Wednesday, June 15, 2016

More moments from our wedding


Tomorrow, me and Marina will be married for two months. It has been an amazing time. We are so happy that we are together now, and more in love than before. Here are some more photos from our wedding ceremony at Grimerud:


An early guests captured the moment that the sun broke through the clouds.
Me and Pastor Christian are looking up in joy and wonder.
The incredible weather was the biggest miracle of that day,
we felt so encouraged that God made the sun shine so brightly at that time.




Our Ana had been very very excited about being the flower girl for the wedding.
Maja, my best man´s oldest daughter is Ana´s age,
and in matching dresses, they got to be flower girls together.



Marina´s own father could not be at the wedding,
so instead she had asked my father to walk her down the aisle.



The coat




 At the beginning of the ceremony
 I gave Marina a white coat to wear with her wedding dress.
With this symbolic act, I wanted to show my faithfulness to Marina,
clothing her with warmth and dignity,
and to display that her time as a divorced woman now has ended.



The kiss





We´ve said «YES»



The cake



time to eat cake …



and have fun.


Work

We have tried to get back into normal work-rythms after becoming a family, and simultaneously trying to wrap up our our Norwegian wedding, and planning the ceremonies in the Netherlands and in Brazil this summer. My work for the magazine has been on a pause until after the summer, so I´ve had the chance to work at Ana´s preschool here at Grimerud. We are very thankful for the opportunity that I have to work there, because we really need the exrta income to be able to pay the wedding-bills and our higher cost of living.
Tomorrow will be my last day working as a substitute preschool-teacher before the summer, and we are going to the zoo.

Our summer

Our big family-trip to the Netherlands and Brazil will already start next week. This week we are attending three «sommeravslutning» (closing for the summer). On Monday we had a barbecue for the Café UNO-staff at Linn´s house. Today after dinner, Ana´s preschool had a little party for the teachers, kids and their parents. Tomorrow we will have a closing barbecue with everyone at Grimerud.

There is a small chance that we might meet some of you this summer during our visit the Netherlands and Brazil. Our wedding ceremony in the Netherlands will be on the 26th of June, in my sending church. If you are able to come, you are welcome to attend the service, and the reception afterwards.
On the first of July we will fly to Brazil, and spend time with Marina´s family. Our wedding ceremony is planned on the 16th of July.

Enjoy your summer!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Our wedding, and the first big family trip coming up


Our new family, we are so happy that God has brought us together.
we are very happy to think of all the years that we now are going to have together.
Foto: TS Photography


Pastor Christian performed our wedding ceremony at Grimerud,
in addition to him, we also had both my and Marina´s pastor present,
via Skype, they too prayed God´s blessing over our marriage.
Photo: TS Photograpy



The wedding

We had an amazing wedding day on the sixteenth of April, we are so happy that so many of our family and friends could be there to celebrate our big day together with us. We had set up a live-stream for everyone that could not be there, and almost ninety people followed our wedding ceremony. Thanks for joining in from all over the world.

In the week before the wedding, we were of course very busy and stressed, trying to arrange everything as well as possible. But we got a lot of help from a lot of the people here and from my family. My parents and younger brother took the time to be with us for one week before the wedding.

God´s plan

At the day of our engagement on the twenty-first of January, we prayed to ask from God when we should have our wedding. To my surprise, the numbers «16.4.» appeared in my mind. When we checked the calendar, it showed that that would be on a Saturday. We were a little freaked out about how soon that would be, but after thinking about it for one week, we decided to follow God´s plan for our wedding and make the day official. 

What followed were three very intense months. A time when we started learning to trust God´s plan for our marriage. There were a lot of things that needed to be arranged, and we had to take more than a few trips into town together to get all of that done.
The two most stressful things of the winter guerrilla-planning of our wedding was that we were not sure what the weather would be on the day, and that we did not have a pastor to lead the ceremony until only three weeks before the wedding.

The uncertainty about the weather kept us in tension much longer. There was snow on the ground two days before the wedding. It was April, and our plan the whole time had been to have our wedding outside on the lawn of where we live. The final moment of assurance of good weather, came later that day when the sun came out just when we had our general rehearsal. The day had otherwise been gray and rainy.
As you can see on the pictures, God made the sun shine very brightly for our ceremony. This came as such an encouragement and confirmation that He who planned this day could be trusted to provide for our marriage with all that He can give.



Thanks to everyone,
who came for our wedding ceremony,
or sent a card.


Honeymoon

Me and Marina had a very short honeymoon-trip to Denmark, since we did not want to stay away from Ana for more than three nights. The sun that came out for the time of our wedding ceremony did not follow us on the cruise to Denmark, and our twelve-hour stay in Fredrikshavn was mostly windy and wet.


