One Year In Our Forever

Another anniversary to add to the books…
Today marks it being one year since Michiel and I moved to Saskatchewan!
How time flies… I guess because most of said year has been winter, maybe it feels like it’s just been one season, thus it can’t have been one year 😜


Michiel has been a champ… I can say I know what it’s like to move away from ones home but NOT while moving to a place with 6-7 months of winter and having to renovate an entire house by myself, while also supporting a spouse 😬

Let’s be real, we are married, we’ve moved, we’ve both left our families at some point, made changes for and with each other, transformed a house and dealt with drastic lifestyle changes.
There has been a fair share of tension now and again and that is only normal considering the above details πŸ€ͺ


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Monday Oct 9th –

Happy thanksgiving-anniversary! πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ΄

Really, perfect timing because when else would you get turkey, stuffing, roasted veggies, buns, steak, scalloped potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, for a two year anniversary meal?? πŸ’πŸ»


And that isn’t even counting the desserts 😏

Mom put out a splendid spread and our guests/pretty much second family, arrived to enjoy it with us, just past noon ☺️




We sat down and stuffed ourselves.

It was delicious and I know MY gut protested, all while my eyes took over filling my plate for the second time πŸ™ˆ


Michiel and I were gifted with our first, potted houseplant and the fuchsia petals and pink veined leaves will be happily displayed come move in time πŸ˜‰πŸ’• Continue reading “Thanks-versary”

What Instagram Doesn’t Tell You About Marriage

*Forewarning – a lengthy post about marriage…written by someone who has not been married very long.






I heard on a podcastΒ  ~Jeff And Alyssa Β ~ Β how, we as individuals, are so very deeply shaped by our families that understandably, it creates what OUR normal is.

Which of course, the people who raised/taught/nurtured us, shapes our outlooks and perceptions of life.

The podcast brought out more in-depthΒ how coming together in marriage, can be tricky because of those expectations, rules, actions etc. that are more often than not, probably unspoken.

So much so, that we may not even realize we have them as expectations or habits, but it’s how we were raised and what is ingrained in us.

Mikes ‘normal’ reaction and my ‘normal’ reaction, can sometimes be very different than each others and it’s a hard thing to step back and think, ‘ok, why did I react that way, maybe it actually doesn’t ‘matter’, or is it just what I’m used to?’

I thought it was an interesting aspect to share with you’s πŸ˜ŠπŸ’πŸ»


Being married is a lot about expectations – unspoken, spoken or contrived from everything around us.


I expected, (thanks to most man/woman jokes about marriage) that I would be the blanket hog and need all the space in bed… but no, that would be my husband.

The one I wake up beside, shivering on my one inch of mattress, while he’s sprawled out in a blanket kingdom😜

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Procrastination, Renovation And Caffeination

Wednesday July 19th –


A fair chunk of the morning was taken up with tidying odds and ends in preparation for the parents return later in the day.
Lawns also needing mowing, a chore that had been delayed greatly by the lack of rain and presence of sun… making for dead grass, not in need of cutting 😏

The mower then ran out of gas, mid lawn, so I washed up and resigned myself to the couch, where much time was spent writing.

I had wanted and also not wanted, to write what turned into  ~ 07. 20. 14 ~ .
So instead of sitting down and doing it when I wasn’t in a rush, so that it would be easily ready for the right date, I prolonged the decision and then had hours of typing, thinking, retyping, adding, taking away and proof reading ahead of me 😬

Generally a post doesn’t take THAT long, but the pressure to get that one as ‘right’ as I could, was felt greatly, especially since my posts are usually just glib, day to day posts, like this one 😜

The parents eventually arrived back and tales immediately began being told.
(Mostly by me, Mom seems to think 😜)
She and I walked to the bro’s house to join everyone else to eat pizza and catch up πŸ•

I got my first real grin and coo out of the littlest niece AND cheesy garlic bread sticks… so it was a good evening πŸ’πŸ»πŸ˜‹

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~ 07. 20. 14 ~


(Prepare yourself for a wordy post about grief and many quotes I personally find fitting.)


It is the 3 year anniversary of the flying accident that took the lives of four young adults.

All of whom I knew.

One of whom was my best friend.

I remember knowing what the phone call around midnight would tell me, without having any way of knowing.

But I can’t remember our last day together, it’s a blur and a few, filled with half guessed facts.

This is a partial list of what I wrote while I was flying to the States to attend the funeral for one of the four.



‘Live for the legacy you want to leave behind.

We are only given battles we are strong enough to get through.

You can become stronger and better by the testimonies they left behind.

Life will never be the same, accept that and become the best you can, you have a chance.

Everyone deals differently, have compassion.

Gods hand is on all of it.

Little things aren’t worth getting mad about. Life happens, it is unavoidable, let it go.

Do your best, no one can ask for more.

Cry or don’t. It doesn’t mean you are weak, it doesn’t mean you don’t care.

It’s okay to want her back, try to remember that she wouldn’t want to come back if she could though.

Time, a precious gift, use it wisely.’



I still agree with what I wrote, but I hate how time, has taken the urgency away. Continue reading “~ 07. 20. 14 ~”

Aντίο Greece!

Saturday Oct 9th –

We took a taxi from the hotel to the airport around 9:00 am and prepared for our farewell to Greece.

One last cheese pie was eaten while we waited and some feta purchased just in case it wasn’t as easy to find once we were back in Holland.

Greece will be missedπŸ’™
We had a fantastic time, lovely weather, delicious food and beautiful scenery and friendly people.
It was for sure one of the higher ranked places I’ve been… in my humble, non relevant opinionπŸ˜‰


Our journey around the island can be seen in black πŸ—Ί ✍🏻


And a random mention here since I forgot to mention/show it earlier, places in Greece had the cutest receipts πŸ˜„πŸ’•


Our flight left and three hours and a time change later we got back into Amsterdam around 1:00 pm, shuttled to the car, drove through McDonald’s and drove back to Doesburg where we had no time to rest and recuperate as a baby shower had to be gone to!

We literally dropped our bags, showered, changed, got ready, repacked, wrapped the gift and hit the road for another hour-long drive to Germany.

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌπŸΌ It was the baby shower for our soon to arrive, newest niece or nephew and it was set up by a sister from church.
She did a lovely job and the food was deliciousπŸ˜‰

Cause that’s what matters at a baby shower right? πŸ˜‹

My evening was spent there and Mikes was spent with the men whose wives were at the baby shower also.
He was playing tennis, eating and enjoying his 6 hours of freedom I assume 😏

He and I then spent the night at Judith’s 😊




Sunday Oct 9th –



The 1st anniversary of Michiel and my wedding πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ’πŸŽ‚


How can one year go by so quickly ??

I told Mike we should add up the days we were traveling to see how much of the year really counted as ‘real life’ 😏

We had breakfast with Judith and the family and then headed off to church.

It’s for sure taken a chillier turn now weather wise and I’m glad I’ll be getting my warmer clothes unpacked soon 😁

Our anniversary may have been spent with others and not really romantic but considering we just got back from Greece annnnnd got to eat my favourite pasta at Vapianos, it was alright πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Though I’m pretty disappointed in Vapianos… they cut the portion sizes down, who even does that! πŸ™„πŸ™πŸ»

We went back to Judith’s to spend the rest of the afternoon, chatting, lounging and eventually munching on some tasty waffles she whipped up 😊

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