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I am not afraid of time passing by. I believe that now is the happiest time of my life. Beloved man at my side, a bunch of children, head full of dreams and ideas. I look excitedly at future and what it holds for me. I know myself; I know what I want and what I don’t care about. I’ve learned to say “no” without feeling bad and to express my, often unpopular, opinions.

I always believed that I was born in wrong period. But now I wouldn’t want to be in anybody else’s body. I want to create my own reality. So what if I don’t know the latest trends, I buy clothes cheap and seldom, I am behind with newest books, I don’t watch TV and I am old- fashioned? I believe that man is the head of the family, I miss times when women wore dresses only, I like when men open the door for me and I am strongly against abortion; contemporary feminists scare me. I do not have an account on Instagram, I can’t paint nails, I don’t watch News, but I do have impressive amount of books in three different countries, I like meeting new people and learning new things, I am good at organizing parties, I love taking care of my husband and organizing time for my children.

I often do something stupid, I loose patience, I lack self-confidence, I start courses I don’t finish, I don’t care what others think about me.

Luckily, I forgive myself as easy as others 🙂 .

Nie boje sie uplywajacego czasu. Wierze, ze teraz jest najszczesliwszy okres mojego zycia. Kochany mezczyzna u boku, gromadka dzieci, glowa pelna pomyslow i marzen. Z ekscytacja patrze w przyszlosc myslac co mi przyniesie. Znam siebie; wiem czego chce i na czym mi nie zalezy. Nauczylam sie mowic “nie” bez wyrzutow sumienia i glosno wyrazac swoje czasem niepopularne opinie.

Zawsze wierzylam, ze urodzilam sie w nie tej epoce. Dzis nie chcialabym byc w niczyim innym ciele. Chce kreowac wlasna rzeczywistosc. I co z tego, ze nie znam najnowszych trendow, ciuchy kupuje rzadko i tanio, nie czytam ksiazek na czasie, nie ogladam TV, mam staroswieckie poglady? Uwazam, ze mezczyzna jest glowa rodziny, tesknie do czasow gdy kobiety nosily wylacznie sukienki, lubie gdy mezczyzna otwiera mi drzwi i jestem skrajnie przeciwna aborcji ; wspolczesne feministki mnie przerazaja. Nie mam konta na instagramie, nie umiem pomalowac paznokci, nie ogladam wiadomosci, mam za to ogromna ilosc ksiazek w trzech roznych krajach, lubie poznawac nowych ludzi i uczyc sie nowych rzeczy, sprawia mi radosc dbanie o meza i organizowanie czasu dzieciom.

Czesto popelniam gafy, trace cierpliwosc, jestem niepewna siebie, zapisuje sie na kursy, ktorych nie koncze, mam w nosie co powiedza ludzie.

Na szczescie wybaczam sobie rownie szybko co innym 🙂 .

December

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This year is ending really nicely for us. For the first time in years Misi had few days off for Christmas and is about to have few more for the New Year so we get to spend lots of time together as a family. For the first time in 8 years we will go to a New Years Eve party ( big thank you to my brother, Damian, who will mind our kids for us :-* ) and I’m beyond excited about that.

We also had wonderful Christmas. Preparations went smoothly and I could really enjoy every minute of Christmas celebrations. We listened to Christmas carols, played Christmas charades, exchanged gifts, Rosie lighted all the candles and Anabel read Gospel to us.

On the second day of Christmas girls and I watched “Ballerina” in the cinema. We all cried holding hands. I recommend it to all girls.

For the coming year I wish you all peace of hearts, slowing down and noticing all blessings and miracles in your lives, courage to dream big and boldness to follow your dreams. But most of all I wish you good, loving people around you .

Happy New 2017 Year!

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Adwent

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While everyone complains that since Halloween there have been Christmas decorations in windows, christmas songs on the radio and christmas adds on the tv, I have been longing to all those decorations, lights and the magical atmosphere. I have never had enough of them and I’m always sad when Christmas is over.

