I was blessed to add another country adventure to my belt. Another work trip, to Japan this time. A real long flight and a crazy time difference.

Japan is not a country I ever thought I would visit. Asia is so different from what I am used to. But as it turns out, I loved my time there.

Yes, I went there for work, so did not get the full sightseeing adventure. But there are things I have fallen in love with. Cakes!!!! They certainly know how to make delicious cakes. Not too sweet, actually just perfect!

The cherry blossom season is upon then so all was spring like in the stores. Another thing I loved! Beautiful flower patterns, well thought out lunch boxes and cups. Pretty!!!

Kimonos! Even though I did resist the urge to buy one especially for tourists, I can’t help but be in wonder at the beautiful ladies in their gorgeous kimonos. So colourful and elegant, with their socks in wooden flip flops.

Shabu Shabu was not quite how I expected it. Clearly not like the western style in Wholefoods. But a great experience and delicious soup after!

Would I go back, given a chance? Absolutely!!

Snow 2

For the last couple days it has been snowing on and off. This morning I woke up to a lovely white world. Not that it was not white before… we have had snow since the end of December. But the snow had turned to ice, not powdery, and more various shades of grey than pure white.

Am not too much a fan of winter. I really do prefer sunshine… I love the sea… but I have to admit… a beautiful serene white world with beautiful blue skies is very pretty indeed.

I looked up a few quotes, wondering what other people make of snow. These are 2 of the most beautiful ones I read:

There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special’

‘Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together’

The Bible is also talking about snow.. it’s not so easy to imagine snow in Israel, although it can be cold in the mountains there (never been, on the bucket list.. but have been told) Yet is the perfect analogy. ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isa. 1:18)’

We can be white as snow… through the grace of God. His blood will cover our sins… He will wipe them out. We do have to accept it, but it’s a free gift.

Much like snow… a reminder of His grace…

Maybe I do love snow more than I think!

What about you?


Why is it that the week can last so long, but yet the weekend just flies by? Tomorrow it’s Monday again… another week starting… my year in America is also just flying by. I am looking forward to my brother visiting next week… and then it’s on the countdown stretch to May.

What is it about time?

My uncle passed away a week ago… the time able to spend with him on this Earth is now in the past. It’s sad that so much time has been wasted without a lot of contact, although I treasure the time spend. It’s not wasted. I have been privileged to reconnect with my uncles family, son and grandkids… more time well spent.

My dad is the last one still of his family. Time has passed by, and although I hope much time is still left…it’s flying by. Time spend is to be treasured.

My daughter passed her Masters degree. Time well spend, but that period is now also past.

What will the future hold? I don’t know what time we still have on this Earth. I do know Who holds the future. And even though I have no control over time..I can’t speed it up or slow it down… I am looking forward to that day when time is of no essence anymore… eternity is not measured in time.

Superbowl 2018

Have to admit… I am not a huge sports fan… not any sports… don’t like watching it on tv.. and when my husband watches F1 I get irritated…. my husband and daughter are sports watchers… they are even staying up for the Super Bowl.. even when no one else does…

But being here in Minnesota, seeing all the SuperBowl buzz around me, you can’t help but get caught up in it.. even if it’s just a little bit… will I watch it on tv this eve? Probably not… but I was nosy enough to venture to the Mall of America, which is another entry point with a direct shuttle to the US bank stadium in Minneapolis… I wanted to see this for myself…

It was very quiet in the shops… shopper heaven probably.. but outside the shops was a huge buzz.. almost everyone there was wearing the jersey of the team they support (I said almost… I was probably the odd one out), face tattoos, scarves, hats… jackets, sweaters… these are some serious fans! Even if their own team (read Vikings) is not playing.. still the team jersey is worn with pride… and paraded around…

Makes me wonder… what are we fans of? What makes us go out in the cold (-20) to mingle with other like minded people. What makes us want to be together to watch the game in a group?

Do you have something you are a fan of?

I do too.. I am a Jesus follower.. not really a fan, but I want others to see that that’s what I do.. follow Jesus… I don’t have a jersey, but maybe how I walk through life is enough of a jersey to let others know? I hope so.

