Monday, November 26, 2007
I know this may sound weird to some of you, but this is the way it is (that was very American of me). Andreas and I both woke up on Sunday not feeling quite right (in spirit, not physical). I had a rough day on Saturday so I figured it was just culture shock rearing its ugly head again. My family has also been in and out of the hospital in America (which is very difficult for me to deal with so far away). However the feeling persisted in both of us (unfortunately, I just got frustrated). Then things started happening. We had been having some car trouble with our Subaru, but it was totally dead this time and then Andreas's car just about lost the whole exhaust system (no warning), and other money issues kept coming in. Then other little things started coming into play - hard to explain the little ones, just trust me on this one. I kept thinking of the song by Crystal Lewis "Trust Me". So I tried. Then Eas and I talked about it all and he said the words that I had been thinking, "I will trust Him". We went to bed feeling a little better. Then this morning one of Andreas's fillings came out. Now I know that sounds weird, but this is one of those things that is the "last straw". And we knew that we were under attack.
To counteract the above events I would like to tell you what the Lord was showing us while we were under attack. First, one of my friends here asked me how I was (and she really wanted to know the truth). Because of that conversation I am now going to start being involved in a womens bible study with other English speaking Christians (praise God). Then our new friends John and Anneli came to church and Anneli and I talked about what kind of Sunday things we could do with our children during the sermon (and a Sunday School is born). Then that night we went over to Anneli and John's home to bake and John took a look at Eas's car and said that he could repair it and we could use their car. John said he would bike to work (in below freezing weather). If that's not a friend from the Lord, who is?
So through it all the Lord has been blessing us. Reminding us that we are to look towards him in all things. For once I think I realized it while we were experiencing it. Thank you for the growth Lord.
We appreciate all of your prayers and friendships.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
It was a nice to get a relief from culture shock and nice to see Copenhagen again. Denmark is an interesting little world. We walked the main shopping street, had a rest in a nice cafe, had an incredible Italian dinner (the best I had every had) for Dad's birthday, went to a great museum (that we didn't get to spend a lot of time in because we had a three year old with us) and also went to the zoo. Samuel loved the hotel room. I know that sounds weird, but there were two beds in the room that you had to climb a latter to get to. Samuel wanted to "sleep up in the sky", but mom and dad didn't think it was safe enough, so he ended up on a mattress on the floor. The life of a child.
We had a great time. There are a few pictures below to show you some of the events.
Sam talking with a goat at the zoo.
Samuel sitting on Uncle Johan's shoulders, and they still weren't as tall as the polar bear.
Mom and Dad walking with Samuel.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Me trying to be artistic. I like this one.
Mommy and Samuel's first snow angels together. Sam thought I was pretty funny for doing it.
I am still trying to put our house together. I think the phrase "slowly but surely" comes to mind. We finally bought a desk so I have a work station and things are getting put away. I am sure we will need to make a million more IKEA runs, but we try our best to say away from that. IKEA tends to be like Walmart, you always buy more than you plan to get. When my house doesn't look like a tornado went through I will take pictures of it and show all where we live.
I know I always say that I miss you all, but that sound so generic. So every-once-in-a-while I will say hello to people that have been on my heart. Like the Karenbauer family- a family that I nannied for, Kim - a friend in Mississippi, the Spencers - who just had their third baby, Congrats!, my fam - the holidays are coming up and I miss you all, and the staff at NBI - there is a lot going on in the adoption world and I am praying for you.
Of course that in not the only people that I am praying for, but more will come next time.
Monday, November 12, 2007
This was a nightly tradition in the States and we are resuming it here. He loves books and now even likes to "read them himself". So we are settling down for the night with a good book and of course his stuffed monkey. What more can you ask for in life.
Here is a picture of that trike that Samuel couldn't wait to build. Well, we built it, he rode it, and that was that. In the next pic you will see what drew him away.
For all of you who are wondering if it is cold, the answer is yes. I love it!
I have a question, how come it looks like the women are doing all the work here?
Mom has finally got her pillar. My mother-in-law bought this pillar from Prof. Lauter in 2003. However it is marble and very heavy so it couldn't just be mailed to her. She has waiting all this time and it is finally now in her home. It's a good thing, it really wasn't my style (which for the last 5 years has seen the return of goodwill and garage sale furniture) :) By the way the little shiny guy is Samuel having a blast in his very warm suit.
Samuel's third birthday was in the midst of our move. We did celebrate but his gift had to go in the crate. Here he is finally getting his trike, every child needs a Radio Flyer right?. Of course we had to build it right away and mommy promised that he could ride it the very next morning.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
I have posted some pictures below (I did it in the correct order this time, you should be very proud). I am on my father in laws computer (the keyboard being in Swedish) so these pics are from his computer. They are from the first night that we arrived. Samuel was spoiled from the get go. We are working on getting a desk so that I have a permanent work station and can get new pics up on the blog.
For those interested, it is not snowing here yet. However, the nights are freezing and it is getting very cold. I like the seasons though. Our dog definitely likes being out of the very hot Mississippi weather. He runs around like mad, in Mississippi he just sat in the shade!
Our car has arrived in Sweden and we have an appointment on Friday to pick it up. The last piece of the puzzle. Please pray that everything works! It is not good for a car to sit still for so long, so we have a few worries, but the Lord has provided so I should not worry.
Yesterday was a hard day for me. I was having one of those 'everything in Sweden can bite me' days. Culture shock is a wonderful thing (ha ha). So I called my American friend Darcy and she helped me a lot and I took Sam into Andreas's work to have lunch. I don't know why these days just come, but they do. I was reading in Romans about Pricilla and how she had to leave Rome and move to Corinth and then Ephasus. It talked about how she continued to minister even in other cultures with a loving heart. Yes, the Lord knows when you should read things like this! So I am trying and praying that the Lord gives me the strength. Please pray for me.
I did have my first Girls Night Out this past Thursday. It was a very good time. I was able to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones. These ladies help keep me sain. I praise God for them.
I pray all is well with everyone else. God Bless you all and we miss and love you.
Samuel at his grandparents home.
Samuel is playing with toys that were Andreas's when he was a child.
Far Mor and Far Far are very excited to have their only grandchild (until January) with them.
When the Kjernald family eats there is always a picture. This is one of the thousand that have been taken.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
We are still working on the house, but it is getting better. Samuel is still trying to figure out a good schedule. He has decided that waking up in the wee hours of the morning is fun. This morning he woke up at 5:12 a.m. Oh the joy of a child no longer in a crib!!! Jest for everyones info. neither Andreas or I are morning people. Needless to say, Samuel does not get a bright and happy reception. He is promptly put back to bed. This morning it worked and he went back to sleep, but other mornings it does not.
Our car is due to arrive in Gothenburg this Wednesday. It will be nice to have the final piece. Please pray that all is well with it!!!
One thing that is happening is that Nepal is working on getting adoptions started again. This weekend the new rules should pass through the ministry and all the people who are waiting for their children to proceed without more problems. Please continue to pray that this is true.
I am sorry that there are no pictures today. I will try for pics soon.