søndag den 24. juni 2018

Christmas in June

Here's my card, on the 24th of the month of June.
Can you believe Christmas is around the corner???
I LOVE Christmas - the old style, that is.









søndag den 17. juni 2018

We all have something to give.





I wholeheartedly believe that ALL has something to offer in this world. We can not afford to opt out of groups because they do not live up to some "value" that society has decided to b right.

In our family we know this to be true.
Our oldest daughter, Kamilla, was born in January 1989. We knew very soon that something was wrong, just not what it was. Soon it was very clear that she did not respond to nighter a teaching - or play time situation like her siblings did. We had to do something. We had to think out of the box.

We had problems at kindergarden and at church: She did not like big groups of children. At the time, there were not much more than teaching manuals available in Denmark.
Now we had a problem - or challenge as we called it, on 2 sides: both at kindergarten and at church.
Very soon we discovered that Kamilla liked pictures and colors. It helped her to quiet down, to relax. We knew, we had to focus on that in our teaching.
I began to search the internet. I felt so  blessed the day I found "Finch Family Games".
I contacted Karen Finch and told her about our daughter, and about the shortage of visual teaching aids in Denmark - in Danish. 

Karen Finch then granted me permission to translate her books, and distribute them in the Church and among church members. 
The only requirements she demanded was, that I only distributed the books I translated, and not the English version, and that I did profit from it. What a blessed deal. I hope Karen Finch will forever be blessed for her selfless action. Because of her, I had the opportunity to translate 28 books. This brings me back to the topic of this post: Everyone has something to give in the world. Since our daughter Kamilla was autistic, we had to be creative in a new and different way. Because of Kamilla, 28 books were translated. I would never have done this project, if it was not because of Kamilla. Because of Kamilla, many children in the church in Denmark began to benefit from the use of visual aids. (There's much VA to day - To day is much more different than 29 years ago.) Kamilla has blessed the life of many people - because of her disability. Do not deselect what you do not understand and which is strange to you.
Instead, See it as a gift - an opportunity to learn and grow as a human being.



This post has been written with Kamilla's acceptance and approval

mandag den 23. april 2018

Does The Journey Seem Long, hymn




Here I used a Stamp set from Stampin Up: High tide.
"Does the Journey seem long?)
This Hymn has always been one of my favorite songs.
Listen, feel and find hope!



Does The Journey Seem Long – Hymn #127 Lyrics
Text: Joseph Fielding Smith (1876-1972)
Music: George D. Pyper (1860-1943)
Does the journey seem long,
The path rugged and steep?
Are there briars and thorns on the way?
Do sharp stones cut your feet
As you struggle to rise
To the heights thru the heat of the day?
Is your heart faint and sad,
Your soul weary within,
As you toil ‘neath your burden of care?
Does the load heavy seem
You are forced now to lift?
Is there no one your burden to share?
Let your heart be not faint
Now the journey’s begun;
There is One who still beckons to you.
So look upward in joy
And take hold of his hand;
He will lead you to heights that are new—
A land holy and pure,
Where all trouble doth end,
And your life shall be free from all sin,
Where no tears shall be shed,
For no sorrows remain.
Take his hand and with him enter in.

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På Dansk er teksten:


Synes vejen dig lang?
Er den stenet og hård?
Gror der tidsler og torne iblandt?
Skærer sten dig til blods,
når du kæmper dig frem,
træt af dagen, når heden dig fandt?
Er dit hjerte og sind
fyldt af sorger og nød?
Mens du slider med byrder og pligt?
Synes åget for tungt,
som blev lagt på din ryg?
Er der ingen, som hjælper med sligt?
I dit hjerte fat mod
på den vej, du har valgt.
Der er en, som vil hjælpe dig frem;
så se op og vær glad
og hold fast ved hans hånd,
han vil lede dig opad og hjem.
I et land, smukt og rent,
hvor alt ondt ende vil,
der dit liv vil bli’ fri for al skam,
ingen tårer og sved,
ingen sorg findes der,
tag hans hånd og gå ind der med ham.

søndag den 22. april 2018

A very long update!



