Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New year, new tricks







I will post some photos from our recent holiday trip to Israel soon.

But now just a quick update. My Etsy shop HELLINworld is active again and I've been making clothes - but it will take 3-4 weeks for me to get the labels and hang tags I've ordered, and get things photographed for the shop. I'm really looking forward to getting it properly running. I'm enjoying drawing patterns and sewing.

*HELLIN = Superlative form of hellä ( gentle -the gentlest) .
Instructive plural form of hellä.
First-person singular indicative present form of helliä (I'm being gentle).
First-person singular indicative past form of helliä. (I was being gentle)*

Hellin is also a Finnish Sami woman's name running in my family.

Also, one of my paintings had ended up in Wall Street Journal which was pretty cool. I found out about it because someone saw my painting and name on WSJ and contacted me about available works.

It has been really cold and snowy here, but now kind of wet and sloshy.

In 10 days we will also get a new kitten!!!

So stay tuned :D


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joyful, peaceful Christmas and a blessed new year to all my readers!




























































Indi had a small operation yesterday, but the anesthesia was like a power nap and she stayed up late.. so tonight I was happy that she fell asleep early, so I could finally finish the gift I was making for her. I had started earlier but I didn't have everything I needed, so I was a bit late. Then I grabbed a beer and started gift wrapping. Valo had a drink of his own. Now we both need to go to sleep :P

xo xo Vappu

Friday, December 18, 2015

Enjoying every day, little, normal, simple things






































































I'm apologizing again - sorry for leaving you with so little explanation.
The time to wrap up the year is at hand - and man, am I relieved it is so. Bye bye 2015, it was terrible with you! Welcome sweet 2016!

So, my husband came back. He does not want to divorce and he feels terrible about everything.
So I forgive him, like one who knows how much she has been forgiven. Like one who knows none of this was for nothing, none of it, not one single tear or pang of pain was for nothing, nor did it go unnoticed. I have no anger or bitterness even for those who wished that he would leave me.

What was meant to crush, has only made us stronger, because we have come closer to the Lord.

One who has been made free by faith in Christ, is indeed free. I'm not concerned at all about what people are thinking or talking about.
So I have got a glimpse of what it feels like to die to yourself daily.. It makes you free. It's not about losing your personality, it's about losing your ego, your pride. I know I still have a lot to learn.
I'm praying for freedom from the bondages of sin and self, and the cages of pride and idolatry for all those who seek, and all those who think they see but are blind.

So during the past several weeks there have been birthday parties and Christmas preparations, going on dates with my husband, sewing a lot, just living life for a moment, instead of just surviving day to day.

Indi has been sick though, there is a problem in the school  building. She needs to have drains put in her ears, she has some hearing loss and she has been sick with a cough and constantly snotty nose almost from the beginning of school. I'm not sure what will happen with the school as we still don't know what exactly is wrong with the building and what can or will be done about it. It's something I'm praying about.

I'm glad she will have almost 4 weeks off from school, as we are taking one extra week and traveling to Israel again.

Why have I not posted sooner? I have been overwhelmed I guess. My husband coming back. It happened so quickly. Just like everything else.

I am so touched when you comment here and let me know you are waiting to hear from my little corner of the world.
Tomorrow we will have the school Christmas church and Indi will get her first report card (which they get only twice a year) and on Sunday we have a Christmas celebration at the congregation we go to (a small Baptist congregation I've been going to for a while) and I can't wait to sing all my favorite Christmas songs!

I sing from the bottom of my heart, Hallelujah!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

After the storm




















So, this terrible year is going to have a happy ending after all.

It is possible to heal from anything.

It is possible to forgive.

After being beaten down by the worst storm and having felt like bucketfuls of icy water were poured on your heart, gripped by the cold

after giving it all to Christ

because there is nothing you can say or do

One day you walk by the seaside and the sun is shining on the sprinkles of star dust
that just fell on your hair

And you know for sure there is someone watching over you.