Honeymoon in Fredrikshavn,
where we attempted to reach Skagen by bike.



The next chapter of our lives

It´s super good to be married, and to be family together with my two Brazilian girls. It has taken some weeks to adjust to our new life-situations, and to reprioritise our lives. My work for YWAM is still suffering from this big change, because some of my work time is still spent on the different kinds of paperwork we still have to do after the wedding.

And, we are planning to visit both the Netherlands and Brazil this summer. Our tickets are booked, and we will be in the Netherlands on the 21st of June for our Dutch wedding ceremony on the 26th of June in my home-church. Then on the first of July we will fly to Belo Horizonte, and stay there for the rest of the month. On the 16th of July we will have our Brazilian wedding ceremony in a park.

Then, after the summer we will continue with the things we have been doing here at Grimerud. I will continue to work with design and illustration for YWAM Norway nationally (and with spending some time every week at Café UNO and the preschool), Marina will continue working as the kitchen-manager, and at «The Mercy House» one day in the week. After the summer, Ana will start her last year in the pre-school that is right here at the base.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Our wedding is tomorrow, follow it on live-stream


Our new family

Hello everyone, here is one last update before our wedding tomorrow.
We are doing good, we are quite busy,
but super excited about our wedding-ceremony tomorrow.

If you are not able to be at our wedding at Grimerud Gård at twelve tomorrow,
you can follow it on livestream:



Tune in at noon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our wedding is only days away

A belated Happy Easter to everyone,

We spent our easter in our «wedding prep-bubble», trying to get as much done before our wedding that is only seventeen days from now. Despite the stress, we did get to focus Jesus´ death and resurrection, we shared all the easter stories with Ana, watched videos and made drawings.


Our family journal: Since the day of our engagement,
we have been keeping a family journal.
The story of Peter cutting off Malgus´s ear had made a big impression on Ana.


… and easter sunday

Mot Målet´s new design

I mentioned we have given Mot Målet a redesign, and here is the result:


I am super happy with the result.
Our new interactive version of the magazine has some extra links, videos and pictures, check it out.
Besides all the wedding-preparations, I will also try and publish the another whole issue of the magazine before «the big day». It´s crazy.



Mailing our wedding invitations.



Marina is doing her nails and listing to the bible,
in the apartment that we are going share after the wedding.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

She said yes

I was going to post this for four weeks ago, but then it got delayed every Wednesday after that one.
The reason for the huge hiatus is that I proposed to Marina on the 21st of January, and she said yes.
We are so in love with each other, and family life keeps us three both busy and happy.




At Café UNO, we have a wall of handprints.
A few weeks ago, Marina and Ana put their hand-prints next to mine.
Since got together, the girls are always with me on the Saturdays I work at the café.


We are planning to get married on the 16th of April, that´s only eight weeks from now. It´s all super exciting. This means that I am crazy busy with planning and preparing our simple wedding. I have not felt so alive since elementary school.
In the meantime, I´m back in Skien to work on the next issue of Mot Målet. This issue is going to have a new design and format, so that´s really exciting.


Just before I left to Skien this week I took a picture of my personal archive,
These are all the issues of Mot Målet that I have yet made for YWAM.
After 26 issues, we have changed to a new design.

With our wedding and the start of our family coming up we can use all the finances we can get. So, I´ve started working as substitute preschool-teacher for some days here at the preschool that we have at Grimerud. It´s the same preschool that our Ana goes to four days in the week. I love hanging out with kids, and it´s good parenting practice too.

Since we are going to be crazy busy for the next weeks, I don´t know when the next time will be that I will update the blog.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A new year, a renewed magazine


First of all, I thought I´d show you the last issue of Mot Målet, this time the issue was about «loneliness». The other digital edition (the one witht he extra content) is over here.
We are planning to write about «a recipe for a good life» in the next issue. It´s going to be a very exciting number for us to work on, since we are also going to make with a whole new design for our YWAM Magazine.
Because we are starting this new design, me and Jo Yngve took a day-flight to Stavanger on Tuesday to visit the printer where Mot Målet is being printed.


Together with Jo Yngve, editor of our Norwegian YWAM magazine (the the right),
I visited the printer in Stavanger where our magazine is printed.





The big modern printing-machines that make our magazines.



… and the irreplaceable old-flanged printing machines.


From Tuesday to Wednesday I stayed over with two of my friends in Oslo, both of them have worked at Grimerud for a few years ago, but are not working and studying in the big city. It was so good to catch up with them and their families. Then at Wednesday, we had the editorial meeting for our next magazine. The meeting ended at three, and one hour and a half later, Marina and Ana arrived back in Norway after their one and a half moth long holiday-break.


Our Ana, she is so precious to me.
I drew this in the last week that the girls still were in Brazil.