Conny Hillgaards billede.


Good evening
What a wonderful time we live in. The sun is shinning the birds singing and we look forward to brighter times.
The light ... for us the light is a symbol of all good. The light is peace and it gives life. When the darkness surrounds us, the light brings us hope for a better time that will come.
The light is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah is the one who expres it the best.
Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


Lars has been ill for some time. It started when he was around 58-59 years old. He began to forget things ..
Later it became so hard to work that he lost his job. At that time he was 60 years old. The company tried to keep him, but it became increasingly clear that it was impossible.

Lars was tested twice if he had dementia. He does not

Our doctor referred Lars to Aarhus University Hostital for a diagnosis.
At one point, Lars was in an outpatient examination, and the doctor asked if Lars would mind being examined by a professor who had specialized in rare diseases. It just so happened that he was at the ward...
Lars was o
kay with that. After a btirf study, Lars was admitted the same day and was then hospitalized for almost 3½ weeks.

The examination, showed that there were several things wrong. Among other things, Lars has had several small blood clots in the brain, and there is also a small insignificant benign tumor in the brain.
A scan showed that Lars has levercirrose. It is not due to alcohol, we do not partake in alcohol due to our belief, it was instead due to an undiscovered diabetes.

Lars also had problems with dizziness and ballance. Therefore, he was scanned, and this scan showed a discus in the neck.
The spinal cord was clamped and could be one of the causes of the dizziness. Lars was therefore opted for an operation. Not to improve the situation, but with a hope of preventing it from getting worse.
It was this surgery he had last week. Lars is home now and is in good health.

A scan in connection with the operation showed that Lars also has struma. So now all that's left is an operation for inguinal hernia and then the struma must be examined.

As you can tell, Lars has been through a lot. All that is left now is a continuing problem of dizziness, ballance and loss of short-term memory - but it is all right, we can both live and cope with that.

We look forward to the light. We feel loved by our family and friends.
We love our Heavenly Father for the life He has given us, also with the challenges that lie in it.
Thank you all for your love and support.


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God aften 
Hvilken vidunderlig tid vi lever i. Solen varmer, fuglene synger og vi ser fremad mod lysere tider.
Lyset... for os er lyset et symbol på alt godt. Lyset er fred og det der giver liv. Når mørket omslutter os, bringer lyset os håb om en bedre tid som vil komme.
Lyset er Jesus Kristus.

Esajas er den som udtrykker det best. 
Esajas 9:6 Thi et Barn er født os, en Søn er os givet, paa hans Skulder skal Herredømmet hvile; og hans Navn skal være: Underfuld-Raadgiver, Vældig-Gud, Evigheds-Fader, Fredsfyrste.

Lars har været syg i nogle år. Det begyndte vel omkring da han var omkring 58-59 år. Han begyndte at glemme ting..
Til slut blev det så svært at arbejde, at han mistede jobbet. Da var han lige flydt 60 år. Firmaet forsøgte til det sidste at beholde ham, men det blev mere og mere klart at det var umuligt.
Efter et halv år, blev Lars testet for om han måske var ved at blive dement. Han blev testet 2 gange. Dement er han ikke.
Vores læge henviste Lars til Århus Universitet Hostital for at få stillet en diagnose.
På et tidspunkt var Lars inde til en ambulant undersøgelse, og lægen spurgte om Lars ville have noget imod at blive tilset af en professor i sjældne sygdomme som tilfældigt var på afdelingen.
var i orden med Lars.og efter en undersøgelse, blev Lars indlagt samme dag, og var derefter indlagt i næsten 3½ uge.

Undersøgelsen viste at der var flere ting galt. Bla. har Lars haft flere små blodpropper i hjernen, og der er også en lille ubetydelige godartet knude samme sted.
En scanning viste at Lars har skrumpelever. Den skylde ikke alkohold, vi er afholdsfolk i kraft af vores tro, den skyldtes i stedet en uopdaget sukkersyge.

