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Scenic route of parenting

I read somewhere that having a child with the extra chromosome 21 is like taking the scenic route of parenting. You still get where you are going. It might take a little longer, but what you see and experience on your way will be well worth the trip. I think it’s really true. Children with Down syndrome need a little bit more help in reaching their milestones. They don’t really respect developmental charts and do things in their own time. And of course when a  milestone is reached it’s celebrated like a big holiday. It’s remembered, to the dot, date and time.

This is wintery scenic route of this amazing family. Day in their life. Balloons, snow walks, board games and hot chocolate. Thank you for inviting me to document your story.

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A week of goodness 2

Winter made a comeback this week, at least here in Finland. It was kind of fun, but I’m that crazy person who loves winter. We made a snowman (named, suprise suprise, Olaf) who melted away already and I didn’t even manage to take a picture. Oh well, next time then. For the record, I totally believe takatalvi is still ahead of us. I became Finnish like that :D

Anyways, I thought I will continue where I left off last week and share some more inspiration and food for thought.

What do you do if you want to see sunlight all times of the day? You build a house made of re-purposed windows. At least this is what Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz did. $500 and countless bowls of rice and beans they are living a dream.

This is pretty funny. A drinking dog, a simplest thing in the world. Until someone decides to put the process in slow-mo. Human tongue is not able to do this at all. The footage of this beautiful Alsatian drinking is from a longer documentary called The Secret Life of Dogs.

A really great article about our preoccupation with safety and how it has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution- make sure you watch the video in the article! So great.

And starting a journal. After a meeting with a friend this week I decided to start a gratitude journal. Finally. Just scribble down 3 things I’m grateful for, each morning. That’s it.

Goodnight moon.

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where do you come from

Where do you come from? It’s a very simple question and yet every time someone asks I’m caught off guard. Fifteen years ago I just answered “from Poland”. Nowadays I add “but I live in Finland”. But it somehow doesn’t feel complete, like not a full answer. I love how Pico Iyer (you can watch the whole TED talk below) says this simple question can mean so many different things. If it means where do your ancestors come from I would have to say Poland, Belarus and Ukraine, but it used to be Poland and they considered themselves Polish. “And if “Where do you come from?” means “Where were you born and raised and educated?” then I’m from Poland, but also from Sweden as this is where my most formative educational experience took place. And if “Where do you come from?” means “Where do you pay your taxes?” then I’m definitely from Finland and have been for nine years now. Except I cannot vote in parliamentary or presidential elections and still whenever we travel as family we have to check visa requirements for two nationalities.  And if “Where do you come from?” means “Which place goes deepest inside you?” then it’s definitely Sweden, I miss it immensely. If “where do you come from?” means “where does your family live?” then it’s Poland, USA, Russia, Belarus, Kuwait and Canada. For my kids the answers will be even longer.

And their whole life will be spent taking pieces of many different places and putting them together into a stained glass whole. Home for them is really a work in progress. It’s like a project on which they’re constantly adding upgrades and improvements and corrections. And for more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil than, you could say, with a piece of soul.

And it’s beautiful.

Where do you come from?

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A week of goodness

Just wanted to share some things that made me smile, plan, wonder or dance this week.

  • I have to get my hands on this book. This quote, just this one quote:

Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.


This is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get.

  • This guy? Geeeez. He is so full of awesome. Gardening is a subversive activity… so wake up the rebel in you and go plant some shit!

  • 10 common mistakes parents today make (me included) It all resonated with me, I’m definitely guilty of at least no 1 :D With some I try, some I haven’t realized might be a problem. “The other day I found a Strawberry Shortcake sticker on my kitchen sink. It reminded me how blessed I am to share my home with little people.One day there won’t be stickers on my sink. There won’t be Barbies in my bathtub, baby dolls on my bed or Mary Poppins in the DVD player. My windows will be clear of sticky handprints, and my home will be quiet because my daughters will be hanging out with friends instead of nesting at home with me.” It’s a good read.
  • I opened up a print shop. It took courage and fighting off resistance. It might seem funny that doing something so small can feel scary. But hell it does. Every time I share something I’ve created I’m terrified. I wear my heart on a sleeve. But I want to say is this- if you are creating something, share it. Good things come out of it. Be the best you. Share what you’ve got. World needs it. Enter the code GOODWEEK at checkout to receive 20% off and bring some beauty to your walls. It’s valid until Monday.
  • And this. Introducing Pawel Kowalczyk, my friend from Zabkowice Slaskie, Poland. It’s from his newly released, absolutely amazing album. Analogue & live recording. I mean, who does that? Only beautifully crazy people. Lurv. If your legs don’t start jiving… I don’t know. Are you still alive?

Happy weekend my friends!

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