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In this blog I will write about everything that has to do with being a mum and a woman. It will be about my personal experiences as well as about things that I find interesting and which I want to share. It will also be about my faith in God. Please let me know that you visited my blog, by posting a comment.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Back to Holland

After spending 2 months in Suriname (South America) and three weeks in the UK, I finally decided to go back to the country where I was born.
The country where a lot of years ago, my parents took their -then- 5 kids to , because my father was offered a job as a teacher. The country that he never really left and where he eventually died, still full of plans to move back to Suriname one day. The country that I left with my mum and two sisters as a toddler after my parents broke up.  The country where I moved back to as a teenager and kept leaving and going back to later on in life. The country where all my siblings were and are still living with their families.

Even though it should be home, it didn’t feel like that anymore. My home had become Ireland but with no income and no house or any place to stay, it was not an option to go back to Ireland. And God had put upon my heart to take my girls back to Holland so that they finally could go to school, the thing I worried about the most while we were in the UK.  So I took this huge leap of faith and went back.
It hasn’t been an easy journey, especially since I officially became a single mum of three, after we left Suriname. (My ex and I went to court for a divorce and he stayed behind and I’ve had to do all the parenting on my own since I left and he has not been financially supporting the girls either. ) But God showed me that He is with us and has blessed us enormously.

It has been a little over a year now since we moved here. This month we celebrated being here for a year. 

God has shown us His mercy and even though my 'school going' girls had started school a semester late, had to go to a Dutch school when they hardly spoke Dutch or no Dutch at all, they made it and have started in a new class this school year. Glory to God !
By Gods grace I ended up finding a school where they had extra language support classes next to the regular curriculum which helped Ixora a little with her back log. From the last semester of the past school year Yovannah started going to a language speech therapist to increase her Dutch vocabulary and to help her with grammar. With the help and by Gods grace they have come a long way in the past year.
Nevaeh has started school at the beginning of this year and has been marvelous in picking up the Dutch language and has needed no extra support so far. Glory to God !

A few months ago, we finally miraculously found a beautiful new home in a beautiful, child –friendly neighborhood.  Our house is not really finished yet but it surely is one of the greatest blessings that we have received in the past year and I’m praying that we will have most things in the house done before Christmas.  I am grateful  to know that my girls and I, are not alone in our journey, but God has been and always has been with us to support us and bless us along the way.

I’ve thought a lot of times about going back to blogging and certainly I have had a lot to blog about but I kept postponing to write this first update blog post.  So now that I’ve finally got this over with, you will be able to read more from me again.
My blog will be about the usual stuff that I always wrote about but now I will also be writing about living in Holland and my experiences as a single mum.

I hope that you’ll continue to read along and I’d love to hear from you.

Love and blessings,

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I like, love loathe in Suriname

I really had to get used to being here and even though I know that I wouldn’t be able to live here at the moment for a few different reasons, I’m trying to enjoy the little things....
I decided to do a like, love, loathe post  (as the idea of Futures ) about being here.

I like it that it is never really cold and that I can wear summer clothes every day.
I get to see my mum a lot. Every day she comes by, mostly reads a newspaper outside and we chat a bit and she helps out where ever she can.

Newspaper from Suriname (in Dutch)

I like the little pieces of Surinamese fruit on vinegar.  Healthy and yummy.

I also like swinging in the hammock at the back of the house, especially if it makes me feel less warm because of the wind.

I love doing tv fitness every weekday. I still want to lose some more weight...and try to get a flatter tummy and thinner thighs.  Haha I have a couple of trousers that don’t fit right......When I’m doing it I sometimes think : 'what am I thinking ? why am I doing this to myself ?' You also get very hot while doing fitness here in Suriname. But I need it and it feels good having done that much to get fit and toned....
after workout

I love taking care of my natural hair. I found a leave in conditioner that I love and my aunt blessed me with supplements for hair, skin, nails and body.  Yay !

There are a few things that I don't like but what I really loathe here is the heat. A lot of times it is just too hot. I looked yesterday at a sign with the temperature and it said 33 degrees Celsius.
To live here I’d need a fully airconditioned house. Well, the fan does help but whenever you go to an area in the house where there is no fan, you start to sweat very quickly , especially if you’re trying to do housework. So annoying and practically unbearable. So the fans in this house move quite a lot. (if we really want to be cool in a place without fan)And the kids sometimes drop the fans and then we have less....I’m trying to not wear too many clothes when I’m in the keep cool but it doesn’t help much...
I also loathe the mosquitoes. They keep bugging you day and night.

