Warm bubble of home

Today I thought about harmony. How I crave for it, how I enjoy it. And how I find myself going off-balance when something messes with the momentarily found harmony. I find balance and harmony in kindness, warmth, compassion. In nature and in beauty. With children and animals. My house doesn’t need to be tidy (and…

Free range kids

Ever since we moved to the mountain three years ago, there’s been much talk about the schooling of our children. Most of the time we’re convinced they’ll be homeschooled, or rather, unschooled. Every now and then we weigh the possibility of Montessori or Waldorf School in Sarajevo. The question remains open. They’re not yet school…

When mum is happy

For the year 2015 I wrote ‘a project’ to focus on me. After years of being pregnant and breastfeeding, I needed to take time for myself, to feel healthier and happier. Walking, meditating, doing yoga. Well, I did do all of that. Perhaps not quite as much as I thought I would. But more than…

Village party at the end of the dirt road

The drive to the tiny village isn’t long, but we travel on a bumpy and narrow dirt road, winding through a dense forest. The six of us are crammed into our Defender, Aimi falls asleep, Iita keeps asking how it takes so long, all the while enjoying the roller coaster feel of it. After the…

There are no limits

Being free and being a woman. Writing. Motherhood. Photography. Watching the light change, looking at the stars. Drinking tea. Walking with my dogs. Watching our donkeys. Admiring colours and butterflies and rocks. Dreaming wildly. Walking barefoot, walking in high heals. Smoking the once every four years cigarette. Fantasizing of running away with my husband, having…

Wacky kind of good

It’s soon two years since we moved to the mountain. I catch my breath thinking of all the things that have changed, all the events we never expected, and all the happenstances that have shaped our family. Living in Bosnia and the mountain is challenging. I’m out of words explaining how it is to live…

Aimi is here, naturally

Our daughter ‘Aimi’ was born on Tuesday this week, the 5th of August. We walked in the hospital at 12.00, and our kiddo saw the world at 12.29. Before taking off to the mountain road to town, I’d been breathing, walking, dancing through my contractions for about nine hours. As our first girl ‘Iita’ was…

Your people, your tribe

In your everyday life, how often do you realise the value of friends? The topic isn’t sexy, I know. And when life’s full of kids, work, dinner cookings, and car repairs friends aren’t always at the top of the list. But really, the fact that it can be so, is part of the beauty of…

Finding my tribe and letting go

Weeks ago, in July, I wrote the following in my notebook: Let go of the ‘normal’ world Let go of your own expectations Let go of what (you think) is expected Let go of old ideals Let go of plans and the idea that plans need to be made Though the blog is about the…

For the love of books – and sharing

I love books. I really enjoy holding a book, reading one, finding one for the first time. I love the feel of flipping the┬ápages, the touch of paper, I love to read the back covers, to be in awe of the front cover design. I love to nest in an armchair, with a pile of…