A last trip

One of the roads near our cottage.
I am sitting here in our living room and thinking about the trip we took to south Sweden, where we have our relatives and our cottage, during the Epiphany (Little Christmas) weekend. We usually do not take any trips during this season, because of the weather. It can be a bit moody in these times. It can be dry, sunny and almost feel like the Spring has arrived. Then it can be rainy, foggy and feel like late Autumn. And before you know it, you are in a snow storm, trying to see the road. 

Our cottage and car.
With a control of the weather and several forecasts, we packed our car and drove the 6 hours to mother in law. The nurses had phoned us several times, telling us that she is not doing well. My anxiety kicked in and we did not know what to expect. When we arrived, she was in her bed - happy, talking and looked like a sun, shiny and warm, we she saw us. She said: "Oh, there you are! You came!" The nurse who was there at that point told that mother in law has been happy and waiting for us to come. 

Our church - The girls are baptized and hubby + I got married here.
One of my toy cars.
We stayed at her place for four days and she perked up during those day. We had many good moments with talks, hugs, laughs and memories. But we had even some worries. She had some respiratory arrest during the day and it felt strange to have a nurse there by her side, all day and all night - even if this is a very good thing. Even I and the rest of the family sat next to mother in law from time to time. 

And I am glad that we took this trip, because it was the last time we saw her. Today, on the 14th January, early morning, she passed away. May she rest in peace. I will miss her dearly. 

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I had one of my Pureneemo's along, Kielo (bought from Lise at Daggry Saga). I took some photos of her at the cottage and made a little comic. The Merida doll and Kielo's clothes are a gift from Alasse at The Wayward Inn


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I wish you the best for the new week ahead.

16 comments:

  1. The photos you posted are all beautiful and the comic was very well crafted. You live in a truly beautiful country.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. It was nice that your family got to spend some time with her before the sad news. It sounds like she was really happy to see all of you and it was how she wanted you to remember her, this bright sun, warm and joyful. My condolences go out to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you so much for the condolences. It has been some strange hours, trying to understand this. It will be a time with lot of different feelings and emotions. Gladly we have support from near and dear.

      Our country is truly a place with different nature. It is a long land, with lots of forest and flowers south and more barren (snowy kind) up north. The archipelagos are beautiful. Need to share that too, some day!

      It was a joy to have Kielo and little Merida doll along to focus on something else. :)

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  2. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I hope many good things will come your family's way soon. I'm happy to hear you got the chance to see her a last time, that must mean a lot to you. <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Lise! <3 We are so glad that we could see her a last time. Even if we knew that she did not have long time left, it still feels like something we can not understand. I took the call on that early morning and my brain just froze. But the emotions came later. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life.

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  3. Dear Niina, I am so sorry for you loss, but so glad that you were able to make the trip to visit and spend some time with your mother in law, quality time and more memories made, she must have been so happy to have you there with her. May she Rest in Peace + And my condolences to you and your family.
    Your cottage looks nice and the surroundings very interesting, but it does look chilly, and Kielo has confirmed it!
    I like the photo of the VW van in the grass, very realistic....loved those old vans!
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much. It was a happy weekend, even with the worries. We got some quality time with her and she could have something happy to think about. She told our youngest daughter, in a phone call after the weekend, that she was so happy to have seen us.

      It is different with this nordic nature. I hope that I can share more in posts to come. And yes, it really can be chilly - even during some summer days. Amazingly.

      I do love my cars and it is so different to photograph those. But in a fun way. :)

      Hugs!

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  4. Dear Niina, I was saddened by this news and so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. However, it was a blessing you managed to spend the last moments with her and that she was happy to see you all.

    I also enjoyed your little story and the photos, it's always lovely to see photos of the countryside.
    Big hugs,
    X

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandi! It feels so good to have met her one last time. We know that it could happen always any day, but it still feels like it went so fast. It is so important to cherish the small moments in life.

      It was fun to make a little story, kept my mind off the hard stuff. And it is always relaxing to be at our cottage.

      Hugs! <3

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  5. I'm so sorry for your loss, it is good you got your last good times with your mother in law. <3 I'm sure it made her really happy. Big hugs.

    I always enjoy seeing your photos from your cottage, and super cute Kielo. ^__^

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    1. Thank you so much 💕 I still feel like she is here, a strange feeling.
      It felt nice to have Kielo along. Her attitude can keep ones mind on other things!
      Hugs 🤗 back!

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  6. I'm so sorry for your loss. I am so very glad you were able to enjoy some time with her and decided to do the trip, the memories stay forever in your heart and I'm sure she was very happy to see you all there.

    Very lovely photos, I can't believe you live in such a magical place and I get to enjoy it through your art. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Alejandra! It was a lovely trip and a wonderful weekend together with mother in law. We are back at her apartment this weekend and it is so empty. Her fragrance is still here. 💛
      It is always a joy to live and enjoy other places, through someone else's eyes. For me it gives a new and improved view on things and the places I see every day.
      Hugs!

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  7. I'm so sorry for your loss, but it is good you did have a good time with her, and have memories!

    Also, lovely photos, and Kielo is adorable <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Musume! We have been sharing memories these last days. And looked at photos, so many fun moments!

      I do adore Kielo. 💙

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  8. Dear Nina - I am very sorry about what your husband and you are going through. I am happy you got to spend some time with her.

    But I really enjoyed your pictures and the little story a lot. And I would love to send our snow over to your place ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! It has been rough and it feels like everything is so overwhelming. We all hold on to the last time we saw her. Even the home care taker started to cry when we said good bye. We all knew...it was the last time.

      It feels like you have sent the snow over to us - because we have a lot now! :D Here at home and at the cottage too! ;D

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