Two years of living in the UK

Hi, everyone.

 

 

I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for a bit long. I’ve been very busy. Anyway yesterday it was two years since I moved to the UK to live there permanently. It hasn’t always been easy to live in the UK for me as a Norwegian, and I have often missed Norway and family and friends there, but all in all I’ve gradually gotten more and more settled in the UK and am now much more at ease in the UK than in the start.

Today I have yet again gone to Norway for a little holiday and this time I have my husband with me to Norway for the first time since we got married, so this visit is extra special and nice for me.

We are visiting my parents in my birth city Stavanger this weekend, and being in the city where my life on earth started is very nice. However it is even better to think about that God saw me before I was born and that he had planned my existence. He had a very good plan for me and saw me as I was being formed in my mothers womb, and he loves me with an eternal love. The same goes also for you.

You are loved by God with a never ending love. He planned your existence and saw your unformed body before you were born. He has a very good plan for you and showed his love for you by letting his son Jesus die for you.

 

Enjoy your weekend, all of you! I’ll enjoy mine in Norway.

 

And remember: God loves you.

Ruth Kristin

The Blessings of a Morning Walk

Good morning! :)

Not long ago I came back home from another morning walk. I am not used to going on a morning walk and have only tried it a few times spread out here and there before, but last week was different. You see, for the first time in my life I went for a morning walk several days in a row last week, and some of the walks even started at nine, which was a time I had decided upon was going to be the starting time of my morning walk. My husband and I had made a very good arrangement for the week on Sunday evening the 8th of January, and one of the most important parts of the arrangement was that I was going to have a daily morning walk. With a very good deal with my husband, including a reward I would get if I kept to our deal, I was inspired and motivated for making sure I had my daily morning walk.

My first morning walk in the new year was Monday last week. I walked to a nature area nearby and spent some time there, and I really enjoyed my walk time. The next morning I had an appointment at ten, so then I rearranged my plans and had my morning walk as I walked to the appointment. Then on Wednesday and Thursday last week I started walking at nine again, and I had nice walks in the same nature area I had been walking in the first day I’d had my morning walk last week. Finally, on Friday, I had a doctor’s appointment at 8.30, so I had my morning walk on my way to the appointment, and I had to start the walk extra early, namely some minutes after eight. This morning I had been very excited by seeing that it was snowing around seven o clock in the morning, and I enjoyed walking outside in snow that morning. Even though there wasn’t very much snow, I still enjoyed it. I like to have snow outside in the winter time, and it reminds me of Norway, my home country, so that’s nice, and it makes me feel happy.

In the weekend I didn’t go for any morning walk, and in the start of this week, I had a set back and got up too late for my nine o clock morning walk, but today I had a fresh start and had my morning walk. I wasn’t ready exactly at nine o clock today, but I was ready some minutes afterwards and still had a walk, and it was very nice to be back on track again with having my morning walk.

So what are the blessings of a morning walk? Here are some I’ve found:

  • It gives you a good start to your day.
  • It gives you a little exersice.
  • It gives you fresh air.
  • It gives you sunshine if the sun is shining.
  • It lets you see variations in the weather and in nature.
  • It can make you feel good about yourself and ready for your day.

Just go for it! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

Smile at Your husband! :)

Good morning, everyone!

Not long ago I came back home after another morning walk, a walk I’ve had every morning since Monday this week. I want to tell you more about my morning walks another time. Anyway, it was nice to come home and meet my husband that was in a good mood, and a little after I’d met him and thought of his happy mood and greeting of me when I came back, and then I smiled and said some things to my husband, and he smiled back at me, and he expressed to me how much he liked me smiling at him, and basically we both smiled a lot at each other, and by being happy and smiling I believe we both cheered each other.

So today I want to encourage you: Smile at your husband! He probably finds it very attractive and uplifting. :)

 

Ruth Kristin

A Couple for Four Years :)

Today it’s four years since my dear prince Jonathan and I became a couple. We had by then gradually gotten to know each other for a while, and we had become closer and closer to each other in our friendship. Furthermore we had since first of January in 2013 started acting as a couple. Then on the 4th of January that same year we started defining ourselves as boyfriend and girlfriend, and now we’ve been a couple for four years.

Here’s a little tribute in photos to Jonathan and my relationship to him, my sweet, handsome, lovely, kind, caring, creative, talented, hardworking, loving, forgiving, and one of a kind prince, darling and husband.

Happy Anniversary, Jonathan, my love! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

Married for ONE year! :)

Hi,

Today my husband and I are having our first wedding anniversary. One year ago we married each other and entered a life long covenant with each other, and we had a lovely wedding day and celebrated with family members and friends.

