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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9

January 14, 2016

Preperations for the Australia trip

5th December 2015

What a way to wake up in the morning. Sick, and you are flying in two days. The last few weeks, well months really, have been so jam-packed with a combination of studying, socialising, and tea shop wanderings. Hence, I didn't have much time at all to spend on my own, allowing my body to fight off the infectious diseases bouncing around in our flat. And so this is what I get for leaving everything till the last minute. Beep-beep-beep (giving my apologies to everyone who I was meant to be meeting today, except one). I know, I shouldn't be out at all, but she had come all the way from Finland, and it was really quite necessary to see her today.

6th December 2015

Pack-up day!! Yay. I had spent the previous night packing and gift-wrapping till the latest hour that I could possibly stay awake. And today was the day to finish packing, briefly clean room, wash clothes, travel to Anita and Brenton's place, and teach crocheting to the ladies in my church at the Christmas craft night. A lot to pack in, but what can I say? I am a lady who likes to keep busy. 

The star I taught to the ladies at church. I know, looks difficult. I didn't think of that ;) It is my first time teaching officially. Duly noted. 

7th December 2015 - Flight Edinburgh to Helsinki

Waking up in Alisha's bedroom felt just right. She is my sister from another Anita :) I did have to wake up quite early, so she was curled up in her blanket and was still sleeping. After creeping downstairs, making breakfast, and getting dressed, everyone was up. I just had time to give out my presents to the family, my second family, and hug them all before I had to leaving to the airport. The airport seems to be like a fifth home now, or maybe it is the sixth. I have lost count how many homes I have. More than I can count. Okay, so off to Helsinki, to my first home, or is it my second. Now I am just confusing myself :)

Tea and muffin at the airport in Edinburgh.

Arriving in Helsinki, I eat a pre-Christmas dinner with my family. My mum and dad will be leaving tomorrow, and Harri and I will be leaving on the 9th of December, so my grandparent's will be on their own for Christmas. That is why we are having a pre-Christmas meal. A full, overly-done, yet perfect, traditional Finnish Christmas meal. Now, how am I going to get to sleep when I am so full?

8th December 2015

Arriving at the airport again felt normal. This time, however, I won't be leaving. It is my parents leaving for Sydney, Australia. I will then be going back home. Wait a minute, what is home?  

Christmas decorations in Helsinki.

Back to packing. As I unpack some stuff from Edinburgh, I pack stuff for Australia. Rhythmic motion: in, out, in, out. 

Sleep is the best thing before a long flight, so I cannot wait to tuck myself under those homey blankets and drift off to dream land. Not that I ever remember my dreams. 

Till next post,

Laura 

Xoxo

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