We use vape but it doesn’t always help that much. And there’s one particular mosquito who is getting ‘ a cold shower’ from me today. It is a mosquito that carries a disease called Chikungunya and you have more and more of those cases here in Suriname.  A few people even died from getting it. My mum and Ixora also got the symptoms a week ago (high temperature/ fever and body pains) but did better shortly after it started.  Praise God !!
When I initially wrote this I wasn’t so lucky myself to come across one of those devilish mosquitoes but recently I’ve been getting symptoms of Chikungunya myself so I’ve been mostly in bed today and taking pain killers every 4 I'm loathing the mosquitoes even more now. LOL

What do you mean a bite from a mosquito with Chikungunya ? I feel more as if a very heavy person sat on top of me for an hour or so.... -feeling sore and weak.....
(but I will surely be better the grace of God.)

What did you like, love, loathe lately ?

I’d love to hear from you.....

Love and blessings,

Friday, September 26, 2014

A look inside my kitchen

Well, as you know we are currently visiting my mum in Suriname and she is so kind to let us stay in her house. Our lease for the house we rented in Ireland finished so we moved out before we came here. I can't wait though to find another house to call home and to take up the challenge to really turn it into a home.
I saw this book on Amazon the other day that I really would love to have.
I read the sample of it and was already so blessed by it.
She also talks about how she has rented a lot of houses but it never stopped her from turning  it into a home. I can't wait to get it and read it.

It is called The Nesting Place and you can find it at Amazon. 
Hopefully I can do a review on it another time.

I always wanted to share my kitchen with you so I decided to finally do it.

In the kitchen the landlord had two paintings of poppy flowers and this inspired me to decorate my kitchen. I went crazy buying red stuff or red/white stuff and enjoyed decorating my kitchen.

I also looked at youtube kitchen tours to feel inspired.

So this is how I decorated my kitchen.

The reason I wanted to decorate my kitchen at first was because it was my least loved place of the house. I never felt like cleaning it. So I decided to try to love it by making it a nice place.

I bought the apple through Zulily.
I wanted to have frames with pictures of the kids in the kitchen. I found the red frames at the carboot sale in Tallaght Stadium.

I bought  the lantern in Woodies.
I found the plates at the Carbootsale in Tallaght Stadium
The teapot and cups are from WOODIES.

I found the little red vase at the Carbootsale in Tallaght Stadium
The plate is from AVON (was from a cupcake stand which broke)
The containers are from ARGOS
The tea bag holder (poppy theme) is from WOODIES.
The towels are from Home store.

The compost bin is from WOODIES.
The blackboard in heart shape I bought through Zulily.

Some more pics....

I hope that you enjoyed having a look into my kitchen.

Do you have a colour theme or other theme in your kitchen ? What do you like about your kitchen ?
I'd love to hear from you.

Put a link from your post about your kitchen in the comments.

For more home decorating posts click here.

Love and blessings,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What kids wore Wednesday : colourful and light

Today I wanted to do another What Kids Wore post.

In the pictures below Yovannah is wearing a blouse/ short dress from NEXT which we bought two years ago in the NEXT summer sale. It is paired with green trousers from DUNNES stores even though I must say that they are probably a bit too warm for this heat here.

I love the blouse though, expecially the back. It is from very light (thin) fabric which is perfect for hot weather. It is nice and colourful.

I really love the quality from NEXT clothing for kids. But since they can be quite expensive I only shop there during sales at the moment and only occasionally really.

Blouse/ dress; Next
Trousers; Dunnes Stores

What are your thoughts about the outfit of my little girl ? What do you think about NEXT clothing for kids ? Do you shop there? I would love to hear from you. If you're sharing a post with your kids' outfit as well, please put the link to your post in the comments. I'd love to see it.

(Apologies for the low quality pictures. My camera broke shortly after we arrived here so these are made with a phone with 2mp camera which I got from my mum.)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello Suriname

It has been a while since I've posted on this blog but I hope to be posting more again in the coming time. 

Today another Hello Monday post.

Hello Monday,

Hello to being away for over two months to visit my mum in South America.

