At the beginning of the first decade the fledgling builders with their youthful dreams began to work on their first nest. They had their first children; there were more things to worry about but also more joy.
I love animals! I have had animals almost always, even when I lived by myself in these “backwoods”.
I am an ordained minister, and ordained ministers are expected to show dignified manners, exemplary life and commitment to God’s word. In some way, ordained ministers are even required to be holy. I also confess myself to be a believing person, a child of God. Believing people are expected to be sinless and perfect, at least when they have fallen into sin.
I wake up. It is half past seven. It is a lovely morning, and the sun is shining. I quickly get up, step on the cool floor, and go to collect the morning paper from the mailbox. I can still sense the strong, earthy smell of the night. The noise of traffic tells me that the town is waking up and people are going to work. I make coffee and open the paper. There is no hurry. Or, actually, there would be no hurry, but I find it hard to get rid of my impatient nature.
"What are your hobbies?" the school doctor asked. "I don’t really have hobbies", my child answered quietly. The doctor gave her a puzzled look and then looked at me. I was so astonished I was speechless.
When people say goodbye, they often also say: ”Remember me when you pray to the Heavenly Father.” Or simply: ”Remember me.” I have thought that this request is not merely a beautiful phrase. It is the petition of a poor Christian that I would pray on his or her behalf. For a person who makes this request the most important thing is to remain believing and to get into heaven.
I remember one late evening when I shared my thoughts with my husband: ”No principal in their right mind should hire a mother of six little kids. It would be best for our family that I still stay at home for a while.” I guess I was quite convincing, as my husband seemed to believe me. By that time in my life I had worked as class teacher for three periods of different lengths and had then stayed at home for four years.
Have you ever met angels? I mean everyday angels. Dear friends who have wanted to discuss the most important matters of life and have preached you forgiveness even though you have not asked for it yet. These friends should not be taken for granted. They are gifts from the Heavenly Father and a cause of gratitude and joy.
Parenthood is a multidimensional task. My own experiences of parenthood have varied widely, depending on family size and my personal resources. You become a parent when you hear the first cry of your first baby and remain a parent until the end of your life.
When our work or other efforts are successful, we often say that they were blessed. This applies equally to business projects, studies, marriage or almost anything.
A few weeks ago I was having a cup of coffee with my friends at Helsinki rauhanyhdistys. I was about to leave when a speaker brother tapped on my shoulder and asked me to come along. He said it was not about anything terrible.
I am writing this during the Students’ Mental Health week. We have all kinds of theme days and special weeks nowadays. I usually hardly notice them, but I made a note of this week in my calendar. I also posted some pictures and thoughts on this topic on my social media accounts.
It is a brilliant March day. I sit down to rest my feet and wait for the coffee to drip. I just came in after a skiing trip. The sun sparkled on the snow, and my skis made a nice crunching noise on the snow. Sparrows twittered in the shrubbery, and water was dripping cheerfully from the eaves. While skiing without any cares, my memories traveled back to some old events and experiences.
Monet suunnitelmat ovat tänä poikkeuksellisena keväänä muuttuneet. Muun muassa perhejuhlien järjestelyjä on pitänyt miettiä uudelleen. Tämä on koskenut myös avioliittoon vihkimisiä. Nyt vihkimisiä on toimitettu niin, että koolla on ollut vain joitakin läheisiä, ja muu juhlaväki on seurannut tilaisuutta ehkä virtuaalisesti.