Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Inktober 2016, part two


This month is almost over, and with a little delay I´ve finished the important part of my Inktober project for this year: the wedding vows that we have given each other. Above here are the eight lines of Marina´s vows to me.

I feel so much loved by the commitment and love that Marina is showing me.



Last Sunday I turned 35, and we celebrated with balloons, cake, singing and gifts.

Life goes on at Grimerud, we are back to our regular commitments here after the "Harvest Feast" we have had last week. This was a week where we all layed down our work for some days to look back on what has happened in the last year, and share about what we hope to see happen in the future.
One of the things we talked about during these days was the "Bible to All" campaign in our region. We are planning to offer a bible to all the thousands of homes in our county.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Inktober 2016, part one


Inktober illustrations, part one

The slideshow up here is the first part of this year´s Inktober project. I´ve illustrated my wedding vows to Marina. It is so good to have a nice and manageable drawing project again. I wanted to illustrate our wedding vows, because visualising and seeing them gets me to remember and internalise them much better than having them written out in words. Also, involving Marina in it has gotten me to see some things about her that I had not known before.

By next week I should be done with Marina´s wedding vows to me.


Kairos-course

In the meantime, I am joining the DTS here at Grimerud for the Kairos-course. This is a ten day missions course. We have just started to work on another issue of our magazine Mot Målet, which means that articles are being written. This means that I am able to use my time in learning more about missions and missionaries. It´s been really good to be a student again, I´m learning a lot.
I´ve promised my co-students that I would share with them some illustrations based on what we have been learning. Once I´ve done that, I hope to share them here on my blog too.



At YWAM Borgen, the building project is taking shape,
at the same time that they and the churches,
are offering a bible to each home in the area.


Bible to All in Troms

Meanwhile in the north of Norway, The northernmost YWAM-base is adding a new section to their classroom. I remember that the leadership at YWAM Borgen was talking about expanding their building when I was there for my DTS in 2005-2006.
In June 2015, I was back up there to help them with designing the material that they would use for the fundraising of this building project. It´s so nice to see the result of my assistance.



The promotion material I illustrated and designed for YWAM Borgen´s
current building project.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

First fall update 2016


After all the operation was done, Marina and me enjoyed the traditional «speculaas-poppen»
that I had baked for her the night before.


Hospital report

Hello, here´s a little update again of me and my family in Norway. Marina had her ear-surgery last week on Wednesday, and everything has gone really well. She got operated on the otosclerosis on one of her ears. Tomorrow we will go back to the hospital in Elverum to remove the bandages and cottons that Marina had to keep in her one ear the whole time.

Office report

For the moment, Marina is still recovering from the operation, and she doesn´t need to get back to work until next week. Ana is still having lots of fun at Barnehagen and I am doing my regular things for YWAM Norway´s communication. Soon we will start working on this year´s fourth issue of Mot Målet, so that´s going to be good.
Besides my work for the magazine, I am often involved in a number of other national projects, even though my contribution isn´t alway very big or very central. One of those projects is the «Bible to All» campaign that has been going on since 2014. Two years back we started this huge project to offer a free bible to all of the houses in Norway. One (or two) of Norway´s counties have already been visited by the teams that hand out bibles, and now we are in the process of planning for two or three other counties. Norway has twenty counties in total.


Creative report

Just before I got together with Marina last year I was participating in an on-line arts event called «Inktober», and drew pictures for C.S. Lewis´ The Silver Chair. Everyone who participates in «Inktober» draws one ink-drawing for each day of the month of October.
This year I will visualize the wedding vows that Marina and I exchanged on the day of our wedding almost half a year ago. That will be two times eight pictures. For the other fifteen days of the month I want to draw some of the special moments of our wedding, and other pictures that I want to remember.


This is my preparation for  this year´s Inktober,
the list of the things I am planning to draw,
and the dedicated space in the sketchbook that I am going to use.


I am really lookig forward to have a longer drawing-project like this again, I haven´t been able to make much time to draw since I got together with Marina last year. It´s my family that I want to dedicate to firstly.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Mot Målet number two and three of 2016




Magazine issues

Here´s a short work-related post with Mot Målet, our YWAM Norway magazine. Even though most of my recent post have been about my new family, I do still work with the same things as before.

This year´s third issue of our magazine has «talk about porn» as it´s theme. It´s a tricky subject to do layout for, but I think we managed it quite well. Luckily we were able to get a lot of good articles from a Norwegian christian website called Guttogjente.no
A few years ago some churches and christian organisations (also YWAM) saw the need to have a christian website where youth would be able to find biblical answers to their questions about their bodies, identity, relationships and sexuality. This became the Guttogjente.no website.
We have also gotten contributions from the Norwegian christian organisation Family&Media, a organisation that wants to make Jesus visible in the Norwegian media.

We don´t know how the following issues are going to be, because since the summer we are without an editor. This means that the work is going to fall back on other people, and one of them is me. Because of this I have been doing stuff on the Mot Målet-website too. It´s going to work out, it always does. God is good.

Tomorrow, me and Marina will go to Elverum for a check-up for her ear-surgery. And next Sunday the new DTS will start here at Grimerud. New things are happening, and that is exciting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The nice grey sketchbook



Here is my sketchbook from July 2014 til May 2015, that´s less than a year.
Looking through the sketchbook I saw that it had many sketches for different projects that I had worked on in that time. I hope you like looking through it.

Next Wednesday, I´ll post about the two last issues of Mot Målet that we have been making.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Our big 2016 summer trip

Yay, we are back from our five week summer travels to the Netherlands and Brazil. We visited both our home countries to spend time with all of our family there, and have two more very different wedding ceremonies in both of our home churches.




Even though we could have kept it with the wedding ceremony we had in Norway, we wanted as many of our friends and family to witness and celebrate our love and commitment for each-other.
We love the local churches that we are a part of, and that are sending our family out as missionaries.

In the Netherlands

The first part of our trip we were in the Netherlands, visiting my hometown Gramsbergen. From there we visited a castle in Germany and went for a few bike-rides in the area. A few days before we travelled on to Brazil, we spent some time with my brother in Amsterdam.






And Brazil

Then, for the whole month of July we were in Brazil. We spent a lot of time with our family there and visited lots of different places in the city. After our wedding-ceremony me and Marina spent four days in a mountain village for our second honeymoon.











Being in Brazil for the first time was a big new thing, in addition to meeting all the Brazilian side of our family. But I love being there, I am looking forward to come back to Belo Horizonte many times. I felt very loved and very well received. 

September

The coming month is going to be a busy one, it´s back to work for the both of us, and Ana is back in the preschool. We´ll have to go visit the police station and the Brazilian embassy too this month to finally get things sorted with visas and passports for the girls. In the middle of the month, Marina will go to the hospital in Elverum for a surgery on her ear, so that´s exciting too.

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.