Think of ways to give. You'll be blessed as you do; there are so many fantastic people out there! Get to know people you wouldn't normally spend time with; your world will expand and so will your heart! Look people in their hearts. What do they love? What makes them happy? What makes them laugh? What's their favorite memory? What are they passionate about, what are their dreams?

Loving looks different to different people. To me it can look like baking a loaf and taking it to a neighbor who's stuck at home with a broken leg. You could clean someone's house or car, volunteer to babysit their kids, listen to someone with a heavy heart or invite them over for dinner. Go wild and invite a stranger who has no one to invite them. For love sees people. Love trusts them and has faith in them.

"Love comes from God" (1 John 4:7). And 1 Corinthians 13 breaks it down more: "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."

Get out there. Give time. Find a new best friend, who knows.

(I am very inspired by this article.)

(photo by dad: me and mom all matchy-matchy back in 1986)