I'm Maija and I was born in December!
I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on many topics!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


If that title didn't put in your head the song from 'Fiddler on the Roof' than go find a copy and watch this beloved musical so you do!!! 

So the question on my mind at the moment, leading up to Christmas and every year around this time, is 'What tradition do I want to have with my family'?

Coming from a very conservative Finnish and close Australian family, traditions are integral to life. You could almost say family is built on traditions. The fondest memories I have with my family are those of times we were upholding our traditions. Traditions like the birthday person choices the cake flavour and choice of meal for their birthday dinner or opening gifts on Christmas eve instead of Christmas day. Putting up the Christmas tree early is one of my favourites, along with our special Christmas eve nights. 
The ones I can see my own family having are the opening gifts on Christmas eve and having a special sit-down dinner. I would like to also make it a tradition to have an advent calendar each December, which we focus on the Christmas story with.
My husband's family tradition is that everyone gets to put in their order of their favourite foods for Christmas lunch/dinner. They also open gifts on Christmas eve. 

So what tradition(s) do you have in your family? Tell me in the comments! Would love to hear from my readers!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Bad Habits

For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Romans 3:23

Thankfully God forgives our sins when we ask and we then can receive his mercy. 
But seriously we all have faults and have sinned. I see bad habits as continual happenings of a certain sin. My bad habit is involving the sin of greed. My weight does not disguise this sin. I know of this sin and regularly ask for forgiveness for it. I'm working on being so greedy and glutinous but it is a long journey and I have my ups and downs, just as everyone has problems with giving up their own bad habits. 
I can see this habit developed when I was young, being told from a young age to eat what is put in front of you and then growing up in a family that enjoys socialising with lots of food around did well to develop this into a habit of eating lots of food. I enjoy food and am blessed with plenty of money so I can afford plenty of food. I hope to retrain my brain to add in the concept of enjoy food but less of it, only enough to be healthy and not overweight. 
So what's your bad habit? Are you open enough to yourself to admit and confront your bad habit? Self-improvement comes through admitting something is not right and then doing something to change it for the better.   

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What I'm REALLY good at

I asked my husband what I'm really good at because right now I can't think of anything I'm good because I feeling down and out.
His response was:

- Your job
- taking care of people
- keeping the house looking good
- cooking
- making people laugh
- kissing and hugging
- waking up and looking beautiful 5 seconds later
He finished with, 'Honestly, you are good at a lot of things!'

Very flattering and loving of him to say those things. I also can agree I am good at those things. Well almost all those things.

Right now thinking is difficult for me. I have known I've been pregnant for the last 11 weeks. Yesterday, my husband and I found out our little one has no longer got a heart beat and has grown past the 7 week size. Everything seemed to be going so smoothly until yesterday morning when I woke up to find my underwear the wrong colour.
This coming after last year's ectopic pregnancy. You would think that this would just break me. Well it hasn't. I don't know how but I am at peace and of course upset but somewhere in my mind I have this reassurance that God has a plan and He knows what He is doing.
I know that I will one day have at least one child. I don't know when but I will.
That is reassuring to me.
Now I suppose after writing this and forcing myself to think, I can realise that something I am really good at is, trusting God.
I hope I never lose the ability to do any of those wonderful things I am really good at. They all help me to pick myself up again after a tumble.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Dream Job

I think my dream job would have to be a librarian...sounds a bit boring but it is what I love!
Organisation. Books. Quiet. Structure.

I loved spending my lunchtimes in the library when I was at school. I found it a comfortable and welcoming place.
Now that I'm a teacher, I only need one and a half more years of teaching experience before I can go train to be a 'Teacher Librarian'!
This will combine my current job with my dream!

When I was in Year 6 I wanted to be a missionary. I still feel passionate to give to missions but I know it isn't where God has led me to be....yet.

My mission in life is to show God's love to children and I can do that through teaching and I hope to one day do that through the books and service that I provide in a library.

So what's your dream job?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Like Dorothy was afraid of lions, tigers and bears...I am afraid of a few things.

Being physically alone in the unknown darkness. I do not like to be left alone in the dark as I have watched too many scary films and scenes where it is out of darkness the scary happen.

Spiders. Only if they are on me though. They are all nice and peacefully a good metre away from me but if they begin crawling towards me suddenly then I freak and panic!

Crashing my car. I am constantly on edge while driving and it is often I think about what may happen if I suddenly drift onto the wrong side of the road or off the road/bridge.

Rest assured I am a safe driver and I think of this as a healthy fear to stop me from doing anything reckless.

But despite these fears I am comforted in the knowledge that God is with me wherever I go. He is in the darkness and created those little creepy crawlies (for knows what reason!) and he is with me while I drive.

So what are you fears?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

My Best Friends

I have a small circle of best friends and I'm sure everyone does but I reckon mine are the best! :P

So roll call! Her are my besties and why I love them!

Nathan - My hubby who loves me and understands me! He always has time for me and listens to what I say.

Steph - One of my oldest best friends. We have been friends for over 13 years! We get each other and enjoy doing similar things like crocheting and watching Chick Flicks! I remember fan girling over 'Kind Peter' in the Narnia movies together. Also we love shopping together!

Joanne - Married to my husband's best friend and totally awesome! We love doing crafts, baking and reading together. Part of a book club together and love catching up!

Kaisa - Missing this gal heaps because she is so far away in Hong Kong! Also one of my oldest best friends. Met around the same time as Steph. We are both teachers and love our Finnish heritage! Kai taught me to love dancing!

Emily - went through uni together and I miss her heaps as she lives in country QLD. She has a great faith and always keeps praying for those around her. She loves to sing and play guitar. Love to hear her sing. She was there for me when I was grieving, I wish I could be closer in this season when she is.

So why do you love your best friends? What makes them awesome?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Favourite Books

Books are a wonderful part of being a human! Think about it. We get to read what others have creatively written for entertainment and enjoyment.
My favourite books and why I love them are as follows:

The Bible - I hope to read it in its entirety before I die. If I had to hazard a guess i think I have read about 40-50% of it. So many wise words! I have full faith in God and His word. I know it sounds crazy to love a book that you haven't read entirely but I just do.

Bookends - I love the relationship between the main characters. A true love story.

Books by Jodi Picoult - She truly does her research on the main topic of her books and varies her narratives. Very interesting reads.