Lysgården!

Sharing from my English blog:

A few years ago we went to Molde and stopped by at  this place  located along the way. They have cottages for rent , restaurant, kiosk and a lighthouse.

 

Skarstua and Lysgården 

 

 

 

My daughter and my husband looking around!

 

 

Trolls everywhere!

 

 

This  thing was used by the farmers before to cut grass!

 

 

And the cottages!

 

Me and my hubby… 

 

    and the lighthouse at the background. They sell handmade candles.

 

 

 

Inside…….

 

Autum candles….

 

 

Winter candles…..

 

 

Wedding candlelights

 

 

And christmas trees made of candles.

 

 

The fruits were also candles!

 

In Norway we used a lot of candlelights to decorate our homes, in parties, as gifts, or to  make the darkest winter cozy! Light do something with people.

 

God said: We are the light of the world and we shall let our light shine before men that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. (Matthew 5: 14-16)

 

I began to ponder about it because there are also different kinds of lights. And what kind of light I am or you?

 

Red 

Yellow

Green

 Dim 

Flashing 

 

Are we the red lighs that reminds people that they have to stop to avoid danger? 

 

Or  yellow lights that makes people to slow down? Or make people to enjoy the beauty around them?

 

Maybe I am the green light. Always on the go. 

 

How about dim light? It is good when we are going to sleep or make a romatic evening with the one we love. Are we like dim lights  that makes people we encounter to relax?

 

Flashing light: Reminds me of a lighthouse that gives signals to sea voyagers at night so that they can navigate in the dark. Are we that kind of flashing lights that help those in darkness to find the right way?

 

But no matter what kind of light we might be, we cannot shine on our own. Like all these kinds of light, they have a source of energy. 

 

 

 

       Jesus is our source of light. So if we want to have the light of life, we just follow Jesus!

 

How about leading someone out of darkness into light?

Think how wonderful it would feel!

So go ahead friends….spread light around you! Remember, we are the light of the world.

 

JOY

 

 

Våren er kommet!

I hvert fall på butikkene. Fant disse fargerike primulaene.

Det var tilbud!

Tre for to og jeg kjøpte selvfølgelig for å oppleve litt våren, selv om det er bare inne huset.

Men, denne blomsten fant jeg på sykehjemmet. En beboer har fått det og spurte meg hva den heter. Men jeg visste ikke.

Er det noen der som vet navnet på denne blomsten?

Avslutter innlegget med en latter per dagen!

Telefonen ringte hos værvarslingen i Bergen,

og en relativt opphisset trønderstemme forkynte:

-Æ ringe bare for å fortæl at no æ skofla vækk en halv meter ” delvis skyet oppholdsvær” fra oppkjørselen min!

Adjo!

JOY

Puerto Princessa ( underground river)

Memories…

Happiness is spending time with my family. So in one of my vacation in the Philippines I treat  my mother and  my children with their families a vacation  to Puerto Princessa.


The City of Puerto Princesa (lit. City of Princess Port, Filipino: Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa) is a city located on the western provincial island of Palawan, one of 80 provinces which make up the Philippines. source: Wikepedia

 

 

 

 

 

This is the aiport. A small one! 

 

 

 

 

And the place where we stayed. Twenty minutes drive from the airport. Sorry, I forgot the name of this apartelle.

 

 

In front of the place we rent. My second daughter, her son and me:) We look alike, isn’t it?

 

 

 One of the greatest attraction in Puerto Princessa is the underground river. So we  have to see it. It was around two and half hours drive  and half hour by boat to get there. So we took a rest and took a picture  along the way.

 

 

 

 

We rode a boat from this place to take us to the other side. The underground river.

 

 

 

 

This is my son, his wife and their two kids that time. Now they have three!

 

 

In the boat together with my fourth grandhild:)


 

And now, everybody in just one boat to the underground river and we were 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The entrance of the underground river!

 

WONDERS OF NATURE

The PPUR is one of the few such caves which the general public can easily experience and it is navigable up to 4.3 km. and is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. Park operated paddle boats take visitors for 1 hour tour of the cave to appreciate the different rock formations as well as the thousand of bats and swiftlets that inhabit the cave. Tours are scheduled daily except during extreme weather conditions.

 

 

 

Different rock formations…. it was dark and scary for the kids.

 

 The guide have a battery driven light, so we could see these awesome sight! The guide paddled and at the same time talked in one hour to tell us the story of the rocks. He was a very funny man, but we learned a lot from him. He was a good storyteller.

 

 

 

He said that this place was also use as a hiding place during the war.

 

 

We were so amazed to see how these rocks formed in different shapes in many years. But we were warned by the guide not to touch anything. It has something to do with the growth of the rocks, he told us.

 

 

 

more awesome pictures….

 

 

 

 

It was a one hour journey back and forth, so we were happy to see the light of the sun again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, it is picture taking time before we leave. Me and my mother!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second daughter and her family.

