Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Little Hero / Min lille helt




Meet my new hero: Little Ingrid is only three weeks old, but she has already been through a lot: Breathing problems, acute bowel disease, helicopter ride to another hospital, and surgery. 

But look at her now, so very much alive, alert and beautiful. She still has challenges ahead of her, but I'm convinced that she is one of those who will show the world that challenges are there to be overcome. The fact that she has Down's syndrome may be part of this, but I think she is going to reach far, help make the world a better place.

She is born into a loving family, and she has also stolen a piece of my heart...


Møt min nye helt: Lille Ingrid er bare tre uker gammel, men hun har allerede vært gjennom mye: Pusteproblemer, tarmsykdom, tur med luftambulanse til et annet sykehus og operasjon.

Men se på henne nå, så utrolig levende, våken og nydelig. Hun har fortsatt store utfordringer foran seg, men jeg er overbevist om at hun er en av disse som vil vise verden at utfordringer er til for å løses. Det faktum at hun har Downs syndrom kan bli en del av dette, men jeg tror hun kommer til å nå langt, være med på å gjøre verden til et bedre sted.

Hun er født inn i en familie med mye kjærlighet, og hun har også stjålet en bit av hjertet mitt...












Saturday, August 9, 2014

Mountain Hike with Kids

Two days ago we hiked a mountain: Spåtind, 1414 meters above sea level. From where we parked the car, we walked 6 kilometers to the top of the mountain. What a great day! Beautiful views, lots of tasty berries and fresh water. It took us a little less than three hours up, and a little less than two hours down. (Breaks included) We hiked with our two youngest kids, aged 6 and 10, and not one single time did we hear them whine or complain. They simply had lots of fun, a wonderful experience for all of us.












Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Family Visit

We have a beautiful summer in Norway this year. Thise pictures were taken some weeks ago, when my sister and her family visited for a few days. We walked down to the lake, where we enjoyed the beach and the warm water. On our way back home, the kids picked wild flowers by the roadside. Simple, real joys...



vi har en flott sommer i Norge i år. Disse bildene ble tatt for noen uker siden, da søsteren min og familien hennes var på besøk. Vi gikk ned til innsjøen, hvor vi koste oss på stranda og i det varme vannet. På vei hjem, plukket barna blomster i veikanten. Enkle, ekte gleder...





























Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer Island - Unplanned

I was spending a few days in Oslo (the Norwegian capital) with my two youngest kids, when I received a message from a good friend. She and her family were enjoying their summer days on an idyllic, car-free island in the Oslo fjord, and she invited us to come and stay with them. So we did. Instead of going home, we hopped on a another train in a completely different direction, and then took a small wooden boat out to the island. We had a wonderful time out there, and we enjoyed the beautiful summer days with our friends, sitting down for endless talks, meals, going for walks, bike trips and hanging out at the beach, playing and swimming. This totally unplanned vacation turned out to be a wonderful experience for all of us. And I got to think about all the schedules and plans we have in our lives. All the musts and have to's. I was inches away from declining my friend's offer, because of a 100 stupid reasons, which I don't even remember now, and what a wonderful feeling it is when you allow yourself to put everything aside, and just go...


Jeg var i Oslo noen dager med de to yngste barna, da jeg fikk en melding fra en god venninne. Hun og familien var på en øy i Oslofjorden, og nå inviterte hun oss til å komme ut til dem. Det gjorde vi. I stedet for å ta toget hjemover, tok vi et annet tog, og så en gammel trebåt ut til øya. Vi hadde det helt fantastisk der ute på denne stille, bilfrie øya, og sammen med vennene våre var vi på stranda, hvor vi lekte og badet, fanget krabber og padlet. Vi syklet og gikk turer i de idylliske omgivelsene, og vi nøt herlige måltid utover de varme kveldene. Uplanlagte ferier kan virkelig anbefales. Disse dagene fikk meg til å tenke på alle planene og tidsskjemaene vi har i livene våre. Alle må'ene og skal'ene. Jeg holdt på å takke nei, for massevis av grunner jeg ikke en gang husker nå, og hvilken fantastisk følelse det er når du legger alt til side og bare drar...


















Thursday, June 19, 2014

Photo: Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains


Picture taken from the ancient royal palace of Marrakech, with the Atlas mountains in the background.
April 2014



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Braiding her Hair

Early morning in the French medieval castle where we spent a few days last summer.I'm braiding my daughters hair, and the picture made me think about this painting by Norwegian 19th century painter Christian Krohg:






Tidlig om morgenen på det franske middelalderslottet hvor vi tilbrakte noen dager i fjor sommer. Jeg fletter min datters hår, og bildet fikk meg til å tenke på dette maleriet av Christian Krohg:
"Håret Flettes", malt i 1882.