1st of Advent

Today is the first day of Advent. I find myself realizing that it feels very different this year, as if Christmas somehow forgot to stop by. I wonder if it’s because of the virus or because of the changes I’ve had in my life this year.

At the end of January we uprooted our lives and moved from Norway all the way to Russia. I was about 30 weeks pregnant at the time and we took upon quite a long journey by trains and a boat. I was worried that it would be too much for me but it was fine, despite our extremely large luggage as well as two dogs. I was actually lucky enough to meet one of my dear Finnish friends at the train station in Finland, it was by pure chance and it really made the whole trip even nicer. When I think back to it, it always puts a smile on my face 🙂

In Russia I later gave birth to our baby girl who’s now 8 months old. Every day with her is a new adventure and I feel very blessed for getting to experience being a mother. It’s truly a gift more precious than anything else.

It takes a while to get back on your feet after giving birth but eventually, I did, or at least I’ve started crawling, just like my daughter. What I’ve managed to do so far is I’ve started taking long walks almost every day (about 6 km) and I’ve gotten back to writing. I finished the first draft of my novel this month and am now working on editing it.

I am hoping, and praying, that 2021 is going to be an easier year for the world than 2020. My 2020 has been very special so I cannot complain. I hope you’ve also experienced something lovely this year and I wish you all a very happy advent ❤

Do you also light one candle for each Sunday until Christmas? That’s what we do in Iceland 🙂

My Candles This Year

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