 

 

My first daughter and her two kiddos:) and her husband. Picture under.

 

 

And we have seen a lot including these funny creatures…

 

 

who steal  anything you have if you are not watching.

 

 

As humans they want to be together. Oh, they just wacthing us as we stared at them:)

 

 

But this touched me heart. This monkey carried her offspring wherever she goes.


Well, that is all for now. I will be sharing more pictures from our trip to crocodile farm, in a ranch, a park and island hopping in my next posts.

 

 

JOY.

sharing from my English blog!

Kraftløs!

Føler du deg uttømt og kraftløs,

så husk at livsgnisten alltid vil være der og støtte deg.

Ta deg en lur, se solstrålene leke mellom grennene, 

lytt til inspirerende musikk. 

Alt dette vil hjelpe kropp, sjel og ånd

til å finne nye krefter.

 

Sitat  fra ” Omsorg for den omsogsfulle”

JOY

 

Time to get wet ( Philippines)

 

Sharing from my English blog!

Last part of our visit to the Philippines!

 

Vacation in the Philipines will not be complete without getting wet. I mean swimming in the pool and at the beach. So we packed our swimwear and brought with us food. The filipinos don’t go swimming  without ( baon) food.

And my beloved mother who cooks delicious meals made macaroni soup.

 

 My youngest daughter haven’t tasted that kind of soup before, but she said that it was very delicious. Then after we went home to Norway, I tried to make the same soup, but she told me that Grandma’s soup was better. 🙂 Well, I can just agree with her, coz it was true.

 

Since we lived in Makati area, we had chosen a resort in Laguna. Takes only more than two hours drive.

 

 

And here we are, young and old soaking ourselves in water. 

 

 

 

If you are wondering why the water was not deep, we had chosen the childrens swimming pool coz the water was hot there. And only a few of us can swim.

 

 

My three beloved daughters and the baby is Candice, my second grandchild.

 

My son with his wife and daughter!

I love this picture coz I can see the love looks in their eyes. Candice, the baby is 9 years old now. 

 

Candice first swimming lesson!

 

And that was the last bonding day for my family in Norway and Philipines coz,  my mother-in-law, my husband and my youngest daughter went home earlier , so that I could spend more time with my family in the Philippines. 

 

 

 

 

And then at the beach together with the rest of relatives:) 

 

But before we did anything else, we have to eat first. That was the first command from our stomachs:)

 

 

With me are my two daughters and granddaughter Candice.

 

My son and his wife with my first grandchild Andrei! He is 12 years old now. And to the right is my brother-in-law!

 

My older sister just arrived from Germany! She lives in Norway too now.Happy to have her with us:)

 

My youngest sister taking picture of her youngest daughter. Her first swimming at the beach:)

 

 

Four sisters! Two others were not in the picture. One was in Norway and the other was taking a shower.

 

 

Four generation: my mother, me, my son and his two children. Now he has three and we are now older, but looking better. hi, hi

 

 

 

My grandson Andrei and my nephews really enjoyed the beach.

 

But Ariel, my second daughter’s fiance that time seeked comfort under the sand:)

 

And picture taking before we leave the beach! 

 

And before me and my sister Lourdes leave our homecountry again…. Those were the days when we were young:)

 

Memories from 2004 that I cherished in my heart. 

 

 

Until next blog!

 

 

 

JOY

 

Scrapbooking night!

 

Jeg ble kjent med en veldig snill og kreative dame som har jobbet på aktivitetsenter der jeg jobber  for en stund siden. Hun er så flink til å brodere. Denne puten sydde hun og jeg måtte bare kjøpe det. 

 

En dag, sa hun at hun skulle på et scrapbooking kurs. Hun spurte om jeg ville være med. Ettersom jeg er glad i å lage kort, kurset virket interessant for meg. Og jeg ble med.

Kurslederen drev med en liten butikk hvor man kunne handle alt mulig som kan brukes til scrapbooking. Hun er selvlært, men utrolig flink!

Her vises hun de forskjellige teknikker hun brukte til scrapbooking for å få et fint resultat.

 

Hun sa at vi kan bruke alt. Vi trenger bare å være kreative:)

Vel, hadde jeg alt de materialene hun hadde på butikken, kunne jeg utrette mye:)

Denne hadde jeg laget den kvelden. Datteren min som var “Russ” i 2012

 

Og et annet bilde, som jeg likte bedre enn den forrige. 

 

Det var flere som var på kurset og de laget masse fine bilder. Jeg spurte om jeg kunne ta bilder og jeg fikk  lov.

Bare se på dem!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Har du vært på et scrapbooking kurs? Lærte du mye teknikker?

“Thought for the day”

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, 

the man who gains understanding,

for she is more profitable than silver 

and yields better return than gold.

( Proverbs 3: 13-14)

 

JOY

Jeg har vært en snill pike!

Kjære Gud

Hittil i dag har jeg vært en snill pike. Jeg har ikke sladret på noen elller mistet besinnelsen. 