But I love advent just as much as Christmas itself. Because, as in most cases, time of waiting for something we really want is just as wonderful as the thing itself. Advent is even more so because we’re not waiting just for a present or a wish to come true but for Him. And He is everything.

Gdy wszyscy narzekaja, ze od Wszystkich Swietych, czy w naszym przypadku, od Halloween, wszedzie swiateczne dekoracje, piosenki, reklamy, ja z utesknieniem czekam na te wszystkie ozdoby, swiatelka, magiczna atmosfere. Nigdy mi sie jeszcze nie przejadly i zawsze mi zal gdy Boze Narodzenie dobiega konca.

Jednak rownie bardzo jak same swieta, uwielbiam adwent. Bo jak w wiekszosci przypadkow, ten czas oczekiwania na cos czego bardzo pragniemy, jest rownie cudowny jak samo jego spelnienie. Adwent jest tym bardziej niezwykly bo czekamy nie na prezent czy spelnione marzenie ale na Niego. On jest wszystkim.

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Girls are big enough to understand what it is all about. Even though, like most children, they can’t wait for a christmas tree, presents and christmas supper, it is Jesus’ birthday they are preparing for most.

Last year I prepared for them an advent calendar full of little gifts and surprises but I promised myself not to make that mistake again. For girls focused only on what they will get next and they gave me attitude when the surprises where not to their expectations.

Therefore, this year I filled our advent calendar not with gifts but tasks, jokes and questions. I browsed through many websites and created a list of activities appropriate to girls’ age and abilities.We’re all happier with such solution. Anabel and Rosie love to do crafts with me and spending time together brings us close to each other.

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Dziewczynki sa juz na tyle duze by zrozumiec o co tu na prawde chodzi. I choc , jak to dzieci, czekaja z zapartym tchem na choinke, wigilie i prezenty, to jednak glownie przygotowuja sie na narodziny Jezusa.

W ubieglym roku przygotowalam dla nich kalendarz adwentowy pelen malych niespodzianek ale obiecalam sobie wiecej nie popelnic tego bledu. Dziewczynki bowiem skupialy sie tylko na tym co kolejnego dnia dostana i czesto narzekaly gdy nie spelnialo to ich oczekiwan.

W tym roku wiec kalendarz wypelnilam nie upominkami a zadaniami, zartami i pytaniami. Poszperalam troszke w internecie i stworzylam liste aktywnosci odpowiednia do przedzialu wiekowego i mozliwosci dziewczynek. Wszyscy jestesmy szczesliwsi z takim rozwiazaniem. Dziewczyny uwielbiaja robic cos craftowego ze mna a wspolne spedzanie czasu zbliza nas do siebie. Ponizej nasza lista pomyslow.

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Traditionally, we create Jesse tree using prints from healthy-family.org. They have black and white or colourful ption. This year girls colour ornaments themselves.

Tradycyjnie juz, tworzymy wlasne drzewo Jessego , z wydrukami  znalezionymi na healthy-family.org. Maja dwie opcje: kolorowe wydruki badz czarno-biale do kolorowania. W tym roku, dziewczynki koloruja je same.

 

 

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This year we’re also travelling with Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Betlehem thanks to themormonhome.com printables.

W tym roku takze wedrujemy z Jozefem i Maryja z Nazaret do Betlejem, dzieki projektowi themormonhome.com .

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But the most important part of our day is Bible reading using this bible reading plan. The readings are correspond with Jesse tree and they teach us about most important people and events of the Bible from creation to Jesus’ birth. Every evening we light candles, read and talk.

Jednak najwazniejszym punktem dnia jest czytanie Pisma swietego. Czytania pokrywaja sie z symbolami drzewa Jessego. , ktore przedstawiaja najwazniejsze zdarzenia i postaci  biblijne od stworzenia az do narodzenia Jezusa. Kazdego wieczora zapalamy swieczki i zaglebiamy sie w Pismo. Niektore czytania czytamy z Biblii Tysiaclecia dla doroslych a niektore z Biblii dla dzieci dla ulatwienia.