Hello to mosquito bites and heat, using vape and watching tv in the living room with two fans on at the same time.

Hello to wearing summer clothes every single day.

Hello to home schooling my youngest girls so they won’t get too behind at school when we are back.

Hello to going against the country customs and having dinner in the evening instead of around 1.00.

Hello to power cuts of which we luckily only had one.

Hello to swimming in coca cola coloured water at the kids’ grandparents place from fathers’ side.

Hello to seeing mum/grandma every single day as she comes to visit us in her second house where we’re staying.

Hello to getting the chance to sit on cousin’s horse.

Hello to watching the newest movies on tv because that is possible here.

Hello to having baths in cold water and sometimes outside in a tub.

Hello to cooking and eating vegetables from my mums garden.

Hello Suriname.

It takes some getting used to but we are blessed that we can be here for a while.

Hello to all that’s still to come.

What are you saying hello to today ?


Sunday, December 8, 2013

The kids love......Gnomeo and Juliet.

I originally wrote this post a while back just before my laptop broke.

After watching dvd’s every day for a month in the Summer (because of our Summer pass), I was relieved that we didn’t have to go to the dvd place every day anymore.
Yes , I know we never really had to but we didn’t want to miss the chance to get a dvd most days and you could always only keep them for one day and then you had to go back to return them or renew them. So we just kept going every day and then we took new ones again, except for two times or so that we managed to get the Xtravision on the phone to renew the loans we had.
When we brought back the last dvd, I allowed Ixora to choose one dvd to buy. She chose one that she had never seen before. Gnomeo and Juliet.
And she loved it. Gnomeo and Juliet turned out to be a big hit with the kids:a dvd the kids would watch over and over again. I didn’t pay much attention to it at first, but since they love this dvd so much I decided to make a post about it.

I’ve seen most parts of it by now and I must say that I can understand why they love  it so much. I like it a lot myself which means that it is a real family movie.
It is an animated movie made in the UK and the story is about two gnomes who live in two gardens next to each other and who accidently meet and fall in love.
It’s about all the problems that this brings with it since they belong to two different groups of gnomes:  the reds and the blues who don’t live in peace with each other. It is somewhat of a parallel of the story of Romeo and Juliet, as you can see from the name of the movie, even though it is a totally different story. The movie is full of Elton John songs which I really like.

It’s a fun, romantic movie and I would definitely recommend it as a family movie.
Have your children watched this movie? What do they think about it?

I'd love to hear from you.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Kids picks (Christmas gifts)

Here in Ireland most people normally do their Christmas shopping well in advance. From October/ November you will hear people asking each other a lot : 'Have you started your Christmas shopping yet ? ' There will always be special sales in all the shops starting around that time or maybe even earlier. There will especially be great discounts on toys. But in the almost seven years that I have been living here, I have never really started shopping for Christmas gifts in advance. I usually by my gifts just before Christmas Day.
Only this year, I joined in with the early Christmas shopping and started getting some bits in from a few weeks ago. Maybe I got a bit influenced by the people that I work with on my work placement in a Montessori. But I really love knowing that the kids will at least have a few new things that they need or that they would like to have, on Christmas Day and not having to try to get something for them last minute. And I like that I got to divide the costs a bit this way, by getting a few small things every now and then. I don’t have any family here or really close friends so I only have to shop for my own little family wich means that I don't have a lot to buy. I only started to get some bits for the kids.
It is actually quite exciting : buying something and then hiding it in the cupboard. It is quite fun that you have some cool things that you know that the kids will love and that they don't know about it.

I am not sure if I will be able to afford more than just a few smaller gifts but I did look at some things with the kids and asked them what they liked. So this post is to share a bit of what is on their wish lists.

Ixora (my almost 9 year old) this year mostly wants to get books, books, books and more books. Ixora has been reading books from a book series called 'A series of unfortunate events by Lemony Snicket ' which she borrows at school and now she is looking forward to owning the newest edition of the last book,but she also her eyes on some other books.

 Apart from this, she also would love to have a Chemistry set and Microscope set.

18.99 euro  Kleeneze 

Yovannah (4,5 years old ) likes anything Hello kitty and she and Nevaeh would love to have some make up and she loves dressing tables and toy hair tools. So a Hello Kitty dressing table would be something she would love. I saw one that includes some make up. I'm not sure if the one from ARGOS has that included.