Today it’s been very nice to surprise my dear husband Jonathan with different gifts and a nice card, and I was surprised by receiving gifts from him too, including a beautiful orchid, and I also got a homemade card, something he’s very good at making.

Jonathan is the best man for me. I was very excited and happy about marrying him last year, and I’m very glad that I can celebrate this special wedding anniversary with him today. We’ve enjoyed many good moments today, like when we went for a walk in the sun earlier on, and the day isn’t over, so I’ll go and spend the rest of this day with my husband now after finishing this. I can always write more about the anniversary another time. Now I need to seize the opportunity to spend some more time with my man, my lovely husband, my handsome prince Jonathan.

Thank you God for my dear Jonathan! :)

Ruth Kristin

 

 

An Early Start

How wonderful to have just come in from a lovely morning walk with a lot of morning sunshine on me, a lot of fresh air, and a lot of lovely nature surrounding me.

Yuhoo! 😀

How great and fulfilling to know I’ve had a successful morning starting extra early with my day, following my morning routines in a very good way, and getting a lot of good things done, like tidying up in the bathroom and putting on a laundry even before having breakfast.

How nice to have walked around in a happy and good mood, meeting a neighbor boy waiting for a mate to walk to school with and having a little chat with this boy, then seeing some people in the nature area I chose to walk in talking and having some dogs with them and having a dog come over to me with no barking and with me not feeling afraid or worried, then keeping on enjoying being outside in nature for quite a while, exploring new tracks and places, enjoying the warm sun beams on my face, seeing a lot of trees and plants around me, noticing lovely sweet flowers brightening up my walk, finding some brumble berries and picking up one berry to have a taste, soon after giving my secret place a little visit and pleasantly noticing it being surrounded by and covered in a beautiful sunshine that was coming in from behind it, then soon after on my walk back being greeted by an elderly woman who smiled at me from her door, and then smiling and giving a greeting back to her and having another woman who stood with the first one greeting me too, and greeting her too, and then soon after seeing a sweet black cat in a window looking at me and enjoying the sight and choosing to wave at it in the end, then turning to go into my own street and saying hello to a lady walking by, and then o soon after coming indoors and feeling refreshed, ready to sit down and write, ready for the rest of my day.

God is good. Thanks to God for this wonderful morning that I’ve had since I got up around six this morning! Thanks to God for the lovely, beautiful sunny weather and the marvelous and splendid nature he’s created! Thanks to God for all the little opportunities to connect with other people in various ways! Thanks to God for all the nice sights, the little surprises and the memorable moments from the morning walk I’ve just been to! Thanks to God for help to be focused, productive and positive this morning! Thanks to God for three successful morning hours!

Let my work day now begin! :)

 

Ruth Kristin

Three Nice Things

Hi, my readers,

I hope you’re all fine. :)

Here I am, delayed in my evening, and in need of eating and getting ready for bed soon, and unfortunately it’s right after midnight – so I didn’t catch the deadline I would’ve liked to catch, the deadline for getting the date of the 27th of June on this blog post…Well, I want to write a little to you tonight anyway, because I want to tell you about some nice things from the day that just has gone by.

The day that has just gone by hasn’t been a day where I’ve only been feeling good all the time or where I haven’t done any mistakes, because I’ve had some difficult times and not always felt good during this last day, and I’ve also done mistakes in the course of this last day, like irritating my husband unfortunately.

However, all in all this last day has been a quite good day for me, and I’ve had several nice things happening in my life during the day, and I’ll share three such things with you now:

  1. During the last day I’ve managed to be quite productive and have managed to get all these things done – to me it’s a lot and more than I’ve often done in one day:
    1. Doing a little bit of tidying up and cleaning in the bathroom. X
    2. Putting on a laundry and later on folding the clothes that were dry and hanging up the newly washed clothes. X
    3. Preparing lunch for my husband and myself. X
    4. Tidying up, washing up and cleaning the surfaces in the kitchen after the lunch. X
    5. Tidying up, dusting and hoovering in the living room. X
    6. Cooking dinner for my husband and I. X
    7. Doing some evening shopping. X
  2. I didn’t manage to get the dinner ready in time for my husband and I to eat it together before he had to leave for his work shift, unfortunately, but I managed to make it just in time for my husband to put some dinner into a plastic box and bring it with him to work, so that he could eat it in one of his breaks on his late evening shift. Later in the evening I got a message from my husband telling me that the dinner was lovely, and he thanked me for it, and that made me really happy. :) I’m so pleased that I managed to make a really good dinner for him this last day. :) I love him very much and want him to be happy.
  3. This evening I started on a writing course I recently was invited to by Charles Bordet from Become A Top Performer, and I think it’s nice to have joined several other bloggers and writers in a course where we’ll all learn how to write more than we already do and how to develop our writing.

