it’s sunday night and before i tuck myself in, i thought i’d reflect on the past week with a little six senses sunday. it’s where i take some photos from the week and share how those moments awakened my senses. i suppose it’s a way for me to try to appreciate the present moment and a creative way to do an “i’m grateful for…” list. there is a lot for which i am thankful. and every day presents at least one moment that touches me.
when i think about it, there is actually a lot of stuff going on in my life right now. both good and not so good, or rather, challenging. and when i stop and think back on the past, oh i don’t know, 5 months, i realize that much of it’s not been easy. and the past 2 months have been really weird and tough in some ways. and yet, i have so much hope. i am still so thankful for where i/we am right now, for the life that i have. i realize and accept that everything that is swirling about me is all part of the process. it’s all part of my life. because it is life. and it is beautiful. and light comes from the darkness. i know that even as i walk through the dark times, hands in front of me, groping for anything that will help guide me. there is always a little sliver of light off in the distance. and that makes all the difference.
there are some amazing things going on too, right now. for one, i keep falling in love with my wife over and over again. every day. that woman is amazing. she is my inspiration. a fighter, a lover, and a chaser of life. i cannot even begin to express the respect and admiration i have for her. she is my world. and even though we’re not together all the time right now, the moments and times that we have, i cherish.
and also this: back in january, when we were visiting my family and asheville, we visited an apartment complex and took a tour of an apartment. we loved it. like, totally, man. so, i emailed them as soon as we were back in sweden to tell them we were interested. weeeellll, last week we got a phone call from them that one of the apartments we are interested in will be available in july (and we’re moving in july!). did we want it?! oh yeah. so, we began the process of emailing, scanning papers, printing out papers, filling in applications, copying financial info, etc. it has been crazy trying to complete everything, but we qualify for the apartment & are now waiting for the screening process to be done (background checks, etc.). hopefully we will hear something this coming week and the apartment will be officially ours!! soooo exciting! needless to say, we are now obessed with gathering inspiration and such on pinterest. please wish us luck!
anyway, on with my six senses sunday!
taste: blueberry french toast on saturday morning. a most delicious mocha frappe i grabbed on my way home from work one afternoon.
touch: the warm sun on my face. the bare pavement as i go shoeless! the freezing cold frappe in my hands.
feel: peace & relaxation as i read the wisdom lao tzu. happiness during a glass of afternoon wine while i prepare dinner.
see: my part of the world bursting with my favorite shade of green everywhere. the threes, the sun, the river, the sky. norrköping is lovely right now.
hear: the sweet meows and conversation with our adorable kitty, zola. the hustle and bustle of people coming out of hibernation & sitting in cafes & parks.
smell: the blooms on the pink tree. so fragrant and fresh.
so, my friends, what has perked up your sense lately? anything? do tell!
peace & love.
I know it’s had to have been an incredibly tough time for y’all but you are such an inspiration! I don’t know how you do it but I’m so thankful that I found your blog because it is such a brightness on my sometimes bleak days and Charlie and I are def awaiting you two’s arrival in Asheville so we can drive up with the dogs and meet you and Lina for beers!
Awww, Lanie, you are so sweet! Thank you for all of your thoughts and support. And thanks for being a faithful reader. 🙂 We are soooo looking forward to meeting up with y’all! Can’t wait!
Best of luck to you. And continued prayers.
Thank you so much, my dear. It is much appreciated. xo
I’m so excited about the apartment. Good luck as you both go through this process.
Good and healing thoughts to yous.
I will most definitely keep you posted about the apartment! I’m dying of impatience, waiting to find out if we offically have it. 🙂 Hope all is well with you, in your settling down process.
peace & love.
What an amazing post. I like!
You are an inspiration yourself Liz; there must be so much going on, but go with it, and in August you’ll probably breath a big sigh and be like, woah how did all this happen… It’s all part of what’s meant to be, this is yours and Lina’s next chapter x
holly, your comment made me smile so BIG! you are totally right. as soon as we are there, we’ll have no idea how we got there. i can feel deep in my bones that it’s our next chapter. it’s so right. thank you!! xo
that cat portrait is still the most amazing one of all!