God’s Been Good

How so very much can change within 365 days.


Last year at this time we were actually in Canada and my sister’s family too, but we were only visiting. Not long after that trip, my friend came to Europe to adventure around with us there for a couple of weeks, as we had our apartment.

Now, only one year later, Iโ€™m here in Sask. alone, because Michiel returned to visit HIS family back in Europe and our apartment there will go from being rented out to officially sold to the tenants.

We moved to Canada after lots of paperwork and prayer and we felt that God opened some paperwork/housing/job doors just perfectly to lead us where He wanted.

So after one last visit in Europe from my Mom, (during which we got to witness the Azure Window in Malta, days before its collapse), the apartment and our lives got packed into crates and suitcases, Mike and I left on wonderful trip to South Africa and then we moved into my parent’s basement the spring of 2017.

We not only bought a home in the small โ€˜Hamletโ€™ near where I grew up, but Mike majorly renovated it and we finally moved in at the beginning of December! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿก

To go from me having moved to Europe and visiting home for the holidays, to the exact opposite happening for my husband, in only one short year, seems pretty crazy when you boil it down and think about it.


I think back years ago to a New Yearโ€™s Eve when I was at my best friends house.
We were wearing big comfortable sweaters, chilling with her family and singing the odd entertaining song in the kitchen while the new year came in, not knowing it would be our last spent together.
The year after that I was in Austria, dating my now husband, sadly recalling the last New Yearโ€™s Day and looking forward with hopeful excitement.
The following year was my first living in Holland and experiencing the spectacular firework display.
Last year I was home to visit and now this year, Lord willing Iโ€™m here to stay for some time.



Of course we have had our ups and downs, but to quote the song –

*God’s been good in my life
I feel blessed beyond my wildest dreams
When I go to sleep each night
And though I’ve had my share of hard times,
I wouldn’t change them if I could
‘Cause through it all, God’s been good.*



I have never been one to make New Years resolutions, possibly because I know I never do things habitually, for very long :p

This year though, I would like to STOP doing some things as well as possibly do a few…

I’ll let you know how it goes, if I succeed :p


This year I want to be very, very rich…๐Ÿ˜‰


Obviously, I gotta drink more water, humans shouldn’t live off coffee alone… supposedly.

Less screen time, more face to face time.

More games, conversations, time being really together.

Enjoying the things we are blessed with instead of always looking for ways to get more.

Practicing gratefulness.

Spend more time reading the bible and drawing closer to its author.


Having more patience and eating healthier should be on this list but I can only push myself so much๐Ÿ˜‰



About the blog for a moment, itโ€™s turned more and more into a little daily journal and though I appreciate the readers and comments, I hope you know I donโ€™t think my life is THAT worth documenting and I mainly do it for the family that isnโ€™t around ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you enjoy reading it, thatโ€™s awesome! If not, Iโ€™m really not a vain โ€˜want to be bloggerโ€™ who thinks coffee, kittens, sleep and dinner makes for awesome entertainment ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for reading along, buying and showing your support for a thing that I enjoy doing ๐Ÿ’•

May the Lord bless and keep you, guiding your steps as this new year begins.


Happy New Year ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“†๐Ÿ’Ž

Author: jessicapeters95

Hello humans ๐Ÿ˜Š This is where you learn about me I suppose, though anyone reading this right now most likely knows all the boring details ;) I am Jessica Rose Peters-Hagenouw. (Always thought I'd be able to pronounce my married name but hey, life doesn't go as we plan.) June 11, 1995, tis the day Robert and Bonnie Peters received the most adorable, amazing, wonderful, surprise 3rd child they could have dreamed of. Speaking of being the third child, I have an older brother and an older sister. Both of whom are married and have wee little families of their own, making 'Aunty Jess' another name I go by. I grew up and have lived all of my years up till November 2015 in Saskatchewan, Canada. Making summers that are extremely short and winters that never end, vast open spaces, northern lights, unthinkable amounts of mosquitoes, lakes, forests and people waving to you on the grid road all different things that mean = Home. But Home is not where I'll be for some time. My husband is a Dutchman, living in Europe. Therefore I too have been living in Europe for the last few months. The reason I started this little blog/journal/writing thing, is to document a bit of my "whole new world," for those at home who wont be awake at 3:00 am wanting to hear about how I couldn't find flour at the grocery store. Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into my little life ๐Ÿ˜Š

3 thoughts on “God’s Been Good”

  1. Happy new year ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽŠ wow thatโ€™s really a lot in one year! Was fun to read that u been in malta before azure window collapsed cuz I lived there a year (and visiting each year too). Filthy rich? ๐Ÿค‘ omg ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Iโ€™m in haha

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  2. Hi Jess, I was busy so I needed to catch up and read all the way ‘back’ to here. First of all, happy newyear to you and Michiel! I was very pleased to see him at my place this week, too bad you weren’t there! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I liked your post, especially the part about trying to STOP doing certain things ๐Ÿ˜‰ like stop eating the whole bag of chips when I’m watching a movie ๐Ÿ˜

    I hope your next year is full of riches and adventures together with the hubby ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Happy New Years to youโ€™s as well! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•
      He was happy to see you too ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Ah yes.. the eating a whole bag of chips ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ some stuff I didnโ€™t even bother writing down because I know some things are beyond change ๐Ÿ˜‚
      God bless! ๐Ÿ˜„


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