|Aging is a beautiful process of learning how to deal with loss . . .|
loss of children, career, worldly beauty, health and time left to be alive.
|I'm so glad I'm not dead yet because I have so much to learn and so many people to love.|
I want to keep learning, changing and growing throughout my entire life.
Life has been profoundly humbling for me.
I realize I don't have all the answers.
In the end I can choose to stay in the darkness or search for the light.
We do not come to grace. Grace comes to us.
|My daughter Alisa and my son John at the street sign that means Baadsgaard Way in English.|
|Inside one of the charming churches out in the countryside.|
|This church is typical of the white washed churches with red roofs.|
|Most of Denmark is close to the water. We loved the charming villages with sail boats all along our way.|
|We loved seeing the inside of the churches that dot the countryside.|
Many church dated from the 1100 and 1200's.
|All of the churches had beautiful alter pieces depicting Christ.|
|We loved the charming cobblestone streets with bright colored houses that are still being lived in today.|
|Many of the altar pieces were so stunning that they took your breath away.|
|This is John at a Viking grave yard.|
|This is Jytte Baadsgaard a facebook relative we were finally able to meet.|
|Denmark is surrounded with water and has multiple islands. I loved the fresh salt air and a handsome husband to hug.|
|Ancient writing from the Viking days.|
|This is perhaps my favorite Karl Bloch alter painting depicting Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.|
|We spent a day walking through an open air museum that had houses from all over Scandinavia |
depicting all the different time periods.
|This is a statue of Hans Christian Andersen.|
As someone who writes lots of stories I loved going to the museum and home of Hans Christian Andersen.
John brought home a collection of his fairy tales written in Danish. I have my own copy in English.
|This is a typical street in the old part of Odense.|
This is the place where Hans Christian Andersen lived and created his stories.
|Deep in the dungeon of the Hamlet Castle is this figure, Holger Danske, in stone. |
According to legend he will come to life and fight for Denmark if enemy forces threaten to destroy.
|One of the beautiful ceilings in the Frederiksborg Castle.|
|The Frederiksborg castle is home to a beautiful collection |
of Karl Bloch's paintings depicting the life of Christ.
|This is one view of the Frederiksborg Castle and what itlooks like on the outside. |
It is surrounded with water and a large manicured garden.
|While visiting the Hamlet castle, period dressed characters from the Shakespeare play burst into the courtyard or palace rooms acting out the play Hamlet for visitors.|
|Another Karl Block painting from the castle placed in the prayer room of the king.|
|This is the Hamlet castle (Kronborg) where we walked from room to room |
watching the play of Hamlet acted out in the castle where is happened.
|This is the Statue of Christ in the Church of our Lady. I am kneeling at the alter.|
|Ross and Janene Baadsgaard at Nyhavn - brightly colored dwellings line the street |
near a canal with lots of boats and barges.
|John and Alisa Baadsgaard grew up together and missed each other for two years. Best buddies back together again.|
|This is the changing of the guard at the palace in Copenhagen.|
|This is the palace in (Amelieborg Castle) Copenhagen. This is the winter residence of Denmark's royalty.|
There are lots of people who ride bicycles in Denmark.
|The most stunning sculpture in the Church of our Lady is certainly Jesus Christ. Yet the twelve apostles that line the chapel on each side were amazing and touching as well.|
|All of the houses were filled with period furniture.|
|Denmark has lots of interesting wind mills.|
|I enjoyed the interesting architecture and thatched roofs.|
|We were able to attend the Denmark Temple and do baptisms for our ancestors from Denmark.|
The temple presidency and the matrons were so gracious.
|It was so charming to walk through the homes of our ancestors and imagine what their lives were like.|
|We felt like we had stepped into the past and connected our ancestors in a way that truly touched our hearts.|
|Ross and John Baadsgaard. Father and son together again at last.|