What about you?

Another Tuesday

Life has a habit of throwing curveballs… my daughter Melody put a previous post up on the same topic… seems a family theme!

Maybe it’s just acknowledgement that no matter how much you want to plan out your life, and need the security to know what’s happening next… it just does not happen that way.

These last couple days I have had the pleasure to spend time with my dads older brother in Tennessee. The weather was lovely, the surroundings are beautiful and are beating snowy Minnesota. It’s been just him and me… chatting about everything and nothing. Looking through pictures, me watching him take a nap while I am crocheting… time we have never taken before… well, I have never taken before. A blessing.

And yet I know this will most likely be the last opportunity. Besides that my year in America is rapidly coming to and end, he is also of age and battling cancer. The curveball I was talking about.

Just when you think you have it worked out, and given family relationships it’s place.. it’s really the last time…

I am not complaining. I am blessed beyond measure… looking at my uncle I realise I am also blessed with a wider family who can put family history in perspective.

Above all, it puts time in perspective. No matter how much of it or how little of it we have. Use it wisely!

Time spend should never be wasted!!


Friends come in different shapes and seizes… some friends have been in my life for 30 years, others walked into my life just almost a year ago… some are older, some are younger….

‘If you have crazy friends, you have everything you need’ is a quote I read somewhere….

The definition of friendship for me is being with someone whom I can trust and can be myself with…

We need friends. We need people around us that guide us, mold us, shape us and protect us. And it’s a 2-way street ofcourse!!!

Today was spent in the company of friends. A leisurely lunch and wonderful conversation.

Below a collection of my friends…. if you are not there in the picture, it does not mean you are not my friend… but it means I have no pictures to share…. and we certainly should remedy that!!!! Looking through these pictures I can truly say… I am blessed!

East, West, Home is Best

These last 10 days have been a real adventure… deciding in the morning which way to travel, or which campsite to let our motor home rest. The initial intention was to drive the total 500 route along the Scottish Highland coast. We managed a fair bit, am happy to report… but needed to turn back at Thurso due to the weather. We visited John O Groats, the most northern point in the British mainland. A couple years ago we visited Lands End, the most southern point. So we can now truly say we have driven the total length of Great Britain!

We loved spending time at Chanonry Point, searching for dolphins. We did see a seal, but the dolphins did not decide to appear for us. Nonetheless, we walked the beach there and found other treasures…. shells and sea glass… the area is breathtaking… I could be parked up there for hours with a nice cup of tea.

We have been truly blessed by the weather… we have seen snow, had a little rain, but had mostly sunshine… that was until last night when our stop happened to be near Carlisle, just outside Gretna, the Scottish bordertown. We did see the amber wind warning, but assumed we were going to be ok…. well, we were ok… but as the winds battered the caravan we were strategically parked behind, the whole motor home rocked… for most of the evening and night… not too much sleep for us all there!

That brings me to today… we have returned home… and even though I have truly loved our adventure, evenings playing Yahtzee, crochet or reading… this is my home… and I am very glad to be spending another night here before flying back to my Minnesota home. We have seen east (Scotland) and west (Scotland)…. but home truly is the best!

New Year

It’s the day before the last day of the year, and time to reflect on that which is now the past…. What did 2017 bring you?

For our family, 2017 has brought a lot of change. Melody passed her Masters in Zoo Conservation Biology (a great accomplishment and I am very proud!), Geert bought another car to replace the car he had…. and I have lived in the US now for 7 months.

At the moment our family is reunited in the British Isles. In Scotland to be precise. We had read a lot about the area above Inverness and therefore decided to explore it. Currently we are driving the Route 500 in a Motorhome. We are hoping to ring in the new year in Durness, on the beach. Who knows… we might be lucky and spot the Northern Lights! So far we are loving every minute of it. Below you can see a few snapshots.

In a few days, life will return back to our normal. 2018 will have begun and with it, the promise of another blessed year. No one knows what the future holds.. am sure glad I know Who holds the future. Even if our family will spend some more time apart, we are together in love, faith and knowledge that we will spend eternity together.

A blessed 2018 to all!