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Granola

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Is there a healthier breakfast? Loaded with seeds and nuts, makes a wonderful beginning to a great day. And you can “personalize” it to your own liking.

As for some reason, most granolas available in shops are not gluten- free and gluten-free versions cost a little fortune, yet I refuse not to have it in my life, every week I make a big container of it. And today I am sharing with you the recipe I use, though, of course, you can use it as a base and add whatever seeds, nuts or dried fruit you like.

GRANOLA

500 g rolled oats

60 g sunflower seeds

60 g pumpkin seeds

120 g sesame seeds

250 g nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts)

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger 

1 grated apple

125 g honey

80 g brown sugar

2 tbsp sunflower oil

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 30 min in 170 °C, until brown.

I love to have it with my favorite yogurt for breakfast but it also makes a great snack when you get a craving during the day. And there’s one more serious perk- it fills a house with a wonderful smell of roasted nuts.

 

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5 and 7

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In Anabel and Rosie’s school, it is customary for girls to invite all the other girls from the class to their birthday, while boys invite all the other boys. Most parents organize such parties in playcentres or rented large halls with bouncy obstacle courses. One of the parents was bold enough to organize it at her home but had a magician and a camera man hired for the event. I must admit that spending hundreds of euros for a child’s birthday party every year is unthinkable to me. However, I want my children to have unforgettable time and beautiful memories.

And so Misi and I decided to make girls’ birthday parties at home this year,  but to make it extra special, we learned new skills that would entertain girls’ guests. If somebody told me ten years ago, that some day I would bake cakes, make balloon animals, fill up pinatas and paint kids’ faces, I’d think them mad. Yet, here I am 🙂 .

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Misi supplied himself with a magic kit and practiced hard to give a show of magic tricks. All those screams of surprise and awe were the best prize for his efforts.

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Irish parents thought us crazy and advised on supplying ourselves with big amounts of panadol and wine, as if having thirteen 6 and 7 years olds at home was such a difficult thing. The truth is, we enjoyed it as much as they did. They all loved it and threatened their parents afterwards that they, too, wanted to have their next parties at home, to their parents’ horror  😀 .

Summarizing my girls turning 5 and 7, I love to watch who their becoming. They are great fun, grateful, funny and so kindhearted. I’m proud to call myself their mom.

“There’s something you must always remember. 

You are braver than you believe,

stronger than you seem,

and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…

We’ll always be with you.”                                -Winnie the Pooh

Don’t ever change, you cheeky monkeys 😀 !

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School ready

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School year has officially started and we have gained one more student in our household- Rosie has started Junior Infants. I was just as excited and emotional as her upon leaving her in her classroom. But she loved it and called it “a day of surprises”.

When we were still in Poland, Misi prepared girls room for a new school year. By replacing their beds with a bunk bed, we gained space for their new desk.

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For weekends we have encyclopedias and activity books. Don’t look at me like that ;-). I am not some over ambitious dragon mom who wants to make geniuses out of her kids by taking their free time and making them memorize encyclopedias and learn even on their days off. However, they are eager to learn and often ask if we can do some books so I keep them for those occasions.

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After our visit to Poland I also promised myself and girls that I will make time to teach them Polish. Books are my weakness and I decided I wouldn’t buy a new book for myself until I read all I have, so I bought lots for girls 😀 .

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And in my parents attic I found that book for first class that used to be mine. We will definitely go through it.

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I still  love the idea of lunch box notes. It’s a way to connect with your kids when their at school and to surprise them. I have a big collection of them on pinterest and I print some every month. And now, when Anabel is a fluent reader, every day I put a new joke into her lunch box to make her smile.