Lars havde også problemer med svimmelhed og ballance. Derfor blev han scannet, og denne scanning viste en discus i nakken. 
Rygmarven blev klemt, og det kunne bl.a. være en af årsagerne til svimmelheden. Lars blev derfor indstillet til en operation. Ikke for at forbedre situationen, men med et håb om at kunne forhindre at den blev værer.
Det var denne operation han var til i sidste uge. Lars er hjemme nu, og er ved godt mod.

En scanning i forbindelse med operationen viste at Lars også har struma. Så nu mangler han kun at få en operation for lyskebrok og så skal strumaen undersøges.

Lars har som det fremgår været meget igennem. Tilbage er der nu kun et forsat problem med svimmelhed, ballance og korttidshukommelsen - men det er til at leve med.

Vi ser fremad mod lyset. Vi føler os elsket af vores familie og vore venner.
Vi elsker vor himmelske fader for det liv han har givet os, også med de udfordringer som ligger heri.
Tak til jer alle, for jeres kærlighed og støtte.






søndag den 25. marts 2018

Does God punish us?



Hi there! 

Finally, here is an update.I would like to briefly explain why I have not been blogging for many weeks.

We have felt very challenged for a while. Lars's surgery was canceled February 5, 2018 due to erysipelas in his right leg. Several weeks went by before he was well again.
Finally, we got a new appointment, March 20, 2018. It was also canceled: because he had cached a cold!

It's been hard to handle some of the feelings we're going through: every time we think we're in control, things happen - life happens -  something new comes up that requires our attention, often out of our control.
A friend asked if we felt God punished us for something we had done, since so much bad happens to us? Definitely not!
We believe in a loving God, an embracing God, a God who wants to lift and take care of us; how we respond to the challenges of life, will show who we are and what we have of core values.

Just yesterday a care worker said to us: "It is so good to see folks like you laugh and joke with each other, despite of everything...














































fredag den 2. februar 2018

We enjoy every day


Lars and I have enjoyed these last days. Peace and tranquility fill us, and we have appreciated these days very much. Very early Monday morning, Lars will meet for surgery in Aarhus. We believe in the power of prayer, so please pray for him.










søndag den 28. januar 2018

Happy New Year


It's been quite a while. I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and a happy new year. A little update: Lars is ill, and finally we're finding out what's wrong: Everything from shrinking liver, blood clots, aphasia, stomach ulcers and discuspals in the neck. Lars will undergo surgery Monday, Feb. 5th, and we hope it's the right decition. No one promises progress, only that they may stop the degeneration that is taking place.
It has been and is still a difficult time for us. We find comfort in each other, our love is growing stronger each day and we have great faith in a Heavenly Father who loves His children, who will help them find peace when things are difficult.

These are some cards I've made during December and January. They are made to www.operationskrivhjem.dk




These 4 cards are made using "Besutiful you" from Stampin Up.


Stampin up! "Merry patterns".


Stampin up! "Lovely as a tree" & "Painted harvest".


The nisse are from "Bildmalarna Stamps", from Sweden.


The nisse, are from ByLene design, the girl are a Magnolia Stamp, 



The first card are from Stampin Up! "Painted Harvest"
2nd card: Tekst are from "Million & One".

This different cards dragonflies are also from Stampin Up! 

   

The swirl in the first card are from Stampin Up! "Faaling Flowers". The horse in the middle card, are from Magnolia.


Stampin Up! "Painted Harvest" & "Baby Bear".



The girl are from Magnolia Stamps,
the flowers and number are from Stampin Up! "Numbers of Years"


Stampin Up! "Baby Moon".


1st card: Stampin Up! "Swallowtail".
2nd card: "This little piggy".
3rd card: "Baby bear".


1st card: Stampin Up! "Wetland".
2nd card: "Numbers of Years",  Stampin Up!
3rd card: "Falling flowers", Stampin Up!

"Numbers of Years", by Stampin Up!


1st card: "Numbers of Years", by Stampin Up!
2nd card: "Falling flowers", by Stampin Up!

1st card: "Falling flowers", by Stampin Up!
2nd card: Design paper from Stampin Up!, flower is a punch called Daisy also from Stampin Up!


Still trying to get a grib around decoration boxes and making flowers - none of which I find easy...