Jeg har ikke vært grådig, sur, egoistisk eller selvopptatt. 

Jeg har heller ikke furtet, sladret, bannet eller spist sjokolade.

Og jeg har ikke overtrukket kredittkortet mitt.

Men snart skal jeg sto opp, og da kommer jeg til å trenge en del mer hjelp.

Amen

 

Er det noen som kjenner seg igjen?

Ha en fin dag snille piker!

JOY

God’s handpaintings!

I was ironing clothes one day when I saw these special colors in the sky through our window. So, who can resist taking pictures? 


Enjoy God’s handpaintings and His words!

 

 

How great are your works, LORD, how profound your thoughts!

 

 

 

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.


 

For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

 

 

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

 

 

Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song.

 

 

Sunset today!


Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.


 

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.


 

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.


 

 

Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.


Ending this post by thanking my friend Anca from Romania who gave me this chocolate as a present when she came back…



and a pendant who was made by her sister who works for the blind people.


 

Thank you Anca for your golden heart:)


 

JOY

 

Gamle Ola!

 

Gamle Ola hadde bodd på landet i hele sitt liv og kom en tur til Oslo.

Utenfor en dør så han et skilt med ” Trykk på knappen”- 

og Ola gjorde som skiltet sa.

Ut kom en herre med høytidelig min eog spurte: -, Nå, hva ønsker De?

– Ikke noe, sa Ola, – jeg bare gjorde som det sto på skiltet.

Mannen så overlegent på ham og sa: – På landet vokser tydeligvis idiotene opp av bakken….

– Mulig det, svarte Ola, – men her i byen kommer de fram bare man trykker på en knapp!

 

En latter per dagen forlenger livet:)

JOY

God whispers!

Sharing from my English blog.

I was about to take a shower one day when I heard God whisper something in my ear. ” I can wash you clean with my words” What? You don’t mean to say that I can use your words as soap and water to make me clean? “Soap and water can make you clean outside, but not inside. My words can clean even the deepest area of your soul.” And He reminded me of this verse:

 

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s eyes. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrew: 4-12-13

 

Wow! It means that God’s words is sharper than the wok knives of the chinese people!

 

Is that what they call to be online with God 24/7?

 

 

 

Like this lightning, it just struck anywhere it wants to.  I can hear His promtings in most unthinkable places, like in the bathroom! Now, I have something to think about while I am taking a shower. I began to mull over how this shampoo makes my hair clean, how balsam can change my hair into a soft to touch hair and how soap and scrub make my body clean. And sure enough, when I am done, I will be feeling good and smelling nice. Ready to face the world.  Really?

And then a thought comes into my mind … is it  enough to face the world looking clean outside, but not inside? And I am sure you will agree with me that the answer is no! Because no matter how we hide what we feel inside and how we really are, it will show by how we behave and from the looks on our faces. And probably, our eyes will expose us.

Well, if God can make me clean inside with his words, then I should take his words  like shampoo, balsam, soap, scrub and water to make me clean inside.

 

So now I have to grab my bible to know how:)

 

                                        And God leadeth me to this verse:  ( Isaiah 18-19)

 

 Isn’t it exciting to talk to God our creator? To reason together with Him? Not to be condemed, but to be made white as snow and to be like wool. Have you seen how white the snow in the picture? How about that? We don’t need bleaching agent to be clean. We only need God and His words.

But He said something that we can be like wool! And how it is to be like wool? What are the characterestic of the wool?

 

                                                 I searched and I found these:

* Wool has the capability to keep the body  at even temperature because it does not trap heat. This means that in hot weather it keeps the animal (or you) cool and in cold weather it keeps them (or you) warm.

 

Think of that! As a wool, we can keep ourselves from being affected negatively by the inviroment. We are protected.


*Wool clothing does not cling to the skin.

This allows for air circulation next to your skin and is part of the insulation properties and comfort of wearing wool.

 

Means comfort to me! 

 

*Readily absorbs water and can also release it.

 

The ability to give and receive.


*Naturally fire resistant meaning it does not readily burn. 

 

As a wool persons we can be resistant from the fiery darts of the enemy. Not easily tempted.

 

*Strands of wool are crimped . Has the ability to stretch and then return to it’s natural length.  

 

For me it means that although we can be stretched beyond we can bear,  we can be renewed again.

 

* Wool is very strong and durable partly due to it’s felting feature. The fibers are strong and will hold together through much twisting and turning, much like a lock of hair. This feature is what creates such long lasting garment.

 

Like wool, the more we get twisted and turned, the more we get stronger. Then we can be persons who does not give up no matter what!


What a revelation from God’s words. Think about that!


God’s words can make not only me but you too clean and white as snow and like a wool: protective, comfortable, can both give and take, resistant, stronger and durable. Who would not want to be like that? 


That is why I love God’s words. Never ending wisdom:)


How about you!  Do you hear God whisper?

 

JOY

 

 

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