Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Meanwhile, back in Norway…


I promised a few photos of the churches we visited so let me do that before I get even further behind! The first church we visited was in Vance, a town not too far from where we were staying. It’s beautiful and sits in the center of town.

A family member is the caretaker for this church and he gave us a personal tour of the building…

…including taking us up into the bell tower.

This is the church where my husband’s grandfather is buried so it holds a lot of family history.

It’s history also includes a tiny little door over on the side which is where the women, back in the day, were required to enter.

I’m glad those days are gone!

And then we were able to attend an outdoor Sunday service at the church where my husband’s grandmother was baptized when she was a baby.

It happened that there was a baby being christened that morning, and I couldn’t help but think the ceremony might have been similar all those years ago.

In fact, the baptismal used in the ceremony we witnessed was the same one used back then.

We were given a tour of this church too, by a town historian who said his English wasn’t very good, but we found it to be perfect.

It’s a smaller church than the one back in Vance, but just as beautiful.

Our Norwegian family went out of their way to help us understand family history. We met with several people over the two weeks that knew something of the history of the area or of the family.

It really made our time there special; everyone was so friendly and helpful. We know we only saw a tiny bit of what was there, but hopefully we’ll be back some day to explore even more!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

14 thoughts on “Meanwhile, back in Norway…

  1. Women had a separate entrance? How very. 🙄

    Your photos are lovely and I’m charmed by the simplicity of the interior of the church. I like it. It seems more sincere to me.


    • I noticed the simplicity of both of them too. And they both had similar colors, that soothing grey blue. I think it’s part of the Scandinavian culture to be simple with clean lines. Very refreshing.

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  2. You have captured the essence of calmness in your church photos!


  3. I especially like the photo of the altar. You can feel the reverence and stillness in there.


  4. Sunday is a perfect time for posting your church photos from Norway! Nice that you had a chance to explore your roots … in such a beautiful land!


  5. At least mom is smart enough to not visit Norway in the winter.


  6. What a great opportunity to learn more about your family history and experience that part of village life first-hand. Wonderful!


  7. What a fabulous genealogical adventure. I can’t believe Norway had separate entrances for women in churches!


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