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I'm Maija and I was born in December!
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Broken Rules

Recently, my husband and I watched 'Arrested Development'. Every episode contains entertaining characters who tend to break the rules to get what they want.
As a teacher, I am all about rules of course. My students must abide by the rules in order for our class to not be complete chaos...which Arrested Development tends to always have!
By nature I am a rule follower and very much dislike it when I have been found to break a rule as usually I am not aware of this rule or like everyone else I just plain don't like being found out! lol.
It may not be the last time I broke the rules but it is the last time that was most memorable.
Playing a game against Nathan we got near to the end of the game and Nathan was about to win. It depended on a choice that Nathan made. He wanted a particular choice which would lead him to  win but I persuaded him to choice a different option which then lead me coincidentally to win. I should have let him to make his choice and accept that he was going to win but I truly wanted to see what would happen if we went the other way.
I will never live this down as Nathan always reminds me when we play a game together. Learnt my lesson to mind the rules in games...at least when with Nathan! ;)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

6 Favourite Things About My Town

When I think of where I live,  I think about how I never imagined I would live here. See, the place I live isn't known for a great reputation, in fact it is know as one of the worst places to live in Queensland. And the place I moved from is about half an hours drive north and is known as one of the best places to be in Queensland.
It is a place with a high crime rate and many people who move here don't stay long. But if you are born here it seems they never leave. I have lived here for just over two years now and I actually have come to like the place I live in. Although in saying that I live on the outskirt and northern side of the town where it isn't too bad for the crime and horribleness. I can see the local government are trying to improve things in the area to make it more welcoming and I think it's working to a degree.
So here is a list of all the things I like about living in my town:
1. The library - it is newer than the ones from the town I came from and much nicer to be in.
2. The local park - although it sometimes needs a good clean up, the park is beautifully laid out, with duck ponds and many walkways.
3. Our medical centre/gym - I haven't heard of a medical centre with a gym attached to it before, I love going with the peace of mind knowing there are medical staff on hand when something goes wrong.
4. Factory Outlet - There is a certain company's factory outlet in our town and it is awesome cause we get great deals on their products!
5. Closeness to the Highway - I used to be about 10 minutes away from the highway, now only 3! It is great to be close so we can head north, south, east or west!
6. Farmers Markets - Every Sunday we have farmers markets about a 3 minute drive away. I would walk but it is on the other side of the train tracks that are nearby. These are great for produce or household items!

So I want to hear about your town, what are some of the favourite things about your town?

Monday, December 11, 2017

I believe...

This is what I believe in:


1. I believe there is only one true God and He is a triune God (God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit). I believe that the Father sent His Son to earth, to save us from our sin and from the evil one. I believe that this one true God was the one to create our whole world and universe. He is a miracle worker, a creator and an amazing friend! He loves me so much, just as much as he loves you!

2. I believe that everyone has good in them. We all have the ability to love and that is because God created us in His image, an image of love.

3. I believe that God has a plan for me. I trust in Him that my life will be wonderful because he is guiding me to everlasting life.

I'm trying to think of other things I believe in, but to be honest after those three things everything is moot and insignificant!

Let me know what you believe in, in the comments!! Would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

TRAAAA...DITION!!!



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.