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,