I’m very pleased with what I’ve gotten done today and with all these three nice things I’ve experienced today, and I’m also happy about other good things that I’ve experienced during this last day and that I’m not telling about. I can’t tell everything here on my blog. I need to keep some secrets.

In any case, what I now do want to tell you before I end this blog text and then eat some food and get ready for bed, is that during this last day God has helped me and strengthened me and given me many victories. In Jesus I’m victorious. :) In Jesus I’m a winner. 😀 Yuhoo! 😀 Even though I sometimes do mistakes, as you know I’ve also done in the course of the last day, I’m still a winner, because I haven’t given up, but risen up after falling down into a mistake. I haven’t given up, and I will never give up in my life, because I’m a winner, and Jesus helps me to hold out.

Thanks and honour to God, my Father, Lord and Helper through The Holy Spirit, for the good things I’ve experienced during this last day! :) God is good. :) Yuhoo! 😀

Good night, everyone. :)

A Lovely Stay in Norway

Hi,

This last weekend I’ve visited my parents in Norway and had a lovely stay. It has been great being in Norway again after not having been there for almost one year and often missing Norway a lot the last months.

I’ve enjoyed lots of hood fellowship, met my brother David too, and enjoyed Norwegian food and nature to mention something.

Hi. I’m back again, this time in England. The above text I wrote on Sola airport in Norway. As I was in the air I wrote a poem about my lovely weekend in Norway:

A Lovely Weekend in Norway

Being picked up by my brother David and having a little chat in the car on the way to my parents place

Being with my parents, having a typical Norwegian dinner – made just because of me

— love in thoughtfulnes and action

Receiving love from my paretns in so many ways, being touched and uplifted again and again

Relaxing with my parents and watching some online TV programmes

Eating a slice of bread with Norwegian brown cheese on and drinking a glass of Norwegian milk

Enjoying a long night’s sleep and soon after a bubbly bath in a Jacuzzi

Eating my mother’s nice rice porridge for lunch

Going for a short walk and finding nice gifts in a little gift shop

Enjoying having the house to myself as my parents were out in the evening

Eating the Norwegian Grandiosa pizza and lots of tasty snacks and sweets

Going for a day trip of sightseeing on Sunday with my parents – because they cancelled their plans of attending a church gathering to spend their day with me

— love in action

Walking up a hill and seeing great views of my birth city Stavanger and the surrounding areas around

Wandering through a forest and having a good time with my parents

Taking lots of photos and having fun

Going to a place of memory for the Norwegian kingdom

Enjoying the sun, fresh air and the sea breeze

Seeing three gigantic swords on a mountain base

Also noticing artistic photos photo motives

Using my dad’s photo camera from around that time, as my own phone had no more battery usage left

Going to a third place, a memorial place next to the sea

Watching marvellous views and thanking God for Norway

Walking and jumping from stone to stone, feeling active, healthy and happy

Enjoying the very strong wind together with the fresh air tainted by a sea smell

Enjoying time with my parents, loving them, Norway and Jesus

Coming back home to my parents place and eating a very nice Sunday dinner with beef steak and vegetables

Eating a sweet and very nice dessert

Relaxing and having “kaffikos” – a little cake meal – with my parents and my brother David who came visiting for a while – enjoying chatting and family time

Having a time of talking about important matters and praying together with my kind parents in the end

Having had a lovely and blessed weekend with my lovely parents :) and then saying farewells in the morning of today, Monday

Now looking forward to meeting my husband again :)

 

Ruth Kristin

 

A New Start :)

Hi,

A new start is always good.

Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve failed, slipped up, or messed up. Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve walked in the wrong direction. Sometimes we need a new start because we’ve done things in a way that hasn’t worked, perhaps over and over.

No matter what a new start feels good, refreshing, exciting, inspiring and uplifting. A new road is ahead of you. A new journey awaits you. A new challenge is there to be met. A new atmosphere is there to be delved into. A new inspiration is there to spur you on. A new time has come. A new chance is there – for you. You have a wonderful gift, a new start.

Today I’ve had a new start in one area of my life, and it’s been very good to feel I’ve had a new start.