And here we are finally reunited, in the train,
and  on our way back to Grimerud.



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas and New Years 2015

Happy new year everyone, I hope you´ve had a really great time where ever you were.
Sorry that I didn´t get to post a blog here in the last weeks, much of my free time I now spend on Marina and Ana.

Advent

The time of advent is a big thing in Norwegian culture, for most it is a time to prepare for the big christmas celebration with the family. For me and Marina, we took this time of advent to do a bible-devotional together. Every day advent we read about something that had to do with expecting Jesus coming, or about making room for him in our hearts. In addition to many notes, I made a drawing for each of the days of advent.
Since we had such a good time with doing our advent time like this, we decided to turn this into a yearly advent devotional for our family.



Here is a slideshow of all our advent-drawings that we are going to use every year from now on.
You can also see them at my blog overhere.


Christmas

Right after I was done with last year´s last issue of Mot Målet, I went to the netherlands to spend the holidays with my family. It was great too to see many of the people in my church, and to meet other friends.
Being on furlough as a missionary you don´t only have the time to relax, and catch up with people, it is also the time when different errands have to be done. Like visiting the dentist, getting a new camera, getting my satchel fixed and stocking up on the necessary art-supplies. With so many different things to do, you often feel guilty for not having done enough.


The christmas tree at my parents house,
this year my mom but three wooden tags  in the tree,
one for each their grandchildren.



I´m helping my Nephew Ties to build a airplane.
 


After me and Ties built the airplane, we made drawings of it,
which I turned into to a little animation. Ties was really happy!
 


New year´s eve

Before coming back to Norway Saturday, I spent newyear´s eve with my brother and his family in Amsterdam.


On the first day of the year the big middag-brothers,
took the little middag-brothers for a bike-ride.

When we returned, it was time for thaw our frozen fingers,
and watch a few episodes of Masha and the bear.
 

A new year, a new season together

In exactly one week, both Marina and Ana will be back from their six-week stay in Brazil. All three of us are very much looking forward to be together again.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A visit in Skien + Language studies


I´m back in Skien for another two weeks, to work on our last issue of Mot Målet for this year. This theme for this issue is going to be «loneliness».
I mentioned last time that we have been making new digital editions of our magazine, and now we also got a website going for the magazine, it´s over at www.motmalet.no
New editions and info will be available on this new site.

On Monday Marina and Ana have left Norway to spend the holidays with their family in Brasil. Their flight left from the airport closest to the Skien base, so it was very convenient for them to come visit me here in Skien this weekend. It was so good to have the weekend for just us three, away from the regular happenings at Grimerud.


I was super happy that Marina and Ana could visit me in Skien this last weekend.
 There was a small two room apartment for them in the corner of the old prison-building.


I´ll be done with my work in Skien on the fourth, and travel back to the Grimerud the day after. Then on the fourteenth it will be my turn to fly out for the holidays. In the last years I´ve always been around Grimerud during christmas and new years, but this time I will be with family and friends in the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, since I can´t spend my time together with Marina and Ana anymore, I´ve started to learn Portuguese. The two websites that I´m using for this are Duolingo and Memrise. Doulingo is very helpful to get a grasp on Portuguese grammar, while Memrise is better at pronunciation and memorising words and sentences.




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Two publication: Inktober drawings and the new Mot Målet

The first thing I want to show you in this blog-post is the collect all the drawings I made for this year´s Inktober.
It was real fun to do this illustration-project for Inktober this year, This monthlong project feels very free, the drawings are not commissions, so I get to experiment as much as I want.
It´s the first time that I´ve drawn a whole story. So, I got learn a lot about consistency, figure-drawing, and drawing clothes.

I hope you enjoy the drawings



The little drawing under here, I made in the weeks after the Inktober-thing was done. I was able to draw it quite quickly, and that felt as a bit of proof to me of how much progress I´ve made because the Inktober-project.



And another publication I want to show you is our new online version of Mot Målet. We are using a new service, which allows us to add slideshows, video and all kinds of links to the magazine.

Go here to see the new online version of our magazine.


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Blog hiatus: new life priorities

Sorry for not posting last week, lots of things have been going on, and I just could not make it.
But I am very happy to say that it´s been very for very good reasons that I could not post. It´s this Brazilian girl.


Me and my new-found dream.
 

Her name is Marina, and she works at the same place that I do. I´ve known her and her four year-old daughter Ana for two years. So, now that I have not just one but two beautiful people that I get to spend time with, the blog might not appear as punctual as before.
I was almost finished with this year´s Inktober drawings, when all the craziness started. I´ll make a  nice digital booklet with all the drawings in the next weeks, and post that one on the blog here.



Ana got to make a little brush and ink-drawing too,
when she and Marina came by my office this evening to say goodnight.