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You know how kids love to wake up first thing in the morning on summer days but as soon as school starts it is nearly impossible to get them out of bed on time? And then, when you manage to drag them out of bed, they take ages to eat breakfast, get their uniforms dirty while brushing teeth, can’t find their ties or shoes. Yes, school day mornings can be hard. That’s why it’s so important to be as organised as possible. I tend to plan girls lunches way ahead so they always get some sandwich, fruit, yogurt and snack. But recently I started to also plan their breakfasts. Girls really love american pancakes or waffles but what puts me of making them in the morning, is that you have to measure up and sieve dry ingredients. So even if I tell myself the evening before that I’ll make them for breakfast, we end up with toasts or cereal. And so I keep dry ingredients all measured up and ready for when I’m too lazy, which is nearly every morning ;-).

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One thousand gifts

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There are books which we read for pure pleasure and relax, to run away from  reality and travel to another worlds. We read it, put it away and go on another paper journey. There are, however, books that shake us up, destroy our world view and build foundation of a new one. Books, which we can’t shake off and to which we come back again and again.

Few months ago I came across a book by Ann Voskamp called “One thousand gifts”. On christian blogs and sites I read so much good about it that I knew I had to have it. I read it and absorbed her words about thanksgiving, about catching blessings of everyday life, about joy despite all.

Sa ksiazki, ktore czytamy dla czystej przyjemnosci czytania i wypoczynku, dla ucieczki od rzeczywistosci i podrozy w inny swiat. Przeczytamy, odstawiamy i ruszamy w nastepna papierowa podroz. Ale sa ksiazki, ktore nami wstrzasna, zburza nasz swiatopoglad i zbuduja fundamenty nowego. Ksiazki, z ktorych nie mozemy sie  otrzasnac i do ktorych wciaz wracamy.

Kilka miesiecy temu natrafilam na ksiazke Ann Voskamp “Tysiac darow”. Na blogach i stronkach chrzescijanskich przeczytalam tak wiele pochlebnych recenzji, ze musialam ja miec. Czytalam i chlonelam jej slowa o dziekczynieniu, o wylapywaniu blogoslawienstw kazdego dnia, o radosci mimo wszystko.

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Inspired by the book, I created my own Gift Diary, in which I write every day few pearls- moments that bring a smile to my face, things and events I am especially grateful for. Sometimes they are great things  like health, marital love, peace in our family, but usually they are those little every day gestures, views, smells, meetings, words.

Such a Diary is a list of things that make us happy. It is a wonderful way to practice happiness, to appreciate everything that is given to us on everyday basis. After few days we realize how full of goodness and little miracles our live is. But what’s most important, we notice how many of those things are gifts, God’s blessings, acts of love, created and given to us solely for our joy and pleasure. He is like the best lover, always looking to surprise and wow us.

Zainspirowana ta ksiazka, zalozylam wlasny “Dziekczynnik”, w ktorym codzien staram sie zapisac kilka perelek- chwil, ktore codzien przywoluja usmiech na mojej twarzy, rzeczy i zdarzen, za ktore jestem szczegolnie wdzieczna. Czasem sa to wielkie sprawy, jak zdrowie, milosc malzenska, pokoj w rodzinie, ale najczesciej malutkie codzienne gesty, widoki, zapachy, spotkania, slowa.

Taki dziekczynnik to lista rzeczy, ktore nas uszczesliwiaja. To cudowny sposob na cwiczenie sie w szczesciu, na docenianie wszystkiego, co jest nam dane i czym codzien jestesmy na nowo obdarowywani. Po kilku dniach zaczynamy sobie uswiadamiac, ile w naszym zyciu dobra, ile malych cudow. Ale, co najwazniejsze, zauwazamy, ile z tego to dary, boskie blogoslawienstwa, akty milosci, stworzone i dane nam wylacznie dla naszej radosci. Bog jest jak najlepszy kochanek, zawsze probujacy nas zaskoczyc i zadziwic. 

A gdy nadciagna czarne chmury, wystarczy siegnac po Dziekczynnik by wszystko wydalo sie znowu piekne i dobre.

Serdecznie polecam ksiazke i zabawe w wychwytywanie szczesliwych chwil.

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