Friday, November 15, 2013

Hope for the future

Here in the southern armpit of Norway called Larvik the weather has been surprisingly mild and there is still no sign of snow. The sun made a rare appearance today and nodded its head quickly before dissapearing once again behind the dark clouds stuffed with the promise of rain. It is a perfect day for contemplating--- for just sitting and staring into space, which is something that I find myself doing alot of lately.

As my mother falls deeper into a childlike state and I find myself her sole caretaker, my daughter awaits the birth of her first child which could happen any day now. Although I have two grandchilden in the states, this will be the first one born here in Norway and I look forward to having the chance to be a grandmother who is present-----not just the mythical grandmother that lives in a far off land and sends presents in the mail.

My daughter and future mother to be
As my friends in the states prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, (a holiday I truely miss) I can not help but contemplate the things that I am thankful for and there are many. This grandchild who is about to be born is a reminder that there is hope for the future and that the tree of life continues to bare fruit. As one seed withers and dies, another is born.

What are you grateful for?

Unfortunetly unexpected costs cut into my postage budjet so for those of you that are awaiting my book or other prizes that were won during my blog tour, I am late sending these out. I promise to get everything off in the mail this week. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful week-end!


D.G. Hudson said...

'Mrs. Ottem you got a lovely daughter'. Best wishes for an easy time of it to your daughter.

Our MIL lived with us for about 16 years and did fine until dementia set in. She is still in a care home since 2008 and just turned 98. At least you are giving your mom dignity by looking after her. Be careful that you don't wear yourself down too much. I did and it affected my health for a few years (nerves).
Good luck Siv!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

D.G. has a point. Take care of yourself and pace yourself. If your health suffers, who will care for your mother then?

Your daughter is lovely, and your grandchild to be will be as well.

Life is so odd in its twists and turns. Cherish what beauty and peace comes your way each day. Forget about my book and spare yourself such a needless cost. I sent you just a light photo and it was quite expensive. I can only imagine what a book would cost!!

Always your friend, Roland

Crystal Collier said...

That was so sweet, and your daughter is adorable! I'm so excited for you becoming a grandmother, and being close by, that's just amazing.

I'm grateful for SO many things, but mostly today, for wonderful blogging friends, and especially the ones who take time to review friend's books.

shelly said...

It's wonderful to have a grandbaby around. That's for sure.

Hugs and chocolate,

Karen Jones Gowen said...

The circle of life is always cause for contemplation and thanksgiving. Sometimes grief, sometimes rejoicing.

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Cathrina Constantine said...

New life is a miracle. I will be a grandmother for the first time in April. This new little one you can cuddle closely to your heart!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey Siv! Just wanted you to know I've missed you.