36.99 euro in ARGOS

Both Nevaeh and Yovannah really love taking pictures and keep stealing my camera so this is also something that she would love to have.

38.99 euro in Boots.

A week or so ago Nevaeh (My 2 year old ) saw a flyer with a pink VTECH Innotab 3 in it and she is been in love with it since then. She’s always been very interested in Ixora’s tablet so she’d love to own her own little tablet and the cool thing is that it takes pictures as well so she will stop taking my camera every time to take pictures.

The VTECH Innotab 3 and VTECH Innotab 3 S are for kids from 3-9 years old and since she will be three in February it probably will be suitable for her.

VTECH Innotab 3
48.99 (on sale in ARGOS for half of the normal price of 97.99)

I saw that they had it for half price in ARGOS but they seem to be sold out so maybe I’ll just get it for her on her birthday. We’ll see.

Apart from this,she likes anything Peppa pig. She also loves the idea of her own camera like the kidizoom.
55,99 euro in ARGOS.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet ?

What is high on the wish list of your kids ?

I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings and love,

Sunday, December 1, 2013

What I've been up to lately...

After swimming in seas of laptoplessness and internetlessness for weeks, I finally have a working laptop again and some internet access. Yay !
Now to get back to blogging, is a totally different thing.
But here we are giving it a try.
I feel a bit guilty for not being able to maintain my blog and not being able to keep in contact with all the bloggy friends that I've made. So I apologise for all of that...

So what have I been up to in the past weeks ?

Apart from following college classes, reading books for college, doing work experience and doing homework and assignments, I started a new hobby and went back to an old one.

Being in college can be stressful sometimes so I am certainly happy and pleased that I found these hobbies, that give me the opportunity to relax a little bit.
In college I joined the group 'Knit and natter' which is held during lunch break once a week. I haven't knitted yet but since I was taught crochet as a child I started with that, just trying to get better at it. My ultimate goal would be to be able to make cute animal hats but so far I haven't attempted one yet. I found it an amazing experience to start with crochet. It is such a relaxing activity.
One of my favourite memories is. when I was watching a crochet tutorial on youtube the other day and my two your old had grabbed a ball of yarn and my crochet needle and stood in front of the laptop, pretending to do crochet. So cute !
I'm making a scarf now with some wonderful yarn from Aldi called 'baby yarn' which has a lot of different colours. I stopped it for now, since the children messed up the yarn and I had to cut it .And now it is going to look different unless I find a similar thread to continue, so that's why it is on hold at the moment. I also attempted to make an owl.

At the moment we are doing a project : making quilts in the shape of a christmas tree.
We are sewing them by hand. This is the first time that I made something like this so it didn't come out perfectly but I'm still happy and proud of it. When it is totally finished I will do a seperate post on it.
I enjoyed sewing the little squares together and it really has improved my hand sewing skills.

This year I've been reading a bit about homemaking and proverbs 31 and I wanted to start mending clothes by hand and so this little project has given me some confidence in that.
I mended a pair of trousers today and was really satisfied with the result.

I'm looking forward to learning how to sew with a sewing machine soon.

Apart from starting to be a bit more creative, I've also started reading again.
At the moment I'm reading a book by Joyce Meyer called 'A leader in the making'

It talks about how God looks at our heart attitude and that this needs to be right, before God can use us in a ministry. I'm really blessed by this book. It is so inspiring and has really helped me to change the way I reacted in certain situations. In between, I've read a few other books.
I just finished reading the best seller 'About a girl.' by Lindsey Kelk.

It is a bit of a romantic book about an ordinary girl. I also read it to learn from the writing since as you might know I'm trying to finish writing a book and then get it published one day. I really like the way it is written and that it is unpredictable. She even gave it an open end.  So you have to read the next book to know what is going to happen next. It's the kind of book that is like an escape, especially since the setting is Hawaii. Even though the main character makes choices I wouldn't make myself, she is so very likable that she almost becomes a friend.

Well, that's what I've kind up been upto lately.  I hope to be writing in here more often again.

If you're new here, welcome ! And I hope that you keep coming back to read more.

What have you been doing lately ? Did you start any new hobbies ? I'd love to hear from you.

Blessings and love,

Monday, September 30, 2013

Mommy Monday Blog hop

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