Old Stave Church, Norway

Posted On July 30, 2012

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Stave Church, Norway

Religion-Politics-Child Raising…Oh My!

Posted On July 30, 2012

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Here’s a beautiful old Norwegian stave church building.

http://youtu.be/Jd477QQ7eFs

Their beliefs were not exactly like mine.  Their children were not raised like mine.  (See the book series, Kristin Lavransdatter, by Sigrid Undset. My copies are translated by Tiina Nunnally. wonderful.) And politics?  Well, look at the Icelandic Sagas (Njal’s Saga, for instance) to see how they lived and served, both rulers and the ruled, way back “then”.

Was it much the same as it is today, a balance of one end to the other, good and bad, happy and sad?  Probably.  Perhaps there wasn’t as much fighting and arguing over these issues, though.  Maybe they worked so hard, they didn’t have time to argue over issues.  Actually, in Njal’s Saga, they seemed to just kill the ones they disagreed with, hah!  Not much discussion there…..

Frankly, i am weary of arguments and disagreements.  At least with knitting, there’s no wrong way.  There’s a pattern and a yarn for everyone.  No one cares what you knit with or how you do it or what you knit.  They’re too taken up with their own knitting.  You can even crochet if you want to, and i’ll just knit away. 

Elizabeth Zimmerman, who would be over 100 if she were alive today, knit her way through WWII in war-torn England, and said, “Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crisis.”

So, i choose to leave the arguments to others, and instead choose to knit.  I choose to think about my grandson, who is being raised by my son and daughter in law however they choose to raise him, and plot how i will spoil him.  I choose to vote or not vote by my own conscience, not yours.  Frankly, i don’t care about your vote, either.  And i choose to love the Lord with all my heart, and love others, best i can.

That’s all folks!  Look to hear your thoughts and ideas.  Currently, i am knitting kilt hose for my 24yo son, who loves his kilts.  Pattern here: 

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEdf10/PATTkilravock.php

Happy Day to you!

 

 

 

Shelley

Who am I?

Norway - Stavkirke

Norway - Stavkirke (Photo credit: PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast)

Who am i?
I am a Christian.
I am an American.
I am of Norwegian descent on my mom’s side,
Scot and Irish descent on my dad’s.
I love Norway and all things Norwegian, except Lutefisk.
I am a Knitter.
I am a mother, wife, sister, niece and friend.
i bake things.
i love to read, mostly historical fiction.
I am looking for Norway, her history, her stories, and her people who were my ancestors.
I hope to find more than their names, of which i have many, thanks to kind distant cousins in Norway, who traced names back to the 1200’s and so generously shared them with me. Mange Tak to them!!!
Who were these ancestors of mine? What were their hopes and dreams? What were their days like? Their homes? Their work? Their games?
And did they knit?