Today I needed to ask God to forgive me for some things I’ve done wrong, and I needed a new start, and I’ve got it, because God is faithful and just and forgives me for my sins when I confess them to Him, and he then always gives me a new start. He doesn’t punish me or keep on reminding me of my failures, but he forgives me in His grace – a free, undeserved gift – and he helps me on my journey, after having given me a new start. I’m forgiven by God, and I’ve got a new start! Thanks to God! :)

Today I also needed to ask my husband to forgive me for some things, and also my husband has forgiven me and given me a new start today. :) My husband, Jonathan, is very kind, caring, loving and forgiving. He’s the best husband for me. :)

In the Bible we can read:

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”

(Ephesians 4:32)

God has given us Jesus and forgiveness for our sins through Him. He loved us so much that He gave us His only son Jesus – who died for us – so that we could be reconsiled with God and receive forgiveness for our sins, and God tells us also in His word, the Bible, that if we don’t forgive others He will not forgive us.

When I’ve messed up and done mistakes it’s always good to be forgiven, and it can feel humbling and make me grateful to receive forgiveness, because I know that forgiveness is something I don’t deserve. I also want to forgive others around me, like God has forgiven me.

I want to walk in the way of love, as God is telling me to do in the Bible:

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

(Ephesians 5: 1-2)

I want to be someone who walks in the way of love and who is kind, compassionate and forgiving towards my husband and everyone else around me. I know God will help me with this, and His grace gives me strength to do what is right.

It is always good with a new start.

Perhaps you’d like to have a new start too? What do you then need to do? Well, it depends on what kind of situation you are in and what kind of area of life you want a new start in, but here’s some ideas for you if you need a new start in your relationship with a close person:

  1. Admit to yourself and to the person you’ve wronged that you’ve done something wrong towards them.
  2. Tell the person you’ve wronged that you’re sorry for what you did that was wrong.
  3. Ask for forgiveness, and receive it when it is given to you.
  4. Decide you are not going to keep on doing the same mistake as you’ve done before.
  5. Make a steady commitment to walk in a different direction than before.
  6. Enjoy your new start and focus on the new direction in your life.
  7. Keep on walking in the right direction.

Lastly, I want to tell you that if you struggle with any of the steps above, a good idea could be to share it with a close friend or support person and ask that person to help you, support you and maybe advice you in your process. It is good to not keep your struggles to yourself and reach out for help from others. We all need others to contribute to our lives.

Finally, when you’ve just started on a new start, like I’ve just done, I’d like to encourage you to let it inspire you and to keep on moving forward, in the right direction, even just with small steps, but no matter what, also if you slip up again, then never give up! Usually you will find it’s possible to have a new start all over again.

A new start has been given me, and I’m blessed. :)

Ruth Kristin

 

Married for 6 Months – Half a Year :)

Hi,

Today my husband and I have had a little jubilee, because we’ve now been married for six months. Precicely six months ago, on 3rd of October 2015, we got married.

To celebrate our little anniversary Jonathan, my husband, and I went for a little day trip together. After driving not too far we found a nice and cozy restaurant in a little village where we sat down and enjoyed a long and lovely meal. First we had a marvellous Sunday dinner with a main course consisting of a shoulder of lamb, roasted potates, green beans, carrots, Yorkshire pudding, red cabbage, cauliflower in cheese, gravy and mint sauce. In the end we had two different desserts, one each, my husband having a cheesecake with a sorbet and I having a great selection of icecream and sweets.

We were treated very well by a very friendly staff, and Jonathan and I really enjoyed our meal, and it was good for us to have some time to celebrate our little jubilee and to reminisce about our wedding day and our first six months as married. I suggested that we could tell each other about one of our favourite times from each month we’ve been through, and we ended up with often telling about more than just one favourite episode from each month. We had a lovely wedding day, and we’ve shared many good moments since then too.

After the nice meal Jonathan and I shared today, we travelled on and in the end decided to visit an abbey being an “English Heritage” site, fitting us well as we bought a membership to “English Heritage” whilst being on our honeymoon last year, something that gives us free or very cheap access to many tourist attractions in the UK. The abbey we visited today was an interesting place. We didn’t get the time to see it all in the end before the closing time, so we will hopefully see more of it another time.

When you read on my blog and think about me being newly married, you might think that it’s only easy and fun to be married, and you might think that since I’m newly married, things are just rosy and romantic all the time. Well, if you think something like that, it’s far from the truth, at least in my case, and I’m guessing in most cases. It’s often very challenging to be married in my opinion, and I think the period when one is newly married is often one of the hardest periods in a marriage, because there’s so many new things to relate to in this phase. In any case, what is for sure is that in the middle of it all and no matter what happens, I’m married to my prince, and that’s worth celebrating.

Jonathan, I love you.

 

Ruth Kristin